Visas: Students

Paul Uppal: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the effect on UK universities of the decision to (a) withdraw two-year post-study working visas and (b) reduce entitlements to part-time work on study visas. [44429]

Damian Green: A consultation on the student immigration system closed on 31 January. The consultation sought the views of all respondents on the effect of the proposals. The results of the consultation and an impact assessment will be published in due course.

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International Development

Afghanistan: Education

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to work with (a) the Afghan Ministry of Education and (b) donors to (i) reduce barriers to girls’ education, (ii) increase access to secondary and higher education for girls, (iii) increase the number of trained male and female teachers in rural areas and (iv) increase the number of adequately equipped schools in rural areas in Afghanistan. [44657]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: The coalition Government are putting girls and women at the heart of our international development programme. The Department for International Development (DFID) is working with other donors to support the Government of Afghanistan with the implementation of its second National Education Strategic Plan, which aims to raise enrolment from 7 million to 9 million in the next three years. Key components of the plan include increasing the number of female teachers (by expanding their intake at teacher training centres); ensuring 200 secondary schools for girls are built in rural areas; and ensuring 2,540 local communities have increasing responsibility for managing safety arrangements at schools, so that both girls and boys can attend and enjoy school safely.

Along with other major donors, DFID is also supporting Afghanistan’s application for assistance via the Education for All Fast Track Initiative.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of barriers to girls’ education in Afghanistan. [44658]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: A recent Education Sector Analysis, conducted in preparation for Afghanistan’s application for the global Education for All initiative, highlighted many barriers to girls’ education, including lack of female teachers, limited number of girls’ schools, safety and security issues and distance of travel. The Department for International Development (DFID), along with other donors, is working with the Government of Afghanistan to help address these challenges. For example, the support we have provided through the Government’s Education Quality Improvement Programme has enabled communities and schools to come together to enhance safeguards for girls travelling to and being in school.

Departmental Billing

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011. [45093]

Mr O'Brien: The Department of International Development (DFID) paid 63.92% of payments within 10 days in January and 92.98% in February, January figures were significantly lower than average due to a high volume of invoices received and adverse weather conditions that affected staff in our East Kilbride office in December 2010, as well as an IT system upgrade in January.

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Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of leasing back each such asset over the period of the lease. [45092]

Mr O'Brien: The Department for International Development (DFID) has not disposed of any assets under a sale and leaseback arrangement over the last 12 months.

Developing Countries: Energy

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last discussed the World Bank energy strategy review with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. [44556]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: I meet the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on a regular basis and a variety of relevant matters are discussed. Although we have not met specifically to discuss the World Bank Energy Strategy Review, officials from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change regularly meet and discuss the Review as it progresses. Both I and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change are in close touch with officials on this process. DFID officials have also been in regular contact with the World Bank to feed in UK views on previous drafts of the review.

DFID has emphasised the need for the World Bank to take full account of all the relevant issues concerning use of renewable energy versus fossil fuels in developing countries, and to pay better consideration to the vulnerability of natural resources and energy assets in developing countries. The UK has also emphasised the importance of strengthening the World Bank's role in supporting developing country planning capacity for low carbon, climate resilient growth.

India: Overseas Aid

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid he plans to allocate to India in cash terms in each of the next five years. [44663]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: Following my announcement on 1 March 2011 of the conclusion of the Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Reviews, I published indicative budgets for the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) bilateral programme for the four financial years 2011-12 to 2014-15. The indicative budget for India is frozen at £280 million for each of those four years.

The UK’s aid programme in India will focus much more tightly on India’s poorest states and poorest people. We will help these states to unlock more funds from the private sector and reinforce the impact of the Indian Government’s own programmes. Our goal will be to help the poorest women and girls get quality schooling, health care, nutrition and jobs as the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for the next generation.

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International Assistance

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the membership is of his Department’s Multilateral Aid Review. [44843]

Mr O'Brien: The Multilateral Aid Review (MAR) was conducted by staff from the Department for International Development (DFID), reporting directly to the Secretary of State for International Development. DFID staff sought comments and evidence from a range of stakeholders, including the multilateral organisations themselves, civil society organisations such as non-government organisations and trade unions, other Government Departments and developing country partners. In addition, two leading academics in the field of development studies acted as joint external reviewers for the Review.

International Labour Organisation: Finance

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he consulted the TUC prior to taking the decision to reduce his Department’s level of support for the International Labour Organisation. [44664]

Mr O'Brien: The Trades Union Congress (TUC) was consulted throughout the Multilateral Aid Review (MAR) process. In the early stages of this process, the TUC submitted an evidence paper detailing its views on the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The Secretary of State for International Development discussed the ILO with Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, on 15 December 2010. Department for International Development (DFID) officials met the TUC in January 2011 to discuss the MAR’s findings relating to the ILO and I discussed the review of the ILO with representatives of the TUC in February 2011.

Cabinet Office

Business: Closures

Mrs Riordan: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized businesses in Halifax have closed since May 2010. [44550]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2011:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many small and medium-sized businesses in Halifax have closed since May 2010. [44550]

Annual statistics on the number of enterprise deaths are available from 2002 onwards in the ONS release on Business Demography at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

The table below contains the latest statistics available, which give the number of enterprise deaths for small and medium-sized businesses in the constituency of Halifax for 2009. Information relating to 2010 will be available following release of the latest Business Demography publication in November 2011.

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Enterprise deaths in Halifax constituency
  Employment size band

0-49 50-249 Total

2009

390

0

390

Defence

Afghanistan: UK Elections

Gordon Birtwistle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to ensure that votes cast by service personnel in Afghanistan for elections to be held on 5 May 2011 reach the UK securely. [45431]

Mr Robathan: For the referendum and elections on 5 May 2011, the Ministry of Defence is working with the Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission to utilise existing supply flights to transport postal ballot packs (subject to operational priorities). However, voting by proxy remains the most reliable means for service personnel stationed overseas to cast their votes.

Air Force: Pay

Penny Mordaunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to continue to pay flying-related financial retention incentives. [41652]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 28 February 2011]: Financial incentive schemes, including financial retention incentives, are kept under constant review based on need. This is particularly important in a period when force structures are changing. However, no decisions have yet been taken. Information on any changes to existing schemes will be promulgated as soon as they are known.

Arab States: Arms Trade

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions representatives of the government of (a) Egypt, (b) Bahrain, (c) Libya and (d) Tunisia have attended sales and marketing events organised by his Department in the last three years; and what the status was of their attendance. [43491]

Mr Prisk: I have been asked to reply.

