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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children attending (a) denominational and (b) maintained schools in each local education authority in England were entitled to receive free school dinners in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2005-06. 
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local education authorities in England in order of proportion of students attaining five A to C grades GCSEs on average by its schools in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000 and (d) 2006. 
Jim Knight: The information for 1994/95, 1999/2000 and 2005/06 has been placed in the Library. Information for 1989/90 is in Table C17 of Statistics of Education School Examinations GCSE and GCE 1990, which is also available in the Library. Since this information is only available within a hard copy publication, the local authorities are not ranked in order of the proportion of pupils achieving 5 A to C grades at GCSE.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisation was used by his Department to assess the appropriateness of the electoral arrangements for deciding on the continuance of grammar schools; and how much that organisation was paid for its services. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 22 May 2007]: Pauline Hughes Consultancy was commissioned to do this work. The remit was wider than assessing the appropriateness of the electoral arrangements and it is not possible to separate out the costs on that specific aspect of the work. The total cost of the work was £2,732.40.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) Yorkshire and Humberside, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) nationally were allocated a university place in each year since 1997. 
Bill Rammell: The numbers of undergraduate entrants to UK higher education institutions for each year since 1997/98 are given in the table. Figures for the 2006/07 academic year will be available in January 2008.
|Number of entrants to undergraduate courses( 1) from East Riding of Yorkshire local authority, Yorkshire and the Humber Government office region and England, UK higher education institutions( 2) :( : ) academic years 1997/98 to 2005/06|
|Academic year||East Riding of Yorkshire local authority||Yorkshire & Humberside Government office region||England|
|(1) Covers students on full-time and part-time modes of study.|
(2) Excludes the Open University.
Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December for comparability and are rounded to the nearest 5.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much per capita funding was provided by his Department for (a) higher national diplomas and (b) foundation degrees in each of the last five years. 
[holding answer 18 May 2007]: We can provide information on the rate of estimated average grant per full-time equivalent for the periods 2002-03 to 2006-07. The following table contains full-time equivalent cash figures calculated by the Higher
Education Funding Council for England. Figures include an allowance for widening participation.
|Estimated HEFCE grant per FTE, to nearest £100|
|Foundation degree||Higher national diploma|
Funds for rewarding and developing staff were consolidated into institutions teaching grants for 2004-05 (having previously been separate). This therefore contributes to the large increase seen in estimated rates of grant for FDs and HNDs between 2003-04 and 2004-05.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure by his Department was on funding the supplement in The Guardian newspaper on the Information Sharing Index; and what editorial control his Department maintained over the publication. 
Two eight-page supplements on Every Child Matters (ECM) of which Contact Point (formally known by the working title of Information Sharing Index) were produced in association with Guardian Newspapers. The objective was to secure a wider and deeper understanding of, and support for, the Every Child Matters agenda.
The core of editorial content reflected the general scope of the Every Child Matters agenda, with case studies to illustrate how it is being employed across the country. The remainder reflected the particular editorial environment with more specific advice, inspiration and information about the application of Every Child Matters.
The Guardian submitted an editorial synopsis outlining what was to be covered by each supplement and passed this to those responsible for sign-off for fact checking, and to check for consistency against the editorial synopsis. The Guardian retained editorial control of the supplement to ensure that the integrity of the editorial was preserved.
Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent by (a) local authorities and (b) the Government on the purchase of land for educational use in (i) outer and (ii) inner London boroughs in the last 12 months; and what average price was paid per hectare in each case. 
Jim Knight: The Department does not maintain records centrally on purchases of land by local authorities for educational use. It is not Government policy to purchase land directly for educational use. Purchases are made at local authority level, or by the institution which owns the educational facility.
The Government believe that mediation can have considerable advantages over going to court in the settling of family disputes, especially where children are involved. There are already around 10 in-court referral schemes, where family mediators work together with CAFCASS and the courts to refer appropriate cases for mediation. We are also planning 10 judicial awareness seminars across England and Wales aimed at raising awareness among judges and magistrates. The Family Mediation Helpline began operating in January 2006. To date, it has received 2,800 calls and made over 800
referrals to mediation services; around 10,000 visits have been made to the supporting website.
Legal Services Commission figures tell us that publicly funded mediations have increased from 406 in 1997-98 to 14,000 in 2005-06; public funding for mediation has increased from £0.5 million in 1997-98 to £13.8 million in 2005-06. Mediation results in a resolution of all the issues involved in 60 per cent. of publicly funded cases where it is used.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children went missing from social services care in each of the last 10 years; how many went missing for over one month; and how many of those children he estimates may have been trafficked. 
Mr. Dhanda: The number of looked after children who went missing from care in 1997, the last five years and the number who went missing for over one month in 2006 is shown in the following table. Information on the number of children who went missing and who may have been trafficked is not collected by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
|Children looked after who were reported missing in the years ending 31 March 1997 and 2002 to 2006( 1,2,3,4,5,6)|
|England||1997( 1,5)||2002( 2,6)||2003( 2,6)||2004( 1,6)||2005( 1,6)||2006( 1,6)|
|(1) Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 covered all looked after children.|
(2 )Figures are taken from the SSDA903 one-third sample survey.
(3 )Historical figures may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials.
(4 )To maintain the confidentiality of each individual child, data at national level are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 or to the nearest 10 otherwise.
(5 )In 1997, a child is recorded with a missing placement if he/she is absent for more than seven days from his/her agreed placement.
(6 )In 2002 to 2006 a child is recorded with a missing placement if he/she is absent for more than 24 hours from his/her agreed placement.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1395-96W, on Ofsted, what the name was of each consultant employed; what role each consultant played; and what individual payments each consultant received. 
Your recent Parliamentary Question has been passed to me as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for reply. I am sorry for the delay in my response. The information requested is held by a number of teams within Ofsted and it has taken us some time to collate the information.
You asked, following our response of 27th March 2007, Official Report columns 1395-6W, on Ofsted, the name of each consultant employed; the role each consultant played; and the individual payments each consultant received.
Our legal advice indicates it would not be appropriate to provide details of the names, fees paid and specific roles relating to individual consultants or companies only employing one consultant as we would be revealing personal data, and so information relating to individuals (which totals about £105,000) has been excluded from the information included at Annex A.
It would also be contrary to Ofsted's commercial interests and our general contractual relations to release contractual details such as company names and fee rates, and we have therefore presented information on the amount Ofsted has spent on consultancy with suppliers, by groups, in anonymous format in the table attached at Annex A. The amount Ofsted has spent is inclusive of VAT.
The broad roles fulfilled by the consultants are outlined below:
Project management and technical consultancy for new information systems development (Suppliers shown in Group A);
Project management and technical support for Human Resources, Health and Safety and operational management (Suppliers shown in Group B);
Technical support for an on-line self evaluation system for schools (Suppliers shown in Group C);
Property management for disposal of surplus property (Suppliers shown in Group D);
Project management and other technical support for the development for the new Ofsted web site (Suppliers shown in Group E);
Project management and technical consultancy to update our people management and finance systems (Suppliers shown in Group F).
A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.
|Supplier number||Group||Amount spent(£)||Sub total (£)||Total (£)|
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