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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the expenditure of her Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following figures cover the purchase of books as well as newspapers, magazines and periodicals. It is not possible to separate these costs further without disproportionate expense.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 402W, how many assaults there were on teachers in each LEA in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Portsmouth local education authority spending on education (a) above SSA per pupil for the primary and secondary sectors, (b) in total for 199091 to 200102 and (c) projected for the financial year 200203, adjusted for inflation at current values; and if she will make a statement. 
|NCE per pupil|
|SSA per pupil|
(33) Rounded to the nearest £10
1. Figures for 199798 and 199899 include grant maintained schools. Figures for 19992000 include ex-GM schools
2. All figures are in real terms at 200001 prices, and rounded to the nearest £10.
3. Portsmouth came into being as a result of an LEA reorganisation in 199798. It did not exist as a separate LEA but was part of Hampshire LEA prior to 199798.
4. Expenditure is given by Net Current Expenditure (NCE) after recharges.
5. Expenditure data for 19902000 is taken from section 52 outturn statements completed by local education authorities and returned to the DfES. Data for all previous years is taken from DTLR's Revenue Outturn returns.
6. SSA figures implicitly cover funding for special schools, and there is no split available for special schools. The NCE figures provided here are for pre-primary and secondary only. Hence the two sets of figures are not comparable.
7. Pupil numbers used in calculating per pupil figures are financial year averages, based on January Annual School Census returns.
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Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Swindon's SSA per pupil for (i) post-16 and (ii) four-year-olds was for 199798 to 200203; and what the average figures for England were for those years. 
Mr. Timms: The post-16 SSA and four-year-old SSA cannot be expressed meaningfully as a per pupil amount because education for those groups is not compulsory and a large part of the SSA for these sub-blocks is determined on factors other than pupil numbers.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will compensate students and former students who started their degrees in the years 1998 to 2002, if the review of student financing results in a significantly decreased debt burden for students starting their courses after 2003. 
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the study of post-16 school transport arrangements was completed; what indications it gave as to the number of education authorities which charge for transport to school for 16 to 19-year-olds; and what action she has taken as a result of the study. 
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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The fieldwork for the study into post-16 transport support was completed in November 2001. We are awaiting the consultants' report. Their initial findings suggest that most LEAs charge for transport for students aged 16 and over, although free transport remains available to some, e.g. students assessed as disabled. Charges for transport vary between LEAs.
In order to make improvements to transport support for students aged 16 to 19, we have introduced a clause in the current Education Bill to revise section 509 of the 1996 Education Act and clarify the duty on LEAs so that they work with the local LSCs, colleges and others, in developing and delivering policies for support.
We are also making £9 million available to LEAs in 200203 to help them to develop and test the best approaches to transport support. Information about these developments will reach LEAs in February 2002.
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 25 January 2002]: The information required is not held centrally, and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The Government will very shortly be publishing their Regulatory Reform Action Plan, which includes some deregulatory measures as well as proposals for better regulation and reform.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We have no plans to give school children a commemorative Jubilee mug. However, as I have commented in previous answers to such questions, the Department is involved in a range of projects to mark Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee. Last October, we announced jointly with Buckingham Palace a national poetry competition and in December, my colleague the Secretary of State for Education and Skills announced that the National Training Awards 2002 would include a special Jubilee category to mark exceptionally effective contributions to the community by individuals and organisations.
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The figures include schools that have closed owing to the amalgamation or merger of two or more schools, and schools that have closed in local education authorities that have moved from a three-tier system to a two-tier system.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) legislation and (b) guidance requires a head teacher to take off a school's roll pupils taking extended holidays outside the United Kingdom; and what time limits apply to a head teacher keeping open a place for such pupils. 
Mr. Timms: The Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995 outline the circumstances under which a head teacher shall remove a pupil from the school roll. "Social Inclusion: Pupil Support" circular number 10/99 Annexe A provides guidance on holidays during term time.
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