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Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent per head on (a) primary and (b) secondary education in (i) the county of Suffolk, excluding Ipswich and (ii) the town of Ipswich in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional resources her Department will provide for (a) Suffolk county council and (b) Ipswich for education in the next financial year. 
Mr. Timms: Most funding for education in the next financial year will not be known until the autumn when the Local Government Finance Settlement will be announced. Listed are the latest funding allocations for education in Suffolk local education authority for the current financial year. The figures are provisional estimates, as final
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decisions on some funding allocations have yet to be finalised. Allocations can only be given at local education authority level.
The following revenue grants have been included: DfES contributions to the Standards Fund; Class Size Reduction Grant, School Standards Grant, Education Budget Support Grant and Nursery Education Grant for three-year-olds.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the guarantee that school sixth form funding will be maintained in real terms, once learning and skills councils take responsibility for them, will still apply if pupil numbers fall. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 16 July 2001]: Through our Real Terms Guarantee, we are ensuring that no sixth form can lose compared to its 200001 funding levels, provided numbers are maintained. For sixth forms that are reducing in size, the guarantee will be maintained but at a proportionately reduced level. The Learning and Skills Council will use a standard per capita figure for all pupil increases or decreases. The size of the initial per capita adjustment applying in 200203 will be published by the LSC in September.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she plans to take in respect of further education colleges which do not award annual pay increases to silver book contract lecturers. 
Margaret Hodge: Further Education colleges are self-governing institutions. The implementation of annual pay awards is a matter for employers and their staff, and is not a matter on which it is appropriate for the Government to intervene. Nevertheless, I can reiterate the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Lifelong Learning on 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 388W, that the additional moneys allocated to FE colleges under the Teaching Pay Initiative are intended to be fairly distributed among all eligible staff.
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(b) secondary school pupil in England; and what the comparable figures for pupils in Bedfordshire are for the most recent year for which figures are available. 
|Primary per pupil||2,590||2,520|
|Secondary per pupil||3,310||3,240|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 11-year-olds achieved level 4 or above in the key stage 2 tests for (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001. 
Mr. Timms: The proportion of 11-year-olds who achieved Level 4 or above in the Key Stage 2 tests in 2000 in (a) English was 75 per cent. and (b) mathematics was 72 per cent. Results for 2001 are not yet available. A Press Notice will be released in mid-September announcing national results for 2001.
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The amount of low-flying training carried out in the UK Low Flying System during the training year April 2000 to March 2001 was the minimum necessary for aircrew to reach and maintain these skills. Hours booked for low-flying training during this period amounted to a small decrease (of 66 hours, or less than 1 per cent.) compared to the previous training year. Since detailed records of hours booked began in 1995, the total overall has reduced by over 36 per cent. (24,360 hours) with fixed wing activity showing the greatest reduction.
The distribution of low-flying training across the UK has not changed significantly. We continue to try and spread it as widely as practicable, but for a variety of operational, geographical and climatic constraints some parts of the country will see more than others.
Ministry of Defence
London WC2N 5BL.
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