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Financial Literacy

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if there are plans to require (a) further education colleges and (b) schools to include financial literacy courses in their curricula. [38791]

John Healey: There are no plans for financial literacy activity to be a mandatory part of further education provision. But we have developed and tested financial literacy learning materials and guidance for tutors and these will be available to further education colleges when they are launched later this year.

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Personal finance education is already covered in the national curriculum as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) framework. The framework has been in place since September 2000 for pupils aged five to 16 and was introduced to support the personal and social development of young people, including the development of financial capability, in today's complex and changing world.

Guidance for teachers, "Financial Capability through Personal Financial Education", was published in April 2000.

Rapid Response Funding

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bids there have been; what sums have been allocated; what the budget is for Rapid Response funding in 2001–02; and if she will make a statement. [39421]

John Healey: To date in 2001–02, 79 bids for Rapid Response funding have been approved providing a total of £5.1 million of additional support for people involved in large-scale redundancies. The following table sets out the sums allocated for each bid. The budget for the Rapid Response Fund in 2001–02 is £7 million. From April 2002, the administration of the Rapid Response Fund will transfer to Jobcentre Plus. I am making this change so that the fund can be run alongside the Job Transition Service. This should result in an effective and co-ordinated response to redundancies which will be in the interests of both employers and individuals.


Project title RRF funds approved 2001–02
Yorkshire and Humberside
Rawmarsh foods44,799
Crosrol Ltd.44,100
Transbus International159,565
SSL International70,030
Fishers Frozen Foods60,000
South West
The Link Group87,938
Kruger Tissue37,376
North Devon Foods27,730
Sifam Fibre Optics16,873
KTH & Aram Engineering69,035
TISSP UK Ltd.29,750
Spur Shelving30,650
North Devon Meats Ltd.9,000
Aardman Animation18,674
Renault Swindon42,668
Watts, Blake & Bearne    18,621
Mann Fee Dartingtin Tech   
UK Safety Group Ltd.21,200
SCA Packaging12,585
Rolls Royce90,696
Wincanton Logistics23,451
Devon Training for Skills13,900
New Zealand Milk44,100
Agusta Westlands135,975
Devon Desserts79,800
North East
Via Systems58,000
Gill Aviation    £25,000
Air Normandy   
Akzo Noble29,400
East of England
East Midlands
Dema Glass24,000
Baker Refractories143,262
Cinch Connectors Ltd.44,860
Airflow Streamlines51,040
British Timken53,767
Rolls Royce150,794
West Midlands
HP Hydraulics20,700
Akso Noble3,300
Barton Engineering28,500
Sterling Tubes31,500
Dowdeswell End Co. Ltd.32,250
Royal Doulton    50,000
Churchill China   
H&R Johnson Tiles   
IMI Norgren21,800
Breed Steering Systems148,400
Sun Valley Foods105,000
Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd.23,855
Stratford Foods21,000
Rolls Royce29,250
IHW Engineering12,850
Ceramics 339,600
Dana Su Automotive25,800
Richmond Frozen Confectionery21,250
Celestica—Kidsgrove and Bradwell Wood102,600
Accident Assistance16,440
KTH Nuneaton Ltd.14,500
Dunn & Bradstreet Ltd.13,500
Goodyear 219,000
Leisure Consumer Products13,500
North West
Harris Bacon131,100
The Ravenhead Company171,881
Ineos Chlor   
Diversey Lever    103,615
Bush Boake Allen   
BAE Systems50,000
Rolly Royce103,950
Cammel Laird201,500


The amounts represent RRF funding approved for 2001–02. Many of the projects will continue in 2002–03. Additional funds for these bids have already been secured but are not shown in the table.

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EMTA Labour Market Survey

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proportion of engineering and manufacturing establishments examined in the 1999 EMTA labour market survey which reported a shortage of technical engineering skills. [39709]

John Healey [holding answer 4 March 2002]: per cent. of engineering and manufacturing establishments examined in the 1999 EMTA labour market survey reported a technical engineering skills gap. This figure is based on responses from 591 of the 2000 establishments surveyed.

