Pupils: Personal Records

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place a legal obligation on schools to share information on individual pupils with the schools and organisations to which they refer those pupils. [147360]

Mr Laws: If a pupil moves to another school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland then their 'common transfer file' and educational record must be passed to the new school, as set out in the Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1437). The information must be transferred within 15 school days of any request from the pupil's new school.

Pupils: Travellers

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of Traveller and Gypsy children in the five most recent secondary school cohorts completed their secondary school education. [148734]

Mr Laws [holding answer 18 March 2013]: The requested information on the retention of Gypsy/Roma and Traveller of Irish Heritage pupils of compulsory school age is not currently available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. An analysis of Gypsy/Roma and Traveller of Irish Heritage pupils dropping out of school is, however, being produced in response to a recent

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request from the Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers and will be placed in the House Libraries when complete.

Railways

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his private office has spent on first class rail travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [139196]

Elizabeth Truss: In the 12 months to December 2012, the Secretary of State for Education undertook three journeys by first class rail which cost £338.86. In two out of the three journeys, the first class ticket was the cheaper option.

Section 10 of the Ministerial Code states that

“Ministers must ensure that they always make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements.”

The vast majority of the time, the Secretary of State travels on standard class rail, which is in line with the Ministerial Code.

Redundancy Pay

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible received payments under a voluntary exit scheme in each of the last five years; and at what total cost in each such year. [152647]

Elizabeth Truss: The information is as follows:

Financial yearNumber of voluntary early releases—the DepartmentCost (£)

2011-12

177

9,300,000

2010-11

141

7,700,000

2009-10

185

23,000,000

2008-09

93

6,500,000

2007-08

117

1,900,000

April 2011-March 2012Number of voluntary early releasesCost (£)

General teaching Council for England (GTCE)

80

1,494,000

National College (NC)

30

1,386,000

Office for the Children's Commissioner (OCC)

1

11,500

Office of Qualifications and Examinations regulation (Ofqual)

0

0

Office of Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

1

21,000

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Partnerships for Schools (PFS)

21

1,360,000

Qualifications and Curriculum development Agency (QCDA)

50

1,087,000

Schools Food Trust (SFT)

1

18,500

Training and Development Agency (TDA)

0

0

Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA)

5

384,000

April 2010-March 2011Number of voluntary early releasesCost (£)

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA)

143

4,600,000

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)

79

1,490,000

Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC)

11

130,000

General teaching Council for England (GTCE)

0

0

National College (NC)

20

288,000

Office for the Children's Commissioner (OCC)

0

0

Office of Qualifications and Examinations regulation (Ofqual)

0

0

Office of Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

26

1,100,000

Partnerships for Schools (PFS)

12

475,000

Qualifications and Curriculum development Agency (QCDA)

140

6,000,000

Schools Food Trust (SFT)

12

213,000

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Training and Development Agency (TDA)

21

1,900,000

Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA)

0

0

Information for additional years could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Figures for 2012/13 will be published as part of the Department’s annual report and accounts. Figures for earlier years have also been included in appropriate annual reports and accounts, The information published on use of the compensation scheme changed between the publication of the 2009/10 and 2010/11 accounts. In the 2009/10 accounts and before the reference is to early departure costs.

In 2010 the compensation scheme was reformed. In particular under the previous terms there could be costs extending for up to 10 years from a departure while under the reformed scheme all of the costs fall within the year of departure. The NAO has estimated that under the reformed scheme, exits costs are around 40-50% less than the previous compensation scheme. The reformed scheme allows for greater distinction between voluntary and compulsory exits and is designed to encourage voluntary rather than compulsory departures.

School Leaving

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to reduce the school drop-out rates in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Birmingham. [152898]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 23 April 2013]: Parents, schools and local authorities have the responsibility to ensure children, who should be at school, actually attend.

We have, however, taken action to tackle poor attendance. We have increased the level of penalty notices for unauthorised absence and reduced the time scales for paying them; and changed the threshold for defining 'persistent absence' to encourage schools to tackle patterns of poor attendance earlier.

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2013, Official Report, column 1195W, on school leaving: Birmingham, what steps the Government take to monitor the number of pupils failing each year to complete their education at school until the age of 16. [152907]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 23 April 2013]: The Government do not directly monitor the number of children who drop out of school. However, there are various requirements on schools and local authorities when a child of compulsory school age drops out of school or is missing from education. The Government have provided statutory guidance to local authorities on how they should fulfil their obligation to ensure children are not missing education.

Schools must inform the relevant local authority, at intervals agreed between them, of pupils who have missed 10 or more continuous days from school without

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authorisation. Local authorities are also required to make arrangements to identify any children of compulsory school age in their area who are not registered pupils at school and are not receiving suitable education in their area. Where such a child is not receiving an education, the authority is required to serve notice to the parents requiring them to demonstrate that their child is receiving suitable education. If the parent fails to satisfy the local authority within a particular period, the local authority is required to serve a School Attendance Order requiring the parent to register their child at the school named in the order. A parent who fails to comply with the order may be prosecuted.

Local authorities also have a duty to arrange suitable full-time education for children of compulsory school age who for reasons of illness, exclusion or otherwise, are unable to receive suitable education unless such arrangements are made for them.

Schools

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage closer co-operation between state and independent schools. [151996]

Elizabeth Truss: The Government strongly encourage co-operation between state-funded schools and those in the independent sector. The Independent Schools Council reported in 2012 that over 90% of its members, more than 1,100 independent schools, were involved with partnership activities including sponsorship or co-sponsorship of academies, access for maintained school pupils to specific lessons or other educational activities, preparation for entry to higher education and secondment of teaching staff to maintained schools. The Independent State School Partnership Forum meets three times a year to consider how co-operation can be encouraged through Government policy making and through helping schools to share good practice.