Major UK defence and security exhibitions are organised commercially. The role of UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) is to host official overseas Government defence and security delegations at these events. Invitations are issued with approval of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the last three years an official delegation has attended from Bahrain at Farnborough International Air Show 2008 (FIAS '08), Defence Equipment and Systems International 2009, and Home Office Scientific and Development Branch exhibition 2010 (HOSDB), from Egypt at Defence Equipment and Systems International 2009 and HOSDB '10, and from Libya at FIAS '10.

In addition, UKTI DSO has hosted inward visits from representatives of the Governments of Bahrain, Egypt and Libya. In May 2008, a Bahraini Army delegation visited UK to witness a demonstration of artillery fire

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control equipment. In May 2009 the Bahraini National Guard visited UK for a variety of presentations related to defence of major international conferences. In May 2009 and October 2010, a Bahraini defence delegation attended the multinational Ballistic Toolkit demonstrations of small arms and protective equipment In September 2010, Bahraini defence delegates attended an exhibition of UK military equipment as part of UK/Bahrain defence staff talks. In April 2010 an Egyptian officer attended a Ministry of Defence event to brief London-based Defence attachés on the UK approach to operational training and UKTI DSO Export Support Team demonstrated some optical equipment. In November 2009 a Libyan delegation visited a variety of UK defence companies to discuss border security issues. Some members of the Libyan delegation which attended FIAS '10 also visited RAF establishments.

Representatives of the Government of Tunisia have not attended a defence or security exhibition, or other export related event, as guests of the UK Government over the last three years.

Armed Forces: Pay

Stuart Andrew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 January 2011, Official Report, columns 45-47WS, on armed forces allowances, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the changes to local overseas allowance on the average amount payable to personnel based overseas; and if he will make a statement. [44722]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 7 March 2011]:This information is not held as the rate of local overseas allowance can vary significantly depending upon where individuals are posted and which rank band they are placed in. It is expected that in the majority of cases individuals will receive less, but as a result of the reduction of rank-based bands from 13 to three, personnel at lower ranks may find that they benefit as a result of these changes.

Armed Forces: Pensions

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of active members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme earn (a) between £10,000 and £15,000, (b) between £15,000 and £20,000, (c) between £20,000 and £25,000, (d) between £25,000 and £30,000 and (e) £30,000 and more. [40374]

Mr Robathan: The following table provides information on the proportion of active members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme by salary band as at 1 April 2010:

Salary band Proportion (%)

£10,000-£14,999

3.5

£15,000-£19,999

19.6

£20,000-£24,999

14.4

£25,000-£29,999

13.5

£30,000 plus

49.0

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Armed Forces: Redundancy

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2011, Official Report, columns 815-22W, on armed forces (redundancies), what actions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department plan to take to ensure that no members of the armed forces are informed of their redundancy by email. [42841]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 28 February 2011]: Ministers have made clear that individuals should be informed that they are being made redundant through the Chain of Command. In exceptional cases this may be by telephone, but for the vast majority it will be face to face. In no circumstances will personnel be informed by email.

Departmental Procurement

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) agency and (B) non-departmental public body for which he is responsible in the last financial year for which figures are available. [43960]

Peter Luff: The Ministry of Defence has made no estimates of the total cost of its procurement and outsourcing functions. We have estimated that the cost of the commercial element of the procurement function in 2009-10 was £153 million. The commercial element of the procurement function is a sub-set of the overall cost, which also includes the cost of project management, the supply chain and the costs involved over the entire life-cycle of a project, from initial requirement and concept, through to ultimate final disposal. This estimate is based on an average cost of the number of commercial staff in the main commercial areas, including overheads. The estimate for the Private Finance Unit, which is part of the outsourcing function, was £0.7 million.

Separate information for each agency and non-departmental public body could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Nimrod Aircraft

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the factors determining the withdrawal of MR2 Nimrod were taken into account in his decision to cancel the MRA4 Nimrod. [44515]

Peter Luff: The Nimrod MR2 was withdrawn from service in March 2010. I cannot comment on the rationale for decisions taken by the previous Government, but the decision to cancel the Nimrod MRA4 project was based on a careful consideration of future costs and military priorities.

Transport

Blue Badge Scheme: Learning Disability

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has given to local authorities on the provision of blue badges for drivers responsible for adults with learning difficulties; and if he will make a statement. [44898]

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Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has not issued any guidance specifically on this matter. Blue Badges can be issued to individuals who receive the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance, are registered blind, receive a war pensioners mobility supplement, or who have a “permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking”. People with conditions such as learning difficulties will be eligible for a badge if they meet one or more of these criteria.

Cycling

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to increase cycling as a means of transport in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England. [43109]

Norman Baker: The Government have committed to funding the Bikeability cycling proficiency training programme for the lifetime of this Parliament—until 2015, thereby giving confidence to the future of the programme. The focus of Government support will be on providing children the opportunity to receive training when at school.

In addition, the Government have allocated £560 million resource and capital funding to support local sustainable travel projects in the form of the local sustainable transport fund. Through this, local transport authorities outside London are eligible to bid for packages of sustainable travel measures which can incorporate cycling initiatives.

Cycling England

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of closing Cycling England. [43108]

Norman Baker: Cycling England will cease to exist after 31 March 2011. All contracts relating to its work, including board appointments, were due to come to an end on that date and therefore there is no cost for early termination. Any contracts for work which is continuing are being renegotiated in line with departmental procedures. The three staff of Cycling England are Department for Transport employees.

Cycling: Parking

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to raise cycle parking standards for new developments. [43812]

Norman Baker [holding answer 7 March 2011]:In 2007 the Departments for Transport and Communities and Local Government together published “Manual for Streets”

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/manforstreets/

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The manual contains detailed guidance on cycle parking for new developments and it is up to authorities whether or not they choose to follow this in their local plans. The Department for Transport is not currently planning any further work on this issue.

Departmental Manpower

Mr Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed by his Department in May 2010. [42393]

Norman Baker: The central Department and its seven executive Agencies identified the following number of (a) actual and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed in May 2010. The total includes both permanent and non-permanent employees.

(a) The number of actual staff employed as at 31 May 2010 was 19,648 (2,186 of which were employed in the Central Department).

(b) The number of full-time equivalent staff employed as at 31 May 2010 was 18,603 (2,133 of which were employed in the Central Department).

The Department is undergoing organisational restructuring to contribute to the spending review commitment of a 33% reduction in administration budget (composed of pay and non-pay costs) during the spending review period.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and which staff positions he expects to be removed as part of his Department's programme of internal restructuring. [42429]

Norman Baker: The central Department and its seven Executive Agencies expect to reduce the number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) employed by approximately 1,660 as part of organisational restructuring by the end of 2014-15. This is in order to contribute to the spending review commitment of a 33% reduction in the administration budget (composed of pay and non-pay costs) and as a result of other measures to improve efficiency.

