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Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three-year-olds attended Government-funded pre-school education in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 in the Falmouth and Camborne constituency. 
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three-year-olds attended Government-funded pre-school education in Chesham and Amersham in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000. 
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Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three-year-olds attended Government-funded pre-school education in the Uxbridge constituency in each of the last four years. 
Margaret Hodge: The information is not available in the form requested. Figures for other maintained 1 and private, voluntary and independent providers are not collected at parliamentary constituency level.
In each local education authority area in England in each year from 1997 to 2001 is shown in a table on the Department's statistical website. The table "Numbers of 3 and 4-year-olds taking up free early education places: 19972001" can be found at www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics/ DB/SBU/b0300/index.html.
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and skills council is headquartered; and what are its estimated accommodation costs in the first year. 
|Local Learning and Skills Council||Headquarters||Estimated accommodation costs 200102 (£)|
|Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire||Abingdon||323,002|
|Kent and Medway||West Malling||568,594|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||Fareham (with a satellite office at Newport)||315,627|
|Cheshire and Warrington||Middlewich||174,698|
|The Black Country||Oldbury||243,183|
|Birmingham and Solihull||Birmingham||343,077|
|Coventry and Warwickshire||Coventry||411,763|
|Herefordshire and Worcestershire||Worcester||218,681|
|Wiltshire and Swindon||Swindon||346,451|
|West of England||Bristol||389,939|
|Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole||Bournemouth||235,090|
|Devon and Cornwall||Plymouth (with a satellite office at Truro)||401,508|
|Tyne and Wear||Gateshead||246,110|
|County Durham||Newton Aycliffe||108,536|
|Bedfordshire and Luton||Bedford||153,928|
|London North||Palmers Green||500,260|
Accommodation costs include annual rent and rates (including rate rebates), annual service charge and property insurance. In some cases final information is not yet available and costs have been estimated.
Learning and Skills Council
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total external spend by her Department was on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last four years; how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed over this period; how many billed consultancy days there were per year; what the implied average cost of each PFI consultant was; how many consultancy firms were used by her Department over this period; and if she will make a statement. 
|23 January 1998 to 24 January 1999||23 January 1999 to 24 January 2000||23 January 2000 to 24 January 2001||23 January 2001 to 24 January 2002|
|Total spend on consultants||0||0||752,631.97||759,565.05|
|Billed consultancy days||0||0||580.8||647.9|
|Average cost per consultant||0||0||1,295.85||1,172.35|
|Number of consultancy firms||0||0||4||4|
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Margaret Hodge: The available information on the numbers of students in each university in England is contained in "Students in Higher Education Institutions, 19992000" published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), a copy of which is available from the House Library.
Mr. Timms: The first data to be published from the Annual School Census of 17 January 2002 will be in the statistical first releases, "Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England: January 2002 (Provisional)" and "Pupil:Teacher Ratios in Maintained Schools in England: January 2002 (Provisional)". These are due to be published in April 2002.
Details of publications over the next few months can be found in the statistical first release, "Schedule for the Publication of Statistics". Copies are placed in the House of Commons Library, or can be found on the DfES statistical website, www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics
Margaret Hodge: The latest Student Income and Expenditure Survey (SIES) showed that in 199899 most students could meet all their essential expenditure from the student loan, which has since been raised annually in line with inflation. The SIES and other surveys suggest that students are meeting additional costs of entertainment and consumer goods from family income, commercial credit and part-time working.
Our system of student support is designed so that those with the greatest need get the most support. 50 per cent. of full-time students entering HE in 200102 do not pay anything towards their tuition fees. We have introduced a number of measures including the Childcare Grant
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package to meet the needs of student parents, and there is other targeted support for disabled students and young people most in need.
In our current review of student support we are looking at ways to simplify the system, especially in the area of hardship support; to provide more up-front support for students from less well-off backgrounds; to ensure that all students have access to sufficient financial support throughout their years in higher education; and to tackle the problem of debt and the perception of debt.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in 200102 received Opportunity Bursaries under the Excellence in Cities programme; and in which regions and local education authority areas they were resident. 
Margaret Hodge: There were 6,580 Opportunity Bursaries available in England for institutions to award to students who were entering higher education for the first time in 200102, and who met the criteria. The number of bursaries awarded so far is 6,129. Of these 84 per cent. (5,125) went to students from Excellence in Cities areas and Education Action Zones, and 16 per cent. (1,004) to students from elsewhere.
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