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Further Education: Overseas Students

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many further educational establishments accepted non-EU students in the last year for which information is available; how many further education establishments were inspected in the latest year for which information is available; and how many failed that inspection. [272384]

Mr. Simon [holding answer 5 May 2009]: DIUS does not collect information on the number of further education establishments who accept non-EU students. However, data returned to the Data Service show that there were 392 FE establishments with non-EU domiciled learners undertaking some form of further education in the 2007-08 academic year. This is based on country of domicile information (the country where the learner has been ordinarily resident for the three years preceding the start of the programme).


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Ofsted data show that 95 LSC-funded general further education and sixth form colleges were inspected by Ofsted between April 2008 and March 2009. Of these, the published results show that five colleges were graded inadequate for overall effectiveness and are therefore judged to have failed inspection.

Research Councils: Finance

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to the research councils on the expenditure of money which they save as a result of the value for money savings identified in the Budget 2009. [273121]

Mr. Lammy: The Department has given no instructions to the research councils.

The Research Councils have told us that they have revised their plans for value-for-money efficiencies for CSR07 which has resulted in the collective target for 2010-11 increasing from £243 million to £349 million. The resulting money is to be reinvested by the Research Councils in priorities to be identified by the Research Councils.

On 6 April, the Research Councils made public areas their initial views on areas for focus:

Vocational Training

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people have completed training funded by his Department in each month since June 2007; and if he will make a statement. [272649]

Mr. Simon: In the 2007-08 academic year 2,960,300 people achieved at least one qualification funded by the Learning and Skills Council. This includes qualifications achieved through study at a Further Education provider, and those achieved through an Apprenticeship or Train to Gain programme.

Data on the number of people achieving a qualification are only published on an academic year basis. The latest provisional estimate of mid-year performance (1 August to 31 January) for the 2008-09 academic year shows that 49,100 learners completed an apprenticeship, and 152,000 learners achieved a qualification through the Train to Gain programme.

Children, Schools and Families

Children in Care: Mentally Ill

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision the Government has made for children in care with chronic and severe mental health disorders; and if he will make a statement. [272571]


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Beverley Hughes: The Government are addressing the problems faced by children in care with chronic or severe mental health needs through a range of measures including taking forward the recommendations of the CAMHS review in relation to vulnerable children and piloting the Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care programme for children in care with severe and complex needs. We will shortly be publishing for consultation proposals on promoting the health of looked after children through revised statutory guidance. This will require CAMHS services to provide targeted and specialist services to looked after children where there is an identified local need. Since April 2008 all local authorities have to screen children in care for emotional and behavioural difficulties through use of a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and in partnership with primary care trusts provide support where the screening shows this is necessary.

Children in Care: Personal Records

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for how long local authorities are required to keep records of children in care. [273286]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Local authorities are required to keep case records for looked after children until the 75(th) anniversary of the child's date of birth or 15 years from the date of death in the case of a child who dies before reaching the age of 18.

Foundation Schools

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what circumstances a foundation school may be closed by a local education authority; what powers he has to prevent such a closure; and if he will make a statement. [273418]

Jim Knight: School place planning is the statutory responsibility of the local authority (LA). This includes making sure there are sufficient school places, and also removing surplus places when this is required. To facilitate this, LAs have the power to propose the closure of any type of maintained mainstream school, including foundation schools.

Where the LA proposes to make any changes to local school provision, including closure, they must follow a statutory process, which is then decided under established local decision making arrangements. Ministers have no direct role in the process.

Decisions are normally taken by the LA. However, in the case of a foundation school closure there are certain rights of appeal. Where they do not agree with a LA’s closure decision, the school’s governing body, trustees and local Dioceses each have a right of appeal to the independent schools adjudicator, who will then consider the proposals ‘afresh’. The adjudicator’s decision is final.

Pupils

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the End of Key Stage attainment levels achieved by pupils in schools in England who have been living in
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the UK for less than two years; and whether such attainment levels are included in results published by schools. [273136]

Jim Knight: We have made no separate assessment of the attainment of these pupils.

