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Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the number of surplus places in each school in Redditch for (a) the current year and (b) the next five years, taking account of school mergers as a result of decisions in the Redditch review. [115414]

Ms Estelle Morris: The number of surplus places in each school in Redditch for the current year and the forecasts for September 2000 and 2001 are set out in the following table. My Department does not collect information on the levels of surplus places at individual schools for the next five years, and LEAs are not required to produce it. Information provided by Worcestershire in connection with proposals for reorganisation of schools in Redditch, which were approved by the Secretary of State in January, included information about the number of places to be removed at each school. The Secretary of State was satisfied that, while the proposals would remove

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over 2,000 of the 3,000 current surplus places in schools in the area, there would be sufficient places available to allow for parental and denominational choice.

Surplus places

As at September
19992000 (17)2001 (17)
First Schools
Arrowcrest First030
Ipsley First1201310
New First School000
Claybrook First961090
Icknield First23250
New First School0075
St. John Fisher Catholic First96980
Astwood Bank First005
Batchley First14350
Beoley First400
Feckenham First500
The Harry Taylor First102425
Holyoakes Field First1715
Marlfield Farm First17418145
Moon's Moat First766970
Ravens Bank First264550
Roman Way First676570
St. George's First638510
St. Lukes First7100
St. Stephen's First22145
Tardebigge First7910
Tenacres First22722925
The Vaynor First478510
Webheath First434015
Woodrow First9585110
St. Thomas More Catholic First71010
Mount Carmel Catholic First655
Total First Schools1,2361,332560
Middle Schools
Lodge Farm Middle63240
St. Stephen's Middle2452610
New Middle000
Moatfield Middle1331220
St. Peter's CE Middle1922080
New CE VC Middle000
Birchensale Middle4930200
Church Hill Middle159160180
Dingleside Middle10391168
Ridgeway Middle72650
Walkwood CE Middle0020
St. Bede's Catholic Middle000
Total Middle Schools1,016961398
High Schools
Bridley Moor High732790
The Abbey High5662390
The Ley's High383800
New North High0040
New South High0020
Arrow Vale Community High9170145
St. Augustine's Catholic High005
Total High Schools1,1131,118210

(17) Forecast


Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non- departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and

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(b) the operation of websites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each website (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per months and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each website for each of the next three years. [115803]

Mr. Wills: The central DfEE website covers a very wide range of education and employment information for many key audiences including teachers, head teachers, school governors, students, parents and employers. It has a core programme budget of £160,000 in 1999-2000, and £200,000 in each of the following three years, plus running costs for seven staff.

Total activity for the site is around 400,000 'page impressions' per month.

In addition, we have a number of important projects aimed at bringing on-line a wider range of web based services. The most significant are: development of the National Grid for Learning; the National Childcare Information Service; the Learning and Work Bank project to put vacancy, careers advice and learning opportunities for jobseekers and job changers on the web; the Electronic Communication with Schools project and websites specifically aimed at Standards in schools, Lifelong Learning, the New Deal and the Employment Service.

The number of these projects and non-departmental public bodies' websites coupled with the costs associated with the many people across the Department involved in providing material for websites mean that detailed expenditure figures are not easily obtainable without incurring disproportionate costs.

Special Needs

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) how many and what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils have statements of special educational needs in each education authority in London and the South East; [115785]

Jacqui Smith: The following table lists the number and percentage of pupils with statements of special educational needs, on the roll of primary and secondary schools maintained by each local education authority in London and the South East, as at January 1999.

Information about levels of provision is not collected centrally. It is the responsibility of local education authorities to ensure that the special educational provision specified in a statement is arranged for those children for whom they are responsible. Where a child's parents consider that an LEA is failing to meet this duty, it is open to them to complain to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, who will investigate the complaint.

Pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN) in maintained primary and secondary schools, by local education authority area in England
Position at January 1999

Primary Secondary
Total pupilsPupils with statementsPercentageTotal pupilsPupils with statementsPercentage
Inner London230,6483,8941.7122,1653,9133.2
City of London21631.4(18)--(18)--(18)--
Hammersmith and Fulham9,5692432.56,4921422.2
Kensington and Chelsea6,730921.43,500832.4
Tower Hamlets21,9754211.913,7175343.9
Outer London407,2806,0671.5265,3395,9862.3
Barking and Dagenham18,4333101.710,4273012.9
Waltham Forest22,3523061.412,3773242.6
South East664,70210,3601.6471,30410,4582.2
Bracknell Forest9,4891571.76,0961612.6
Windsor and Maidenhead8,6861491.79,9452242.3
Milton Keynes22,4154472.011,5263963.4
Brighton and Hove18,3353391.811,1912552.3
East Sussex38,5365451.426,3584821.8
Isle of Wight7,4221572.111,4353182.8
West Sussex61,9481,0221.641,0011,1052.7

(18) Not applicable (no schools of this type)


Annual Schools' Census

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