Children in Care

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1002-06W, on children in care, from what source the information in the answer was derived; and what factors he took into account when compiling the information given in the answer. [48260]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 22 March 2011]: The information provided about children who were reported as missing from their agreed placement was derived from the SSDA903 return which collects information on children looked after between 1 April and 31 March each year. This return is completed annually by 152 local authority social services departments in England. Information on looked after children is available in the Statistical First Release ‘Children looked after by Local

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Authorities in England (including adoption and care leavers)—year ending 31 March 2010’ which is available on the Department’s website via the following link:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000960/index.shtml

If an MP tables a parliamentary question which would cost the Department more than £800 to answer we may decline to respond on the grounds that the Department would incur a disproportionate cost. This roughly equates to one person incurring three and a half days work. Answering the first part of the question took around one and a half days.

The second part of the question asked about the type of placement from which looked after children went absent from. It was found, owing to the complex procedures required to extract and collate the data required, that producing the information would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold.

Children: Disability

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on mobility for disabled children in residential schools in each local authority area in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by local authority. [47637]

Mr Gibb: The Department does not hold the information requested. It is for local authorities to determine how they spend their funds locally.

Children: Television

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) communal and (b) solitary viewing of television by children and young people on their (i) levels of exercise, (ii) academic achievement and (iii) social engagement. [42687]

Mr Gibb: The Department has not made an assessment of the effect on children and young people of communal TV viewing compared to solitary viewing. It has undertaken analysis of the amount of time spent watching TV and use of sports facilities (a proxy for levels of exercise), academic achievement and social engagement. This analysis has been placed in the Libraries.

Citizenship: Curriculum

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on teaching of citizenship in the school curriculum; and if he will make a statement. [47582]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 28 March 2011]:The Government have launched a review of the national curriculum in January 2011. The new national curriculum will be based on a body of essential knowledge that children should be expected to acquire in key subjects during the course of their school career.

The review will consider whether each of the following subjects—art and design and technology, citizenship, geography, history, ICT, modern foreign languages

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and music—should be part of the national curriculum, with statutory programmes of study, and if so at which key stages.

Curriculum: Information and Communications Technology

Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the designation of information and communications technology as a core subject as part of his Department's curriculum review. [44385]

Mr Gibb: Our intention is to produce a new slimmed down national curriculum which sets out the essential knowledge that all children should acquire, and gives teachers greater flexibility to decide how to teach this most effectively and to design a wider school curriculum that best meets the needs of their pupils.

We have announced that the statutory core subjects—English, mathematics and science—will remain compulsory at all four key stages in future, along with physical education. For all other subjects, we believe it is right that there should be a debate about whether they should remain part of the national curriculum, with statutory programmes of study, or whether it should be for schools to decide the content of their courses in those subjects as well as the way they should be taught. The Government's national curriculum review panels are currently seeking views on these issues as part of the call for evidence for the review, and we will announce our proposals early next year. At that point there will be a further period of consultation before final decisions are taken.

Departmental Consultants

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on consultancy since May 2010. [35827]

Tim Loughton: The departmental spend on consultants between May 2010 and February 2011 (latest available figures) is £19,654,848. The equivalent figure between May 2009 and February 2010 was £43,087,119.

Departmental Contracts

Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the change in the (a) volume and (b) monetary value of services provided by his Department and its predecessors which have been contracted out to (a) the third sector and (b) the private sector between January 2005 and December 2010. [48153]

Tim Loughton: To estimate the volume and monetary value of contractual and spend information for third sector and private sector suppliers from historical records could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Early Retirement

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of his Department's staff have taken early retirement in each of the last five years; and at what cost to his Department in each such year. [49308]

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Tim Loughton: Information for the Department is set out in the following table:


Number Cost to Department (£ million)

2005-06

118

12.6

2006-07

84

8.3

2007-08

58

5.5

2008-09

38

3.7

2009-10

101

14.8

2010-11

61

5.0

Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of leasing back each such asset over the period of the lease. [45084]

Tim Loughton: The Department has not sold and leased back any assets over the past 12 months.

Departmental Marketing

Conor Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost to the public purse was of the manufacture and distribution of Department-branded drinks coasters in the last year for which figures are available. [37244]

Tim Loughton: The Department has produced no branded drinks coasters.

Departmental Public Bodies

Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Training and Development Agency for Schools. [48627]

Mr Gibb: The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr Maude), issued a written ministerial statement on 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 9WS, updating Parliament on progress on public bodies reform. That statement also announced that Departments estimate cumulative administrative savings of at least £2.6 billion will flow from public bodies over the spending review period.

The Department is committed to the Government’s ambitions to reform public bodies, improve transparency and accountability, streamline services and reduce costs. It is too soon to be absolutely specific or able to provide a detailed breakdown of the savings that will be achieved by closing the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). Across the spending review period, the savings from closing the TDA will contribute to the overall anticipated departmental savings of up to £673 million. I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given on 24 March 2011, Official Report, column 1257W, to the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Jon Trickett).

This is our best current estimate of planned net savings to emerge from these reforms and is dependent upon the individual timetables for implementation—the closure of the TDA requires the Education Bill.

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Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Teachers TV Board of Governors. [48628]

Tim Loughton: The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr Maude), issued a written ministerial statement on 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 9WS, updating Parliament on progress on public bodies reform. That statement also announced that departments estimate cumulative administrative savings of at least £2.6 billion will flow from public bodies over the spending review period.

I estimate net overall administrative savings from the abolition of the Teachers TV Board of Governors over the spending review period of £150,000, based on the three years remaining on the contract.

This is our best current estimate of planned net savings to emerge from these reforms, and is dependent upon the individual timetables for implementation—many of which require the Public Bodies Bill and subsequent secondary legislation.

Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. [48632]

Mr Gibb: The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr Maude), issued a written ministerial statement on 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 9WS, updating Parliament on progress on public bodies reform. That statement also announced that Departments estimate cumulative administrative savings of at least £2.6 billion will flow from public bodies over the spending review period.

The Department is committed to the Government’s ambitions to reform public bodies, improve transparency and accountability, streamline services and reduce costs. It is too soon to be absolutely specific or to provide a detailed breakdown of the savings that will be achieved by withdrawing non-departmental public body (NDPB) status from the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. Across the spending review period, the savings from making these changes will contribute to the overall anticipated departmental savings of up to £673 million. I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given on 24 March 2011, Official Report, column 1257W, to the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Jon Trickett).

This is our best current estimate of planned net savings to emerge from these reforms and is dependent upon the individual timetables for implementation.

Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Children’s Workforce Development Council. [48634]

Mr Gibb: The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr Maude), issued a written ministerial

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statement on 16 March 2011,

Official Report

, column 9WS, on progress on public bodies reform. That statement also announced that Departments estimate cumulative administrative savings of at least £2.6 billion will flow from public bodies over the spending review period.