Of this overall reduction, a reduction of approximately 480 FTEs will be from the central Department. All posts have been redesigned during this restructuring to ensure they meet the needs of the organisation going forward, have clear responsibility and accountability and add value to each other.

Departmental Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations his Department introduced between 7 December 2010 and 8 February 2011. [42083]

Mike Penning: 15 statutory instruments made by the Department for Transport came into force between 7 December 2010 and 8 February 2011, details of which are set out in the following table.

DFT regulations introduced between 7 December 2010 and 8 February 2011
Title Reference In force

The Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) and Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions Designation (No. 4) Order 2010

2010 No. 2790

31 December 2010

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The Severn Bridges Tolls Order 2010

2010 No. 3002

1 January 2011

The Cornwall Council (Havle North Quay) Bridge Scheme 2010 Confirmation Instrument 2010

2010 No. 3032

6 January 2011

The M1 Motorway (Junctions 10 to 13 Improvement Connecting Roads) Scheme 2010

2010 No. 2824

9 January 2011

The Traffic Management (Northamptonshire County Council) Permit Scheme Order 2010

2010 No. 2823

10 January 2011

The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Asbestos) Regulations 2010

2010 No. 2984

10 January 2011

The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Artificial Optical Radiation) Regulations 2010

2010 No. 2987

10 January 2011

The Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) and Merchant Shipping(Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

2010 No. 3035

14 January 2011

The Fixed Penalty (Amendment) Order 2010

2010 No. 2720

1 February 2011

The Road Safety (Financial Penalty Deposit) (Amendment) Order 2010

2010 No. 2721

1 February 2011

The Road Safety (Financial Penalty Deposit) (Appropriate Amount) (Amendment) Order 2010

2010 No. 3016

1 February 2011

The River Mersey (Mersey Gateway Bridge) Order 2011

2011 No. 41

1 February 2011

The Shrewsbury (Kingsland) Bridge (Revision of Tolls) Order 2011

2011 No. 71

1 February 2011

The Motor Vehicles (Insurance Requirements) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 20

4 February 2011

The Road Safety Act 2006 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2011

2011 No. 19

4 February 2011

Driving Tests: Fees and Charges

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has given consideration to changing the level of fees charged for driving tests; and if he will make a statement. [43122]

Mike Penning: The test fees charged by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) are set at levels to meet the agency’s expenditure.

The agency is not currently planning an overall increase in the fee levels set for its statutory activities, although some rebalancing of fees may occur.

Heathrow Airport

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration the South East Airports Taskforce plans to give to restrictions on night flights at Heathrow airport after October 2012. [43034]

Mrs Villiers: The South East Airports Taskforce is exploring measures to help make the most of existing infrastructure and improve conditions for all users at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.

Proposals for post October 2012 restrictions on night flights at Heathrow will be subject to a separate consultation. An announcement about the timing of the consultation will be made in due course.

Pedestrian Crossings

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the replacement of pelican crossings by puffin crossings (a) in total and (b) per crossing in the last 10 years. [43667]

Norman Baker: All decisions to install or alter pedestrian crossing facilities are taken at local level and the Department for Transport does not hold any information regarding costs incurred by local authorities for this purpose.

Railway Stations: Heating

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2011, Official Report, column 349W, on Network Rail: passengers, if he will assess the merits of introducing a duty to provide a warm waiting area at train stations as part of any future rail franchise agreements. [43159]

Mrs Villiers: The Department for Transport has no plans to introduce such a duty. Reforms to the franchise process, such as longer franchises, will give franchisees better incentives for long-term investment in the stations.

Railways: Oxfordshire

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of Network Rail assuming responsibility for the Evergreen 3 project from Chiltern Railways. [44960]

Mrs Villiers [holding answer 8 March 2011]: Chiltern Railways remains compliant with the delivery dates of the Evergreen 3 project laid out in its contract with the Department for Transport. It has not therefore been necessary for the Department to undertake any assessment of Network Rail assuming responsibility for the Evergreen 3 project.

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the funding for the Evergreen 3 project his Department is providing. [44961]

Mrs Villiers [holding answer 8 March 2011]: The Department for Transport has not provided Chiltern with any funding for the Evergreen 3 project.

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Third Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department are participating in volunteering activities as part of his Department's involvement in the big society initiative. [42666]

Norman Baker: The ministerial team supports and encourages volunteering in many ways, in our ministerial roles and as constituency members. We actively support initiatives by participating in visits, attending community events and raising awareness of volunteering through media activity.

Ministerial involvement in charities is recorded in the “List of Ministers’ interests”. The current list is available on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/list-ministers-interests

Voluntary Work and Charitable Donations

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has a policy to encourage its employees to (a) volunteer and (b) donate via payroll giving. [43246]

Norman Baker: Although the central Department for Transport and its agencies do not have a specific policy to encourage volunteering and payroll giving, opportunities for volunteering activities are promoted on their intranet sites. Case studies of individual and team volunteering are publicised, and employees are encouraged to share their experiences.

Up to three days special paid leave are allowed annually for volunteering, and examples of eligible activities are listed in the staff handbook.

The Department operates and publicises its Give as You Earn (GAYE) payroll giving scheme which enables employees to make regular payments to good causes directly from salary.

The central Department for Transport won the 2010 Volunteering Partnership Award for Innovative Projects for its Fast Stream volunteering mentoring project.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to answer questions (a) 24052, (b) 24053, (c) 24051 and (d) 24054 tabled on 10 November 2010. [44870]

Norman Baker [holding answer 7 March 2011]:Regrettably, a rare administrative error in the Department has meant that I have only been able to answer these questions on 8 March 2011, Official Report, columns 921-22W. I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Education

Academies: Finance

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the local authority central spend equivalent grant to each academy school was in real terms in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [38027]

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Mr Gibb [holding answer 3 February 2011]: Local authority central spend equivalent grant (LACSEG) is paid to academies by academic year (AY), September to August.

There were 133 academies open in AY 2008/09. LACSEG data for these academies is held by the Department for Education and shown in the table.

There were 202 academies open in AY 2009/10. LACSEG data for these academies is held by the Young People’s Learning Agency and shown in the table.

Copies of both tables have been placed in the Library.

