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Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding has been allocated to the City of York Council for repairs to school buildings in each year since it became a unitary authority, including funding delegated direct to schools; 
(3) how much funding has been allocated to the City of York Council or delegated direct to schools for (a) new build, (b) modernisation and (c) repairs over the next three years. 
John Healey: We do not hold information in the form requested. Much capital support for school buildings is allocated to Local Education Authorities and schools on a formulaic basis. Records of how it is utilised for specific projects are held locally. However, the table sets out the capital allocations made to date to York Local Education Authority (LEA) and its schools from 199697 to 200304.
|Financial year||New deals for schools 14 allocations(42)||Other capital allocations||Grand total|
(42) This covers allocations made under the original New Deal for Schools programme, which utilised resources raised from the Windfall Tax in order to address the backlog of repairs.
(43) Includes allocations made as of 31 March 2002, including £3 million allocated in 200203 from the Targeted Capital Fund.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage change in real terms was in education SSA in the City of York in each year since it became a unitary authority, including funding delegated direct to schools. 
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|Year||Total SSA (£ million)||Annual increase (Percentage)||Total SSA (£ million)||Annual increase (Percentage)|
(44) Change since
1. Figures reflect all sub-blocks of the Education SSA. The Private and Voluntary Institutions' element of the SSA that replaced Nursery Education Grant funding is not included in the figures for 200102 and 200203.
2. In 199798 £527 million was taken out of the SSA to fund the nursery voucher scheme.
3. Real terms figures are calculated using GDP deflators published by the Treasury on 20 December 2001
4. 200203 figures are gross of the Learning and Skills Council allocation.
Annual Schools' Census
|Blackburn with Darwen||n/a||n/a||29.0||28.8||28.1|
(45) One teacher classes
(46) Before local government reorganisation
(47) After local government reorganisation
n/a = not applicable
Annual Schools' Census
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Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of the applications for provisional support for schools PPP projects in 200304, (a) how many failed and (b) what the total value was of the applications that were turned down. 
John Healey: 33 applications in this bidding round were unsuccessful, with a combined value of approximately £1.936 billion. 21 projects have been selected for provisional support, with a combined value of £939 million.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will name the organisations recognised by her Department as standard setting bodies and under section 36 of the Education Act 1997 specified as appropriate bodies to receive financial assistance from levy income collected from persons who award vocational qualifications; and whether national training organisations will lose such status in consequence of withdrawal of their overall recognition by the Department. 
John Healey: Until 31 March 2002 all national training organisations and a few other bodies were recognised as standards setting bodies. From 1 April all NTOs ceased to have the formal recognition of the Department. The withdrawal of recognition applies also to their status as standards setting bodies.
No bodies were specified under Section 36 of the Education Act 1997. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) acting jointly with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) administers a fund for the development of national occupations standards based on a certification fee charged on NVQs and SVQs. A remit letter from the Department instructs QCA as to which bodies may receive financial assistance.
Future arrangements are being considered in the light of the recent report by the Independent Review of National Occupational Standards, chaired by John Hillier, the establishment of the Sector Skills Development Agency from 1 April 2002, and the new stronger sector councils we are putting in place. In the short term we will ensure there are suitable arrangements in place so that essential national occupational standards work can continue.
John Healey: The Individual Learning Account programme was not supported by European Union money. In England, the programme was funded centrally by the Department and by £127.5 million of existing TEC resources.
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Estelle Morris: Estimated outturn figures for 200102 will be published in the Budget Report on 17 April. For 200102 the initial Departmental Expenditure Limit appears in the Departmental Report (Cm 5102), published March 2001, and subsequently changed following the Winter Supplementary Estimate (Cm 5335), published November 2001, and the Spring Supplementary Estimate, (Cm 5385) published in February 2002.
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