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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the spending total for the Connexions programme in the year 1999-2000; what are the planned spending totals for each to 2004; how much of these totals is further spending following the Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will give a breakdown of the costs of the programme, including administrative costs. [132408]

Mr. Wicks: The Connexions Service will be progressively introduced from April 2001. Following the Year 2000 Spending Review settlement, the Secretary of State for Education and Employment will make an announcement in due course about the outcome for individual programmes in 2001-02 and beyond, including the new resources for the Connexions Service.

Standards Fund

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the spending totals are of each of the grants administered under the Standards

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Fund for 2000-01; what are the planned totals for each year to 2004; and how much of the total in each case is further spending allocated under the Comprehensive Spending Review. [132409]

Ms Estelle Morris: Total expenditure allocated, and taken up by local education authorities, for each of the grants administered under the Standards Fund for 2000-01 are shown in the following table. Figures include both Government and local authority contributions to the Standards Fund. Planned totals for future years will be determined as part of detailed decisions to be made following the outcome of the Spending Review.

Grants administered under the Standards Fund spending totals

£ million
School Improvement289.2
School Leadership: National Professional Qualification for Headteachers20.4
School Leadership: Serving Headteachers8.1
New National Curriculum17.1
Training Schools2.5
Advanced Skills Teachers (AST): Introductory Phase1.7
Advanced Skills Teachers (AST): National Programme13.6
Beacon Schools8.0
Specialist Schools55.0
Early Years Training and Development13.1
Early Excellence Centres5.9
National Literacy Strategy--Primary48.1
National Numeracy Strategy--Primary49.8
National Numeracy Strategy--Intensive Training9.0
Summer Literacy and Numeracy Schools and Literacy and Numeracy at Key Stage18.9
Key Stage 3 Numeracy: Secondary Schools Conference2.7
Year 6 Literacy and Numeracy Booster Classes42.0
Family Literacy and Numeracy6.8
Playing for Success3.2
Study Support17.1
Ethnic Minority Pupils and Traveller Achievement Grant162.5
Special Educational Needs55.0
Social Inclusion, Drugs and Youth137.3
Teenage Pregnancies5.0
Access Fund for pupils aged 16-19 Year Olds9.0
Education Maintenance Allowances77.4
Excellence in Cities: City Learning Centres33.3
Excellence in Cities: Gifted and Talented Children18.0
Excellence in Cities: Learning Support Units and Learning Mentors34.3
Protecting Local Authority Music Services30.0
Expanding Local Authority Music Services20.0
Lifelong Learning Development Plans17.7
Education and Health Partnerships5.7
Parent Governors Representatives0.2
Teaching Assistants130.0
Small School Support Fund16.8
Working Environment Fund20.0
Performance Management and Threshold Assessment Training20.0
Support for Performance Management and Threshold Assessment arrangements20.0
Administrative Support for Small Schools56.0
Supported Early Retirement Scheme for Heads10.0
Adult: Pupil Ratio in Reception Classes12.3
Excellence in cities: Best Practice Research Projects0.2
Excellence in Cities: Innovation Projects1.0
Small Education Action Zones: Development Plans0.2
Small Education Action Zones: Implementation2.9
Adult Ethnic Minority Achievement1.2
Gifted and Talented Summer Schools3.6
Transforming Key Stage 310.0
Literacy and Numeracy Strategies--Catch Up18.6
Excellence in Cities: Development costs1.0
Reducing Infant Class Sizes137.7
Reducing Infant Class Sizes: Capital Grant70.6
Formula Capital161.3
Seed Challenge Capital Fund31.0
School Laboratories30.0
Learning Support Units11.0
Nursery Capital5.0
National Grid for Learning198.0
School Security22.0
New Deal for Schools Capital558.0

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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is his estimate of the cost of administering Standards Fund grants in (a) his Department and (b) local education authorities over the period of the Comprehensive Spending Review. [132410]

Ms Estelle Morris: No figures are available of the administrative costs of the Standards Fund. The Government have recognised the need to restrict the burden on schools as the size of the Fund has grown. The Department is reviewing the arrangements for the Standards Fund in consultation with schools, Local Education Authorities and other interested parties. As a result of the review changes will be made to simplify the operation of the Standards Fund from April 2001, details of which will be announced in the Autumn. The main changes resulting from the review will involve reducing the paperwork by simplifying the mechanics of payment and accounting; encouraging an approach focused on outcomes; giving schools and local authorities greater spending freedom; sharing timely management information, and spreading best practice.

Education Policy

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment for each year since 1979, how much his Department, and the previous Department of Education, spent in real terms on (a) focus groups, (b) opinion polls, (c) press releases and (d) television and radio advertising relating to education policy. [132411]

Mr. Wills: The Department for Education and Employment does not undertake focus groups or opinion polls of the public. However it has sampled and consulted on views of teachers, Heads and other groups affected by the Department's policies on specific issues; for example literacy and numeracy strategies.

Expenditure on press releases is not available in a form which would enable comparable figures for each year (1979 to 2000) to be compiled without disproportionate cost.

Expenditure on television and radio advertising relating to education policy from 1979-80 to 1999-2000, was as follows:

Financial yearExpenditure(1)Expenditure (£000)

(1) Cash terms

(1) Real terms 1999-2000 prices

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The expenditure in 1998 onwards is largely accounted for by the Department's campaigns on literacy and numeracy.

Employment Service

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the total of Departmental HQ and the Employment Service, gross running costs in 1997-98; what are the planned totals for gross running costs for the years up to 2004; and if he will give the total of administration costs referred to in Table 7.1 on Page 48 of the Spending Review 2000. [132412]

Mr. Blunkett: The gross running costs of the Department and the Employment Service since 1997-98 are as follows:


Total gross1,079,1611,064,7881,099,4741,111,075

(1) Outturn figures

(1) Estimated outturn

The planned totals for gross running costs for the years up to 2004, and the total of administration costs within the Year 2000 Spending Review settlement have not yet been finalised.

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when the Employment Service Annual report and Accounts for 1999-2000 will be laid before Parliament. [133690]

Mr. Blunkett: I have today laid before the House the Employment Service's Annual Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 which gives full details of the Agency's performance and expenditure for that year.

The Annual Report records an excellent year's work by the Employment Service. For the first time since 1994-95 it has achieved and in many cases significantly exceeded all its targets for helping unemployed people into jobs. Jobcentres have also been giving record levels of customer service to jobseekers.

During the course of an extremely challenging year, the Employment Service:

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This has been achieved against a background of major change and new challenges. During 1999-2000 the Employment Service also:

The Employment Service missed only one of its targets last year, for the correct application of the Jobseeker's Allowance process. It ended the year on 90 per cent. against a target of 96 per cent. Even here, however, there was a substantial improvement in performance during the course of the year.

1999-2000 was a very good year for the Employment Service. Its success was down to the effort and enthusiasm of everyone working in it. I am very grateful to them for that effort, commitment and determination to succeed. I look forward to building on this success in the year ahead and in setting up the new agency to deliver work-focused services to people of working age. I know that people in the Employment Service will rise to the new opportunities and challenges involved in making it a success.

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