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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which grammar/non-selective school partnerships are in receipt of financial support from her Department; and how much support and what the nature of the partnership is in each case. 
Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will announce next year's Standards Fund allocation to local education authorities; and what the increase in the Standards Fund will be. 
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the Department for Education and Skills. A copy of the circular has been placed in the Library. Allocations for most of the grants supported under the Standards Fund were notified to local education authorities by the end of November. Allocations for some grants remain to be issued as they are based on information not yet available. The total expenditure to be supported through the Standards Fund in 200203 will be £3.6 billion, compared to £3.1 billion in 200102. The totals include both Government grant and local education authority contributions.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases set down for a hearing in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal in the latest year for which figures are available were (a) abandoned at the instigation of the local education authority, (b) abandoned at the request of parents, (c) determined in favour of the local education authority and (d) determined (i) in whole and (ii) in part in favour of parents. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following information gives a breakdown of appeals for 1 September 2000 to 1 August 2001. It gives the number of appeals abandoned at the request of the local education authority and at the request of the parent. The tribunal does not collect information about the outcome of appeals in the format requested. However, information about the number of appeals upheld or partially upheld is available and a table providing this information is also included. A case is listed as "upheld" when any of the points at issue are decided in the parents' favour.
|Decisions issued in 200001|
|Appeals not involving contents of Statements|
|Refusal to assess||229||67||115||33||344|
|Refusal to statement||66||70||28||30||94|
|Refusal to re-assess||15||65||8||35||23|
|Cease to Maintain||13||62||8||38||21|
|Contents of Statement|
|Parts 2 and/or 3, not 4||157||89||19||11||176|
|Parts 2, 3 and 4||354||92||29||8||383|
|Part 4 only||106||76||34||24||140|
|Refusal to change school named||14||70||6||30||20|
|Failure to name a school||4||80||1||20||5|
|Total decisions issued||958||79||248||21||1,206|
(38) Total upheld appeals includes those cases remitted to the LEA in the Refusal to Statement category
(39) Total dismissed appeals includes strike outs
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administration costs of the Disability Rights Commission were in 200001; and what she expects them to be in 200102. 
In 200001 the administration costs of the Disability Rights Commission were £8.063 million. In 20012 they are expected to be £7.508 million. These figures includes staff salaries and other related expenditure such as premises and equipment.
audio visual industries
land based industries
oil and gas extraction; petroleum refining and distribution; and chemical manufacture
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the Employment and Social Policy Council held in Brussels on 3 December; what the Government position was on each issue discussed, including their voting record; and if she will make a statement. 
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions represented the UK at the Employment and Social Policy Council in Brussels on 3 December, together with the Minister for Employment and the Regions.
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The Council agreed parameters for the simplification of the co-ordination of social security schemes under Regulation 140871. The UK was able to accept the parameters, subject to detailed scrutiny, further negotiations and correction of linguistic points. The parameters will be forwarded to the Laeken European Council. The UK was also able to endorse the Council's Conclusions identifying the appropriate legal base for extending co-ordination of social security schemes to nationals of third countries.
The Council reached political agreement on the 'Autumn Package' of Employment measures, comprising the Employment Guidelines for 2002; Recommendations on the implementation of member states' employment policies and the adoption of the Joint Employment Report for 2001: the 'package' will go to the Laeken European Council for endorsement.
The Council adopted a report on indicators of poverty and social exclusion for Laeken; a Joint Commission and Council Report on social inclusion and a joint report from the Social Protection Committee and the Economic Policy Committee on objectives and working methods in the area of pensions. All three documents will go to the Laeken European Council for adoption.
The Council adopted Conclusions on Structural Indicators, which will be forwarded to the General Affairs Council; indicators on the Gender pay gap, and on an EU-level mechanism to help resolve transnational employment disputes.
The Belgian Presidency presented a progress report on a Directive on Employee Involvement in the European Co-operative. The Presidency reported progress on the Asbestos (worker protection) Directive. A common position is expected to be finalised under the forthcoming Spanish Presidency. The Council noted two Presidency reports on gender mainstreaming in Council formations and agreed a contribution to work on the Broad Economic Guidelines for 2002, to be forwarded to ECOFIN.
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The Council adopted a Resolution on the Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility and requested that the outcomes of the current debates at national level be incorporated in the Commission's next Communication on this subject.
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