School Playing Fields

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used in determining an application for disposal of school playing fields, as to whether playing field provision and curriculum requirements at the school and other schools in the area will be met. [40299]

John Healey: Applications to the Secretary of State to dispose of school playing fields are assessed against three main criteria. These are:

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The criteria are set out in the Department's Guidance 0580/2001: "The Protection of School Playing Fields and Land for City Academies". The criteria enable the Secretary of State to take into account the team game playing field provision at other local schools. This is to ensure that where there are surplus fields at one school, other local schools are given the opportunity to use those surplus fields. As part of the schools' needs criterion, applicants are asked to say what impact the proposed disposal will have on the curriculum, and to demonstrate clearly how the curriculum will continue to be met if consent is given.

The School Playing Fields Advisory Panel provides advice on the extent to which applications meet the published criteria.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answers of 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 730–34W and 27 February 2002, Official Report, column 1298w, what the proceeds of sale were for each playing field development application approved by the Secretary of State since 1998; and what (a) sports and (b) education facilities those proceeds were used to finance. [40382]

John Healey: The information requested in respect of the proceeds arising from the sale of school sports pitches is shown in the table.

Use of proceeds for approved applications to sell school sports pitch areas

Local education authority SchoolClosed or closingEstimated proceeds (£) Use of proceeds
BarnetAshmole No8,650,000Teaching accommodation; all-weather pitch
BedfordshireAshton St. Peter VA No100,000School consolidation
BedfordshireSilver Jubilee middle Yes72,000Teaching accommodation
BirminghamBroadway No900,000Improve pitches; new clubhouse and changing facilities
BoltonSt. James's CE No800,000Sports facilities
BristolMonks Park secondary No2,200,000Sports hall, all-weather pitch. Capital works at other schools
BuckinghamshireBellfield first and middle Yes468,000Education capital programme
BuckinghamshireDownley middle Yes2,500,000Education capital programme
BuckinghamshireHeights first Yes1,350,000Education capital programme
BuckinghamshireTerriers county first Yes650,000Education capital programme
CalderdaleBrooksbank No1,038,000Sports hall
CheshireBrookside county infant Yes83,000School amalgamation
CheshireColshaw CP No75,000Nursery accommodation
CheshireManor Park infant Yes225,000School consolidation
CheshireSt. James CE junior NoPayment in kindTeaching accommodation
CheshireWestlands high Yes3,100,000Teaching accommodation; pitches
CroydonHaling Manor high No3,000,000Teaching accommodation
DerbyshireNoel Baker community No18,000Changing facilities
DerbyshirePingle No363,000Improve pitches
DerbyshireWestern Mere Yes200,000Education capital programme
DevonHighweek primary No150,000Teaching accommodation; pitches
DorsetFosters Yes1,500,000Improve pitches; new schools
DurhamThe Avenue comprehensive Yes32,600Education capital programme
DurhamWestwood primary Yes6,520Education capital programme
EssexMoulsham high No1,000,000Improve pitches; teaching accommodation
EssexOakview special No1,000,000Teaching accommodation
EssexTabor high No3,000,000School consolidation
EssexThe Stanway No7,500,000Improve sports facilities; teaching accommodation
GloucestershireThe Catholic school of St. Gregory the GreatNo900,000All-weather pitch; teaching accommodation
HaltonAshley special No50,000Sleeping accommodation for adults with learning difficulties
Hammersmith and FulhamGibbs Green special No400,000All-weather pitch
HaveringFrances Bardsley for girlsNo6,850,000Sports hall; all-weather pitch; consolidate school sites
KentAllhallows first Yes75,000Education capital programme
KentSt. Thomas' special Yes480,000Education capital programme
LancashireBaines high No315,000Sports hall
LancashireSt. Richards RC high Yes1,000,000Sports hall; education capital programme
LancashireSt. Thomas Aquinas RC high Yes225,000Education capital programme
LeedsOakwood primary NoPayment in kindTeaching accommodation
LeedsWetherby high No720,000All-weather pitch; sports hall
LiverpoolChildwall comprehensive No2,500,000New school; sports hall; improve pitches
Milton KeynesCastles first Yes480,000Consolidate school sites
Milton KeynesDenbigh Yes5,000,000Education capital programme
NorfolkRedgate middle No175,000Sports hall; teaching accommodation
North TynesideSt. Mary's Roman Catholic No95,000Grass playing fields; playground
North YorkshireSettle CE primary NoPayment in kindNew school
NorthamptonshireJohn Lea secondary Yes4,000,000Education capital programme
NorthumberlandGallowhill Hall special Yes5,850Teaching accommodation
NorthumberlandSt. Benet Biscop RC aided high No1,350,018Teaching accommodation; improve pitches
NottinghamshireManor comprehensive No140,000Sports hall
OxfordshireWallingford No3,700,000School consolidation
PeterboroughThe King's No1,000,000Sports hall; all-weather pitch
RochdaleMiddleton technology No400,000Sports hall
RochdaleSpring Hill high No300,000Sports hall
ShropshireLower Grove Yes600,000School amalgamation
StaffordshireSir Graham Balfour high No1,700,000New school; sports hall; improve pitches
SurreyBanstead county junior and St. Anne's RC primary No40,000Education capital programme
SurreyBoxgrove primary NoPayment in kindSchool consolidation
SurreyMerland Rise CP No1,608,000Education capital programme
SurreyOkewood C of E Yes10,000Education capital programme
SurreyPark Mead junior No550,000Grass pitches;teaching accommodation
SurreyRosebery No1,400,000All-weather pitch; sports hall
TamesideEgerton Park high NoPayment in kindSports hall
Telford and WrekinBlessed Robert Johnson No300,000Sports hall
WakefieldKinsley first Yes55,000Education capital programme
WakefieldSouth Elmsall middle Yes50,000Education capital programme
WalsallBeacon Yes2,000,000Teaching accommodation
WalsallSt. Thomas More Catholic comprehensive No3,100,000School consolidation
WarwickshireAttleborough first Yes245,000Consolidate school sites
WarwickshireBinley Woods first Yes800,000Consolidate school sites
WarwickshireExhall first Yes300,000Consolidate school sites
WarwickshireMarie Corelli Yes2,000,000New school
WarwickshireStratford-upon-Avon high Yes1,000,000New school
West SussexHazelwick No2,945,000Teaching accommodation; all-weather pitch
WiganHindley Borsdane Brook special Yes500,000Consolidate school sites
WiganOrrell Holgate primary No600,000Education capital programme
WiganRose Hill special Yes500,000Consolidate school sites
WiganTyldesley Highfield special Yes380,000Consolidate school sites
WiltshireCastle Combe primary Yes10,000Education capital programme
WolverhamptonAldersley No2,387,500Teaching accommodation
WorcestershireCallowbrook first Yes2,000Education capital programme


