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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters Ministers in her Department and officials have received about the provision of sports facilities at Cotham School, Bristol. 
John Healey [holding answer 18 April 2002]: Bristol city council has received a provisional allocation of just under £4.5 million from the New Opportunities Fund for the provision and enhancement of sports and physical education facilities in the 361 schools in Bristol. The New Opportunities Fund is a National Lottery distribution body, independent of central Government. The Fund has asked local education authorities to consult with other organisations in the area to determine priorities, and assesses applications to ensure that they demonstrate that there is a local need. Case managers work with LEAs to develop applications.
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Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government have done to help people over 50 learn how to use computers and to receive training in information technology. 
John Healey: The Department for Education and Skills is committed to enabling people to learn later in life and to widening access to ICT skills. By the end of 2002 there will be over 6,000 UK online centres throughout England with access points in public libraries, colleges, local community centres and elsewhere. Older people are one of the key client groups for this initiative. In addition there are over 1,600 learndirect centres, which along with FE colleges and Adult and Community Learning centres, offer opportunities for older learners to improve their ICT skills.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people resident in the Buckingham constituency who are studying a Learndirect course (a) online and (b) at a Learndirect centre; 
John Healey: Just under 2,000 people in the Buckingham constituency have studied, or are studying, a learndirect course with an element of online learning. A large proportion of these will have used a learndirect centre for some or all their learning. It is, however, not currently possible to gather information on where learners are accessing their learndirect learning.
Tomorrowclub Ltd. in Aylesbury, established in January 2001. This is a learndirect access point.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost to local education authorities in England and Wales in (a) 200203 and (b) 200304 of her regrading of teachers' pay scales. 
Mr. Timms: In addition to the cost of the general pay award of 3.5 per cent., the 0.1 per cent. cost of the additional allowance of £33 payable to teachers in respect of the fees they are required to pay to the General Teaching Councils for England or Wales, and the cost of pay progression for performance or experience, the cost of shortening the main pay scale to six points is estimated to be 0.4 per cent. of the pay bill in 200203 and 1 per cent. in 200304.
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(a) 1990 to 1996 and (b) 1997 to 2002; how many are current; and what proportion were (i) taken up and (ii) upheld by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration in those periods. 
Any and all complaints referred to the Parliamentary Ombudsman are accounted for in their annual reports, copies of which are available in the Library of the House, or on the Parliamentary Ombudsman's website www.ombudsman.org.uk/pca/document/par01/index.
The Department's current complaints procedure complies with Standard Five of the Six Service Standards for Central Government. Complaints can be made in writing, by fax, by e-mail, by telephone or in person (by appointment). More information can be found on the DfES website at www.dfes.gov.uk/compl.shtml.
Mr. Timms: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget an additional £85 million investment in 200203 in school and college buildings in England. This means that every maintained school in England, including those in Herefordshire, will receive in 200203 an additional allocation of about 20 per cent. of New Deal for Schools Devolved formula capital for schools. Details of changes to funding for education will be announced when the spending review has been completed in the summer.
Section 17 of the Race Relations Act 1976 makes it unlawful for school admission authorities to discriminate against a person (a) in the terms that it offers to admit a child to the school, (b) by refusing or deliberately omitting to accept the application for the child's admission to the school as a pupil, or (c) where the child is a pupil at a school (i) in the way that the pupil is granted access to any benefits, facilities or services or by refusing or deliberately not allowing the pupil access to them or (ii) excluding them from the school or subjecting them to other detriment.
Section 18 of the same Act makes it unlawful for an LEA to perform any act which constitutes racial discrimination, not covered by section 17, when carrying out any of its functions under the education legislation.
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Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the availability of places in schools in the vicinity of the proposed sites for accommodation centres. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The administration and management of accommodation centres will be a matter for contractors who will run the centres. Bids to operate them have not yet been invited but contractors (once appointed) will run the centres within parameters defined by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether children seeking asylum have the same right to education as other children in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which bodies have been consulted on removing some refugee children from the application of sections 13 and 14 of the Education Act 1996; and which bodies were in favour. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 22 April 2002]: The views of a number of chief education officers and interested organisations were sought informally. All those who responded asked for LEA duties in respect of asylum seeker children in accommodation centres to be clarified. The majority were not in favour of any changes to LEA duties.
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