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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the change in incidence of special needs children with statements between 1997 and 2001 as a proportion of pupils on roll at all schools. 
Mr. Timms: Since 1997 the percentage of children with statements of special educational need has increased from 2.9 per cent. in January 1997 to 3.1 per cent. in January 2001. This continues an increase from earlier years: for example, the proportion of statemented pupils was 2.6 per cent. in 1995. We believe that these increases reflect improved early identification measures, and improved procedures, in particular the introduction of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Needs in 1994.
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the factors underlying the change in the incidence of special educational needs children without statement from 1997 to 2001 as a proportion of pupils at all schools. 
Mr. Timms: Since 1997 the percentage of children with identified special educational needs without a statement has increased from 15.1 per cent. in January 1997 to 18.8 per cent. in January 2001. We believe that this increase reflects improved early identification measures, and improved procedures, in particular the introduction of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Needs in 1994.
John Healey [holding answer 11 July 2001]: The number of students enrolled in FE colleges and on further education provision in other institutions in 19992000 was 4,274,000. This compares with a peak of 4,463,000 in 199697, when inappropriate franchising arrangements, some of which gave rise to provision of dubious worth, had caused the participation figures to increase sharply and unsustainably. We are committed to increasing real participation in further education and we are providing real terms increases in further education funding to achieve this.
John Healey [holding answer 9 July 2001]: Full-time lecturers in the further education (FE) sector in England at March each year who were no longer employed as full-time in the FE sector one year later, in either England or Wales, in the financial years 198990 to 199899 (the last year for which records are available) are as follows:
|Year||Number of FE leavers|
(18) Excludes sixth-form colleges
The DfES Database of Teacher Records. The most recent data available are for 31 March 1999.
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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated regarding vacancy rates in lecturer/senior lecturer grades over the last five years, in each university. 
Mr. Timms: Our proposals mean that the recurrent funding for schools in England will have risen by £9.5 billion between 199798 and 200304. On capital funding, in 200001 we invested over £2 billion in school buildings. This is three times the £693 million invested in 199697. In addition, we are investing £8.5 billion in our school buildings over the Spending Review period. We are determined to continue to improve schools through sustained investment and reform.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the number of individual learning accounts (a) opened and (b) used by (i) gender, (ii) age and (iii) occupation. 
|By gender||Accounts open||Accounts used|
|By age||Accounts open||Accounts used|
|By occupation||Accounts open||Accounts used|
|Manager (own business less than 250 staff)||42,119||18,886|
|Data not supplied||276,772||123,471|
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Mr. Timms: Schools are often most vulnerable to attack when they are closed, and acts of vandalism can have a seriously demoralising effect on schools, with the costs of removing graffiti or replacing broken windows being a drain on resources.
My Department makes specific funding available to local education authorities, through the Standards Fund, to support school security improvements at maintained schools in their areas. This amounts to £22 million per year. The aim of the grant, which was introduced in 199798, is not only to make schools safer environments for staff and pupils, which must be the main priority, but also to help reduce the incidence and associated costs of crime in schools. Local education authorities have reported significant reductions in vandalism where schools have had improvements funded from the grant.
We have also produced guidance on reducing crime in schools, such as the booklet "Improving School Security", and the video "Can You See What They See?" A school security website has been established.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department in the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure. 
Mr. Timms: In the last five years, a total of 56 schools PFI projects have been approved by this Department. Of these, 31 have so far signed contracts. The remaining 25 projects are working towards contract signature following approval by DfES and the Treasury chaired Project Review Group.
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