Individual pupils recently arrived from overseas with little or no English can be removed at a school's discretion from the data we use for calculations in the Department's Achievement and Attainment Tables, provided they meet all of the following criteria:

Schools may present their own performance data in any way they choose i.e. either including or excluding the results of such pupils.

Sixth Form Education: Finance

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) total and (b) transitional protection funding for sixth forms for academic year 2009-10 was identified in letters to sixth forms dated (i) 3 March 2009 and (ii) 30 March 2009. [270390]

Jim Knight: This is a matter for the LSC, and they will be writing to the hon. Member shortly. Following the announcement in the Budget of £655 million of additional funding the LSC have written to schools and colleges to give them immediate reassurance that they will receive the funding for the learners they have already planned for and outline the next steps.

Special Educational Needs

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1148W, on special educational needs, to which departmental capital and revenue funding streams non-maintained special schools have access. [273425]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: For the 2009-10 financial year non-maintained special schools have access to the following funding streams:

Capital

Revenue

Sure Start Programme: Leicestershire

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding was allocated for SureStart provision in Leicestershire in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09 and (d) 2009-10. [272491]


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Beverley Hughes: The SureStart funding allocated to Leicestershire local authority from 2006-07 to 2009-10 is given in the following table.

£

Revenue f unding Capital f unding Total f unding

2006-07

720,223

3,571,042

4,291,265

2007-08

1,641,054

8,621,763

10,262,817

2008-09

9,387,852

7,464,637

16,852,489

2009-10

11,448,975

5,139,063

16,588,038

Total

23,198,104

24,796,505

47,994,609


In 2006-07 and 2007-08 Leicestershire local authority chose to pool its revenue funding in a local area agreement which was paid by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG, formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, ODPM) as part of the LAA grant revenue. This funding was not ring fenced to SureStart activities; Leicestershire local authority had the freedom to spend the funding pooled in its local area agreement in line with local priorities. Therefore the allocation shown for 2006-07 and 2007-08 contains only pilot funding and money to transform the early years workforce which was the funding paid through the SureStart grant.

Energy and Climate Change

Biofuels

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the level of imports of biomass necessary to enable the Government's biomass targets as specified in the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation 2008 to be met. [249618]

Joan Ruddock: In its Consultation on a Renewable Energy Strategy, Government published figures estimating that there is potentially sufficient domestic resource to meet nearly all our modelled bioenergy requirement for heat and electricity in 2020 but we recognise that, as occurs today, it is likely that we will make use of a mix of domestic and imported products.

We are in the process of furthering our understanding of how the biomass market to supply the UK may develop and intend to use this information to inform development of the Renewable Energy Strategy. We will, of course, publish our findings.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 7.5.35 of the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation 2008 that one of the principal constraints to achieving the infrastructure for biomass envisaged in that paper is public hostility to combustion plant, particularly those burning waste. [249620]

Joan Ruddock: Anecdotal evidence, correspondence received and the Government's experience of challenges to its waste PFI projects demonstrate that there is considerable hostility in some quarters to the combustion of waste. This is a common experience throughout Europe.


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Green Neighbourhoods Initiative

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1806W, on the Green Neighbourhoods Initiative, for what reasons the scheme is still in development; how much funding will be allocated to the scheme; and what the timetable is for the allocation of funding to participating neighbourhoods. [271283]

Joan Ruddock: Green Neighbourhoods is currently under review. Following the Budget 2009 announcements we anticipate a decision on Green Neighbourhoods being made within the next few weeks.

Renewable Energy: Heating

Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many renewable heating products have been accredited by Ofgem under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target programme. [272931]

Joan Ruddock: A total of 545 heat pumps and 216 m2 of solar water heating have so far been installed in the first year of the obligation. All measures are accredited before installation.

Treasury

Aggregates Levy

Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Exchequer has received from the aggregates levy in each month since its introduction; [273079]

(2) how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff of HM Revenue and Customs work on matters related to the aggregates levy. [273080]

Angela Eagle: Aggregates levy monthly revenue figures are available at this website address:

No HM Revenue and Customs staff work on aggregates levy matters exclusively. Those that work on the levy have a range of responsibilities.


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