Schools: Admissions

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the current maximum number of children it is possible for all schools in England to accommodate in each year group from reception to year 13; and what estimate he has made of the maximum number of children it will be possible for all schools in England to accommodate in each year group from reception to year 13 in each of the next five years; [153459]

(2) how many pupils there were in each year group in schools in England in each of the last five years; and if he will estimate the number of pupils in each year group in each of the next 10 years; [153464]

(3) if he will estimate the total number of classes in schools in England for each year group. [153465]

Mr Laws: Information on the current and projected maximum number of children it is possible for all schools in England to accommodate in each year group from reception to year 13 is not collected centrally. The Department collects data on school capacity via an annual survey, and publishes information on school capacity at local authority level(1).

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Information on the numbers of pupils by year group was published for the first time in 2012. Prior to this, data were only published by pupil age at the start of the academic year.

In January 2012 there were 606,000 reception pupils in state funded primary schools in England. The remaining year groups in primary school had pupil numbers between 512,000 and 589,500. Pupil numbers in years seven to 11 in state funded secondary schools ranged from 533,500 to 570,000(2).

Numbers of pupils for previous years and national projections going forwards are published for primary and secondary schools in total, not by year group. The underlying data include projections by single year of age, and is published alongside the release.

In 2008 there were nearly 4 million primary school pupils and 2.9 million secondary school pupils. Numbers were similar in 2012 at 4.1 million primary school pupils and 2.8 million secondary school pupils. By 2017 primary school pupils are projected to grow to just under 4.6 million while secondary school pupils are static at 2.8 million. Projections are only made to 2021 where 4.8 million primary school pupils are predicted and secondary school pupils will grow to nearly 3.1 million(3).

In 2012 there were 55,500 key stage 1 classes (including reception) containing 1.5 million pupils and just under 68,500 key stage 2 classes with 1.8 million pupils. In total at primary school there were just over 144,000 classes containing 3.9 million pupils in 2012 while at secondary school there were 148,000 classes containing 3 million pupils(4).

(1 )Source:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2011-to-2012

(2)()Source:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2012

(3 )Source:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-projections-future-trends-in-pupil-numbers-march-2013

(4)Source:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2012

Schools: Costs

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) cost base, (b) back-office costs and (c) staff costs of (i) maintained schools, (ii) academies and (iii) free schools. [152927]

Elizabeth Truss: We have not made an assessment of this kind.

Schools: Governing Bodies

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to implement recommendation 78 of Lord Heseltine's report on growth, entitled No Stone Unturned on membership of school governing bodies; and if he will make a statement. [152035]

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Elizabeth Truss: The Government's response to recommendation 78 in Lord Heseltine's report made it clear that local employers have an important role in school governance, and that successful business people have skills and experience that can help governing bodies operate effectively.

School governors' core duties are to set strategic direction, hold head teachers to account for the educational performance of the school, and make sure school funding is well spent. We have recently given governing bodies of maintained schools greater flexibility to appoint governors with the right skills.

We recognise that schools may need help identifying skilled governors, particularly those with a business background. That is why we have committed funding to SGOSS (the School Governors' One-Stop Shop) until the end of this Parliament to offer a free service to schools to help them recruit highly skilled governors from the business world.

This year, SGOSS will increase significantly the number of governors they recruit and place, particularly in weaker schools where governing bodies are most in need of more highly skilled governors.

Schools: Sandwell

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has any plans to visit schools in Sandwell; and if he will make a statement. [137864]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 18 January 2013]: The Secretary of State for Education has no current plans to visit schools in Sandwell. The Secretary of State for Education offered to visit schools in Sandwell, however, the local authority preferred to send representatives to London to meet at the Department for Education. The Secretary of State for Education agreed to this and the meeting took place.

Schools: Sports

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to ring-fence the funding of school sport in order to build an Olympic legacy. [151748]

Mr Timpson [holding answer 18 April 2013]: On 16 March 2013 the Prime Minister announced new, cross-Government funding of £150 million a year for two years for physical education (PE) and sport in schools, to be made available to all maintained schools with primary school aged pupils. This funding will be ring-fenced and it has been made clear to schools that it should be spent on improving their provision of PE and sport.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that schools are able to provide facilities for a diverse range of sports in (a) winter and (b) summer. [151994]

Mr Laws: The recently published School Premises (England) Regulations 2012 stipulate that schools must provide suitable outdoor space to enable physical education (PE) to be provided to pupils in accordance with the school curriculum and to enable pupils to play outside.

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Individual schools are responsible for ensuring they provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes the provision of PE and sport. It is their responsibility to determine what facilities best suit the needs of their pupils.

Schools: Standards

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of schools (a) have access to national and local leaders of education, teaching schools and leading teachers and (b) are in partnership with a strong school. [151677]

Mr Laws: All schools in England have the opportunity to access support from a national leader of education (NLE), local leader of education (LLE) or teaching school.

There are currently 2,028 LLEs, 805 NLEs, and 361 teaching schools, located across England, representing primary, secondary and special sectors. A breakdown by region and role is shown in the following table.

RegionNLEsLLEsTeaching schools

East Midlands

64

187

24

East of England

83

210

46

London

150

206

62

North East

50

100

20

North West

123

325

52

South East

104

312

51

South West

71

212

31

West Midlands

80

232

41

Yorkshire and Humber

76

244

34

Total

805

2,028

361

‘Leading teachers' is a term used by some local authorities. The Department for Education does not collect information about their numbers.

