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To prevent debts falling into the hands of vulture funds in the first place, we have supported the World Bank’s debt reduction facility. This facility helps countries buy back their commercial debts at a vastly reduced price, cancelling debt outright and preventing it being enforced before a court. More than $9 billion of poor countries’ debts have already been cancelled in this way. Following improvements to the facility, DFID has recently
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committed more funds—up to £10 million—to future commercial debt buy-back operations.

To help countries defend themselves in existing cases, we have supported the establishment of an African legal support facility to which DFID will contribute £5 million. We believe this will help ensure countries have access to high quality legal advice and expertise, which can be valuable in reducing the impact of litigation. For example, in the case of Zambia, where DFID helped to pay its legal fees when it was targeted by a vulture fund, the court reduced Zambia’s liability by around $40 million.

Children, Schools and Families

Academies

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) responsibility and (b) powers local authorities will have over academies as a result of the dissolution of the Learning and Skills Council and the devolution of powers over 16-19 education to local authorities. [259093]

Jim Knight: Subject to the passage of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, local authorities will take on the responsibility for securing sufficient provision for all 16 to 19-year-olds in their area. In fulfilling the proposed duties in the Bill, they will commission places from all types of providers, including academies, to meet the needs of the young people in their areas. Local authorities will not gain any new powers or responsibilities over academies.

An Academy Trust, through their funding agreement is responsible for determining the number of places they will provide to their local communities in consultation with their local authority. Under current arrangements the Secretary of State already has the power to amend that number of places, for instance on the basis of local need. Under the proposals in the Bill, the only change is that the Secretary of State will have the power to ask the YPLA to exercise these and other academy-related functions, on his behalf, as set out in clause 74.

Academies: Special Educational Needs

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in each year group with (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented special educational needs attended academies in each year since 2003. [258347]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The requested information is provided in the tables:


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Academies: number of pupils with special educational needs by national curriculum year group, 2003-08, England
2003 2004 2005

Number of pupils Pupils with s tatements of SEN Pupils with SEN without statements Number of pupils Pupils with s tatements of SEN Pupils with SEN without statements Number of pupils Pupils with s tatements of SEN Pupils with SEN without statements

National Curriculum Year Group:

Nursery Year 1

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

0

(1)

Nursery Year 2

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

0

(1)

Reception

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

(1)

20

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

(1)

40

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

(1)

30

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

10

30

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

(1)

30

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

10

40

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

10

40

7

560

10

110

2,300

80

650

3,380

120

960

8

460

10

170

1,800

60

560

2,820

100

800

9

540

20

210

1,710

70

500

2,260

70

710

10

540

10

150

1,760

60

540

2,210

80

670

11

540

10

140

1,890

60

520

2,090

80

610

12

70

(1)

(1)

570

(1)

20

1,180

20

180

13

0

0

0

190

(1)

(1)

480

(1)

20

14

0

0

0

(1)

0

0

20

0

(1)

Not followed

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

2,720

70

780

10,220

330

2,800

15,200

510

4,180


2006 2007 2008

Number of pupils Pupils with s tatements of SEN Pupils with SEN without statements Number of pupils Pupils with s tatements of SEN Pupils with SEN without statements Number of pupils Pupils with s tatements of SEN Pupils with SEN without statements

National Curriculum Year Group:

Nursery Year 1

20

0

(1)

20

0

(1)

30

(1)

0

Nursery Year 2

50

0

10

40

0

10

200

0

20

Reception

120

0

30

110

(1)

40

400

(1)

60

1

80

(1)

40

100

0

50

300

10

80

2

110

(1)

50

100

(1)

40

330

(1)

110

3

100

(1)

50

110

(1)

50

310

10

100

4

100

10

50

90

(1)

50

320

(1)

120

5

100

(1)

50

110

10

50

300

10

140

6

100

10

50

100

(1)

50

330

10

120

7

5,020

150

1,250

8,110

190

2,530

14,050

360

4,020

8

4,760

150

1,270

7,600

200

2,260

12,980

320

3,980

9

4,350

150

1,140

7,450

210

2,000

12,650

320

3,890

10

3,720

110

980

7,060

210

1,920

12,430

340

3,550

11

3,580

110

1,000

6,390

170

1,670

11,900

310

3,300

12

1,810

30

240

2,600

30

320

5,190

70

650

13

1,130

10

110

1,380

10

120

2,610

20

230

14

100

0

10

90

0

20

110

(1)

10

Not followed

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

25,240

740

6,320

41,470

1,030

11,180

74,430

1,770

20,390

(1) Less than 5.
Notes:
1. Excludes dually registered pupils.
2. These figures do not include Academies that opened after January 2008.
3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

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