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Examination Marking

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many examiners in England and Wales were examining (a) A-level, (b) AS-level and (c) GCSE for the first time in 2001; what percentage the total of these figures is of the total number of examiners; and what the comparable (i) A-level and (ii) GCSE figures were for 1997. [33106]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Data on first time examiners recruited by the awarding bodies are not collated by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority or the Department. Each awarding body keeps its own records.

Fair Trade Fortnight

Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage participation by her Department in Fair Trade Fortnight from 4 to 17 March. [33550]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: We welcome initiatives that aim to support sustainable development education. Various areas of the curriculum in England provide opportunities to study fair trade and other international development issues in all sectors of education. It is up to educational institutions to choose whether and how to take part in a particular initiative such as Fair Trade Fortnight. The Department for International Development is providing £120,000 to the Fairtrade Foundation over three years (2001–03) in support of its annual Fair Trade Fortnight campaigns.

Class Sizes (St. Helens)

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven-year-olds in (i) St. Helens, South, (ii) St. Helens metropolitan borough authority and (iii) Merseyside were in class sizes of over 30 in (A) 1997, (B) 1998, (C) 1999, (D) 2000 and (E) 2001. [33696]

John Healey: The information requested is shown in the table.

Number of key stage 1 pupils in classes of 31 or more taught by one teacher in maintained primary schools(20)—as at January each year

St. Helens, SouthSt. Helens local education authorityMerseyside Government office regionEngland
19971,0802,46315,859476,822
19981,0872,51916,293485,311
19999902,27111,746356,586
20005611,050(21)176,962
20013232(21)35,813

(20) Includes middle schools as deemed

(21) Not applicable

Source:

Annual Schools Census


From January 2000 the Merseyside region was included within the north-west Government office region.

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Individual Learning Accounts

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2002, Official Report, column 483W, how many learning providers fall into each decile measured by the amount owed to them by her Department (a) on 23 November 2001 and (b) on 24 October 2001; and what was the upper and lower value of each decile. [33786]

John Healey [holding answer 5 February 2002]: The figures for amounts owed in the tables include payments due for eligible claims and amounts withheld from providers already suspended prior to the closure of the programme on 23 November. The figures for amounts owed in the table for 23 November also include amounts withheld pending validation checks on claims.

(a) Amounts owed to providers at 23 November 2001

DecileRange start (£)Range end (£)Number of registered providers
11100,8262,323
2100,826201,65123
3201,651302,4779
4302,477403,3036
5403,303504,1290
6504,129604,9542
7604,954705,7800
8705,780806,6061
9806,606907,4310
10907,4311,008,2571
Total2,365

(b) Amounts owed to providers at 24 October 2001

DecileRange start (£)Range end (£)Number of registered providers
1134,6601,238
234,66069,32033
369,320103,9808
4103,980138,6400
5138,640173,3003
6173,300207,9600
7207,960242,6201
8242,620277,2800
9277,280311,9401
10311,940346,6001
Total1,285

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning providers under the ILA scheme fall into each decile measured by the value of their work for the Department; and what was the upper and lower value of each decile. [33787]

John Healey [holding answer 5 February 2002]: The figures of registered learning providers listed in the table relate only to those providers who have at some stage made claims through the Individual Learning Account Centre system. The value of work covers the period from 1 September 2000 to 23 November 2001 and includes amounts withheld from providers already suspended prior to the programme closure on 23 November and amounts withheld pending validation checks on claims.

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DecileRange start (£)Range end (£)Number of registered providers
11626,3475,984
2626,3471,252,69448
31,252,6941,879,04220
41,879,0422,505,3893
52,505,3893,131,7361
63,131,7363,758,0831
73,758,0834,384,4301
84,384,4305,010,7780
95,010,7785,637,1250
105,637,1256,263,4722
Total6,060

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the level of fraud discovered in individual learning accounts. [34012]

John Healey: The Department's Special Investigations Unit is investigating 93 registered learning providers. Of these, police are investigating 13 and the Department's Special Investigation Unit is discussing a further 53 with the police.

44 arrests have been made in relation to allegations of fraud with the operation of the individual learning account programme, 12 have been charged one of whom has been convicted.

Lost/Stolen Property

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from her Department in each of the last four years. [34207]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following table details the equipment stolen or lost from the Department for Education and Skills, valued less than £50 each.


English Baccalaureate

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to introduce an English Baccalaureate; and if she will make a statement. [34565]

Mr. Timms: The White Paper, "Schools: achieving success" explains that we want to begin a debate about how to develop a coherent 14–19 education phase. As part of such a phase, the White Paper puts forward the proposal for an overarching award that would recognise

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achievement in both academic and vocational subjects. A forthcoming 14–19 consultation paper will consider the proposal for such an award in more detail.

