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Mr. Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school age children were recognised as being on the autistic spectrum, and what proportion they constituted of (a) children with special needs and (b) all school age children in each local education authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
At present, there is no requirement for schools to submit information in the Annual Schools' Census on the nature of such pupils' disability or learning difficulty. However, in June 2001, the Department carried out a pilot study involving a sample of 200 mainstream and special schools to assess whether it would be possible to collect data from schools on a broad range of types of special educational needs (SEN). From January 2004 the Department is planning to ask schools and local education authorities to provide this information.
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total level of capital support was for classroom replacement in each education authority in England in 2002. 
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what help was given to local education authorities in Somerset for the capital cost of replacing classrooms in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been allocated for capital expenditure in Selby in North Yorkshire in each year since 1996 through (a) the New Deal for Schools and (b) the local authority capital allocation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: The Department allocates capital funding to local education authorities (LEAs) and their schools and not to individual towns or constituencies. Capital funding for North Yorkshire LEA is set out in the following table:
|Year||Total capital||Of which New Deal for Schools(4)|
(4) Includes bid-based New Deal for Schools (NDS) up to 200001, and formulaic funding for NDS Devolved Formula (from 200001), Condition (from 200102) and Modernisation (from 200203).
(5) Includes £7.2 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) allocation.
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Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what help is given to local education authorities in Somerset for teachers of dyslexia; and what the average size of grants for statemented children was in the last three years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Funding is not made available to support specific categories of special educational needs, nor is it made available directly for statemented children. Rather, funding is allocated and distributed via LEAs, who have a duty to provide appropriately for all children in their area, including children with statements.
Opportunities for professional development for teachers are supported through the special educational needs standard fund grant, from which Somerset LEA has received £1.9 million in the years 200104. One of this grant's objectives is to support special educational needs and disability training and professional development for teachers, learning support assistants and other staff. This is in addition to the £614.5 million Somerset has received in Education Formula Spending Share (previously known as Education Standard Spending Assessment) in 200104. It is for individual LEAs and schools to decide how they spend this funding, taking account of their statutory duties towards children with special educational needs.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of the 36 LEAs which received increased budget announced on 25 March, which were in receipt of (a) the floor in their grant settlement, (b) the ceiling in their grant settlement and (c) the maximum amount possible of standards fund awards now consolidated into their budget; what was (i) the highest, (ii) the lowest and (iii) the average amount each LEA received in respect of standards fund moneys; in relation to an amount equivalent to consolidated standards fund money for each of the 36 LEAs, by how much does additional grant (A) fall below and (B) exceed that amount; and if he will make a statement. 
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has been asked. The table sets out the information requested in relation to (a) and (b). It also sets out (c) the reduction in Standards Fund grant between 200203 and 200304 as a result of the Government's commitment to reduce ringfenced funding for schools (d) the difference on a like-for-like basis between the total resources available for schools in 200203 and 200304 and (e) the level of additional grant announced on 25 March. The purpose of the additional funding is not to compensate authorities for the loss of individual Standards Fund grants but to to ensure that the effective increase in total education funding for LEAs and schools between 200203 and 200304 is no less than 3.2 per cent. per pupil for all authorities.
|Grantsettlement||SF grant reduction||Total increase||Extra grant|
|Barking and Dagenham||1.655||5.075||1.128|
|Brighton and Hove||Floor||1.368||2.822||0.960|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||Floor||1.723||1.589||0.886|
|Isle of Wight Council||0.882||2.531||0.110|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Floor||1.006||2.364||0.288|
|North East Lincolnshire||1.153||2.738||0.033|
|Richmond upon Thames||Floor||0.996||3.659||0.152|
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to assist schools where the local education authority has passported to schools the amount expected by his Department, but the net effect of changes in the standards fund has resulted in increases to the school of less than 3.2 per cent. per pupil. 
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Mr. Miliband: Funding per pupil in Essex, including both standard spending assessments and revenue grants has increased in real terms from an average £2,790 in 199798 to £3,380 in 200203, an increase of £590 or 21 per cent. Complete figures for 200304 including grants are not yet available.
Mr. McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will introduce the International Baccalaureate to schools in England instead of creating an English version of it to replace A-levels. 
Mr. Miliband: In our policy document 1419: 'opportunity and excellence' we recognised the particular strengths of the International Baccalaureate while at the same time noting that the IB was not designed to be, and is not, a suitable model to meet the needs of the majority of young people in this country.
The Working Group chaired by Mike Tomlinson on possible longer-term 1419 reforms will consider the structure and delivery of the International Baccalaureate as part of its work on a unified framework of qualifications.
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