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Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many A-level pass certificates were awarded to students in (a) sixth forms in mainstream schools and (b) colleges of further education in England in each year from 1995 to 2001; 
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|(a) Mainstream schools||(b) FE sector colleges|
|Number of 17-year-olds entered for GCE A-levels|
|Number of GCE A-levels resulting in a pass(8)|
(8) Grades A-E
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what corrections have been made to the Statistics of Education in England (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001 editions; if she will list the tables that needed correcting with amendments after each of the volumes were published; and what steps were taken to notify those who received the volumes of such corrections. 
Public Examinations GCSE/GNVQ and GCE/AGNVQ in England
Student Support England and Wales
Higher Education Statistics in the UK
National Curriculum Assessments of 7, 11 and 14-year-olds by local education authority. Education Statistics for the United Kingdom
In the 2001 volume, tables 13, 36, 47a, 47b and 48 contain incorrect data. This was due to a programming error which was not identified until after the volume was published. A note has been placed on the DfES Statistical website informing customers of the errors.
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Teachers in England
There are no footnotes stating that totals may vary due to rounding.
Tables 7(i), (ii) and (iii):
The total rows for men and for women (though not for men and women) have not been correctly tabbed, so that they appear in the wrong columns
The calculation of the London turnover and wastage rates originally used an incorrect definition of Inner and Outer London. The actual figures differ slightly from those published.
The 1999 entry for Education elsewhere: Qualified teachers currently reads 3060, whereas it should read 3950
The headings on the right hand page (53) are the same as those on the left, and need correcting as follows:
|Existing heading||Required heading|
|Technology||Arts other than languages|
|Agriculture||Music, drama and visual arts|
|Other Science||Total all subjects|
The left table (p. 54) has the sub-headings 'Special and PRU' and 'Total'. The right table (continued) headings should correspond: they currently read 'Special' and 'All Sectors'. Some of the sub-headings in the right table are not in bold.
The left table (p. 72) has the sub-heading 'Special and PRU'. The right table (continued) heading should correspond: it currently reads 'Special'.
The title should read Retirements: Type of award by last known sector of service and grade: 200001 rather than . . . grade: 19992000.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of girls excluded from full-time education were pregnant, broken down by regions in each of the last 10 years. 
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(3) if she will list the LEAs which have applied for PPP funding in the past 12 months, and the purposes for which those applications were made. 
John Healey: The application from Surrey local education authority (LEA) for PFI credits in 200304 was not supported as it did not meet the criteria, as set out in the guidance issued to LEAs on 31 July 2001, to the same extent as those applications from other authorities which were supported. Officials from the Department are arranging to meet with officers from Surrey LEA to provide detailed feedback and to explore how the application might be strengthened for future years.
53 bids were received in the recent PFI capital round, with a total value of over £3 billion and an average value of over £56 million. In exercises of this nature, there are inevitably some worthwhile potential projects which do not receive funding. However, officials from the Department are responding to requests for advice on how these applications can be strengthened for the future. It would incur disproportionate costs to provide details of every LEA which applied for funding, successful or otherwise, and the full purposes of their applications.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what cost of living allowances will be paid, over and above basic salaries, to teachers in (a) Surrey and (b) London in this financial year. 
Outer London: £2,043
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Mr. Timms: The Government have introduced a number of measures, including training bursaries and "golden hellos", to boost teacher recruitment nationally. These are already having an effect, and there are nearly 10,000 more teachers in post now compared to January 2001the largest increase in a single year since the 1970s.
We have also reformed the teachers' pay system to ensure that those teachers who perform well are well rewarded. The introduction of the threshold for experienced teachers, leading to the upper pay scale, has provided a career structure which will allow our best classroom teachers, in time, to earn over £32,000 at today's rates, excluding additional allowances. And we have implemented cost of living pay rises at above inflation rates for all teachers in each of the last four years.
All teachers working in the London area are paid mandatory London allowances on top of their basic salary. These allowances were increased last year by 30 per cent. and are currently inner£3,105; outer£2,043; and fringe£792. In addition, schools are able to pay recruitment and retention allowances to individual teachers of up to £5,262 per annum. Schools can decide to pay this as a lump sum covering up to three years.
It is open to local authorities to help teachers with housing, relocation and travel costs through the Recruitment and Retention Fund established by my Department. We have made £77 million available to 2003 for this purpose. And we have made £250 million available to 2004 to help key public sector workers, particularly nurses, teachers and police, to buy homes in or near the communities they serve through our starter home initiative scheme.
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