Business: Education

Karen Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to develop and promote enterprise education; and if he will make a statement. [38126]

Mr Gibb: The Department currently has a contract with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) to run the Enterprise Network to support enterprise education. The network is made up of Enterprise Learning Partnerships (ELPs), each chaired by a head teacher with representatives on the board from two secondary schools, two primary schools, a special school, a further education college and an employer. There are currently 54 ELPs covering 99.6% of local authority areas in England. Lead practitioners for each sector of education have been identified in each region to share their ideas for enterprise education with their peers.

The contract with SSAT ends in March 2011. Beyond that date, we expect the ELPs to become self-sustaining without Government funding, ensuring a network of local and teacher-led groups to support enterprise education in schools.

From April 2011, if schools wish to provide enterprise education, they may do so of their own accord, either buying in services from enterprise education providers or arranging their own enterprise activities. They will be able to use the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for this purpose which, from financial year 2011-12, will include the £55 million that used to be notionally allocated for enterprise education but is no longer earmarked for that purpose. Schools are free to spend the DSG however they so choose.

Departmental Procurement

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether all new contracts his Department has tendered over £10,000 have been published with associated tender documents on the Contracts Finder website since its inception. [39219]

Tim Loughton: Since 1 January 2011 the Department has so far published six tender documents and one contract on Contracts Finder. Prior to this we published six ICT contracts on the Department’s website and six tender documents on Business Link. We currently have one tender and one contract being prepared for publication.

The Department has robust systems in place to identify relevant tenders and contracts for publication but I cannot guarantee that some documents may exist that have not yet been identified.

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Departmental Public Expenditure

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on artwork since May 2010. [36042]

Tim Loughton: The Department does not record expenditure on artwork separately on its accounting system. If this information could be obtained it would be at disproportionate cost.

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Departmental Senior Civil Servants

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which members of the senior civil service have left his Department since May 2010; on what date and for what reasons the exit occurred in each case; and what (a) contractual and (b) non-contractual payments were made upon exit to each such staff member. [36819]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 31 January 2011]:The information for the Department is set out in the following table:

Name (at director level and above only) (1) Date of departure Reasons for leaving Contract terms Exit payment (cost to Department) (£)

Deputy director

31 May

Volunteer Early Release

Non-contractual

410,000-414,999

 

30 July

Resignation

n/a

n/a

 

15 September

Approved Early Retirement

Non-contractual

195,000-199,999

 

15 September

Approved Early Retirement

Non-contractual

205,000-209,999

 

24 October

Transferred to another Government Department

n/a

n/a

 

31 December

Flexible Early Retirement

Non-contractual

100,000-104,999

         

Michael Hearty

22 August

Transferred to another Government Department

n/a

n/a

         

Ian Taylor

30 September

Flexible Early Release

Non-contractual

215,000-219,999

(1) Senior civil service naming and salary protocols are based on the latest published Transparency Agenda exercise criteria.

Departmental Temporary Employment

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the most recent previous employment was of each senior staff member employed on a fixed-term contract in his Department since May 2010. [34839]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 20 January 2011]:Since May 2010, the Department has employed fewer than five individuals in the senior civil service on a fixed-term contract.

Departmental Travel

Paul Maynard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on grey fleet in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [28853]

Tim Loughton: Information for the Department is as follows:


Total cost (£)

2008/09

101,296

2009/10

106,912

Departmental Written Questions

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of the named day parliamentary questions tabled for answer by his Department received a substantive answer on the day named between 18 May 2010 and the latest date for which figures are available; [40789]

(2) how many questions for written answer on a named day his Department received between 11 May 2010 and 28 February 2011; and how many such questions have received a substantive answer on the named day specified to date; [44728]

(3) how many questions for ordinary written answer his Department received between 11 May 2010 and 28 February 2011; and how many have received a substantive answer to date. [44729]

Tim Loughton [holding answers 14 February and 7 March 2011]: The Department has received 728 named day PQs between 11 May 2010 and 28 February 2011. Of the PQs replied to between the specified dates 10% were answered on the named day.

The Department has received 2166 PQs for ordinary written answer between 11 May 2010 and 28 February 2011, 74% have received a substantive answer.

Disadvantaged: Children

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage voluntary and community sector engagement with local authorities in the delivery of early intervention programmes. [39460]

Sarah Teather: This is a key theme of our reform programme on Sure Start. The Government wants to retain a national network of Sure Start Children's Centres, which offer universal services and proven early interventions to support families in greatest need, and to increase local flexibility to configure services to meet local need. We want to enable more voluntary and community sector organisations to run and deliver services within

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children's centres; and we are seeking opportunities for public sector workers within children's centres to form employee owned mutuals or cooperatives. The recent Localism Bill included measures to give local organisations and local authority employees the right to challenge local authorities to run services if they can do things better or more cost effectively. The Government are also working with local authorities, the early years sector and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, to discuss how to overcome practical barriers to increasing voluntary and community sector involvement in children's centres. In addition, the Department is investing £59 million each year over the next two years to directly fund voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver a range of grant funded activities of national significance in relation to children, young people and families, with a particular emphasis on early intervention and supporting the most disadvantaged.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the allocation of the discretionary learner support fund. [38189]

Mr Gibb: We are committed to making sure that young people from low income households can continue in education and training post-16. We are considering the replacement for the education maintenance allowance and want to ensure that the funds we have are targeted on those young people who most need support to enable them to participate in education.

Education Endowment Fund

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges will be eligible to submit applications (i) to the Education Endowment Fund proposed in paragraph 7.12 of the White Paper, The Importance of Teaching and (ii) for a share of the £35 million collaboration incentive fund set out in paragraph 7.13 of the same document. [34988]

Mr Gibb: The purpose of the Education Endowment Fund is to fund bold and innovative approaches into ways of raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in underperforming schools. If a sixth form or a further education college considered it could support an underperforming school to raise attainment then it would be eligible to submit an application for consideration to the organisation administering the Fund.

The intention of the collaboration incentive as described in the Schools White Paper is to reward schools who support weaker schools demonstrably to improve their performance while also improving their own. The design of the scheme is still in progress, and so no decision has yet been taken about whether sixth form and further education colleges are in scope for any of its activities.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which body will monitor the effects on students of the proposed changes to student financial support in

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further education; and when he expects initial estimates of the

(a)

level of funding allocated per student per institution and

(b)

number of young people receiving (i) funds and (ii) other assistance through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund to be available. [26511]

Mr Gibb: The Young People’s Learning Agency currently allocate the discretionary learner support fund to schools, colleges and training providers on behalf of the Department for Education. The funds are currently allocated according to a formula which takes into account a range of factors including the student population and levels of deprivation. We are considering the replacement for the EMA, including how the funds should be allocated to ensure that support is targeted on those children who most need it to allow them to continue in education.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on the ability of students to travel of the abolition of education maintenance allowance. [35669]

Mr Gibb: We are considering the replacement for the education maintenance allowance and want to ensure that the funds we have are targeted on those young people who most need support to enable them to participate in learning, including to help them to meet transport costs.

