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John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the availability and accessibility of drinking water for pupils in schools; what plans she has to introduce regulations to ensure availability and accessibility of drinking water for pupils in schools; and what steps she proposes to take in respect of schools where drinking water is (a) not readily available to pupils and (b) only available in toilets. 
Mr. Timms: It is for local education authorities and schools to decide how the provision of drinking water should be made, along with their general duty to ensure the health and safety of pupils. However, schools have a statutory requirement to provide a wholesome supply of water for domestic purposes, including a supply of drinking water.
John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of dehydration on pupils' concentration, learning behaviour and educational performance; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the Teacher Training Agency budget was spent in (a) the northern region and (b) Stockton in the last financial year. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the impact of the withdrawal of capital funds for the completion of Blenheim high school in Epsom and Ewell as a consequence of the Government's abolition of grant maintained status. 
Mr. Timms: Following the decision to end grant maintained status, and after consultation with external partners, transitional regulations were put in place to fund capital work at grant maintained schools where obligations had been entered into or decisions taken by the Funding Agency for Schools or the Secretary of State
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before 1 September 1999. These transitional regulations enabled the Department to meet outstanding commitments for capital funding approved before this date.
I understand that Blenheim high school has already received sufficient capital funding to meet the commitments covered by the transitional regulations. However, I have asked officials to meet with the school and Surrey local education authority to confirm the position.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of funding for school sixth forms following the introduction of learning and skills councils. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: From 1 April 2002 school sixth forms will be funded by the learning and skills council. To assist this change, all school sixth forms have a guarantee that their funding will not fall below the funding level of 200001 in real terms, provided their sixth form numbers do not fall. For new sixth forms, a proxy real terms guarantee will be calculated based on local spending levels.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of national spending on teachers' remuneration was spent on supply teachers in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timms: Officials at my Department invited a cross-section of the main stakeholders to discuss the proposals in the Green Paper, "SchoolsBuilding on Success". Meetings were held with representatives from all the teacher unions and associations, school governor associations, faith groups, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Local Government Association, and the Association of Chief Education Officers/Society of Education Officers.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to allow private sector companies to recruit and manage teaching staff in schools which are deemed to be (a) successful and (b) failing. 
Mr. Timms: We proposed in the Green Paper "SchoolsBuilding on Success" that new models would be developed to allow private or other sponsors to take responsibility for either weak, failing or successful schools. Where the private sector, or anyone else, has expertise that can help schools to improve we should use it. The forthcoming White Paper will set out the arrangements for doing so.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the meetings (a) she and (b) other ministers in her Department have had with representative bodies and others to discuss the Green Paper, 'SchoolsBuilding on Success'. 
Mr. Timms: Officials arranged and held meetings with organisations. My right hon. Friend was made aware of the issues raised. Meetings took place with a cross-section of the main stakeholders, including teacher unions and associations.
Mr. Timms: Officials have held meetings to discuss the proposals in the Green Paper with representatives from all the teacher unions and associations, school governor associations, faith groups, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Local Government Association, and the Association of Chief Education Officers/Society of Education Officers.
(6) Provisionalsubject to validation
Totals may not be the sum of the component parts because of rounding
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals were made to local education authorities in respect of infant places in schools for children in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is in their first year of operation for teachers' threshold payments; and how much has been spent on the preparation and implementation of and training for the scheme (a) from her Department's budget and (b) from other public education budgets. 
Mr. Timms: To the end of June 2001, the Department has paid about £350 million to local authorities to cover the additional salary costs of teachers passing the threshold. The Department has a contract with Cambridge Education Associates (CEA) for the provision and deployment of threshold assessors and external advisers to governing bodies on heads' performance. It also has a contract with the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) for training in threshold assessment and performance management. The value of these contracts depends on the volume and quality of activity. To June 2001 we estimate that total CEA contract costs have been about £22 million£24 million and CfBT contract costs about £12 million£14 million.
The Standards Fund for 200001 provided £40 million to help schools introduce performance management and threshold assessment. £32 million of this came from the Department and the rest from local education authorities. £28 million is available through the Standards Fund for 200102 to help schools operate performance management and threshold assessment. This is 100 per cent. funded by the Department.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received in respect of the legality of departmental regulations allowing school governors to use teacher appraisal results to establish pay levels. 
Mr. Timms: The National Union of Teachers has suggested in response to consultation that the proposed regulations contain provisions in relation to appraisal results and pay determination which are outside the Secretary of State's powers in relation to these regulations.
Mr. Timms: The Secretary of State is satisfied that the provision permitting appraisal results to be taken into account in the exercise of pay discretions, which has been in regulations governing teachers' appraisal since 1991, is within the law.
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