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Mr. St. Aubyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportion of those who started a teacher training course completed that course within the original timetable in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Jacqui Smith: A number of LEAs are currently reviewing their special needs provision. The prime aim of these reorganisations is to enhance and improve existing provision for all pupils with special educational needs. Many of these reviews will cover provision for children in mainstream schools, special units attached to mainstream schools and special schools. The overall population of pupils in special schools fell from 1.3 per cent. in 1991 to 1.2 per cent. in 1995 but has remained constant in the past six years with roughly 97,000 pupils. We do not envisage that this will change dramatically. The Department is aware that the following LEAs are currently reviewing their special school provision:
Ms Jowell [holding answer 28 March 2001]: It is not possible to provide resource information for New Deals by constituency, as the Employment Service systems are not set up to allocate or monitor resources at constituency level. However, the total resource allocation for all New Deals in 2000-01 for the London and south-east region, which includes Romsey, was £134 million.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will define (a) the future role of the Employment Service in providing work-based training for adults and (b) its relationship with the Learning and Skills Council. 
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Ms Jowell [holding answer 28 March 2001]: From April work-based learning for adults, which is a programme designed to help unemployed people into work by equipping them with appropriate skills, becomes the responsibility of the Employment Service (ES). This transfer of responsibility will help achieve greater integration with the rest of the Welfare-to-Work agenda, and particularly the New Deal. The role of the ES will include contracting for, monitoring and evaluating the programme.
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will become fully operational from 2 April 2001. It will be responsible for planning, funding and improving the quality of all post-16 learning up to university level, focusing particularly on providing the skills needed in the labour market. The LSC and the Employment Service will work together at national and local levels to plan provision for unemployed people to get the skills and qualifications they need to find and stay in work. The ES and LSC will share a common approach on such issues as the quality framework and inspection which will help reduce the burdens on training providers.
More information is available in a number of publications issued to date about the role of the LSC, including the "Learning to Succeed" White Paper, the Learning and Skills Council Prospectus and the LSC Remit Letter. All of these are available via DfEE's website: www.dfee.gov.uk/post16.
Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newbury constituency, the effects on Newbury and west Berkshire of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
|John Rankin||Infant||1 September 2000|
|Stockcross CE||Junior and Infant||1 September 2000|
|Downs School||Foundation Secondary||1 September 2000|
|Theale Green Community||Arts||1997|
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|Average points for 2 or more A/AS levels:|
|A/AS average per entry:|
|Average points score GNVQ:|
|Access at 85 per cent.||232||3||--||--||--|
|Assistance with AMP||--||--||25||--||--|
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|Financial year||Foundation Modern Apprenticeships(29)||Advanced Modern Apprenticeships(30)||Total|
(29) Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as National Traineeships, were introduced nationally in September 1997.
(30) Advanced Modern Apprenticeships , formerly known as Modern Apprenticeships, were introduced nationally in September 1995
(31) To date
1. The Trainee Database System (TDS), from which these data are taken, is less complete than Management Information supplied to the Department by Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) (around 95 per cent.)
3. TEC Management Information does not provide information at parliamentary constituency level.
WBTYP trainee database
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