Local authorities have a statutory duty to make arrangements to ensure that young people can attend education. They must publish a statement each year which sets out the support they will provide for transport.

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the costs it will incur as a result of the replacement of the education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement. [36958]

Mr Gibb: We are working with the Young People's Learning Agency, which administers the education maintenance allowance on behalf of the Department for Education, to assess any costs that may arise from the replacement of education maintenance allowance with a package of financial support that is better targeted to those students facing genuine financial barriers to participation.

Free School Meals: Blackpool

Paul Maynard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children receive (a) free school meals and (b) education maintenance allowance in each local authority ward in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency. [37302]

Mr Gibb: Information on free school meal eligibility is shown in the following table:

The answer includes full-time pupils aged 0 to 15 and part time pupils aged 5 to 15 known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals.

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Maintained nursery (1) , Maintained primary (2) , state-funded secondary (2, 3) and special (4) schools: School meal arrangements (5, 6) . As at January 2010. By each ward within Blackpool North and Cleveleys parliamentary constituency
  Maintained nursery (1) and primary (2) State-funded secondary (2, 3) Special (4)

Number on roll (5, 6) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5, 6) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals Number on roll (5, 6) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5, 6) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals Number on roll (5, 6) Number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5, 6) Percentage known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

Anchorsholme

794

73

9.2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Bispham

206

23

11.2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Bourne

577

106

18.4

n/a

n/a

n/a

136

48

35.3

Claremont

489

279

57.1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Cleveleys Park

182

51

28.0

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Greenlands

402

122

30.3

1,443

503

34.9

n/a

n/a

n/a

Ingthorpe

752

147

19.5

1,440

154

10.7

n/a

n/a

n/a

Jubilee

280

54

22.9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Layton

604

178

29.5

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Norbreck

576

86

14.9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Park

564

353

62.6

1,865

388

20.8

29

9

31.0

Warbreck

208

36

17.3

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

                   

Blackpool North and Cleveleys (all wards)

5,634

1,518

26.9

4,748

1,045

22.0

165

57

34.5

n/a = Not applicable. No schools at this type. (1) There are no maintained nursery schools in Blackpool North and Cleveleys parliamentary constituency. (2) Includes middle schools as deemed, (3) Includes city technology colleges and academies, however there are no schools of this type in Blackpool North and Cleveleys parliamentary constituency, (4) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools, excludes general hospital schools. (5) Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (6) Pupils who have full-time attendance and are aged 0 to 15. or pupils who have part-time attendance and are aged 5 to 15. Source: School Census

The question of how many young people in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency received EMA is a matter for the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) which operates the education maintenance allowance for the Department for Education. Peter Lauener, the YPLA’s chief executive, has written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Peter Launer, dated 1 February 2011:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question PQ37302.

The Department of Education has responded to you regarding the first part of your question. I have been asked to provide a reply to the latter part of your question regarding how many children in each local authority ward in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency have received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Information on the number of young people who have received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available for upper tier local authorities but not by constituency. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

As at 31 December 2010, the take-up figure for young people in Blackpool local authority area who have received EMA during the 2010/11 academic year was 1,366.

EMA take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 is available on the YPLA website, at the following address:

http://ema.ypla.gov.uk/resources/research/takeup/

Free Schools: Expenditure

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has allocated to expenditure on consultant to support free school proposers to develop business cases and arrange school administration. [29397]

Mr Gibb: The Department has not set aside an allocation specifically for consultancy support for Free Schools to develop business cases and arrange school administration.

Members: Correspondence

Amber Rudd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye of 6 January 2011, reference AR/DDS/564, on behalf of her constituent Mr Kilroy. [45271]

Tim Loughton: We acknowledge receipt of the letter from the hon. Member. The issues raised in the correspondence are cross cutting and are the responsibility of more than one Department. Responses are being carefully considered before a full and final response is sent in the near future.

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Outdoor Education

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for the use of fieldwork as a teaching method in teacher training courses. [41442]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 17 February 2011]: The initial teacher training (ITT) requirements require that providers of ITT design, deliver and assess training to enable trainee teachers to demonstrate that they have met all of the QTS standards. This includes preparing trainees to teach outside the classroom.

The guidance accompanying QTS standard Q30 provides links to the “Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto” and the “Teaching Outside the Classroom Programme Website”. It also offers links to four case studies that chart high quality provision in training teachers to teach outside of the classroom. The teacher training resource bank provides support for trainers and their trainees and currently hosts 37 resources related to fieldwork, including geography and science-related subject specific resources. In addition, there are 152 resources relating to education outside the classroom including a National Foundation for Educational Research survey report on provision in ITT, and the “Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom”.

ITT providers are regularly inspected by Ofsted to ensure that they continue to comply with the ITT requirements, that their provision is high quality, and that they have the capacity to improve the quality of that provision.

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that children from low income families are not excluded from participating in out of school learning because of the cost of such activities. [41535]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 17 February 2011]: Learning outside the classroom can play a valuable role in any child's educational experience. Existing legislation prevents schools from charging for any visit that takes place during school time, is being undertaken as part of the national curriculum, or as part of preparing a child for a prescribed public examination. Schools may make a charge for board and lodging on residential trips, but parents of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) will be exempt from paying this cost.

From April 2011 we are introducing the pupil premium to support the attainment of deprived children who are currently eligible for FSM, children looked after for more than six months and FSM pupils in non-mainstream settings. Schools may in future wish to consider using the pupil premium funding to enable such children to benefit from out of school educational activities.

Primary Education: Finance

Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated to rebuilding and improvement of primary schools in England in each of the next four years; and if he will make a statement. [45272]

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Mr Gibb: The Department for Education's capital spending will be £15.8 billion over the four-year CSR period. So far capital allocations have been announced for the financial year 2011-12 and the outcome of the capital review which is due to report in the spring will inform funding from 2012-13 onwards.

Capital funding is not set aside specifically for primary schools. It is the responsibility of each local authority to assess the building requirements of all the maintained schools in its area and prioritise the available resources. However, we have set aside £800 million for 2011-12 to support capital funding specifically where it is urgently necessary to increase the number of school places available in response to population changes in a local area.

Pupils: Disadvantaged

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of students in (a) Newton Abbot constituency and (b) Devon who will qualify for the pupil premium. [36167]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 3 February 2011]:The January 2010 school censuses allow an estimate of the number of eligible pupils to be made.