The Department is committed to the Government’s ambitions to reform public bodies, improve transparency and accountability, streamline services and reduce costs. It is too soon to be specific or provide a detailed breakdown of the savings that will be achieved by withdrawing non-departmental public body (NDPB) status from the Children’s Workforce Development Council. Across the spending review period, the savings from making these changes will contribute to the overall anticipated departmental savings of up to £673 million. I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given on 24 March 2011, Official Report, column 1257W, to the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Jon Trickett).

Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency. [48635]

Tim Loughton: The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr Maude), issued a written ministerial statement on 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 9WS, updating Parliament on progress on public bodies reform. That statement also announced that departments estimate cumulative administrative savings of at least £2.6 billion will flow from public bodies over the spending review period.

I estimate net overall administrative savings from the abolition of BECTA over the spending review period of £210 million.

Departmental Recruitment

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants his Department has recruited during the period of the civil service recruitment freeze. [48698]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 24 March 2011]: Since the civil service recruitment freeze, the Department has recruited 16 people who are new to the civil service and 106 people from other Government Departments who were already civil servants. Over the same period, 163 people left the Department.

Departmental Redundancy

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants in his Department have been offered voluntary redundancy since April 2010; and if he will make a statement. [49183]

Tim Loughton: Since April 2010, the number of the approved voluntary releases for staff in the Department is 141. These releases are part of continuing to deliver headcount reductions across the Department and were offered on voluntary flexible or approved terms, meaning the Department could fund these releases at a considerably lower cost to the public purse.

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Departmental Written Questions

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of parliamentary questions for written answer were answered by his Department (a) within one week of, (b) within two weeks of, (c) within three weeks of, (d) within four weeks of, (e) within five weeks of and (f) more than five weeks after the date on which they were set down for answer since May 2010. [49639]

Tim Loughton: The information requested is shown in the following tables. The first table provides a breakdown on the number of questions answered up until 17 February 2011. The second table provides a breakdown of the number of questions answered since 28 February 2011.

A technical error occurred to the IT system that supports the processing of parliamentary questions. This resulted in a delay to written answers issued prior to the February recess.

PQs answered May 2010 to 17 February 2011

Number answered Percentage

Within 1 week

435

15

Within 2 weeks

1,075

39

Within 3 weeks

1,468

53

Within 4 weeks

1,775

64

Within 5 weeks

2,041

74

Six weeks after date set for answer

2,772

100

The Department has answered 731 (26%) written questions at least six weeks after the date on which they were set down for answer between May 2010 and 17 February 2011.

PQs answered 28 February 2011 to 24 March 2011

Number answered Percentage

Within 1 week

174

56

Within 2 weeks

269

86

Within 3 weeks

305

97

Within 4 weeks

313

100

Since the House returned on 28 February 2011 the Department has answered over 800 questions.

Education: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the UK Resilience Programme in developing children's values. [48470]

Mr Gibb: The Department is concluding its evaluation of the UK Resilience programme, a pilot which started in September 2007. It was aimed at Year 7 pupils in 22 secondary schools across three local authorities: Hertfordshire, Manchester and South Tyneside. We expect that the final report from the evaluation will be published shortly. This will build on interim evaluation reports published in 2009 and 2010.

Education: EU Action

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Education Council's conclusions on the role of education and training in the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy, how

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often the UK will be required to report progress in implementing its national reform programme; and what assessment he has made of the

(a)

burdens and

(b)

costs attributable to this measure. [47011]

Mr Gibb: As part of the Europe 2020 strategy, the UK and other EU member states submit a national reform programme in April each year. This includes a report on the role of education and training in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. The Department has made no specific assessment of the burdens and costs of this exercise. However, the resources required are met from within the Department's existing budget.

Education: VAT

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of value added tax receipts from (a) schools and (b) sixth form colleges in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [37614]

Mr Gauke: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available.

The provision of free education is not a business activity for VAT purposes, and therefore is not subject to VAT. Education provided in fee-paying schools is exempt from VAT. However, schools and sixth form colleges, in common with everyone else, are liable to pay VAT on the taxable goods and services they purchase.

Schools in the state sector are currently funded for the VAT they pay on their purchases either through up-front central Government funding or, in the case of local authority controlled schools, through a statutory refund scheme. The forthcoming Finance Bill will make similar provision for the refund of VAT to academy schools.

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English Baccalaureate

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had on the introduction of a certificated English Baccalaureate qualification. [49535]

Mr Gibb: The English Baccalaureate recognises pupils' performance in GCSEs and iGCSEs. It is not a qualification itself. The Secretary of State for Education has not held any recent discussions on certification of the English Baccalaureate. Officials have been in contact with a range of interested parties.

Free School Meals: Totnes

Dr Wollaston: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of pupils in (a) Totnes constituency, (b) South Devon and (c) England qualify for free school meals; [47527]

(2) how many children in (a) Totnes constituency, (b) South Devon, (c) the South West and (d) England received (i) free school meals and (ii) education maintenance allowance in the latest period for which figures are available. [47599]

Mr Gibb: The number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals is shown in the tables. The answer includes full-time pupils aged 0 to 15 and part-time pupils aged 5 to 15.

It is not known how many pupils are eligible for free school meals but do not claim.

The question of how many children in Totnes constituency, south Devon, the south-west and England received EMA is a matter for the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) who operate the education maintenance allowance for the Department for Education. Peter Lauener, the YPLA's chief executive, has written to my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Maintained nursery, maintained primary (1) , state-funded secondary (1,2) and special (3) schools: school meal arrangements (4,5) as at January 2010 in Totnes parliamentary constituency, Devon local authority, south-west Government office region and England
  Totnes parliamentary constituency Devon local authority

N umber on roll (4,5) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (4,5) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals Number on roll (4,5) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (4,5) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

Maintained nursery and maintained primary(1)

5,320

780

14.6

49,790

5,990

12.0

State-funded secondary(1,2)

5,830

730

12.5

37,690

3,940

10.4

Special(3)

60

20

29.5

770

170

21.9

  South-west Government office region England

Number on roll (4,5) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (4,5) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals Number on roll (4,5) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (4,5) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

Maintained nursery and maintained primary(1)

357,850

47,470

13.3

3,838,680

711,410

18.5

State-funded secondary(1,2)

281,730

29,460

10.5

2,864,350

441,140

15.4

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Special(3)

6,570

1,970

29.9

78,330

27,330

34.9

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes city technology colleges and academies. (3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (4) Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (5) Includes pupils who have full-time attendance and are aged 15 or under, or pupils who have part-time attendance and are aged between five and 15 (age as at 31 August 2009). Note: Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census

Letter from Peter Lauener, dated 24 March 2011:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question PQ47599 that asked:

“How many children in (a) Totnes constituency, (b) South Devon, (c) the South West and (d) England received (i) free school meals and (ii) education maintenance allowance in the latest period for which figures are available.”

