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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which his Departments (a) internal and (b) external (i) correspondence and (ii) distribution of publications is carried out electronically. 
(a) Internally (i) all correspondence is carried out electronically and (ii) distribution of publications is monitored by exception, as all publishing is online barring the bi-monthly staff magazine. (b) (i) Most external correspondence received in the Department is processed through the central Public Communications Unit, which monitors the method of response. In 2007 63 per cent. of correspondence was replied to electronically. (b) (ii) The Department has put in place a range of protocols which govern e-mail communications to key stakeholders including all schools all local authorities.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of delivering the extended schools programme in each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13. 
From 2007-08 local authorities were given £238 million to support the development of extended schools in their area. In 2008-09 to 2010-11 a total of £1.3 billion of funding will be made available. Schools are also given an additional £150 million each
year through the schools standards grant which can support extended schools activities.
During 2007-08, a total of £9.7 million was split across the three national extended schools delivery partners to help schools and local authorities to deliver extended services. For 2008-09, a total of £9.9 million will be made available. We cannot estimate the costs from 2009 onwards, as the allocation of funding for the delivery partners is completed on an annual basis.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary faith schools there were in England in each year from 1997, broken down by faith; and if he will make a statement. 
to Statistical First Release Schools and Pupils in England: January 2007 (Final). Table 8 gives the information requested for the most recent year; figures for earlier years are available in equivalent publications for those years.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were (a) permanently and (b) temporarily excluded from Folkestone Academy in each month since September 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Information on exclusions from schools is derived from School Census returns made by schools to the Department. Data on exclusions are collected two terms in arrears, with exclusions data for autumn term 2007 being returned via the May 2008 Census.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have (a) applied for and (b) been granted (i) trust and (ii) foundation status in each (A) month and (B) quarter since 1 January 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Schools do not have to apply to the Department for Children, Schools and Families to become a trust or foundation school. A change of school category to foundation and the acquisition of a trust are prescribed alterations. To make such a prescribed alteration the governing body must publish statutory proposals in accordance with provisions are set out in the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and regulations made under that Act. Since 25 May 2007 proposals are decided by the governing body (or the Schools Adjudicator where proposals to acquire a trust have been referred by the local authority). There is no role for Ministers in the decision-making process.
To date 57 schools have acquired a trust under the provisions of the Education and Inspections Act 2006. 108 schools have changed category to foundation since January 2005. These are broken down by month and quarter as follows.
|Foundation schools||Trust schools|
|Year/month||Published( 1)||Approved( 1)||Acquired|
|(1) Prior to 25 May 2007, proposals to change category to foundation were decided either by the Schools Organisation Committee or the schools governing body in accordance with the statutory provisions that applied at the time.|
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