In Newton Abbot in January 2010 there were 1,390 pupils known to be eligible, which would give rise to a pupil premium of £597,700. This does not include pupils recorded on the alternative provision census (ie those funded through the Dedicated Schools Grant via local authorities but educated in non-maintained special schools, further education establishments, etc.); those who are not following the national curriculum, although these pupils are eligible for the pupil premium if they are aged between 4 and 15 years, or service children, as these figures are not available at constituency level.

In Devon in January 2010 there were 10,590 pupils known to be eligible, which would give rise to a pupil premium of £4,553,700. In addition to this there were 775 pupils known to be eligible for the service child premium, which would give rise to a further £155,000.

However, these are estimates only and are not necessarily indicative of how the pupil premium will be distributed. The number of eligible pupils in 2011 could be higher or lower.

Note:

For the local authority the above estimates include FSM-eligible pupils, in Reception to Year 11, or the appropriate age-range if not following the national curriculum, as at the January 2010 school census, pupil referral unit census and the alternative provision census (ie those pupils funded through the Dedicated Schools Grant via local authorities but educated in non-maintained special schools, further education establishments, etc.) and those eligible for the looked-after child pupil premium. Pupil numbers are rounded to the nearest five.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of students who would qualify for the pupil premium under a system based on (a) Mosaic and (b) Acorn calculations. [36408]

Mr Gibb: Both Mosaic and Acorn are commercially produced classifications of postcodes into types based on the characteristics of residents and their consumer behaviour. This information is derived from a wide range of data. Acorn classifies at postcode level while Mosaic classifies at both households and postcodes.

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As such, neither Mosaic nor Acorn identifies individual pupils as deprived; rather they group areas with other similar areas. Were this to be used for the pupil premium a decision would need to be made about which areas should be defined as ‘deprived’. The number of pupils eligible for the pupil premium using either of these methods would depend on which ‘types’ were chosen to represent areas of deprivation. The more types selected, the more pupils would be living in them.

Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Mr Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of funding per school pupil in the maintained sector in England in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [28964]

Mr Gibb: The estimated level of funding per pupil in schools in the maintained sector in England for 2010-11 is £4,082.88. The estimated level of funding per pupil for 2011-12 is not yet available.

On 13 December the Government announced the school funding settlement for 2011-12 which provides for the schools' budget to be maintained at flat cash per pupil overall, meaning that it will rise in line with increases in pupil numbers. In addition to the settlement for the underlying schools budget, the pupil premium will provide additional funding for schools with deprived pupils. Set at £430 this year at a total cost of £625 million, it will rise to £2.5 billion in 2014-15.

School Capital Funding

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education who was responsible for the appointment of the Chair of the review of school capital funding. [39666]

Mr Gibb: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education, made the appointment.

School Leaving and Truancy

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teenagers (a) did not complete their schooling and (b) were absent from school without authorisation in each (i) local authority area and (ii) constituency in each of the last five years. [38497]

Mr Gibb: Information on the proportion of teenagers who did not complete their schooling is not collected by this Department, nor can it be accurately derived from the data currently collected on pupils.

Information on pupil absence is collected for pupils of compulsory school age only. Information on pupils aged 12 to 15 as at 31 August 2009 who were absent from school without authorisation in each local authority area and parliamentary constituency in 2008/09 has been placed in the House Libraries. To provide information for further years would incur disproportionate cost.

Schools: Admissions

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on provision for children of service families in the schools admissions code. [37045]

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Mr Gibb: The Department for Education received a representation on 16 December 2010 from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) regarding children of service families and the School Admissions Code, in the light of discussions that had already taken place between the two Departments. This representation included the views of the Children’s Education Advisory Service, which provides advice to service families on education and schools. Continued discussion of these matters with the MOD is helping to inform the review of the School Admissions Code, announced in the Schools White Paper—“the importance of Teaching”.

Schools: Capital Investment

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the report of the James Review into the allocation of capital for schools. [43372]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 2 March 2011]: The Capital Review team will report to Ministers in the spring.

Schools: Crawley

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce the budget for School Sport Partnership funding for schools in Crawley constituency for academic year 2011-12. [42418]

Tim Loughton: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education has announced that he will not continue to provide ring-fenced funding for school sport partnerships beyond 31 August 2011.

Instead, the Secretary of State is making available £65 million of new funding for schools to enable them to provide more opportunities for competitive sport. This funding will cover the school years 2011/12 and 2012/13 and will pay for one day a week of a secondary PE teacher's time to be spent out of the classroom, encouraging greater take-up of competitive sport in primary schools and securing a fixture network for schools to increase the amount of intra- and inter- school sporting competition. This will include schools in the Crawley constituency.

Schools: Vocational Guidance

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to provide pupil-focused careers advice to pupils of all ages in all schools. [38125]

Mr Gibb: The Education Bill proposes a statutory duty on schools to secure access to independent careers guidance for all pupils aged 13 to 16. The guidance should be presented in an impartial manner and include information on 16 to 18 education or training options, including apprenticeships. Schools will have the freedom to decide how best to fulfil this duty in accordance with the needs of their pupils. This approach is founded on a partnership model where schools work alongside specialist careers advisers to ensure all pupils have access to appropriate levels of high quality support.

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Science: GCSE

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the availability of triple science GCSEs in deprived areas; [37436]

(2) what steps his Department is taking to increase the (a) availability and (b) take-up of triple science GCSEs in deprived areas. [37437]

Mr Gibb: The following table gives the number and percentage of pupils(1) at the end of key stage 4 entering biology, chemistry and physics GCSEs by IDACI decile(2,3 )of pupil residence(4), in 2009/10.

IDACI decile (2, 3) Number of resident pupils Number of resident pupils entering biology, chemistry and physics GCSEs Percentage of resident pupils entering biology, chemistry and physics GCSEs

0-10% most deprived

66,170

5,425

8.2

10-20%

62,067

5,891

9.5

20-30%

58,984

6,631

11.2

30-0%

56,409

7,480

13.3

40-50%

56,023

8,830

15.8

50-60%

55,133

9,759

17.7

60-70%

54,704

10,813

19.8

70-80%

55,460

12,003

21.6

80-90%

54,900

13,025

23.7

90-100% least deprived

54,121

14,825

27.4

(1) Pupils at the end of key stage 4 at the end of the academic year. (2) Income Deprivation Affecting Children Indices. Each Super Output Areas (SOAs) in England is given a score which ranks it between 1 and 32,482, 1 being the most deprived. (SOAs were introduced in 2004 as a new geographic hierarchy designed to improve the reporting of small area statistics. Lower Layers have a minimum population of 1000, and there are 32,482 LSOAs (Lower Layer Super Output Areas) in England.) (3) IDACI bands are based on 2007 IDACI scores. (4) Only includes pupils who are resident in England attending maintained schools, City Technology Colleges and academies. The residency of 1,755 children is unknown due to missing or invalid postcode information. These children are excluded from the figures in the table. Source: National Pupil Database (Amended data)

This shows that, while the number of state funded schools offering triple science has risen from 27% to over 70% in six years, the proportion of pupils entered for triple science GCSE is lower in deprived areas. The Government want to ensure that triple science GCSE is available in all schools and to any pupil who can benefit, and we have already introduced a number of measures to achieve this. We have encouraged schools to offer triple science by including it in the English Baccalaureate. We are also taking steps to increase the number and quality of science teachers, for example by expanding programmes such as Teach First and by looking at how to encourage graduates to teach in shortage subjects, including physics and chemistry.