The Department of Education has responded to you regarding the first part of your question. I have been asked to provide a reply to the latter part of your question regarding how many children in Totnes constituency, South Devon, the South West and England have received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in the latest period for which figures are available.

Information on the number of young people who have received EMA is available for upper tier local authorities but not by constituency or by local authority ward.

EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

The table below shows take-up as at 28 February 2011.


Number

Devon

8,652

South West

57,693

England

628,751

EMA take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 is available on the YPLA website, at the following address:

http://ema.ypla.gov.uk/resources/research/takeup/

GCSE

Mr Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the name is of each GCSE and GCSE equivalent qualification which was available between 1995 to 2010; and for each such year what the (a) GCSE equivalent for league table purposes was and (b) how many (i) entries for (ii) passes and (iii) passes at grades A* to C there were for each such qualification. [32407]

Mr Gibb: Data for 2010 have been placed in the House Libraries, data for other years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Charlotte Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of students who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were entered for GCSE examinations in (i) English language, (ii) mathematics, (iii) two sciences, (iv) a foreign language, (v) a humanities subject and (vi) all of these subjects in each year since 1997. [38005]

Mr Gibb: The available information is given in the following table.

Number of GCSE (1) entries grades by free school meal eligibility. Years: 2009 (final data) to 2010 (amended data). Coverage: England, maintained schools (including academies and CTCs)
  Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Pupils not eligible for free school meals All pupils (3)

2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010

All pupils

74,419

77,324

504,377

500,640

578,840

578,063

             

GCSE entries by subject

           

English

           

Number

67,385

71,235

487,493

486,623

554,912

557,951

Percentage of pupils

90.5

92.1

96.7

97.2

95.9

96.5

             

Mathematics

           

Number

68,168

71,932

489,495

488,707

557,700

560,732

Percentage of pupils

91.6

93.0

97.0

97.6

96.3

97.0

             

At least two sciences (4)

           

Number

33,138

33,039

338,876

332,950

372,027

366,025

Percentage of pupils

44.5

42.7

67.2

66.5

64.3

63.3

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Humanities (5)

           

Number

21,911

22,760

255,981

253,164

277,903

275,956

Percentage of pupils

29.4

29.4

50.8

50.6

48.0

47.7

             

Modern Languages

           

Number

19,044

18,688

220,236

214,696

239,293

233,420

Percentage of pupils

25.6

24.2

43.7

42.9

41.3

40.4

             

All of the above subjects

           

Number

6,332

6,326

122,690

121,037

129,024

127,374

Percentage of pupils

8.5

8.2

24.3

24.2

22.3

22.0

(1) Number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. (2) Includes pupils for whom free school meal eligibility could not be determined. (3) Pupils who were entered for GCSEs in either Double award Science, both Core Science (or Single) Science and Additional Science, or in at least two of the following GCSEs: Physics, Chemistry, Biological Science. (4 )Pupils who were entered for GCSE in History, Geography or both subjects. There is no set definition of ‘Humanities’, this definition is in line with the proposed English Baccalaureate. (5) Pupils who were entered for GCSE in at least one of the following subjects: French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Japanese, Modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Persian. Source: National Pupil Database

The additional data are not currently available. The Department will be conducting new analysis to prepare the data from 2003 and will place a copy in the House Libraries once it has been completed. However, pupil level characteristics data are not available before 2002.

National Citizen Service: Walthamstow

Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the National Citizen Service pilot project to be implemented in Walthamstow constituency; and how many places he expects the project to provide in that constituency. [15861]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 11 October 2011]: NCS pilots are operating in a number of locations across England in summer 2011. The Football League Trust, one of the 12 pilot providers, will be delivering 100 places in the borough of Waltham Forest, which includes Walthamstow.

Further information on the NCS pilots can be found at:

www.direct.gov.uk/nationalcitizenservice

Ofsted: Disclosure of Information

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the policy of Ofsted is on disclosing to police forces on request information on the names and addresses of children’s homes in a police force area; and if he will make a statement. [47657]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 18 March 2011]: This is a matter for Ofsted. HM chief inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 17 March 2011:

Your recent Parliamentary Question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for response.

Ofsted does not have any express powers to share information with police forces in these circumstances. The Care Standards Act 2000 (Registration) (England) Regulations 2010, which came into force on 1 October 2010, make it clear that Ofsted can routinely share certain information relating to children’s homes, including their addresses, only with local authorities. However, if the police require information about the location of a children’s home for a specific reason, for example relating to a particular setting where a child or children’s safety may be an issue, Ofsted will always provide information to the local police force and do so rapidly.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

Public Appointments: Pay

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what public appointments he has made since his appointment; and to what payments each person so appointed is entitled. [35419]

Tim Loughton: Information on key public appointments made since May 2010 is published in individual press releases. These should include information on remuneration. Press releases are available at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews

In addition, information on the gender of those serving on the boards of public bodies is published annually. Information for the 2010-11 period will be published in due course.

Information on the Department's public appointments and payment terms has been placed in the House Libraries.

Pupils: Absenteeism

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will permit children with at least 95% attendance at school to take a week or less holiday during term-time without incurring a financial penalty. [35928]

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Mr Gibb [holding answer 25 January 2011]:Tackling absenteeism in schools is a crucial part of the Government’s commitment to improving discipline, raising standards and ensuring every child can meet their potential. There is clear evidence that any absence from school can have an impact on pupils’ attainment. The aim should, therefore, be 100% attendance in school, except for reasons of illness or special circumstances such as the inflexibility of leave patterns for parents which make it impossible to take family holidays outside of term time, this is provided for under the pupil registration regulations.

Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the tendering process to begin for functions performed by the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority; and if he will make a statement. [48094]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 23 March 2911]:We are in the process of reducing the number of arm’s length bodies (ALBs) and improving accountability. That process involves reviewing the functions carried out by each ALB and, for those functions that will continue, determining the most appropriate method of delivery. In most cases, delivery will be through new Executive agencies which are more directly accountable within the Department. The review of QCDA’s functions has been completed and there are no plans to put QCDA’s functions out to tender commercially.

