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Ms Hodge: The Department has now completed the prior options stage of the quinquennial review of Remploy. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library and will be sent to those who contributed to the consultation exercise. The report is also available on the DfEE website (www.dfee.gov.uk).
The review considered a number of options but decided that Remploy's position and NDPB status should remain as it is for now. The next stage of this review will start shortly and will be completed within three months. During this stage the review team will look at the relationship between the Government and the Company to ensure that it operates to the highest standards in line with the commitment set out in the Modernising Government White Paper.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he will reply to the letter dated 30 March from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire in relation to the Chairman of the Governors of the Fitzherbert School in Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire. 
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Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when the hon. Member for West Derbyshire will receive a reply to his letter of 30 March about the William Gilbert School in Duffield, Derbyshire. 
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic minority communities living in the Greater London area have benefited from the New Deal. 
Ms Jowell: New Deal actively promotes equality of opportunity and outcome for people of all ethnic and racial groups. Targets have been set for all Units of Delivery to achieve parity of outcome on jobs between white and ethnic minority young people, by the end of this Parliament. Latest figures show that to the end of February 2000, in Greater London, 19,157 men and 10,035 women from ethnic minority groups have benefited from starting the New Deal for young people and that 12,198 men and 2,565 women from ethnic minority groups have benefited from starting the national New Deal for long-term unemployed people aged 25 or over. Many others will have benefited from the New Deal for Lone Parents and other New Deals.
Ms Estelle Morris: The data are not available in the form requested. Figures on the number of day pupils attending maintained schools 1 in the Greater London Government Office Region who took a free meal in January this year is currently being collected. Latest estimates show that there were 226,000 such pupils, which represents 21 per cent. of the pupil population.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much was spent per pupil in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England and Wales, in (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools in each of the last ten years for which figures are available. 
Ms Estelle Morris: The following table sets out spending per pupil in Gloucestershire and England, from 1990-91 to 1998-99, the latest year for which expenditure figures are available. The figures are based on Net Institutional Expenditure.
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|Net institutional expenditure||Pre-primary and primary||Secondary|
The following tables set out the resources being made available in Gloucestershire and England for primary and secondary education as part of the drive to raise standards. These figures are not comparable with the net institutional figures set out in table 1. The special and specific grant totals include the money for schools announced in the Budget on 21 March.
|Standard Spending Assessment||Primary||Secondary|
|Special and specific grants||Primary||Secondary|
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to encourage higher education institutions to introduce standardised testing for scholastic attainment. 
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The Government wish to see a widening of access to higher education, and we share the aspiration of those who promote the use of Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs) that higher education should be available to all who can benefit from it. The substantial reform of post-16 qualifications to be introduced from September will help broaden access to university by giving recognition to a wider range of qualifications. In addition, we are investing heavily in raising standards in deprived areas through "Excellence in Cities". This year we shall be launching new summer schools to help young people to understand better the opportunities higher education can offer. New "Opportunity Bursaries" of up to £1,000 per year will also be introduced from next year to give able young people from areas without a history of participation in higher education the extra financial incentives and confidence they need to embark on a higher education course.
Although its research is entirely separate from DfEE activities in this area we are happy to work closely with the Trust because its work is focused on widening the socio-economic profile of students in higher education. We have learned from its experience in running summer schools and have adopted much of its best practice in the summer schools we will launch this summer.
Mr. Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what is the average per pupil education standard spending assessment for 2000-01 in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) England and (ii) Somerset; what is the reason for the difference between (i) and (ii); and if he will make a statement; 
|Primary per pupil||2,310||2,474||164|
|Secondary per pupil||2,984||3,175||191|
The differences between the figures for England and those for Somerset are a result of the authority receiving a below average share of the national total for education standard spending to reflect social deprivation and area costs. If Somerset's SSA per pupil for primary and secondary schools were the same as the national average it is estimated that its education SSA would be £11 million higher. Since 1997-98 Somerset's education SSA per pupil has increased by £338, and its special and specific grants per pupil have increased by £193.
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Somerset will benefit this year from Standards Fund grant of £8.8 million. Its share of the £50 million and £290 million special grants will be £3 million.
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