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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) parenting orders and (b) fines have been issued in relation to school truancy in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The information is given in the following table. The Department has collected data on the number of penalty notices and parenting orders issued in relation to school non-attendance since 1 September 2004. The latest date for which information is available is 13 April 2007.
|2004/05||2005/06||1 September 2006 to 13 April 2007|
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18-year-olds in Easington constituency were not in education, employment and training at the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
The Departments estimate of the number and proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) cannot be disaggregated to local level. However, information collected by the Connexions Service indicates that there were around 2,060 16 to 18-year-olds NEET in County
Durham at the end of 2006. This information is not available for Easington constituency.
We are committed to ensuring that more young people remain in education and training beyond the age of 16 to ensure that they have the skills they need to prosper in a changing economy. Significant progress is being made; 78.1 per cent. of 16-year-olds are in full-time education, a rise of 6 percentage points in 3 years. But, we must focus in particular on young people not in work or learning, and announced on 5 November a range of measures to reduce sharply the proportion NEET. Together with the Education and Training, and Youth Matters reforms, these will make a significant reduction in the proportion of young people NEET and put us on the pathway to ensuring that all young people participate in education or training up to the age of 18.
Beverley Hughes: It is for each local authority to decide from within their overall budget how much to spend on the provision of youth services. They have the freedom to decide the best way of delivering while taking into account government policy and local needs. The recent CSR settlement for local government, which included an increase in Formula Grant of 4.2 per cent./3.5 per cent./3.4 per cent. is a very positive one for children and young peoples services. These increases in Formula Grant will enable local authorities to build on 10 years of sustained growth in the area and continue our work on improving outcomes for children and young people. In July 2007 the Government published Aiming High for Young People: a ten year strategy for positive activities, with the aim of increasing young peoples access to positive leisure time activities. The strategy is supported, over the 2008-11 period, by £184 million of new money, in addition to £495 million of continuing funding and reinvestment of unclaimed assets.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in Year 11 were entered for a GCSE in (a) French, (b) Spanish, (c) German, (d) Mandarin, (e) Italian and (f) another modern foreign language in (i) independent and (ii) maintained schools in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at A*to C grade in (a) metropolitan and (b) non-metropolitan maintained secondary schools in each year from 1992 to 2007; and if he will make a statement.