Many partnerships between schools are voluntary, which means that the Department does not hold information about them. According to Department records:

1 in 8 schools in England are, already members of a teaching school alliance;

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In 2012/13, according to school improvement partnerships reported to the Department, over 2,100 schools were supported by NLEs and LLEs.

Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the required number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school places in (i) Brigg and Goole constituency and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the next five years. [153475]

Mr Laws: It is the responsibility of each local authority to balance the supply and demand for primary and secondary school places in their area and secure a place for every child of statutory age who wants one.

The Department collects information from each authority on school capacity through an annual survey, which includes local authorities' own pupil forecasts (five years for primary places and seven years for secondary places). The data are collected at local authority and planning area levels and is not broken down by constituency.

The data show that all local authorities within Yorkshire and the Humber are anticipating an increase in the number of primary pupils in each of the next five years. At secondary level, around half of the local authorities are predicting an increase in secondary pupil numbers over the next five years.

The Government have allocated £272.59 million to local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber to create additional school places in 2011-15-an increase from £123.83 million in 2007-11.

Science: GCSE

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Birmingham Selly Oak constituency took (i) one and (ii) more than one science GCSEs in the last three years for which figures are available. [152899]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 23 April 2013]: The requested information can be found in the following tables.

Number of pupils(1,2,3) entering science GCSEs(4) in Birmingham Selly Oak constituency(5), Birmingham(5) and the West Midlands(6) region, years: 2009/10 to 2011/12(7)
 2009/102010/11
 Birmingham Selly Oak constituency(5)Birmingham(5)West Midlands(6)Birmingham Selly Oak constituency(5)Birmingham(5)West Midlands(6)

Number of pupils at the end of Key stage 4(1,2,3)

1,456

12,313

64,768

1,650

12,159

63,386

Number of pupils taking one science GCSE(4)

309

1,451

7,028

208

1,732

10.317

Number of pupils taking more than one science GCSE(4)

859

7,815

47,419

947

6,670

38,902

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 2011/12
 Birmingham Selly Oak constituency(5)Birmingham(5)West Midlands(6)

Number of pupils at the end of Key stage 4(1,2,3)

1,463

12,281

63,30.9

Number of pupils taking one science GCSE(4)

239

1,410

6,861

Number of pupils taking more than one science GCSE(4)

750

6,967

39,210

(1) Figures do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. (2) Figures include all state-funded schools (including CTCs and academies). (3) Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the given academic year including attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years. (4) GCSEs only (including iGCSEs). GCSE science subjects included are Physics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Single science, Double science (counted as 2 GCSEs), Additional science, Core science and Applied science (counted as 2 GCSEs) (5) Parliamentary constituency and local authority figures are based on the postcode of the school. (6) Regional figures are based on the region of the local authority maintaining the school, or for academies and CTCs, the region in which the school is located. (7) Figures for 2009/10 and 2010/11 are based on final data, 2011/12 figures are based on revised data. Source: National Pupil Database

Scotland

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) external organisations and (b) individuals his Department engaged with as part of the Scotland Analysis programme; and what was discussed at such consultations. [153360]

Elizabeth Truss: The Department has not engaged with external organisations or individuals as part of the Scotland Analysis programme as education policy is devolved to the Scottish Government.

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many members of his Department's staff have been allocated to work on the Scotland Analysis programme; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of this work. [153361]

Elizabeth Truss: The Secretary of State has not allocated any staff resource to work on the Scotland Analysis programme and there has been no cost to the public purse.

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings he or his officials have had with the right hon. Member for Edinburgh South West (Mr Darling) as part of the Scotland Analysis programme; and what was discussed at each such meeting. [153362]

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Elizabeth Truss: There have been no meetings between the Secretary of State or his officials and the right hon. Member for Edinburgh South West (Mr Darling) as part of the Scotland Analysis programme.

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what work his Department has commissioned by external consultants in relation to work on the Scotland Analysis programme; which consultants were used; and how much any such consultancy has cost. [153363]

Elizabeth Truss: The Department has not commissioned any external consultants in relation to work on the Scotland Analysis

Security

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he was issued with a security pass for the Cabinet Office. [153285]

Elizabeth Truss: The Secretary of State for Education has not been issued with a security pass for the Cabinet Office.

Senior Civil Servants

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials at director and deputy director level there were in the safeguarding division of his Department at (a) May 2010 and (b) January 2013; and how many there are projected to be at the end of the redundancy programme by May 2015. [143845]

Elizabeth Truss: Safeguarding Group had one director and four deputy director posts in May 2010. In January 2013 Safeguarding Group had one director and three deputy director posts. The Department's business planning process is on-going and figures for 2015 are still to be confirmed and will be kept under review.

Social Networking

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he or his special advisers currently use private social network accounts for the purposes of official Government business; and if he will make a statement. [142964]

Elizabeth Truss: Official Government business is conducted only on the Department for Education social network accounts, and not through any private social network accounts. Special advisers and Ministers contribute to the Department's accounts, as is the practice in other Government Departments. All content issued from the Department's accounts is subject to the Civil Service Code and the Cabinet Office's social media guidelines.

Social Work

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects a Chief Social Worker to be appointed. [152486]

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Mr Timpson [holding answer 22 April 2013]: The Department for Education (DFE) and Department of Health (DH) are in the final stages of a recruitment exercise to appoint two Chief Social Workers, one to focus on Children and Families Social Work and the other on Adult Social Work. The Chief Social Workers will work collaboratively in a single Office of the Chief Social Worker.