The recent Schools White Paper confirms that we will support schools to offer triple science. We plan to announce details of how this support will be focused on increasing take up by those pupils who live in the most deprived areas.

Specialist Schools: Finance

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on publishing the level of capital grant paid to specialist schools upon initial designation. [17374]

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Mr Gibb [holding answer 18 October 2010]:In line with the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review announced on 20 October, funding for specialist schools, including high performing specialist schools (HPSS), will be mainstreamed from April 2011. This funding, approximately £450 million in 2010-11, is not being removed from the schools system and will continue to be routed to schools through the Dedicated Schools Grant.

Details of the funding principles and individual school allocations can be found there under the ‘Funding for specialist schools’ webpage at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/specialistschools/a0065479/funding-for-specialist-schools

Students: Finance

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what formula he plans to use to determine how much each provider of post-16 education receives from the learner support fund; and whether this formula will be amended following the end of the education maintenance allowance. [37175]

Mr Gibb: Discretionary learner support funds are currently allocated according to a formula which takes into account a range of factors including the student population and levels of deprivation.

We are considering the replacement for the education maintenance allowance, including how the funds should be allocated, to ensure that support is targeted on those young people who most need support to enable them to continue in education.

Supplementary Schools

Angie Bray: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department’s policy is on the role of supplementary schools within general education policy; and if he will make a statement. [36966]

Mr Gibb: The Department for Education believes that supplementary schools make an effective contribution to community cohesion and have an important part to play in the education and social development of children and young people.

Over the past two years, the Department has provided a total of £445,000 to the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education to help raise the profile of supplementary schools and to improve standards of teaching and management.

Sure Start Programme: Finance

Ben Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of funding for the Sure Start programme in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that funds provided to local authorities for the programme are spent on that programme. [24513]

Sarah Teather: The spending review announced that funding for Sure Start will be maintained in cash terms over the next spending review period, including investment in health visitors. The total allocated in 10-11 for Sure

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Start children's centres was £1,135 million. From April 2011, funding for Sure Start will form part of the new un-ringfenced Early Intervention Grant which in total is worth £2,222 million in 2011-12 and £2,307 million in 2012-13. It is for local authorities to determine the most effective use of the funding in the Early Intervention Grant. We have ensured there is enough money in the Early Intervention Grant to maintain a network of Sure Start children's centres, accessible to all, while identifying and supporting families in greatest need.

Intervening early makes sense socially, morally and financially. Local authorities continue to have duties under the Childcare Act 2006 to consult before opening, closing or significantly changing children's centres and to secure sufficient provision to meet local need, so far as is reasonably practicable. In addition, the Department for Education's partner supporting local authorities' work on children's centres until March 2011, Together for Children, will be ready to assist local authorities in making plans to keep centres open.

Three Valleys Independent Academy

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has received a proposal for a Three Valleys Independent Academy in Rotherham. [34651]

Mr Gibb: The Department for Education has received a proposal for Three Valleys Independent Academy in Rotherham. This Free School Proposal was approved to move to business case and plan stage on 14 January 2011.

Westminster Academy

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) agenda, (b) list of speakers, (c) budget and (d) invitation list is for the event on free schools he plans to attend at the Westminster Academy on 29 January 2011; and whether speakers will receive (i) remuneration and (ii) expenses for attending the event. [37084]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 31 January 2011]: The requested information regarding the conference agenda and speakers can be found in the following table:


Agenda

8.45

Registration and refreshments

   

10.00

Welcome and introduction

 

David Bell, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

   

10.05

Visualising a new school landscape

 

Right hon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education

   

10.25

Understanding the proposition

 

Lesley Longstone, Director General, School Infrastructure and Funding Directorate, Department for Education

   

10.45

Learning from the best: international evidence

 

Joel Klein, Former New York City Public Schools Chancellor (now CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation)

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Mike Feinberg, Co-founder, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)

 

Aaron Brenner, Head of Primary Schools, KIPP Houston

 

Paul Castro, Head of High Schools, KIPP Houston

 

Josephine Baker, Executive Director, Washington D.C. Public Charter School Board

 

Monique Miller, Performance Manager, Washington D.C. Public Charter School Board

 

Karinne Kennedy, a parent whose children attend The SEED School of Washington

   

12.00

Q and A session

 

Right hon. Michael Gove MP, Lord Hill, Joel Klein, Mike Feinberg, Josephine Baker

   

12.30

Lunch and networking

   

13.30

Workshop session 1

   

14.35

Workshop session 2

   

15.35

Submitting a proposal—best practice

 

Rachel Wolf, Director, New Schools Network

   

15.55

The Class of 2011

 

Mela Watts, Director of Free Schools, Department for Education

   

16.10

Final remarks and close

The total budget for the conference was £35,460.89.

The invitations were sent out by the New Schools Network. We are unable to supply the individual names of those on the invitation list due to the restrictions under the Data Protection Act The 400 delegates consisted of parents, teachers and organisations who have expressed an interest in opening a free school. Partner/stakeholder organisations and Government officials also attended the conference.

The speakers did not receive any remuneration for attending the event. The Department covered the travel and accommodation costs for each of the international speakers, which included a return economy flight from the US, accommodation costs at a Department-approved hotel and one evening meal.

Young People: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people aged 16 and 17 years were placed in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation in the latest period for which figure are available. [38334]

Tim Loughton: Information on the number of people aged 16 and 17 years who were placed in emergency bed and breakfast is not available centrally. Revised statutory guidance was issued in 2010 to local authorities on meeting the needs of homeless 16 and 17-year-olds. This makes clear that bed and breakfast accommodation is not considered suitable for 16 and 17-year-olds even on an emergency basis.

