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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many AS-level exam scripts were not formally marked by the examining boards this year; what percentage this is of the total number of AS-level scripts; and if she will make a statement. [10741]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 31 October 2001]: It is not possible to give a percentage of the total number of AS-level scripts that were not formally marked in summer 2001, as the number of scripts per subject is variable.

As at 16 August, when provisional results were announced by the Joint Council for General Qualifications, a total of 6,461 special awards were made for AS-level subjects as a result of exam scripts not having been formally marked by the examining boards in summer 2001. This is 0.84 per cent. of 768,630 requests for "cash-in" of AS subject qualifications in England this summer.

Civil Defence Guidance

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new civil defence guidance has been issued to schools since 11 September. [12087]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The further guidance referred to in my previous answer to the hon. Member on 17 October 2001, Official Report, column 1233W, was notified to local education authorities on 19 October for them to use in advising schools.

Language Colleges

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are the (a) name, (b) local education authority, (c) character, (d) date of designation, (e) agreed targets for each year within the period of

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designation and (f) unmet targets to date, of each designated language college in (i) south-east England, (ii) south-west England and (iii) London. [11918]

Mr. Timms: Information on the name, local education authority, character and date of designation of specialist language colleges currently operating in south-east England, south-west England and London is set out in the table.

We do not publish targets for individual language colleges. Targets are agreed and reviewed annually with individual schools, and are subject to modification in the light of changing circumstances. However, all language college targets support the delivery of the main aims of the language college programme. These are:

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to raise standards of teaching and learning in Modern Foreign Languages (MFLs) and foster an international ethos and cultural awareness throughout a school;

to ensure young people leave school with the knowledge and skills they and employers need by giving pupils an early understanding of the world of work, through the active participation of business community sponsors in school life, and thereby enhance pupils' understanding of applications of modern foreign languages;

Individual targets and performance against those targets for each year of operation in the 49 language colleges included in the table could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

School nameLEACharacterOperational as from SeptemberRegion
1. Dartford Grammar SchoolKentFoundation1995South-east
2. Hendon SchoolBarnet, LB ofFoundation1995London
3. Bohunt SchoolHampshireFoundation1996South-east
4. Bullers Wood SchoolBromley, LB ofFoundation1996London
5. Convent of Jesus and Mary HighBrent, LB ofVoluntary-Aided1996London
6. Katharine Lady BerkeleysGloucestershireFoundation1996South-west
7. Millais SchoolWest SussexCommunity1996South-east
8. Royal Grammar School (The)BuckinghamshireFoundation1996South-east
9. Sir Bernard Lovell SchoolSouth GloucestershireCommunity1996South-west
10. Tavistock CollegeDevonCommunity1996South-west
11. Tomlinscote SchoolSurreyCommunity1996South-east
12. Torquay Boys' GrammarTorbayFoundation1996South-west
13. Willink School (The)West BerkshireCommunity1996South-east
14. Cranford Community High SchoolHounslow, LB ofCommunity1997London
15. Didcot Girls' High SchoolOxfordshireCommunity1997South-east
16. Elliott SchoolWandsworthFoundation1997London
17. Haydon SchoolHillingdonFoundation1997London
18. Imberhorne SchoolWest SussexCommunity1997South-east
19. Penrice Community SchoolCornwallCommunity1997South-east
20. St. John Baptist Catholic Comprehensive SchoolSurreyVoluntary-Aided1997South-east
21. William Ellis SchoolCamden, LB ofVoluntary-Aided1997London
22. Ashcombe SchoolSurreyCommunity1998South-east
23. Lord Grey SchoolMilton KeynesFoundation1998South-east
24. Holt School (The)WokinghamCommunity1999South-east
25. Our Lady's Convent High SchoolHackney, LB ofVoluntary-Aided1999London
26. Saint George's C of E SchoolKentVoluntary-Aided1999South-east
27. Sir John Colfox SchoolDorsetCommunity1999South-west
28. Weald of Kent Grammar SchoolKentCommunity1999South-east
29. Bournemouth SchoolBournemouthFoundation2000South-west
30. Chatham Grammar School for BoysMedwayCommunity2000South-east
31. Clevedon Community SchoolNorth SomersetCommunity2000South-west
32. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson SchoolIslington, LB ofCommunity2000London
33. Hele's SchoolPlymouth, City ofCommunity2000South-west
34. Highcliffe SchoolDorsetFoundation2000South-west
35. John Bentley School (The)WiltshireFoundation2000South-west
36. Kingsmead Community SchoolSomersetCommunity2000South-west
37. Mountbatten School (The)HampshireCommunity2000South-east
38. Romsey School (The)HampshireCommunity2000South-east
39. Ryde High SchoolIsle of WightCommunity2000South-east
40. Sir John Cass's Foundation Redcoat School (The)Tower HamletsVoluntary-Aided2000London
41. Sir Thomas Rich's SchoolGloucestershireCommunity2000South-west
42. Woodbridge High SchoolRedbridgeCommunity 2000London
43. Aylesbury High SchoolBuckinghamshireCommunity2001South-east
44. Connaught School for GirlsWaltham Forest, LB ofCommunity2001London
45. Greenford High SchoolEaling, LB ofFoundation2001London
46. Hayle Community SchoolCornwallCommunity2001South-west
47. Henry Box School (The)OxfordshireCommunity2001South-east
48. Pate's Grammar SchoolGloucestershireVoluntary-Aided2001South-west
49. Piggott School (The)WokinghamVoluntary-Aided2001South-east

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Social Exclusion (Young People)

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the social exclusion report on young people. [9300]

Mr. Denham: The recommendations of the Social Exclusion Unit's Policy Action Team (12) report on Young People centred around four themes; improving the way Government develop and implement policy and services for children and young people; a new focus on preventive services; improving individual services for children and young people; and designing policies around their needs, especially through involving children and young people in thinking about policies and services. Substantial progress has been made in all these areas.

To improve the way the Government develop policy the Prime Minister has established a new cabinet committee on children and young people's services, created the interdepartmental ministerial post of Minister for Young People and established the interdepartmental Children and Young People's Unit to be responsible for this work.

A new focus on preventive services and action to address the social exclusion of children and young people has been provided by the new Children's Fund. The Fund is worth £450 million over 2001–02 to 2003–04, of which £380 million is devoted to the development of preventive services by partnerships throughout England and £70 million is devoted to the Children's Fund Local Network making grants to voluntary organisations working on projects to tackle child poverty.

Improving individual services for children and young people was a key theme of the Spending Review 2000, in particular through the introduction of the Connexions service for 13–19 year olds. The first Connexions Partnerships began to deliver services from April this year. £420 million is being invested in Connexions in 2002–03, rising to £455 million in 2003–04. To ensure that national health service provision is designed around children we have announced the establishment of a new NHS National Service Framework. Targeted programmes to support children and young people's individual education needs were set out in the White Paper, "Schools—achieving success" (Cmd 5230). This progress will be further promoted through the cross-cutting review on children at risk announced by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in response to a written question from my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli, Pembrokeshire (Mrs. Lawrence) on 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 38W.

In "Tomorrow's Future: Building a Strategy for Children and Young People", published on 22 March, the Government set out their commitment to developing an overarching strategy for Children and Young People to ensure that we designed policies around the needs and priorities of young people, including the encouragement of new approaches in Government to ensure effective involvement and participation of children. In the near future, I will be publishing a consultation document on the Government's new strategy for Children and Young People.

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