Special Educational Needs

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what plans he has to establish a national framework for local offers; [146279]

(2) how many meetings (a) he and (b) the Children's Minister has had with representatives from charities to discuss the special educational needs reforms in the Children and Families Bill since September 2012. [146280]

Mr Timpson: Local authorities would be required to involve local children, young people and families in developing their local offer to take account of their needs and aspirations. We have published indicative draft Regulations on the local offer and an indicative draft of the special educational needs Code of Practice to support Parliament's consideration of the Children and Families Bill. We will continue to develop these detailed requirements in light of the learning and effective practice developed by the pathfinders; the debates in the House on the Bill; and other feedback from interested parties. The local offer will enable families to see readily what they can expect from mainstream services across education, health and social care; how to access more specialist support; how decisions are made including eligibility criteria for accessing services where appropriate; and how to complain or appeal.

I have led on meetings to discuss the SEN reforms in the Children and Families Bill and have held 20 meetings with representatives of charities since September 2012.

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether people aged 25 and under who study higher education at a further education college will be eligible for an education, health and care plan. [150143]

Mr Timpson [holding answer 26 March 2013]:One of the proposals of the Special Educational Needs Disability Green Paper published in May 2012 is the introduction of a single assessment process and an Education, Health and Care Plan for young people aged under 25 years of age to replace the existing Statement of Educational Need and Learning Difficulty Assessment processes.

Young people undertaking higher education courses—whether in further education colleges or in higher education institutions—will not be eligible for an education, health and care plan; however these young people will be able to apply for disabled students allowance.

Further education institutions offering higher education courses will of course remain under duties set out in the draft legislation with respect to young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities for their non-higher education offer. The local authority will assess whether

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an individual will benefit from such a plan in accordance with the Bill and draft legislation that is currently being debated before Parliament.

Staff

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new safeguarding staff have been recruited to join the workforce in the safeguarding department since May 2010 via (a) external recruitment, (b) internal transfer from another team or directorate in his Department, (c) transfer from another public sector post and (d) another route; and to which grades they were appointed. [152707]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 22 April 2013]:The Department for Education does not retain this type or level of information.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 April 2013, Official Report, column 144W, on staff, how many safeguarding staff in his Department, at each grade, have left since May 2010 due to (a) resignation, (b) retirement, (c) voluntary exit scheme, (d) transfer to another team or directorate in his Department, (e) transfer to another public sector post and (f) another reason. [152708]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 22 April 2013]:The Department for Education does not retain information on staff departures except where members of staff have left through a voluntary exit scheme. These data are only held at directorate, not group level.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 April 2013, Official Report, column 144W, on staff, if he will provide organisation charts of the workforce in the safeguarding department, produced or retained by the Department, directorate support team or corporate services for (a) May 2010 and (b) February 2013. [152709]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 22 April 2013]:The organisation chart for the Department for Education's Safeguarding Group from 30 January 2013 will be placed in the Library of the House, with names redacted. We do not hold an organisational chart for May 2010.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 April 2013, Official Report, column 144W, on staff, if he will provide a breakdown by (a) grade and (b) job title of the workforce numbers listed in the tables of safeguarding staff for (i) February 2013 and (ii) May 2010. [152712]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 22 April 2013]: A breakdown of staff by grade in Safeguarding Group for (a) May 2010 and (b) February 2013 is as follows. The Department for Education does not retain information on individual job titles.

Safeguarding staff in May 2010—full-time equivalent by grade
 Safeguarding Group

EA AO

7.11

EO

18.33

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HEO

11.82

SEO

14.00

GRADE 7

12.40

GRADE 6

7.08

SCS Band 1

3.00

SCS Band 1A

1.00

SCS Band 2

1.00

Safeguarding staff in February 2013—full-time equivalent by grade
 Safeguarding Group

EO

13.00

HEO

16.92

SEO

27.41

GRADE 7

20.44

GRADE 6

7.00

SCS Band 1

3.74

SCS Band 2

1.00

Supply Teachers

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was spent on supply teachers in England and Wales for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the 2011-12 academic year. [153245]

Mr Laws: The available information on how much was spent on supply teachers in England for maintained primary and secondary schools in the 2011-12 financial year is contained within the following table. Information on expenditure on these items in academies is currently being collated, and will be placed in the Library of the House as soon as it is available. We do not collect information for Wales as this is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.

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£000
 Primary SchoolsSecondary Schools

Supply teaching staff

249,025

71,524

Supply teacher insurance

110,796

25,740

Agency supply teaching staff

260,731

141,102

Total expenditure on supply teachers

620,552

238,366

Receipts from supply teacher insurance claims

78,359

19,361

Total expenditure less income on supply teachers

542,193

219,005

Teachers

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many specialist teachers in (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) mathematics were in the education system in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013. [151253]

Mr Laws: Information for physics, chemistry and mathematics for 2010 and 2011 is contained in the tables, extracted from table 13 of the School Workforce in England Statistical First Releases for 2010 and 2011(1).

(1) The latest available information for all subjects is accessible here:

www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/statistics-by-topic/teachersandschoolworkforce/a00205723/school-workforce-in-england-provisional-nov-201

Figures for 2012 and 2013 are not yet available. 2012 figures are due to be published on 30 April in table 13 of the School Workforce in England Statistical First Release for 2012 which will be available on the Department's website.

