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Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with religious organisations about the implications for church schools of new funding arrangements for school transport of pupils over the age of 16 years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: There have been no changes to the national funding arrangements for post-16 transport. My officials have not, therefore, had discussions with religious organisations. I understand that Northumberland LEA is considering changes to the support that it provides for transport locally and is consulting on these changes. It is for each LEA to determine the level of support that it makes in relation to local needs, and to have regard to parents' religious preferences.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to education authorities and to learning and skills councils on future funding arrangements for transport to school for pupils aged over 16 years; how many education authorities propose to discontinue free transport on post-16 pupils; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: There have been no changes to the national funding arrangements for post-16 transport and no guidance has been issued. We do not have figures on the numbers of LEAs who propose to discontinue the provision of free transport for post-16 pupils. We are awaiting the outcome of a study into post-16 transport arrangements in September 2001 and will consider any recommendations and issue our response thereafter.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements she has placed on (a) local authorities and (b) pre-school settings for the preparation of and application for kitemark schemes. 
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Mr. Timms: A range of quality assurance mechanisms is being used successfully by local authorities to raise standards. These include: Investors in People, Charter Mark and the Excellence Model. Some local authorities have also developed their own models. The revised LEA Code of Practice, which came into effect in February 2001, contains a non-statutory Annexe setting out the standards that local authorities should adhere to in their communications with schools.
In March, Government announced "Investors in Children" a national quality-rating scheme for child care and early years education, as proposed in the Green Paper "Schools Building on Success". Early Years Development and Child Care Partnerships are working to meet a new national target to ensure that at least 40 per cent. of early years and child care providers have been accredited by a quality assurance scheme by 2004.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish, for each local education authority, in respect of (a) three year olds and (b) four year olds (i) the number resident in each local education authority, (ii) the number for whom places are available in pre-school settings, (iii) the number for whom places are available in schools, (iv) the number of places for which Government funding is provided, (v) category (iv) as a percentage of (i), (vi) category (iv) as a percentage of (ii) and (iii) and (vii) the number of residents whom the local EYCDP identifies as in need of provision. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the criteria for the inclusion of organisations in her Department's anti-bullying website, "Don't Suffer in Silence". 
Mr. Timms: In installing links from our website to other websites of interest to bullied pupils we have considered the usefulness of the other sites to users, whether there is any controversial or inappropriate material, and whether the sites appear to support our policy on bullying.
Mr. Timms: My officials are ready to meet the representatives of Bullying Online at any time. My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State made this clear in a letter to the Director of the charity on 5 July.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 403W, how many students who obtained QTS status last summer have (a) failed the skills tests in numeracy and literacy and (b) applied for an extension in order to retake the tests that they have failed. 
Mr. Timms: 231 of last year's newly qualified teachers have failed so far to pass the computerised numeracy skills test. They are not required to take the literacy test. We do not yet know how many have applied for an extension to their induction period to retake the test.
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Estelle Morris: I am grateful to Mike Tomlinson for agreeing to extend his one-year appointment as HM Chief Inspector for five months. This extension, until 30 April 2002, was confirmed yesterday by Order in Council. Recruitment for the post will be run in accordance with the guidelines of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments following advertisement in the national press in September.
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will publish the protocols and guidance notes for the disinfection of milking parlours in Scotland following foot and mouth disease. 
Mrs. Liddell: Detailed guidance is currently being drafted by DEFRA in respect of cleansing and the disinfection of milking parlours. It will be distributed widely among interested parties and a copy will be placed in the Libraries of the House. Information is available on the DEFRA and Scottish Executive websites in respect of disinfectants and their use generally in cleaning farms following an outbreak of FMD.
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Mr. Foulkes: The table shows how many performance audit inspections Scottish Homes conducted each year between 1989 and 1999. Figures from 1989 to 1993 are based on estimates only. On 1 July 1999 this became a devolved matter for the Scottish Parliament.
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