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Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2000, Official Report, column 200W, if he will list all departmental initiatives between May 1997 and 18 July 2000 requiring bids from voluntary organisations and local authorities for funding together with the total resources allocated to these initiatives, the number of successful bids and the proportion this represents of total bids received; and what data he collects on the average cost of preparing the bids for funding through each initiative. 
Mr. Blunkett: A detailed breakdown of the Department's activities is given in the annual Departmental Expenditure Plans Report for Education and Employment (CM4062), published by The Stationery Office Ltd.
The Department for Education and Employment does not collate information on the types of organisation applying for funding and such information could be compiled only at disproportionate cost. Applicants for funding are not required to provide details of their application costs to the Department.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment by what date proposals for the provision of work-based training from 1 April 2001 must be submitted to the Employment Service; and by what date existing providers will be notified of the required content for such proposals and the funding arrangements for such provision. 
Ms Jowell [holding answer 27 July 2000]: The formal tendering process for delivery of work-based learning for adults from April 2001 will start in all Employment Service regions by November 2000. As part of this process potential providers will be given all the necessary details about our requirements and the funding arrangements. We know from experience that this timetable will allow sufficient time for the Employment Service and providers to ensure that appropriate provision is in place at the right time.
The arrangements we put in place will be the culmination of a great deal of work with existing providers. We have, for example, issued two technical consultation documents about the funding arrangements, which were supported by a series of conferences. This level of consultation will help ensure that the tendering process runs smoothly.
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Paddy Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2000, Official Report, column 121W, for what reason he estimates that 10.9 per cent. of three-year-olds in Somerset will have a free early years educational place by April 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Hodge [holding answer 20 July 2000]: In 2000-01, Somerset local education authority was allocated funding to provide 112 free early education places for three-year- olds, in addition to around 500 places already available in their schools. In total, this would mean that 10.9 per cent. of three-year-olds in the Somerset local education authority area would have had access to a free, early education place.
I am sure the right hon. Gentleman will be pleased to note, however, that Somerset local education authority has now been allocated further funding to provide a total of 250 new early education places in the autumn term 2000 and the spring term 2001. This means that by April 2001, around 13.5 per cent. of three-year-olds in the Somerset local education authority will have access to a free, early education place.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what extra expenditure announced in the comprehensive spending review is to be made available for early years provision in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04. 
Mr. Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what orders he (a) has made and (b) intends to make using section 8 of the Electronic Communications Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office, today. My Department intends to remove the statutory barriers to electronic communication and storage in legislation on education through a single order. I expect to be able to lay this order before the House in the next parliamentary session.
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in Hendon which have received capital grants for improvements or repairs since May 1997, stating the amounts concerned in each case. 
Jacqui Smith: The following tables show the schools in the Hendon constituency which have benefited from allocations of New Deal for Schools grant. All schools in the constituency will have benefited in 2000-01 from their share of Devolved Formula Capital totalling £1,052,000, which is allocated by the local education authority. In addition, capital allocations were made through the annual capital round to local education authorities for the benefit of schools.
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1. In addition to the above, Broadfields Junior and St. Joseph's RC Infant schools were included in an overall allocation of £97,000 made to six schools in phase 1 of New Deal for Schools. Deals of the funding allocated to each school are held by Barnet local education authority.
2. In addition to the above, Broadfields Junior, St. Mary's Junior and St. John's Infants schools were included in a package of four schools totalling £197,581 in phase 2 of New Deal for Schools. Details of the funding allocated to each school are held by Barnet local education authority.
Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the reports submitted to his Department, by bodies that were created after May 1997 and that include significant and plural membership from outside the Civil Service, stating in each case the body writing the report, the date the report was submitted, how many recommendations were made, the number of those recommendations that have been implemented to date and the number of recommendations that have been rejected; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office on 27 July 2000, Official Report, columns 799-800W. I also refer the hon. Member to the first central list of information that was published on 11 January 2000. Copies of the list are available in the Libraries. I am unable to provide the detailed information
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Ms Estelle Morris: School inspections in Wales are the responsibility of Estyn (Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales). Those in England are a matter for Ofsted and I have asked Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead, to write to my hon. Friend and to place a copy of his letter in the Library.
Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many additional teachers and classroom assistants have been employed in primary schools in (a) Worcester and (b) Mid- Worcestershire since May 1997. 
Ms Estelle Morris: The full-time equivalent numbers of additional qualified teachers and educational support staff employed in maintained primary schools between January 1997 and January 2000 in the parliamentary constituency areas of Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire are shown in the following table.
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(1) Includes nursery assistants, special needs support staff, librarians and technicians
There has been a growth of 6,900 full-time equivalent regular teachers in the maintained school sector in England between January 1998 and January 2000. The Government will also increase by 20,000 the numbers of full-time equivalent support staff working in primary and secondary schools in England by 2002.
Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many five, six and seven year-olds in (a) Worcester and (b) Mid- Worcestershire have benefited from a reduction in class sizes to 30 or less. 
Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pre-school places have been provided in (a) Worcester and (b) Mid-Worcestershire since May 1997 and are planned in the next three years for (i) four year-olds and (ii) three year-olds. 
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