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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many child care places for under eights have been available in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by places available through (a) day nurseries, (b) pre- school playgroups and (c) child minders; and what
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estimate he has made of the number of such places which will be available over the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Ms Hodge: Since this Government came to office, 120,000 new, free, early education places have been created for three and four-year-olds nationally. We have provided sufficient funding to ensure that all four-year- olds and over 35 per cent. of three-year-olds in the Northamptonshire area receive a free, part-time, early education place.
With regard to out-of-school and pre-school child care places no information is available prior to 1999-2000 on a constituency basis. However, in 1999-2000, a total of 201 new child care places were created in Northampton.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) heads, (b) deputy heads and (c) teachers have (i) retired on grounds of ill health and (ii) otherwise left the profession, excluding those barred or dying in service, in each of the last 10 years, in (1) primary and (2) secondary schools. 
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the Public Service Agreement targets in Prudent for a Purpose, Cm 4807, page 114, which statistical measure he will use to define employment; how he will make cyclical adjustments for unemployment and employment; which statistical measure he will use to define unemployment for the over 18s; what will be the minimum change in employment rates to qualify as a change; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment which pilot projects undertaken by his Department since 1997 have involved random assignment elements; and what assessment he has made of their effectiveness in promoting more effective policy making. 
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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many applications have been received for initial teacher training in (a) primary and (b) secondary courses commencing in September 2000; and how many were received at the same stage in (i)1999 for commencement in September 1999 and (ii) 1997 for commencement in September 1997. 
Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answers of 18 January 2000 to the hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell), Official Report, column 389W, and of 6 March 2000 to the hon. Member for Colchester, Official Report, column 477W, how many summer activity camps will be held this year; at what locations; how many people will be taking part; and what is the expected cost. 
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Ms Jowell: My Department has worked with the Hospitality Training Foundation, the National Training Organisation for the hospitality sector including the hotel industry, to secure the skills for greater competitiveness and employability needed in this sector. Government support for training is currently given through the Training and Enterprise Councils for Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, Advanced Modern Apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualifications. A Vocational 'A' Level (GNVQ) and a range of further higher education courses are also available, providing students with broad knowledge and an understanding of the basic skills needed for those who are planning to enter this sector.
Mr. David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to reform the (a) role, (b) powers and duties and (c) resourcing of local education authorities; and if he will make a statement. 
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) when his Department was first notified of concerns over the use of European Social Fund money by Global Business Dimensions Ltd.; to whom these concerns were reported; and what action was subsequently taken; 
Ms Jowell [holding answer 26 July 2000]: Information raising concerns regarding Global Business Dimensions Ltd. was received by Government Office for the West Midlands on 16 December 1999. As a result of this information an investigation was initiated by the Department's ESF Unit and carried out by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). As the SIU investigation is still continuing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the funding from his Department has been in each of the last three years for pre-school provision within the Greater London area. 
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Spending Assessment (SSA) sub block, the Standards Fund and Nursery Education Grant. The funding has risen by around 30 per cent. over the period.
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