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Ms Hodge: The Government recognise the importance of a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at European level. Within the European Community, the European Disability Forum has a key role in representing the views of disabled people, informing policy development, and delivering specific actions. The Government acknowledge this and are keen to maintain a constructive dialogue with the Forum.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what appraisal he has carried out of the implications of European Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 for the legal and administrative arrangements affecting disabled people in employment and occupation in the United Kingdom. 
Ms Hodge: We published a consultation document and Regulatory Impact Assessment on 29 August 2000 based on the first draft of the directive. The directive was published in its final form on 27 November 2000. We have been considering the directive and although we have not completed our considerations, it is clear that the
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Disability Rights Task Force anticipated many of the requirements of the directive in its report published in December 1999. We hope to deal with these when we publish our final response to the Task Force's report and we will also be publishing shortly an explanatory memorandum on the text of the directive.
Paddy Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will rank local education authorities by the average amount that their education spending has exceeded their education SSA, as a percentage of that SSA, for the years since 1997-98. 
Ms Estelle Morris: The following table gives, for each local education authority in England, their rank position according to the average amount that their budgeted education spending has exceeded their education SSA, as a percentage of SSA, taken over the financial years 1998-99 to 2000-01, the years for which this information is readily available and compatible from year to year.
|Kensington and Chelsea||26.6|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||10.2|
|Bath and North East Somerset||9.9|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||7.4|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||6.0|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||4.8|
|Richmond upon Thames||4.2|
|Brighton and Hove||2.2|
|Barking and Dagenham||1.6|
|Stockton on Tees||1.3|
|Kingston upon Thames||1.3|
|North East Lincolnshire||1.2|
|Blackburn with Darwen||1.2|
|West Berkshire (Newbury)||0.9|
|Isles of Scilly||0.8|
|Kingston upon Hull||0.7|
|Isle of Wight||0.6|
|Southend on Sea||0.3|
|Redcar and Cleveland||-0.1|
|City of Plymouth||-0.2|
|City of Derby||-1.2|
|City of Nottingham||-2.4|
|Telford and Wrekin||-2.4|
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Paddy Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average per pupil standard spending assessment is in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) England and (ii) Somerset; if he will estimate the sums which would be available for education in Somerset if the average per pupil standard spending assessment for primary and secondary schools in Somerset were the same as the average for England; and if he will make a statement. 
|Primary per pupil||2,405||2,588|
|Secondary per pupil||3,098||3,314|
If Somerset's SSA per pupil for primary and secondary schools was the same as the national average, it is estimated that its provisional 2001-02 education SSA would be £12.6 million higher. Between 1997-98 and 2000-01, funding per pupil in Somerset has increased by £360 in real terms. In addition to a provisional increase of £10.7 million in education SSA, schools in Somerset will benefit from an estimated £5.39 million in Direct Grant in 2001-02.
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(b) secondary schools in Somerset for each year from 1990-91 to 2001-02, expressed in 1999-2000 prices; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Estelle Morris: Spending on schools in Somerset for the financial years 1990-91 to 1998-99, the latest year for which this information is readily available, is given separately for primary and secondary schools in the table. These figures are based on net institutional expenditure at 1999-2000 prices.
|Pre-primary and primary||Secondary|
The second table sets out the resources made available to Somerset local education authority for primary and secondary education since 1997-98, at 2000-01 prices. These figures are not directly comparable with net institutional expenditure set out, but they do reflect real terms increases in primary and secondary funding per pupil over the last three years of £370 and £330 respectively.
|Standard spending assessment||Special and specific grants||SSA and special/specific grants|
Under this Government, funding per pupil has already increased by over £300 nationally. Under the last Government, funding per pupil fell by £60 in real terms between 1994-95 and 1997-98. There will be further increases in funding following the year 2000 spending review: a further £370 per pupil over the three-year period, taking the total increase to nearly £700 between 1997-98 and 2003-04.
Paddy Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list for each local education authority in England the amount each such authority has spent on education above its education SSA for each of the years 1995-96 to 2001-02 (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the total education SSA of the authority. 
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the latest year for which this information is available, has been placed today in the Library. The information is given both in cash terms and as a percentage of the total education SSA.
To a great extent the variation in budgeted spending compared to SSA from year to year reflects the annual decisions each local authority makes to fluctuating demands and priorities for the funding of various services. For 2000-01, information on budgeted spending was taken from budget statements submitted to the Department by local education authorities under s52 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Information for prior years was submitted to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions by local authorities on the Revenue Accounts return.
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