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Jim Knight: Many interplaying factors led to the programme being delayed. Most significant were the overly optimistic initial assumptions about delivery time scales, and the limited opportunities to build upon lessons learned due to the rapid roll out of the programme. The policy of prioritising entry into the programme by need, measured by deprivation (free school meals) and educational attainment (A*-C GCSEs), meant that some of the most vulnerable authorities facing a range of challenges were the first to enter the programme. We have addressed this with a series of measures, including a Readiness to Deliver assessment for authorities entering Waves 4-6 of the programme, streamlining the process through the introduction of Strategy for Change and disseminating lessons learned. Since these measures were introduced, the pace of delivery has picked up.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) capital and (b) resource expenditure was spent on the Building Schools for the Future programme in each financial year since the programme began; and how many private finance initiative credits were allocated in each financial year. 
Jim Knight: Funding for the Building Schools for the Future programme involves a mix of capital grant, supported borrowing and PFI credits. The programme over the current spending review period consisted of the following budgets for waves 1 to 3.
|2005-06 wave 1||2006-07 wave 2||2007-08 wave 3|
Supported borrowing allocations are shown in terms of the amount of proposed capital investment. These allocations provide for revenue support to local authorities to enable them to borrow to investthe revenue is an
integral part of local authorities settlements, calculated by Communities and Local Government.
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend free early years education places for two-year-olds piloted in local authorities in 2007; when the scheme is likely to be rolled out in Blackpool; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: Since April 2006 16 local authorities have been trialling methods to improve child outcomes by offering disadvantaged two-year-olds free child care. In April 2007, this pilot was rolled out to a second wave of local authorities, including Blackpool, and all the pilots are currently due to end in 2009. The pilot is being carefully evaluated, and the findings will inform any future policy roll out.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in (i) each local authority in the Eastern Region and (ii) each ward in the Peterborough city council area attended independent schools in each year since 1997. 
|Independent schools( 1) : Number and percentage of pupils by age group, position in January: 1997, 2001 and 2007|
|Pupils in independent schools|
|Pupils aged 5 to 10|
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