Highest post A-level qualifications(1,2) held by publicly funded secondary school teachers (head count) in the subjects(3) they taught to year groups 7-13 in 2010 and 2011, year: November of each year, coverage: England
 Highest level of qualification(1) held in a relevant subject(3,4)
 Degree or higher(5)Bachelor of educationPostgraduate certificate of education
Subject(3)%±CI(7)%±CI(7)%±CI(7)

2010

         

Physics(8)

57.7

±

1.7

3.0

±

0.6

7.5

±

0.9

Chemistry(8)

60.2

±

1.5

2.1

±

0.4

10.0

±

0.9

Mathematics

44.7

±

0.7

7.2

±

0.4

19.8

±

0.6

          

2011

         

Physics(8)

56.1

±

1.9

3.0

±

0.7

6.3

±

1.0

Chemistry(8)

65.8

±

1.6

2.4

±

0.5

6.2

±

0.8

Mathematics

45.4

±

0.8

7.1

±

0.4

18.2

±

0.6

 Highest level of qualification(1) held in a relevant subject(3,4)   
 Other qualification(6)Any relevant post A-level qualificationNo relevant post A-level qualificationTotal head count
Subject(3)%±CI(7)%%(Thousand)

2010

      

Physics(8)

±

n/a

68.6

31.4

5.6

Chemistry(8)

±

n/a

72.7

27.3

6.7

Mathematics

2.3

±

0.2

74.0

26.0

33.0

       

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2011

      

Physics(8)

0.8

±

0.3

66.3

33.7

5.9

Chemistry(8)

0.6

±

0.3

75.0

25.0

6.9

Mathematics

2.2

±

0.2

72.9

27.1

35.2

“—” = Nil or negligible. n/a = Not applicable. (1) Where a teacher has more than one post A level qualification in the same subject, the qualification level is determined by the highest level reading from left (Degree or higher) to right (Other Qualification). For example, teachers shown under PGCE have a PGCE but not a Degree. (2) Not including qualifications in Special Educational Needs provision. (3) Teachers are counted once against each subject which they are teaching. Head counts are used, so a teacher teaching French and German would be counted once in each. (4) A full list of what was deemed as a 'relevant' qualification subject for each curriculum subject taught can be found on the SFR home page for 2011. (5) Includes Doctorates and other Level 8 qualifications, Masters and other Level 7 qualifications (e.g. Post Graduate certificates and diplomas), first degrees (excluding BEds) and other level 6 qualifications (e.g. graduate certificates and diplomas). (6) Includes Certificate of Education, Non-UK Qualifications where the level was not provided and Other Qualification at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 4 or 5 and above e.g. diplomas or higher education and further education, foundation degrees, higher national diplomas and certificates of higher education. (7) Confidence intervals have been calculated around the proportions as not all schools were able to submit curriculum information, and not all qualifications returns were complete. Qualifications information was either not provided, or the subject field was missing for 12% of the teachers in schools submitting curriculum data. The confidence intervals show the statistical accuracy for the data, and give a range within which we can be reasonably sure (95% certain) that the true value actually lies. (8) Teachers qualified in biology, chemistry, or physics are treated to teach both combined/general science and other science. Notes: 1. Percentages are row percentages, and based on the number of teachers for whom curriculum and qualifications information was provided. 2. Numbers rounded to the nearest 100 and numbers below 50 are shown as nil or negligible. 3. Totals may not appear equal to the sum of the component parts because of rounding. Source: School Workforce Census Base: 139,176 secondary level teachers (unweighted head count) in 2010 and 150,852 (unweighted head count) in 2011

Teachers: Pay

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers earn more than £150,000 per annum. [147097]

Mr Laws: In November 2011 there were 20 full-time qualified teachers (this figure is primarily head teachers and academy principals rather than classroom teachers) in service in publicly funded schools in England who earned more than £150,000. This is the latest information available.

Further information on teachers' salaries is published in the Statistical First Release 'School Workforce in England, November 2011' which is available at the following link:

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00205723/school-workforce-in-england-provisional-nov-2011

Teachers: Training

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many inspections of the initial teacher education undertaken by Ofsted since September 2012 were of (a) higher education providers, (b) higher education providers who offer further education provision only and (c) school-based providers who offer teacher qualifications validated by a university; and what number of training places for initial teacher education were offered by each provider. [152483]

Mr Laws [holding answer 22 April 2013]: The first part of this question relates to inspections of initial teacher education undertaken by Ofsted since September 2012. These matters fall to Ofsted and I have asked Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, to write to the hon. Member.

The Department for Education does not hold data on training places broken down in the form requested. Places are allocated to higher education institutions (HEIs), school-centred initial teacher training (ITT) providers, and providers where trainees are employed by a school. The Department does not record whether providers offer teacher qualifications validated by a university or the number of further education ITT places offered by higher education institutions.

Teachers: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teaching staff on average there are per child in schools in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber. [152265]

Mr Laws [holding answer 22 April 2013]: In November 2010, the pupil-to-teacher ratio in the Brigg and Goole constituency was 18.3 and in the Yorkshire and the Humber region was 18.0. The figures are calculated using January 2011 pupil numbers from the school census, and November 2010 regular qualified teacher numbers in service in schools from the school workforce census.

Information is available for November 2011 which shows a pupil-to-teacher ratio of 18.2 for Yorkshire and the Humber region. Information for Brigg and Goole constituency is incomplete, and therefore not available.

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Technology: Education

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage a greater focus on (a) information technology, (b) design technology and (c) other technical skills at secondary school level. [151987]

Elizabeth Truss: On 7 February 2013 the Government published a consultation on proposals for the reform of the national curriculum. We are proposing that the existing outdated ICT curriculum should be replaced with a new computing curriculum which will be compulsory in secondary schools at key stages 3 and 4. Design and technology will remain a compulsory subject at key stage 3, with new statutory programmes of study. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, all maintained schools will be required to teach the new programmes of study from September 2014. It is for individual schools to decide how much time to spend on each curriculum subject, in the best interests of their pupils.