In terms of the commercial contracts which underpin each of the continuing functions, we are currently assessing each existing contract to determine the necessary action. This could be to terminate, novate, extend or re-tender, depending on the requirements of the Executive agency and the position of the contract. The national curriculum testing contract has already gone through the review process and is currently part of an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tender exercise which aims to award a new one year contract (with the option to extend for a further year) for the testing service requirements.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he last met representatives of the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority to discuss the transition of that body’s responsibilities; [48096]

(2) when he last met representatives of the Public and Commercial Services Union to discuss redundancies that will result from the abolition of the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority; and what his most recent estimate is of the number of employees who will be (a) transferred to other bodies and (b) made redundant. [48097]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 23 March 2011]: Responsibility for closing and transferring the functions of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) rests with me, as the Minister of State with responsibility for schools. I met a cross-section of QCDA staff working on statutory assessment and testing on 16 March 2011. We discussed current delivery as well as plans to establish the Standards and Testing Agency.

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Neither the Secretary of State for Education nor Ministers have met with the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union. However, officials in the Department and staff in QCDA with responsibility for the transition are now engaged in consultation as part of a voluntary redundancy scheme. Where functions are transferring, individuals who work predominantly on those functions will have a right to transfer to the Department under the Cabinet Office Statement of Practice on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector (COSOP). We will provide further detail as to the number of redundancies and transfers once members of staff, through the consultation process, have first been informed as to whether or not they will transfer.

Religion: GCSE

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of students who took GCSE examinations in religious education, religious studies or similar subjects also took GCSE examinations in history or geography in the academic year 2009-10. [45580]

Mr Gibb: In the academic year 2009-10, the percentage of pupils who took GCSE Religious Education, Religious Studies or similar subjects who also took GCSE History or GCSE Geography was 15.9%.

This figure covers pupils at the end of key stage 4 in all schools (including independent schools as well as hospital schools and pupil referral units) and is derived from the 2010 school and college performance tables.

Schools: Admissions

Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has any plans to revise the school admissions code. [47781]

Mr Gibb: In November 2010 we published the White Paper, “The Importance of Teaching” which announced our intention to review the School Admissions and Appeals Codes, with a view to delivering a simpler, more streamlined admissions process.

We want to deliver a process that removes unnecessary burdens on schools and other admission authorities, as well as helping parents better understand and navigate the admissions system. The current codes are 130 pages long, and contain more than 660 mandatory requirements.

We will shortly launch a national consultation so that parents and other stakeholders can respond to our proposals to enable a simpler, fairer and more transparent admissions framework.

Schools: Discipline

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve school discipline in (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) England. [39596]

Mr Gibb: Raising standards of behaviour in our schools is a key priority for the coalition Government. It goes to the root of how we raise standards, and it lies at the heart of our determination to close the attainment gap between those from poor and wealthier backgrounds.

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The Education Bill sets out reforms to tackle bad behaviour, making it easier to impose no notice detentions, extending search powers for items which disrupt teaching, and making it easier for heads to expel violent or persistently disruptive pupils.

For these reforms to work it is important that teachers understand what the law says and know that the Government is on their side. That is why the Government are revising and reissuing the whole suite of behaviour guidance, which currently runs to over 700 pages. The guidance will be reduced to a length that busy teachers can actually read and make it clear what schools have to do, should do, and can choose to do.

Taken together, these measures will help to improve behaviour in schools in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency and across the country.

Schools: Finance

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Education by what date he expects to introduce a national funding formula for individual schools. [48815]

Mr Gibb: In our White Paper “The Importance of Teaching” we said our long-term aim was to move to a national funding formula. We will publish a consultation this spring on the merits of moving to such a formula, the right time to begin the transition to that formula, the transitional arrangements necessary to ensure that schools and local authorities do not suffer undue turbulence, and the factors to take into account in order to assess the needs of pupils for funding purposes.

School Sports

Mr Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Bradford South constituency will be affected by the decision to end school sport partnerships. [24021]

Tim Loughton: All schools across the country, including those in the Bradford South constituency, will benefit from the planned changes in the Government’s approach to school sport. Funding of £47 million has just been paid to school sport partnerships to fund their work up until the end of the summer term 2011. This is on top of £71 million which was paid to partnerships in October last year. In addition, further new funding of £65 million will be paid to secondary schools, including those in Bradford South, over the next two academic years. This will pay for the release of a PE teacher for one day a week to work with local primary schools to improve provision for competitive sport in their own school and in local primary schools.

Furthermore, at the Sports Colleges Conference in Telford in February, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport announced outline plans for a network of school games organisers from September 2011. These organisers will be funded by the Department of Health and Sport England for three days a week to help schools sign up for the nationwide school games. Further details will be announced shortly.

Taken together, this package of funding will enable schools to maximise the opportunities for competitive sport that they provide for their pupils.

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Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from local authorities on planned changes in his Department’s expenditure on school sport. [27404]

Tim Loughton: We have received no representations direct from local authorities specifically about changes in funding for school sport.

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for monitoring and evaluation of future school sport partnerships. [36342]

Tim Loughton: The Department is not funding school sport partnerships after this school year, and therefore we have no plans to monitor or evaluate them in future. Instead, the Government will make available £65 million of new funding for schools to enable them to provide more opportunities for competitive sports. This funding will pay for one day a week of a secondary PE teacher’s time to be spent out of the classroom, encouraging greater take-up of competitive sport in primary schools and securing a fixture network for schools to increase the amount of intra and inter-school competition.

We have also lifted the previous Administration’s requirements on schools to meet national targets, to monitor all pupils in all schools, and to complete an annual survey, as we think these were unnecessarily burdensome. Freeing schools from these requirements will give them more time to organise competitive sport for all pupils.

Science: GCSE

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of people resident in the Peterborough local education authority area have been entered for triple science GCSEs since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [46863]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 17 March 2011]: The number and percentage of pupils entered for physics, chemistry and biology GCSEs who attend schools in Peterborough local authority we give in the following table. Figures for the other years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Number of pupils entered for triple science GCSEs Percentage of pupils entered for triple science GCSEs (percentage)

2001

39

2

2004

24

1

2007

103

5

2010

435

20

Note: 1. Figures prior to 2005 relate to 15 year olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August). 2. Figures from 2007 onwards relate to pupils at the end of key stage 4 in all schools.

Work-based Stress

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with such stress. [48211]

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Tim Loughton: The Department is committed to the well-being of its employees. It has a number of procedures in place to reduce stress at work, and regularly updates its Workforce Well-Being policies and practices for tackling sickness absence, including stress experienced in the workplace, and makes them available to staff on the Department’s intranet.

The Department’s policies, guidance and management information systems are designed for early identification of work-related stress to help managers and individuals take the appropriate action quickly, and where appropriate, make use of the Department’s professional occupational health providers.

Teachers: Qualifications

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the merits of convergence for (a) Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills and (b) Qualified Teacher status. [35001]

Mr Gibb: Professor Wolf, as part of her review of vocational education, is looking at work force issues including the role of QTLS-holding teachers in schools. We will consider the matter further when we have received Professor Wolf’s report in the spring.