AS Levels

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many representations have been made to the Hargreaves inquiry on the first year of AS levels. [34662]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority received 150 representations about AS levels while compiling its report into Curriculum 2000.

Standard Spending Assessment (LEAs)

Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will rank each local education authority by (a) the average salary per teacher and (b) the funding per pupil allocated through the standard spending assessment for the latest year for which figures are available. [34798]

Mr. Timms: The rankings of each LEA with regard to average teacher salary at 31 March 2000 and primary and secondary SSA per pupil in 2002–03 are as follows. A ranking of 1 denotes highest average salary and highest funding per pupil.

Lea number LEA nameAverage salary rankSSA pp rank
201City of London3113
202Camden38
203Greenwich1012
204Hackney24
205Hammersmith and Fulham87
206Islington115
207Kensington and Chelsea16
208Lambeth63
209Lewisham710
210Southwark49
211Tower Hamlets52
212Wandsworth1516
213Westminster1311
301Barking and Dagenham1722
302Barnet2530
303Bexley3340
304Brent917
305Bromley2147
306Croydon2425
307Ealing1919
308Enfield2323
309Haringey1215
310Harrow2231
311Havering2045
312Hillingdon3232
313Hounslow2621
314Kingston upon Thames2746
315Merton1428
316Newham1614
317Redbridge2829
318Richmond upon Thames2963
319Sutton3041
320Waltham Forest1818
330Birmingham6533
331Coventry4070
332Dudley110133
333Sandwell11357
334Solihull129144
335Walsall7092
336Wolverhampton5355
340Knowsley13726
341Liverpool4527
342St. Helens4295
343Sefton72101
344Wirral3669
350Bolton127103
351Bury80123
352Manchester(22)15024
353Oldham10676
354Rochdale10267
355Salford14961
356Stockport81143
357Tameside130104
358Trafford71119
359Wigan62129
370Barnsley(22)140100
371Doncaster8277
372Rotherham67112
373Sheffield(22)9686
380Bradford6951
381Calderdale9993
382Kirklees7989
383Leeds5898
384Wakefield139120
390Gateshead14285
391Newcastle upon Tyne11843
392North Tyneside89115
393South Tyneside5559
394Sunderland10478
420Isles of Scilly391
800Bath and North East Somerset78148
801Bristol, City of10580
802North Somerset95138
803South Gloucestershire117150
805Hartlepool14174
806Middlesbrough10737
807Redcar and Cleveland14471
808Stockton-on-Tees13290
810Kingston Upon Hull, City of9448
811East Riding of Yorkshire92130
812North East Lincolnshire11675
813North Lincolnshire8594
815North Yorkshire60118
816York112137
820Bedfordshire8382
821Luton3534
825Buckinghamshire7383
826Milton Keynes10058
830Derbyshire57134
831Derby6879
835Dorset108131
836Poole101145
837Bournemouth97110
840Durham13591
841Darlington133106
845East Sussex12262
846Brighton and Hove9044
850Hampshire120113
851Portsmouth11952
852Southampton14739
855Leicestershire(22)103149
856Leicester8438
857Rutland37147
860Staffordshire98142
861Stoke-on-Trent12181
865Wiltshire77128
866Swindon148136
867Bracknell Forest5172
868Windsor and Maidenhead3460
869West Berkshire111107
870Reading13449
871Slough6620
872Wokingham54139
873Cambridgeshire128127
874Peterborough13664
875Cheshire114141
876Halton12454
877Warrington143146
878Devon75117
879Plymouth5997
880Torbay123105
881Essex4665
882Southend-on-Sea4453
883Thurrock4836
884Herefordshire91111
885Worcestershire87140
886Kent5666
887Medway4373
888Lancashire74109
889Blackburn with Darwen7650
890Blackpool14588
891Nottinghamshire38126
892Nottingham12535
893Shropshire49121
894Telford and Wrekin5296
908Cornwall5099
909Cumbria63114
916Gloucestershire126132
919Hertfordshire6456
921Isle of Wight13842
925Lincolnshire88108
926Norfolk61102
928Northamptonshire131124
929Northumberland47116
931Oxfordshire10984
933Somerset41122
935Suffolk86125
936Surrey14668
937Warwickshire115135
938West Sussex9387

(22) These LEAs have returned data for less than 20 per cent. of their teachers. To estimate average salaries in these authorities, figures from March 1999 were grossed up by 3.9 per cent.


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