In addition, we have introduced new computer science teacher training courses to prepare secondary specialists to teach computer science to GCSE level and we have added computer science to the list of separate science options in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

To encourage a greater focus on technical skills, the Government have established new university technical colleges to provide opportunities for young people to develop technical knowledge and skills, work with employers and use industry standard equipment. The Government have also published proposals for a new Technical Baccalaureate standard which will recognise the achievement of the highest quality of technical training by 16 to 19-year-olds.

Termination of Employment

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many staff have left his Department since May 2010; [143830]

(2) how many staff in his Department who had reported instances of bullying or intimidation since May 2010 have subsequently left the Department. [143831]

Elizabeth Truss: 929 members of staff left the Department between 1 May 2010 and 31 January 2013.

Three members of staff who reported instances of bullying since May 2010 have subsequently left the Department. We investigated these incidents and the allegations were not upheld.

Travel

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education on which occasions since he has held his present office he has used (a) the London Underground and (b) buses in connection with his ministerial duties. [149472]

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education does not keep a record of journeys taken by Ministers on public transport.

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Truancy: Fines

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of truancy fines were levied against (a) mothers and (b) fathers in England and Wales in the latest period for which figures are available. [150342]

Elizabeth Truss: Penalty notices (fines) for non-school attendance are issued in England by local authorities and schools to parents if their school registered child is regularly absent without the school's permission. The Department collects and publishes data on how many fines are issued by local authorities in each academic year. The information collected is not broken down to identify the gender of parents. The latest data for the academic school year 2011/12 are available on the Department's website at:

http://tinyurl.com/dxemd4l

Visits Abroad

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what foreign visits by Ministers in his Department have been or are planned to be undertaken from 1 January 2013 to 30 April 2013. [151527]

Elizabeth Truss: Details of the Department’s Ministers’ overseas meetings from January to April 2013 will be collated across all Government Departments and published as soon as possible at:

www.data.gov.uk

Vocational Education: Qualifications

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vocational qualifications were taken up to age 16 in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013. [151597]

Matthew Hancock [holding answer 18 April 2013]: The Department only holds information on the awards made in these qualifications. We do not hold information on those pupils that take the qualification, but do not subsequently achieve an award.

Vocational Training

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated for the delivery of traineeships in the 2013-14 academic year. [153323]

Matthew Hancock: In the discussion paper that we published in January, we set out our intention that traineeships for 16 to 19-year-olds would be part of Study Programmes and would therefore be funded on the same basis.

It is our intention that traineeships will be a demand-led programme. Therefore the number of places funded would reflect the number of employers and education and training providers who choose to offer a place and the number of eligible young people who wish to take one.

We received an excellent response to our discussion paper with over 450 responses from employers, providers and other organisations. We are continuing to work through the final details of the traineeships programme and will publish further information shortly.

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Written Questions

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by special advisers. [146082]

Elizabeth Truss: Ministers are responsible and accountable for all answers to parliamentary questions. Special advisers may provide advice to Ministers, as outlined in the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question (a) 141028, (b) 141029, (c) 141030 and (d) 141034, tabled on 29 January 2013 for ordinary written answer on 31 January 2013. [150445]

Elizabeth Truss: The questions were answered as follows:

PQ141029: 17 April 2013, Official Report, column 474W;

PQ141030: 17 April 2013, Official Report, columns 474-75W;

PQ141034: 17 April 2013, Official Report, columns 474-75W;

PQ141028: 23 April 2013, Official Report, column 874-75W.

Young People: Carers

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to support young carers in education. [153204]

Mr Timpson: The Department has worked closely with the Children's Society and Carers Trust over the last two years to share evidence based tools and good practice at 17 regional events to improve the identification and support of young carers. This includes the e-learning module that we have developed for school staff to increase awareness in schools of young carers' issues and the schools resource pack developed by the Children's Society and Carers Trust. I recently announced the award of a new contract worth up to £1.2 million to those organisations to continue this work for a further two years.

The Department of Health has also recently announced plans to train school nurses to be champions for young carers. They will help raise awareness in schools amongst staff and pupils, and help head teachers and governors decide how best to identify and support young carers at school.

Young People: Local Government

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has any plans to introduce minimum standards for youth engagement with local government, in accord with the recommendation in the UK Youth Parliament manifesto. [152615]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 22 April 2013]: There are no plans to introduce minimum standards for youth engagement with local government. In June 2012 we issued revised Statutory Guidance on the duty in section 507B of the Education and Inspections Act 1996, that requires local authorities to secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, access to sufficient services and activities to improve young people's well-being. The guidance makes clear that local authorities must take steps to ascertain

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the views of young people and to take them into account in making decisions about services and activities for them, in line with Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Local authorities should establish and maintain structured arrangements for doing so and in order to inform continuous improvement these arrangements should enable young people to inspect and report at least annually on the quality and accessibility of provision. As appropriate they should also be involved actively in service design, delivery and governance. Young people should also receive the support they need to participate, ensuring representation of the full diversity of local young people, and those who may not otherwise have a voice.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Air Travel

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his (a) Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies travelled on (i) domestic and (ii) international flights in each of the last five years; in which class categories; at what total cost; and what the monetary value was of the 20 highest airfare charges in each such year. [152531]

Richard Benyon: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration he has given to amending the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to increase the maximum sentences for cases of animal fighting; and if he will make a statement; [153664]

(2) what plans he has to review the sentences available for cases of animal abuse; and if he will make a statement. [153671]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Assets

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) assets and (b) liabilities are held by (i) his Department and (ii) its non-departmental public bodies with a value of (A) between £100,000 and £1 million, (B) between £1 million and £10 million, (C) between £10 million and £100 million and (D) over £100 million; what the value is of each item; and what assets are scheduled for disposal. [153630]

Richard Benyon: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Bees

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other European countries and in the EU on strategies to protect bee populations. [148414]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Charities

Simon Hart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants and payments have been made by his Department to registered charities over the last two years; and what criteria he has used in allocating such grants. [152201]

Richard Benyon: This information is not held centrally and so cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Computers

Mr Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers and (c) tablet devices his Department has purchased in the last two years. [151335]

Richard Benyon: Core DEFRA does not generally directly purchase laptop, desktop or tablet computers. IBM United Kingdom Ltd is contracted to provide these, as required, as part of the service they provide to the Department. Under this contract, the number of devices has decreased by 653 over the last year.