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to enable teachers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status to teach vocational subjects in schools at the same salary level as teachers with Qualified Teacher status. [35002]

Mr Gibb: Following her review of vocational education, Professor Wolf recommended that Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status should be recognised in schools for the delivery of vocational education. The Secretary of State for Education immediately accepted this recommendation.

We will consult fully on any amendments to the existing regulations and give schools adequate notice of any legislative changes. QTLS holders should be able to

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teach vocational subjects in schools as soon as possible subject to statutory requirements and parliamentary process.

Teenage Pregnancy

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of girls (a) in care and (b) not in care aged between 13 and 19 gave birth in each of the last 10 years. [48501]

Tim Loughton: Information on the number of looked-after girls who are mothers is available in table A5 of the Department’s Statistical First Release, Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2010. This publication is available at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000960/index.shtml

The earliest year for which this information is available is 2005. The percentage of looked-after girls aged between 13 and 19 who are mothers, for the year 2005 to 2010 is included in table 1.

Table 1: Proportion of girls in care aged between 13 to 19 who gave birth during the year ending 31 March 2005 - 10, England

Percentage

2005

3

2006

3

2007

3

2008

3

2009

3

2010

3

Notes: 1. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number. 2. Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements. 3. Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials. Source: SSDA903.

Information on the proportion of girls not in care who gave birth is not available. Estimates for all girls aged 14 to 19 who have given birth have been provided by the Office for National Statistics, and are shown in table 2. Please note that comparable information for girls aged 13 to 19 is not available.

Table 2: Estimated women and mothers aged 14 to 19, England and Wales

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Female population aged 14 to 19 inclusive (from ONS mid-year population estimates)

2,045,590

2,049,770

2,050,620

2,039,520

2,024,420

Estimated number of women aged 14 to 19 who have had at least one live birth

45,600

44,330

44,150

43,130

42,630

Percentage of women aged 14 to 19 who have had at least one live birth

2.2

2.2

2.2

2.1

2.1

Notes: 1. Estimates of the number of women who have had at least one live birth are from an ONS birth order model that combines data from birth registrations with survey data on fertility histories to estimate birth order, and then combines these with population estimates to produce the female population by parity. 2. The percentage of women in a particular age group who have had at least one live birth (i.e. are mothers) is not the same as a birth rate for that age group, which would show the proportion of women who give birth in a specific calendar year. 3. Because the percentage of women with at least one birth increases with age, any comparison of the figures above with figures for females in care may be affected if the female population in care aged 14-19 has a different age structure from the overall female population aged 14-19. 4. Estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: Fertility and Family Analysis Unit, Office for National Statistics.

UK Youth Parliament

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department provided to the UK Youth Parliament in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; how much it plans to make available to the UK Youth Parliament in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; what further plans he has for funding allocations to arrangements for the UK Youth Parliament; and if he will make a statement. [47279]

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Tim Loughton [holding answer 17 March 2011]: In 2009-10 and 2010-11 grants of £350,000 and £500,000 respectively were provided to support UK Youth Parliament activities from the Department's Children, Young People and Families Grant.

The Government will provide continuing support into 2011-12 to the UK Youth Parliament. Following a limited competitive bidding exercise the Department for Education proposes to award a grant of £335,000 to the British Youth Council to continue the UK Youth Parliament's key functions and sustain its independence and distinct identity for six months from April 2011. This will secure continued support for the work of the 600 young people who are Members of the Youth Parliament or their Deputies. In the meantime, a short-term grant of £65,000 will be offered to the current host charity for the UK Youth Parliament, Democracy for Young People Ltd, to enable it to deliver a smooth transition. The Government are considering what arrangements would be appropriate to sustain the UK Youth Parliament in the longer term. I am pleased that the Speaker of the House of Commons has confirmed continuing support for the UK Youth Parliament in 2011-12 including for the annual debate in the Commons chamber.

Giving young people a voice in public decisions which affect them is a key principle underpinning the Government's youth policy. Members of the UK Youth Parliament make a valuable contribution to making the voices of young people heard within formal democratic processes and these measures will ensure that their work can continue.

Vocational Education

Mr Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the letter of 9 September 2010 to Professor Alison Wolf, whether she has delivered to him an interim report on her review of vocational education; and if he will publish the interim report. [36238]

Mr Gibb: The Wolf Review of Vocational Education reported on 3 March 2011. The Government are very grateful to Professor Wolf for such a valuable piece of work. We are now considering her recommendations and will publish a formal response this spring.

Nadhim Zahawi: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vocational qualifications were available at level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 and equivalents to young people in schools and colleges in England in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2010. [47790]

Mr Gibb: For the academic year 1996/97 the number of available vocational qualifications for levels 1, 2 and 3 in schools and colleges was:


Number

Level 1

328

Level 2

965

Level 3

961

The total for the academic year was 2,254.

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For the academic year 2009/10 the number of available vocational qualifications for levels 1, 2 and 3 in schools and colleges approved under section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 was:


Number

Level 1

1,114

Level 2

2,446

Level 3

2,060

The total for the year was 5,620.

The 2009/10 data are affected by the transition of qualifications from the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This means that some qualifications may appear in the data twice, once under the NQF and once under the QCF. It is estimated that this duplication may have inflated the figures for 2009/10 by around 10%.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Aimhigher Programme

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many potential students the Aimhigher programme reached in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [49895]

Mr Willetts: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 March 2011, Official Report, column 1298W.

Apprentices: Finance

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to increasing funding for apprenticeships in the process and manufacturing sector. [49814]

Mr Hayes: As part of Budget 2011, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £180 million package for 50,000 extra apprenticeship places, including 10,000 advanced level and higher apprenticeships targeted at smaller employers. This means that this Government will deliver at least 250,000 more apprenticeships over the next four years, compared to the previous Government’s plans.

Part of this package was developed as an outcome of the growth review and although it is aimed at all business sectors, the additional advanced and higher level places are expected to particularly benefit the advanced manufacturing industry and its supply chain.

Arms Trade: Exports

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many licences were granted for the export of controlled goods to Saudi Arabia where the Saudi Arabian National Guard was the end user in each year since 2007. [49823]

Mr Prisk: Information provided in export licence applications (such as names of end users and third parties) is confidential. However, the Government publish general information on export licences in the annual

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and quarterly reports on strategic export controls. These reports contain detailed information on export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, including the overall value, type (eg military, other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. They are available to view on the Strategic Export Controls: Reports and Statistics website at

https://www.exportcontroldb.berr.gov.uk/eng/fox

Currently this includes information up to 30 September 2010. Information covering 1 October to 31 December 2010 will be published in April 2011.

