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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average total amount of spending on each student throughout their school lives was for the 2007 GCSE cohort; and how many students from that cohort finished compulsory school with no GCSE qualifications or equivalent. 
(a) For pupils who completed their GCSEs in 2007, their schools will have on average received £40,000 in real terms revenue funding per pupil over the eleven years of their schooling from the age of 5 to 15.
(b) Students that finished compulsory school with no GCSE qualifications or equivalent in 2006 in contained within the following table:
|(1 )Including entry level qualifications, which are below grade G at GCSE.|
(2) 2.2 per cent. of the cohort
These figures are based on final 2006 data; provisional 2007 data will be published on 18 October 2007.
Jim Knight [holding answer 10 September 2007]: Records are not maintained centrally of local authority capital expenditure on schools, as this is decided in accordance with local asset management plans and will depend upon local authorities total sources of available funding. Capital allocations to York city council and schools in its area in each year since 1996-97 are set in the following table:
The large allocations in 2002-03 and 2006-07 result, respectively, from a PFI allocation of £15.4 million and successful Targeted Capital Fund (TCP) bids of £22.2 million. TCP allocations were made throughout the period 2001-02 to 2006-07. Although no TCP allocation was made in 2007-08, there is building work in progress this year resulting from the earlier allocations.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary schools, (b) junior schools and (c) infant schools have been (i) placed in special measures and (ii) given notice to improve in 2006-07; and whether he has commissioned research on the frequency of these events in the three school types. 
|Ofsted category||Primary schools placed into category during the 2006/07 academic year||Infant schools placed into category during the 2006/07 academic year||Junior schools placed into category during the 2006/07 academic year||All( 1) primary schools placed into category during the 2006/07 academic year|
|(1) Includes first schools and middle deemed primary schools.|
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers of modern foreign languages in secondary schools have degree level qualifications in (a) Mandarin and (b) Urdu. 
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in reducing pregnancy rates among under 18-year-olds since 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The latest annual under-18 conception data, published in February 2007, relate to conceptions that occurred in 2005. This data showed that the under-18 conception rate had fallen by 11.8 per cent. since 1998 (the baseline year for the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy), to its lowest level for over 20 years. The under-16 conception rate has also fallenby 12.1 per cent. between 1998 and 2005.
First quarter 2006 data show an encouraging continued downward trend in both the under-18 and under-16 conception rates. While trends in quarterly conception rates should be interpreted with caution, first quarter 2006 rates are the lowest first quarter rates since 1993, when the statistical series started.
We have issued guidance to local authorities and primary care trusts on what we consider to be the key ingredients of local strategies, based on evidence from those local areas which have had most success in reducing teenage conception rates. All areas have been asked to use this guidance to accelerate progress to the levels of the bestif all areas had performed as well as the top quartile, the national reduction would be 26 per cent., more than twice the reduction actually achieved.
Jim Knight [holding answer 12 September 2007]: The Department began co-ordinating voluntary twice-yearly national truancy sweeps in May 2002. Each sweep focused local authority activity within the three-week period on which our data collections were based.
We took the decision in January 2007 to end this national co-ordination and data collection. Many local authorities had by then established local sweeps which
were better aligned to local police service schedules, operating more frequently and effectively than within a centrally prescribed three-week period.
Having given local authorities the flexibility to make more effective local arrangements, we do not attempt to closely monitor these but instead gather and share their effective practice with others. Since April 2007, police community service officers have the power to remove absentee pupils from a public place. Later this month, we will publish updated guidance on effective practice in planning and undertaking truancy sweeps to reflect these powers.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the conditions for which extended travel times on blue light emergency ambulance journeys are (a) material and (b) immaterial to mortality. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The way the national health service responds to emergencies needs to focus not just on getting the patient to a location but also on taking care of the patient. This is why it is necessary to focus on a range of measures, including response times by the ambulance service, its ability to administer a wide range of treatment and provision of urgent and social care in the community.
The aim should always be to provide high quality care for patients close to home where this is clinically safe. Some patients may require more specialised care at centres with clinicians who have the right expertise and equipment.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of response staff in each ambulance NHS trust are (a) ambulance technicians, (b) paramedics and (c) emergency care practitioners. 
Alan Johnson [holding answer 12 September 2007]: Data is available for ambulance staff breakdown, as at September 2006, through the Information Centre for health and social care 2006 Non-Medical Workforce Census. The following table sets out the proportion of ambulance technicians, paramedics and emergency care practitioners against the total number of employed staff for each ambulance trust. Response staff as a category is not collected and is therefore not available as part of the census return.
|H eadcount percentages|
|O f which:|
|Total staff||Ambulance technician||Ambulance paramedic||Emergency care practitioner|
South Western Ambulance NHS Trust's Ambulance Technician figures are low in comparison to other Ambulance trusts. This is likely to be due to the re-coding of Ambulance staff in 2006. These figures have been clarified and signed off by the Trust.
The Information Centre for health and social care 2006 Non-Medical Workforce Census.
Ann Keen: The Department does not set targets for levels of access. Primary care trusts are responsible for assessing local needs and providing or commissioning dental services that reflect these needs.
Ann Keen: Information is collected centrally and published regularly on the number of adults and children who receive care or treatment from an national health service dentist in a given area over a 24 month period and the percentage of the adult and child population this represents.
Information on the percentage of adults and children who received care or treatment, by primary care trust, in the 24-month period ending 31 March 2007 is contained in table C2 of annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006-07 report. This is the most recent period for which data are available.
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