In the last year Core DEFRA purchased one iPad as an exception to this contract for the purpose of a technical assessment.

Cost Effectiveness

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library (a) his Department's response to HM Treasury's requests for information on the value of departmental spending in terms of cost-effectiveness per unit cost in advance of the 2010 comprehensive spending review and (b) the data disclosed to HM Treasury on net present value per pound for resource spending. [153611]

Richard Benyon: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what reviews the Government has made of its contingency plans in the event of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease; [153134]

(2) what provisions he has made for the co-ordination of activities at a regional level in the event of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. [153135]

Mr Heath: DEFRA's Contingency Plan for Exotic Notifiable Diseases of Animals, including foot and mouth disease, is reviewed regularly, working closely with delivery partners and industry. It was last reviewed and published in December 2012.

Plans are regularly tested at local and national level. A national level live exercise to be held in June will test our plans on a scenario based on Classical Swine Fever and lessons learned will be reviewed and published.

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On confirmation of disease, clear command and control structures are put in place to direct, coordinate and support the disease control response. Three levels of command will be established, operating at a strategic, tactical or operational level. The regional coordination is provided by the operational level and is detailed on pages 25-31. The Plan is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/contingency-plan-for-exotic-notifiable-diseases-of-animals--2

Forest Enterprise England

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed by Forest Enterprise England in Cumbria; and what proportion of those staff are paid at or above the relevant level of the living wage. [153088]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Genetically Modified Organisms

Mr Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific objectives are of the release of GM wheat by Rothamsted Research following the application for release in autumn 2013, reference 11/R8/01. [153660]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost is of the additional autumn sown trial of GM wheat at Rothamsted Research, reference 11/R8/01, and how it will be funded. [153661]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the GM construct encoding (E) -ß - farnesene synthase in GM wheat covered by the release consent issued by his Department to Rothamsted Research, reference 11/R8/01, in 2011 is subject to patents; in which countries these were granted; and who holds each patent. [153662]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the GM constructs encoding farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase in wheat covered by the release consent issued by his Department to Rothamsted Research, reference 11/R8/01 in 2011 is subject to patents; in which countries these were granted; and who holds each patent. [153663]

Mr Heath: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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Horse Racing

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to minimise horse fatalities at events including the Grand National. [153512]

Mr Heath: Animal welfare at horse races is the responsibility of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) who work alongside animal welfare organisations, such as the RSPCA. Racehorses, like all domestic and captive animals, are afforded protection under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Under this legislation, it is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to an animal or for an owner, or keeper, to fail to provide for its welfare needs. Local authorities have powers to investigate allegations of poor welfare. If anyone has any concerns about the welfare of a racehorse then they should report the matter to the BHA, local authority or RSPCA.

Hotels

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his (a) Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies stayed in hotels in (i) the UK and (ii) every other country during the last five years; at what total cost; and what the monetary value was of the 20 highest such hotel expenses in each such year. [152555]

Richard Benyon: The information is not held centrally and could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Marine Conservation Zones

Mr Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states regarding the designation of Marine Conservation Zones. [148270]

Richard Benyon: I have discussed the designation of Marine Conservation Zones with Commissioner Damanaki and raised the issue with my counterparts and Members of the European Parliament.

Marine Management Organisation

Mr Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Freedom of Information response GD/ATI417 will be published on the Marine Management Organisation website. [148269]

Richard Benyon: I can confirm that the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has no current plans in place to publish the response to GD/ATI417 on its website. However, while there is no requirement to publish responses to requests for information under either the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs), it remains committed to openness and transparency and is in the process of developing additions to its current publication scheme, in which a log of responses to requests for information is being considered.

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Meat: Labelling

Mr Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to bring prosecutions against supermarkets operating in the UK relating to selling wrongly labelled meat products to their customers. [148658]

Mr Heath: It has not been possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter of 5 March 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr B. Tan. [152849]

Richard Benyon: I can confirm that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), responded to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton regarding Mr B Tan's correspondence on veganism, on 22 April 2013.

Official Hospitality

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible claimed reimbursements for working lunches and official entertainment in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was in each such year. [152668]

Richard Benyon: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Pay

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was paid to officials in (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in addition to salary in each of the last five years; how many officials received such payments; and what the monetary value was of the 20 largest payments made in each year; [148025]

(2) what allowances and subsidies in addition to salary were available to officials in (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last five years; and what the monetary value was of such payments and allowances in each such year. [148044]

Richard Benyon: This response covers Core DEFRA, Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the Consumer Council for Water (CCW), the Environment Agency (EA), the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), the Joint Nature Conservation Council (JNCC),

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the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), Natural England (NE) and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (RBG Kew).