Business: Berkshire

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with how many business organisations in (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading and (c) Berkshire his Department has had discussions since his appointment. [46625]

Mr Prisk: The information requested is not held centrally within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Business Link South East has advised that in the period May 2010 to the end of February 2011 they provided assistance (via meetings, telephone calls or electronic activity—e.g. meaningful website usage) to the following number of unique businesses.

Area Number of businesses assisted

Berkshire

8,313

Reading

1,529

Business Closures

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of businesses which have failed in each of the last three years in circumstances directly attributable to the actions of officials in Government Departments. [49109]

Mr Prisk [holding answer 28 March 2011]: Official Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics show that the total number of enterprise deaths in the last three years are 223,600 in 2007, 221,185 in 2008 and 279,180 in 2009. Data for 2010 are due for publication later this year.

No information is held on the direct attributable cause of business failure.

Business: North East England

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with how many business organisations in (a) the North East, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency his Department has had discussions since his appointment. [47594]

Mr Prisk: The information requested is not held centrally within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Business Link North East has advised that in the period May 2010 to the end of February 2011, they provided assistance (via meetings, telephone calls or electronic activity e.g. meaningful website usage) to the following number of unique businesses.

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Area Number of businesses assisted

North East

17,896

Teesside (Tees Valley)

3,893

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

416

Regulation

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women are employed in businesses with fewer than 10 employees excluding sole proprietors. [48218]

Mr Davey [holding answer 22 March 2011]: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold information on the number of men and women employed in businesses with fewer than 10 employees. We estimate that, in total, there are 3,764,000 employees within businesses with fewer than 10 employees in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics produces official statistics on employees, but is unable at present to produce a breakdown by gender and business size.

Departmental Offices

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, column 736W, on departmental offices, what further discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the scope for sharing his Department’s proposed regional offices with that Department. [48844]

Mr Prisk: No further discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr Pickles) have taken place on this issue. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) teams are being located wherever possible in BIS or BIS agency locations, in order to achieve maximum cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency as follows:

With the Skills Funding Agency in Birmingham, Bristol, Gateshead and Manchester.

In a number of locations, the BIS teams will continue to be based in the former Government office locations (until BIS estate is available) in Cambridge, Guildford, Leeds and Nottingham.

Departmental Redundancy

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants in his Department have been offered voluntary redundancy since April 2010; and if he will make a statement. [49190]

Mr Davey: Since April 2010, 251 people have been offered voluntary redundancy, This is part of an ongoing scheme to reduce the Department's administrative costs in line with its budget for the comprehensive spending review period. The number who leave the Department under this scheme will depend on how many accept their offers.

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Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Alun Cairns) of 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 433W, on business: regulations, how many of the regulations were revoked in the period between 4 and 28 February 2011. [49031]

Mr Prisk [holding answer 24 March 2011]: The Protection of Freedoms Bill includes provision to repeal the following powers of entry:

Article 22 of the Distribution of German Enemy Property (No. 1) Order 1950

Regulation 24(6) of the Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995.

The Bill was presented to Parliament on 11 February.

In addition, the three Companies Fees regulations:

The Registrar of Companies (Fees)(Companies, Overseas Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships)(Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Registrar of Companies (Fees) (Limited Partnerships)(Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Registrar of Companies (Fees)(European Economic Interest Grouping) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

which were laid before Parliament on 14 February revise the existing provisions from 6 April with the result of £1.2 million annual savings for businesses.

Education: English Language

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many students on English for Speakers of Other Languages courses were asylum seekers in each of the last 10 years; [48858]

(2) what recent estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers with children who receive full fee remission on the cost of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses. [48992]

Mr Hayes: We do not explicitly record in the system learners who are asylum seekers. We do, however, collect information on why a learner has received fee remission for any Government funded learning they undertake. A category within this variable is available for providers to record a claim for an asylum seeker who is eligible for funding and is also in receipt of the equivalent of an income-based state benefit.

From those data we can provide some information on learners who are in receipt of full fee remission through being an asylum seeker in receipt of the equivalent of an income-based state benefit. This should be used with caution given it neither provides an accurate picture about the level of learners who are asylum seekers, nor what other learning or benefit entitlements that learner may have.

The following table shows the number of adults participating on an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course who received full fee remission due to being an asylum seeker eligible for funding and being in receipt of the equivalent of an income-based state benefit.

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Data are shown from 2005/06, the earliest year for which we have comparable data to 2009/10, the latest year for which full-year data are available.

Number of adults (19+) participating on ESOL courses who were in receipt of full fee-remission due to being an asylum seeker eligible for funding and in receipt of the equivalent of an income-based state benefit, 2005/06 to 2009/10 (near-final data)

Total

2005/06

9,450

2006/07

7,390

2007/08

6,780

2008/09(1)

7,230

2009/10(1) (Near-final)

7,020

(1) Figures for 2008/09 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as the introduction of demand led funding has changed how data are collected and how funded learners are defined. More information on demand led funding is available at http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/datadictionary/businessdefinitions/Demand+Led+Funding.htm Notes: 1. These data cover participation in Learner Responsive, apprenticeships, Train to Gain, Adult Safeguarded Learning and University for Industry provision. Further education/Learner Responsive provision includes general further education colleges including tertiary, sixth form colleges—agricultural and horticultural colleges and art and design colleges, specialist colleges and external institutions. 2. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: Individualised Learner Record.

Information is not collected on the number of asylum seekers with children studying ESOL courses.

Information on participation on ESOL courses is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 27 January 2010:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current

Employment Agencies: Training

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who are no longer considered unemployed by virtue of their acceptance on training schemes secured via private employment agencies in the last 12 months. [48911]

Mr Hayes: Information on the number of learners on training schemes secured via private employment agencies is not collected centrally.

Employment: EU Law

Mark Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of flexibility in the UK labour market; and if he will make it his policy to maintain such flexibility in future negotiations on EU legislation. [49467]

Mr Davey: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its seminal Job Study Review in 2006 identified the UK as a “successful employment performer”. It also identified the UK as having one of the least onerous employment regulation systems. But perceptions can matter as much as facts or figures. We must make it clear that Britain is open for business and that employers need not fear taking on employees. The Government have just announced a number of measures to remove barriers to growth which contribute to the ongoing employment law review. The Government will also continue working to ensure that EU measures do not stifle UK labour market flexibility.

