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Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities are participating in the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many schools in each participating authority are scheduled for (a) refurbishment and (b) replacement. 
Jim Knight: The following table identifies the local authorities participating in the Building Schools for the Future programme whose proposals for refurbishing and replacing schools have been agreed.
|Number of schools scheduled for|
|(1) These local authorities have further projects in later waves of the programme; detailed school plans for these later projects have yet to be confirmed.|
Barking and Dagenham, Bedford, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bournemouth and Poole, Camden, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Ealing, Enfield, Essex, Halton, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hartlepool, Hertfordshire, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Kirklees, North East Lincolnshire, North Tyneside, Nottinghamshire, Oldham, Portsmouth, Redcar and Cleveland, Rotherham, Somerset, Southampton, Staffordshire, St Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Suffolk, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Wandsworth, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been committed to the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how much in private finance initiative credit has been committed. 
Jim Knight: The amount of capital resources allocated to the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme between 2005-06 and 2010-11 is £7.84 billion of conventional funding, and £7.454 billion of PFI credits. From 2008-09, the BSF budget includes academies.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance he has issued on the consultations to take place before a local authority bids for Building Schools for the Future funds. 
Jim Knight: The Strategy for Change guidance sets out the requirement that authorities are able to demonstrate that they have consulted extensively on their Building Schools for the Future (BSF) proposals. We have also issued additional guidance for local authorities on school competitions and where the consultation processes align with the BSF timescales.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the overall cost of implementing the Child Development Grant of £200 nationwide; and when he expects the Child Development Grant to be available to all parents. 
The Child Development Grants Pilot will run in 10 local authorities and will test how financial support can be used to encourage disadvantaged families to utilise the childcare and other services offered by their local childrens centres. The Child Development Grant pilot is one of a number of child poverty pilots announced at Budget 2008 as part of the wider child poverty strategy. A comprehensive evaluation will be undertaken to determine the likely impact and cost-effectiveness of all the child poverty pilots before a decision is made about whether any of the initiatives are
rolled out nationally. Any decisions on future roll-out of Child Development Grants and other pilots will be subject to future spending reviews.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked-after children in each ethnic category there are in England; how many people or couples in each ethnic category in England have been assessed as suitable adoptive parents and are yet to adopt; and if he will make a statement. 
Information on the number of looked-after children in each ethnic category in England is shown in the following table. The information is taken from Table A1 of the Statistical First Release (SFR 27/2007) entitled Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2007. The SFR is located at:
|Children looked after at 31 March by ethnic origin, 2003-07( 1, 2, 3) , England|
|2003( 4)||2004( 5)||2005( 5)||2006( 5)||2007( 5)||2003( 4)||2004( 5)||2005( 5)||2006( 5)||2007( 5)|
|(1) Source: SSDA903 return on children looked after.|
(2) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.
(3) Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials.
(4) Figures are derived from the SSDA903 one third sample survey.
(5) Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which, since 2003-04 has covered all children looked after.
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