Non-consolidated performance related pay (non-consolidated PRP)

The organisations covered by this reply do not pay bonuses but, instead, apply non-consolidated performance related pay. The following table shows the total amount of non-consolidated performance related pay paid to staff in the senior civil service (SCS) and below in each organisation for the financial years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Information for the years prior to this can be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost:

£
OrganisationFY 2009-10FY 2010-11FY 2011-12

Core DEFRA(1)

2,308,442

1,646,253

1,324,499

AH(2)

515,774

554,139

573,561

CEFAS

838,414

586,069

746,137

FERA

342,720

393,707

431,453

RPA

513,683

610,135

412,603

VLA(2)

198,376

215,549

(3)

VMD

98,719

98,548

109,704

CCW(4)

EA(5)

1,764,192

299,258

643,722

GLA

68,200

64,478

58,927

JNCC

36,697

34,166

71,460

MMO(6)

81,172

89,961

NE

906,236

85,459

578,813

RBG Kew(7)

0

20,000

20,000

(1 )Data for core-DEFRA does not include details for the Permanent Secretary. These payments are determined centrally and are published in the Department's resource accounts. (2 )AHVLA was vested on 1 April 2011 following the merger of AH and VLA. Data for former VLA staff for 2011-12 are not available as they were initially paid through their former payroll which has since closed. Therefore, payments made to AH staff in 2011-12 are shown separately. (3 )Information is only available at disproportionate cost. (4 )CCW only pay non-consolidated performance pay to their chief executive, data for which have not been included in this response. Details are published in CCW annual accounts. (5 )The difference between the EA figure for the 2009-10 financial year and that of 2010-11 is attributable to the fact that no end-year non-consolidated PRP was paid to Environment Agency staff in 2010-11. (6 )The MMO was vested on 1 April 2010. Data are, therefore, only provided for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years. (7 )RBG Kew only pay non-consolidated PRP to senior executives.

The total number of staff in receipt of these payments in each organisation in 2011-12 is as follows. Information for the years prior to this is available only at disproportionate cost.

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OrganisationNumber of people in receipt 2011-12

Core DEFRA

1,230

AH

536

CEFAS

530

FERA

609

RPA

534

VLA

(1)

VMD

83

CCW

EA

(1)

GLA

34

JNCC

81

MMO

115

NE

1,469

RBG Kew

2

(1 )Information is available only at disproportionate cost.

Allowances and other payments

Allowances are payments made over base salary that relate to recruitment and retention issues or provide recompense for different working arrangements. Other payments are either overtime payments or non-consolidated elements of a pay award for staff on the pay range maximum. The following table shows the total amount paid in allowances and other payments to staff, in addition to salary, in each organisation for the financial years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

£
OrganisationFY 2009-10FY 2010-11FY 2011-12

Core DEFRA

3,857,215

2,122,009

1,366,722

AH

2,417,032

1,453,617

1,675,144

CEFAS

720,829

716,610

726,755

FERA

470,532

537,672

638,733

RPA

3,685,918

2,064,005

1,423,729

VLA

1,065,225

930,489

(1)

VMD

131,470

92,414

100,192

CCW

78,308

50,067

45,919

EA

(1)

(1)

(1)

GLA

73,871

134,940

105,484

JNCC

60,073

65,599

71,844

MMO

253,270

458,761

NE

1,044,513

1,382,596

1,190,756

RBG Kew

453,568

348,755

363,740

(1 )Information can only be provided by incurring disproportionate cost.

Largest 20 payments

The following tables show the largest 20 payments made in relation to performance related pay by each organisation for the financial years shown.

£
Financial yearCore DEFRAAHCEFASFERARPAVLAVMDCCWEAGLAJNCCMMONERBG Kew

2009-10

15,000

12,500

12,500

3,166

12,500

8,600

10,000

17,285

10,500

1,000

15,000

 

15,000

10,000

10,000

3,166

12,500

6,020

9,683

12,900

8,463

1,000

14,250

 

12,500

10,000

9,000

3,050

9,000

400

9,000

10,750

7,447

1,000

11,248

 

12,500

10,000

9,000

2,598

9,000

400

2,657

10,750

5,090

1,000

10,773

 

12,500

9,000

6,460

2,585

6,000

400

2,657

10,750

4,752

780

10,174

 

12,500

9,000

6,460

2,572

500

400

2,657

10,750

4,752

780

9,315

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12,500

2,977

6,460

2,559

500

400

2,657

10,750

4,752

780

9,240

 

12,500

2,977

6,437

2,549

350

400

2,657

10,750

4,509

780

8,717

 

12,500

2,977

5,434

2,549

331

400

1,652

10,750

3,539

780

8,672

 

12,000

2,977

5,269

1,961

273

400

1,652

10,750

3,477

780

8,610

 

11,000

2,657

5,181

1,961

250

400

1,652

10,750

3,166

780

7,972

 

11,000

2,434

5,088

1,961

250

400

1,608

10,750

3,104

780

7,837

 

11,000

2,434

5,088

1,955

250

400

1,386

10,750

2,173

780

7,800

 

11,000

2,434

4,672

1,945

250

400

1,386

10,750

1,273

780

7,543

 

11,000

2,434

4,442

1,937

250

400

1,386

10,750

1,000

780

7,398

 

11,000

2,434

4,329

1,909

250

400

1,329

10,750

1,000

780

7,370

 

11,000

2,396

4,304

1,833

250

400

1,329

10,750

1,000

780

7,327

 

11,000

2,396

4,213

1,833

250

400

1,329

10,750

750

780

7,229

 

10,113

2,396

4,213

1,833

250

400

1,329

10,750

750

780

6,960

 

10,000

2,396

4,213

1,833

250

400

1,329

10,750

750

620

6,781