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English Language: Greater London

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what funding his Department provided for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) the London borough of Tower Hamlets and (c) London in each of the last five years; [49220]

(2) how many students were enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and (b) the London borough of Tower Hamlets in each of the last five years; [49221]

(3) how many students there are enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) the London borough of Tower Hamlets and (c) London; [49222]

(4) what plans he has for future funding of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) the London borough of Tower Hamlets and (c) London. [49223]

Mr Hayes: Table 1 shows participation on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in London, Tower Hamlets local education authority and Bethnal Green and Bow parliamentary constituency for 2005/06 to 2009/10.

Table 1: ESOL participation by geography, 2005/06 to 2009/10

2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 (1) 2009/10 (1) (near-final)

London

82,870

76,930

83,700

79,140

76,060

Tower Hamlets local education authority

3,840

3,540

4,160

4,040

3,640

Bethnal Green and Bow constituency

1,940

1,980

2,400

2,310

1,990

(1) Figures for 2008/09 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as the introduction of demand led funding has changed how data are collected and how funded learners are defined. More information on demand led funding is available at: http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/datadictionary/businessdefinitions/Demand+Led+Funding.htm Notes: 1. These data cover participation In Learner Responsive, Apprenticeships, Train to Gain, Adult Safeguarded Learning and University for Industry provision. Further Education/Learner Responsive provision includes General Further Education Colleges including Tertiary, Sixth Form Colleges—Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges, Specialist Colleges and External Institutions. 2. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. Geographic information is based upon the home postcode of the learner. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on participation on ESOL courses is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 27 January 2010:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current

Information on historical ESOL funding at the local geography level is not available. However, the Skills Funding Agency publish information on adult (19 years +) allocations made to individual colleges, providers and employers for each academic year available at the following link:

http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/programmes/

From August 2011, full Government funding will be provided for unemployed people in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance or in the employment and support allowance

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(work-related activity) group, and this will include ESOL courses where English language skills have been identified as a barrier to entering employment. We will continue to pay 50% of ESOL course fees for people who are settled here. We will no longer fund ESOL courses delivered in the workplace.

Eligibility for full or part public funded ESOL provision is set out in the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) learner eligibility criteria, which are based on a person’s ordinary residence. For funding purposes, the SFA regards as ordinarily resident any person who habitually, normally and lawfully resides from choice and for a settled purpose in England. Full learner eligibility guidance can be found on the Skills Funding Agency and Young People’s Learning Agency website:

http://readingroom.ypla.gov.uk/ypla/agency-leg2010-11-version1aon12-04-2010.pdf

As autonomous bodies, further education (FE) colleges and training providers are responsible for their own fees policies. We have introduced increased freedoms and flexibilities for FE colleges and providers providing them with increased flexibility to respond to the needs of their communities.

English Language: Greater Manchester

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans he has for future funding of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bolton South East constituency, (b) Bolton and (c) Greater Manchester; [49593]

(2) how much funding his Department has provided for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (a) Bolton South East constituency, (b) Bolton borough and (c) Greater Manchester in each of the last five years. [49594]

Mr Hayes: Information on historical ESOL broken down by geography is not available. However, the Skills Funding Agency publish information on adult (19 years +) allocations made to individual colleges, providers and employers for each academic year available at the following link:

http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/programmes/

From August 2011, full Government funding will be provided for unemployed people in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance of in the employment and support allowance (work-related activity) group, and this will include ESOL courses where English language skills have been identified as a barrier to entering employment. We will continue to pay 50% of ESOL course fees for people who are settled here. We will no longer fund ESOL courses delivered in the workplace.

Eligibility for full or part public funded ESOL provision is set out in the Skills Funding Agency's learner eligibility criteria, which are based on a person's ordinary residence. For funding purposes, the Agency regards as ordinarily resident any person who habitually, normally and lawfully resides from choice and for a settled purpose in England. Full learner eligibility guidance can be found on the Skills Funding Agency and Young People’s Learning Agency website:

http://readingroom.ypla.gov.uk/ypla/agency-leg2010-11-version1aon12-04-2010.pdf

As autonomous bodies, FE colleges and training providers are responsible for their own fees policies. We have introduced increased freedoms and flexibilities for

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FE colleges and providers providing them with increased flexibility to respond to the needs of their communities.

Table 1 as follows shows participation on English for speakers of other languages courses in Bolton South East parliamentary constituency, Bolton local education authority and Manchester local education authority for 2005/06 to 2009/10. We only hold information at region, local education authority and parliamentary constituency levels of geography, therefore data for Greater Manchester are not presented.

Table 1: ESOL participation by geography, 2005/06 to 2009/10

2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 (1) 2009/10 (1) (near-final)

Bolton south east constituency

1,090

670

770

750

590

Bolton local education authority

1,910

1,170

1,270

1,250

1,060

Manchester local education authority

6,610

4,640

3,430

3,400

2,590

(1) Figures for 2008/09 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as the introduction of demand led funding has changed how data are collected and how funded learners are defined. More information on demand led funding is available at: Notes: 1. These data cover participation In Learner Responsive, Apprenticeships, Train to Gain, Adult Safeguarded Learning and University for Industry provision. Further Education/Learner Responsive provision Includes General Further Education Colleges including Tertiary, Sixth Form Colleges—Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges, Specialist Colleges and External Institutions. 2. Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten. http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/datadictionary/businessdefinitions/Demand+Led+Funding.htm 3. Geographic information is based upon the home postcode of the learner. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on participation on ESOL courses is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 27 January 2010:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current

Enterprise Zones

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements he has put in place for areas to apply for enterprise zone status; and if he will make a statement. [49111]

Mr Prisk [holding answer 28 March 2011]: Budget 2011 announced that Government would establish 21 new Enterprise Zones in Local Enterprise Partnership areas in England. The Budget named the first 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships that would benefit from Enterprise Zones. A competition for a further 10 Enterprise Zones in the remaining partnership areas was also announced.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and I will write shortly to Local Enterprise Partnerships with a prospectus for Enterprise Zones which sets out the appropriate application process.

Family Breakdown

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what policy measures he has introduced since his appointment which reduce the incidence of family breakdown; and if he will make a statement. [48892]

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Mr Davey: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him on 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 864W, by the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller).

Further Education: Fees and Charges

Ben Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to offer student loans to cover the cost of fees charged by further education institutions. [47331]

Mr Hayes: Government backed fee loans will be introduced from 2013/14 for those aged 24 and over to undertake qualifications at Level 3 and above.

The loans will not be mean-tested and will be paid directly to the further education institution to meet up-front fee costs in the same way as higher education fee loans.

We are considering how loans will be implemented, consulting with a stakeholder reference group.

Green Investment Bank

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what level of capitalisation he expects the Green Investment Bank to receive from the (a) public and (b) private sector in the first four years of its existence. [48594]

Mr Prisk: The initial capitalisation of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be £3 billion. This is £2 billion funding on top of £1 billion of departmental funding already announced. There are no current plans to attract private sector capital for the GIB. We expect the public sector capital to leverage an additional £15 billion of investments in green infrastructure by 2014-15.

