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Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list (a) the schools in Northampton, North which have received capital grants and (b) the value of grant in each case. 
Jacqui Smith: The table shows the schools in Northampton, North constituency which have benefited from allocations of New Deal for Schools grant. All schools in the constituency will have benefited from Devolved Formula Capital in 2000-01, which is allocated by the local education authority.
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|School||Total grant allocated under NDS (£)|
|Northampton School for Girls||60,000|
|Stimpson Avenue Lower School and Nursery||13,000|
|Thomas Becket RC Upper School||20,000|
|Kings Heath Lower School and Nursery||10,000|
|Booth Lower School||20,000|
|Gladstone Lower School||22,000|
|Weston Favell Upper School||50,000|
|St. Mary's RC Middle||53,500|
|Emmanuel C. of E. Middle||21,400|
|St. Gregory's Lower||14,980|
|Cedar Road Lower, Boothville Middle, Sunnyside Lower, Booth Lower, Kings Heath Lower, Spencer Middle, Kingsley Lower, Kingsthorpe Middle Community, Trinity School, Booth Lower, Emmanuel Church of England Voluntary Aided Middle, Whitehills Lower, and the Camrose Centre(1)||2,226,114|
(1) A total of £1,888,700 was awarded for 10 package projects in NDS round three. Details of schools to which funding was allocated are held by Northamptonshire local education authority.
(1) The schools listed were included in package projects totalling £2,226,114 in NDS round four. Details of allocations for individual schools are held by Northamptonshire local education authority.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) how many Ofsted school inspection reports, since the publication of the report of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, have included (a) consideration of the school's effectiveness in preventing and addressing racism, (b) highlighted racial equality issues among the key action points and (c) identified improvements in the school's practice in promoting racial equality; 
(3) how many schools which have been identified by Ofsted as having serious weaknesses have, since the publication of the report of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, had failure to address racial equality as one of the identified weaknesses; 
(4) if he will request Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools to respond in writing to the recommendations of the report of the Commission for Racial Equality, "Inspecting Schools for Race Equality: Ofsted's Strengths and Weaknesses". 
Ms Estelle Morris: These are matters for HM Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead. I have asked him to write to my hon. Friend and to place a copy of his letter in the Library. Post-inspection action plans are prepared by schools' governing bodies to address the key issues for action identified by inspectors, which could include the need better to address issues of racial equality. In the case
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of schools requiring special measures or with serious weaknesses, HM Inspectors judge whether action plans adequately address the key issues and monitor improvement on subsequent visits. My Department checks on the progress made by each school and, in cases where progress is limited, works with the local education authority to ensure that urgent action is taken to improve the quality of education provided for pupils.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he will respond to the recommendations of the report of the Commission for Racial Equality, Inspecting Schools for Race Equality: Ofsted's Strengths and Weaknesses. 
Ms Estelle Morris: This Government are committed to ensuring high standards and equal opportunities for every child in every school and Ofsted has an important role in achieving that aim. Most of the recommendations in the CRE's report are matters for Ofsted. We will respond to the other recommendations after we have completed our consideration of the report.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average class size was for classes taught by one teacher in (a) Great Britain and (b) each local education authority, for (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools, in (A) 1979, (B) 1992 and (C) each year since 1996; and what the figure was for (x) Key Stage 1 and (y) Key Stage 2 in each year since 1996. 
Claimant unemployment among this group has fallen by 70 per cent. in the three years since April 1997 and by 56 per cent. since April 1998 when the New Deal was introduced. Part of this fall is due to the delivery of a strong and stable economy, but the New Deal for Young People has helped unemployment to fall even faster. The fall of 56 per cent. since the New Deal was introduced compares with a fall of 18 per cent. in total unemployment, 23 per cent. in total youth (18-24) unemployment and 26 per cent. in the total number unemployed for six months or more. The effect of the New Deal is confirmed by independent research from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
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client group has also been substantially faster than for other groups. In Greater London, in the two years since April 1998, claimant unemployment among those aged 18-24, unemployed for six months or more, has fallen by 56 per cent., from 19,346 to 8,552. This compares with a fall of 21 per cent. in total unemployment, 29 per cent. in total youth (18-24) unemployment, and 26 per cent. in the total number unemployed for six months or more.
Although a number of governing bodies of further education colleges in rural areas have been dissolved, in each case the educational provision has continued by arrangement with another institution in the further or higher education sector.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much extra has been and will be awarded in direct cash payments to each school, by name, in Hendon as a result of (a) the budget and (b) the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 24 July 2000]: A table was placed in the Library of the House on 3 June giving details, by constituency, of the allocation of the extra budget funding for schools--the School Standards Grant. This information is not normally published for individual schools. The amount of School Standards Grant paid to schools in Hendon is £615,000.
Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research his Department has carried out on the level of awareness of the Access to Work scheme among (a) employers and (b) disabled people. 
Ms Hodge [holding answer 21 July 2000]: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its Chief Executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
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