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Communities and Local Government

Community Relations: Bolton

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided to Bolton local authority for community cohesion projects in each of the last three years. [44827]

Andrew Stunell: A total of £280,000 was allocated to Bolton in the three years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 for community cohesion projects via un-ringfenced area based grant.

The following table shows the Department's total cohesion spend for each financial year from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

Community cohesion funding area-based grant in Bolton

£

2008-09

49,412

2009-10

90,588

2010-11

140,000

Total

280,000

Departmental Billing

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011. [45087]

Robert Neill: In January 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government paid 92.47% of invoices within 10 days and in February 2011 93.23% of invoices were paid within 10 days.

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of his Department's adherence to each of the principles of good employment practice set out in the Cabinet Office publication Principles of Good Employment Practice. [42632]

Robert Neill: DCLG's own standard practices already ensure that outcome-based commissioning of services is our default method. We are engaging with suppliers, prioritising on those most relevant such as facilities management, to review their approach to training and skills.

Departmental Expenditure

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government Offices for the Regions spent on calls to speaking clock services in each of the last three financial years. [43783]

Greg Clark: Information on the costs of any calls made over the last three financial years can be provided only at disproportionate cost although calls to certain premium rate numbers are barred from digital phones,

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there are a small number of analogue phones installed in each Government Office for emergency use that do not bar access to the speaking clock.

Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of leasing back each such asset over the period of the lease. [45086]

Robert Neill: No transactions in this category have taken place.

Departmental Legal Costs

Mr Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on external legal advice in (a) January and (b) February 2011. [43913]

Robert Neill [holding answer 3 March 2011]: The Department spent £151,921 on external legal advice in January; the figure for February will be available in due course.

As I indicated in a previous answer to the right hon. Member, this compares to a comparable spend of £4.8 million in 2009-10.

Departmental Manpower

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that his published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all staff paid over £58,200 per annum in his Department and in the non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible. [43544]

Robert Neill: The coalition Government are committed to improving transparency, including the setting of senior pay. In March 2010, the Review Body on Senior Salaries commented that

‘there seems to us to be insufficient transparency on top-level reward in the public sector’

(Initial report on Public Sector Senior Remuneration 2010, Cm 7848).

The coalition programme includes commitments to publish salary information for most of the senior civil service and to publish organograms for the entire organisation. As a first step, the Government published the details of 345 senior officials in Departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies in post at 31 March 2010 whose rate of pay was £150,000 or more.

This was extended to lower levels of the senior civil service (SCS) as part of the organograms that were published last October. Although individualised salary details for the most junior level of the SCS (pay bands 1 and 1A) were not released, the numbers and grades of staff in each of their teams and the total salary costs of that team were published.

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The level of disclosure for senior civil servants is going to be further reviewed prior to the next exercise, in April 2011.

In addition, the names of the special advisers in post, including each special adviser’s pay band, actual salary where this is £58,200 or higher, together with details of the special advisers’ pay ranges for 2010-11, were most recently published in the Prime Minister’s statement of 28 October 2010, Official Report, column 18WS.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in his Department were in the Civil Service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of these had been in the redeployment pool for more than six months at that date. [44353]

Robert Neill: There were no staff in the Department for Communities and Local Government redeployment pool on 3 March 2011. The Department's redeployment pool, known as the Career Transition Centre, was closed at the end of January 2011 and surplus staff were deployed across the Department.

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much special advisers in his Department claimed in expenses in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10. [43859]

Robert Neill: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given on 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 765W and 11 March 2010, Official Report, column 419W.

These show that the following expenses were claimed in each year:


£

2007-08

1,952.88

2008-09

4,407.35

2009-10

1,327.90

Departmental Press

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on newspaper (a) supplements and (b) advertorials in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10; and (A) in which publication and (B) for what purpose in each case. [43776]

Robert Neill: The Department buys media space through the Central Office of Information. Their records show the following total annual expenditure on purchasing press advertising by the Department:

2007-08: £3,116,567

2008-09: £2,898,805

2009-10: £1,860,579

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Neither the Department nor the Central Office of Information hold records which distinguish between the different types of press advertising space purchased.

Departmental Procurement

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) agency and (B) non-departmental public body for which he is responsible in the last financial year for which figures are available. [43962]

Robert Neill: The cost of the Department’s (a) procurement function for the last financial year, 2009-10, was £1.39 million. The Department does not have (b) an outsourcing function.

Information on the Department’s non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, I can confirm that the cost of the procurement function in the last financial year 2009-10, in the Planning Inspectorate was £191,695 and in the Housing and Communities Agency was £787,538.

Departmental Video Recordings

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on film production and associated costs for video messages from each Secretary of State in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [43781]

Robert Neill: The information requested is as follows:

2008-09 costs are:

Hazel Blears video message for Tiger 11 Regeneration Summit, November 2008—£1,850

Hazel Blears video message for REACH Programme event, March 2009—£1,808

Hazel Blears film launching the local government White Paper: “Communities in Control: Real People Real Power”, August 2008—£11,790

This gives a total spend of £15,448.

2009-10 costs are:

John Denham filmed at the Scrutiny Conference, February 2010—£793

The above costs compare with a zero spend since May 2010.

Departmental Finance

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department and its agencies have provided to (a) Global Action Plan, (b) Forum for the Future, (c) the Green Alliance and (d) the New Economics Foundation in the last three years; and for what purpose in each case. [43846]

Robert Neill: No funding was made by this Department and its agencies to the named organisations in the last three financial years.

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Electoral Reform Services

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005. [44212]

Robert Neill: The Department has had no contracts with Electoral Reform Services in any years since 2005.

Energy Performance Certificates

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he gave to the merits of including in the Energy Bill a requirement that (a) energy performance certificates (EPC) are produced when a property is marketed and (b) for the EPC to be prominently displayed in property sales literature. [44626]

Andrew Stunell: The requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate to be provided at the point of marketing to a prospective buyer or tenant is part of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

The requirement for the Certificate to be prominently displayed in property sales literature is part of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

External Audit Services

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging in each of the last three years; and to which service providers such payments were made in each year. [43758]

Robert Neill: DCLG has its own internal audit service and does not routinely purchase audit services externally. However over the last three years DCLG engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide interim support to internal audit and they were paid as follows:

Fiscal year £

2008-09

297,221

2009-10

326,061

2010-11

(1)163,636

Grand total

786,918

(1) Projected to end March

The contract with PwC ends this year.

External audits are undertaken by the National Audit Office and are reported as a notional cost in the resource accounts as follows:

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£

2008-09

427,000

2009-10

447,000

2010-11

(1)420,000

(1) Expected to be

Information on costs incurred by public bodies sponsored by the Department is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.