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the Green Investment Bank issuing bonds within the next five financial years. [49300]

Mr Prisk: Ministers will capitalise the Green Investment Bank (GIB) with £3 billion.

With these resources, the GIB will not need to borrow in this spending review (SR) period. GIB borrowing in this SR would have added to net public sector debt and would not be consistent with the Government's fiscal consolidation plans.

However, the ambition is to grow the GIB over time. Government will therefore enable the GIB to have borrowing powers from 2015-16 and once the target for debt to be falling as percentage of GDP has been met. The precise borrowing mechanism is still being worked out and we intend to say more in May.

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the Green Investment Bank sourcing capital from small investors through dedicated individual savings accounts in the next five financial years. [49301]

Mr Prisk: Retail deposits will not be an initial source of funding for the Green Investment Bank. Government are separately considering the case for taking further action to promote green individual saving accounts (ISAs.)

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Higher Education: Finance

Dr Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Open University and (b) other providers of part-time higher education on future funding for part-time higher education students in England; and if he will make a statement. [48862]

Mr Willetts: I have had a number of discussions with the Open University and other institutions about our package of reforms and its impact on part time students. From 2012/13 we propose that part-time students will be able to have access to loans to pay their tuition costs provided they are studying at publicly-funded institutions and at an intensity rate of at least 25%. We also propose that tuition costs for part-time students will be capped at a level which will be set pro-rata to the maximum amount chargeable to full-time students. These measures will help deliver the Government’s intention that part-time students are treated similarly to full-time students for tuition.

ICT: Training

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve skills in IT across the workforce. [49280]

Mr Hayes: e-skills UK is the sector skills council for business and information technology, working with employers, to produce the supply of technology skills the UK needs to succeed. They have developed a range of help for businesses and learners including IT professional apprenticeships which are meeting current and future skill needs and have been increasing their participation rates. A qualifications framework has been created to assess and develop skills in IT and enable learners to progress. A partnership of e-skills UK, employers and higher education has developed the Information Technology Management for Business Degree supported by major employers who offer placements and coaching, and e-skills UK also supports small businesses to improve their IT skills through the Business IT Guide.

In response to the IT skills needs of the most disadvantaged people, the Department is providing a further £13 million in 2011-12 to UK online centres to provide support through internet access and IT skills training. UK online centres have provided support for 380,000 people in England since April 2010 to get online for the first time. The Online Basics qualification is now listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and fee remission will be available for those learners on work-ready benefits who require digital life skills.

Industry Training Levies

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on industry training levies. [48834]

Mr Hayes: The skills strategy, “Skills for Sustainable Growth”, published in November 2010, set out our aim of raising employer ambition on skills by encouraging employers to develop collective approaches to improving skills in their sector, including professional standards, occupational licensing and training levies. We want industries and sectors to explore if training levies—on a

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statutory or a voluntary basis—can help businesses pool their resources and achieve greater impact from their investment.

On Monday 7 March, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills launched a new £50 million Growth and Innovation Fund which will support the development of industry-led proposals around training levies, and other collective employer action aimed at overcoming the barriers to improving skills and driving growth.

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the involvement of local enterprise partnerships in skills and training. [48886]

Mr Hayes: Local enterprise partnerships, colleges, universities and other training organisations are encouraged to work together to establish how they can best support the partnerships’ ambitions. A skilled, educated work force is vital to drive growth both locally and nationally. That is why we are investing in education, skills and knowledge and are radically reforming the further education and skills system to deliver skills for sustainable growth.

Manufacturing Industries

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase levels of employment in the process and manufacturing sector. [49118]

Mr Prisk: The Government are supporting employment in the process and manufacturing industry by introducing more predictable and lower corporate taxes; cutting through the unnecessary red tape and regulation; increasing access to finance; and focusing on training and apprenticeships to ensure specialist skills are in good supply.

To support further growth in manufacturing, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 23 March 2011, Official Report, columns 951-966, a package of measures as part of the growth review. These will benefit UK manufacturing through helping improve firms commercialise technology, boosting access to a skilled work force, and improving the image of the sector.

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he had had with (a) industry boards, (b) employers and (c) trade unions in the process and manufacturing sector. [49120]

Mr Prisk: We have held a number of meetings with companies, industry representatives, trade unions and other stakeholders to discuss a range of issues of importance to the process and manufacturing sector. As well as separate meetings, on 25 January 2011, I chaired an Advanced Manufacturing Summit, which brought together all the key players in industry, Government and academia to discuss the challenges and barriers to manufacturing growth. In addition, the Secretary of State met with representatives of the TUC and other trade unions in the manufacturing sector in February.

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Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to help raise the profile of careers in the process and manufacturing sector. [49121]

Mr Prisk: We believe that there is an important role for the Government in ensuring that there are strong, consistent messages about the vital role of manufacturing in the UK economy, and in highlighting UK manufacturing excellence. The Government's task is to spread the word about modern UK manufacturing, to draw attention to its breadth, diversity and dynamism, and to let people know about the opportunities it offers in terms of exciting, well-paid jobs and careers.

As part of Budget 2011 my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer published the Government's Plan for Growth, which sets out how we aim to meet these ambitions. Key initiatives that were announced include;

(1) Strengthening the Government's strategy for promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills; we aim to increase the STEM skills of young people in the UK and improve student awareness of STEM careers;

(2) To promote the UK manufacturing sector, the Government will launch a high profile industry showcase alongside the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and roll out a programme of ‘Made in Britain' exhibitions;

(3) The Government are seeking to promote a new international prize in engineering, and is working with private sector partners to create an endowment to support such a prize.

In addition, through the “See Inside Manufacturing” initiative, companies will open their doors so that school children and students can get a look behind the scenes at what a career in manufacturing or engineering can offer. Excellence in British design, engineering and manufacturing is also being showcased through a rolling programme of themed displays at this Department's headquarters.

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage growth in the process and manufacturing sector. [49122]

Mr Prisk: As part of Budget 2011 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Government's plan for growth. This contains four overarching ambitions that will ensure progress is made towards to achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries. These ambitions are:

1. to create the most competitive tax system in the G20;

2. to make the UK one of the best places in Europe to start, finance and grow a business;

3. to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy; and

4. to create a more educated work force that is the most flexible in Europe.

The plan for growth also sets out major initiatives in relation to sectors covered by the growth review. The advanced manufacturing sector will particularly benefit from: changes to capital allowances; the establishment of a High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre; the development of a new degree-equivalent higher level apprenticeship; and nine new university-based centres for innovative manufacturing.