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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the number of families which have deliberately reduced their income so that children become eligible for education maintenance allowance in the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has no evidence that any household has deliberately reduced their income so that their children become eligible for education maintenance allowance.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were not entered for (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) English and mathematics GCSEs in 2007. 
Jim Knight: In 2007 there were 44,101 (7 per cent.) pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 who did not attempt English and mathematics at GCSE. Tables showing pupil numbers (table 1) and number of attempts at GCSE by subject (tables 10-12) can be found in the Statistical First Release GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2006/07 (Revised), available at:
These figures are based on pupils attempting full course GCSEs in all schools, however, in some independent schools pupils attempt International GCSEs in English and mathematics instead but these are not included here as they have not been accredited by QCA or approved by the Secretary of State.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of maintained schools use religious faith as a criterion for admission; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: There are 6,800 maintained faith schools out of a total of 20,504 maintained schools in England. Faith schools do not have to necessarily use faith-based oversubscription criteria as part of their admission arrangements, and if they are undersubscribed they must offer places to all parents who apply. This is a matter for admission authorities to determine and we, therefore, do not hold this information centrally.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils achieved at least five GCSEs grades A* to C in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) North East and (d) England in each year since 1997; 
(2) how many pupils achieved five GCSEs grades A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
|Number and percentage of pupils achieving (i) 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C and (ii) 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths: 1997( 1) to 2007( 2)|
|(1) Figures for 1997 to 2006 are based upon 15-year-olds.|
(2) Figures for 2007 are based upon pupils at the end of key stage 4.
n/a = not available
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