1. 'Sports pitch' means areas of open grassed land which are equal to, or larger than, the Football Association's recommended area for games played by under-10s, that is 2,000m

(4) , and which have a configuration making them suitable for sports pitches (whether they are so laid out or not).

2. The table excludes applications withdrawn by the applicant and applications where schools would retain the same, or a better, level of access to the same sports pitch or to an equivalent sports pitch.

3. The table includes applications in respect of foundation and voluntary schools considered under Schedule 22 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 since 1 September 1999.

4. Prior to July 2001, local authorities were not required to specify what sports or education facilities were to be financed from proceeds of sale. It was sufficient for them to give an undertaking that any proceeds of sale would be allocated to their schools' capital programme. A requirement to provide details of the sports or education projects to be funded from sale proceeds was introduced by the revised guidance published in July 2001.

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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in respect of each application for disposal of a school sports pitch since July 2001, if the application was supported (a) by the representative of (i) the National Playing Fields Association, (ii) the Central Council of Physical Recreation, (iii) Learning Through Landscapes, (iv) the National Association of Head Teachers and

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(v) the Local Government Association on the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel and (b) by the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel as a whole. [40475]

John Healey [holding answer 5 March 2002]: The advice of the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel is presented as the collective view of the Panel. Of the applications to dispose of school sports pitches received

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by the Department since 16 July 2001, the Panel has expressed collective support for the eight applications that have been approved.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations her Department has received from the National Playing Fields Association relating to the sale of school playing fields. [40476]

John Healey [holding answer 5 March 2002]: The Department has not received any recent representations from the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) relating to the sale of school playing fields. The NPFA is, however, a member of the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel which advises the Department on the extent to which individual applications to dispose of school playing fields comply with the published criteria.

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