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Higher Education

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has introduced since 1997 to aid recruitment and retention of lecturers in higher education. [53628]

Margaret Hodge: The recruitment and retention of staff is the responsibility of higher education institutions. However, our spending plans for the English higher education sector include £50 million in 2001–02, rising to £110 million in 2002–03 and £170 million in 2003–04, to underpin the human resource strategies which institutions have drawn up, and which address recruitment and retention as well as the modernisation of reward systems.

School Budgets

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the proportion of a school's budget in the current financial year which is available as discretionary spending for the head teacher. [54273]

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Mr. Timms: In general, it is for the governing body of each school to determine the extent to which authority to spend the public funds available to the school should be delegated to the head teacher. The proportion of a school's budget which is under the head's control will accordingly vary from school to school, and no statistical information on this point is collected by the Department.


Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the reason for the change in the number of retirements due to ill-health by teachers since 1997. [54277]

Mr. Timms: The criteria governing entitlement to ill health retirement benefits were amended in 1997 to require that, despite appropriate treatment, applicants have a medical condition that would render them permanently incapable of undertaking any further teaching. In this context, permanent is defined as lasting at least up to the scheme's normal retirement age of 60. This replaced the previous less stringent criteria that required the presence of a medical condition that would prevent teaching only for the foreseeable future (defined as lasting at least 3–4 years).

The Department also commissioned the Faculty of Occupational Medicine to produce occupational health guidance specifically aimed at the employers of teachers. This guidance was published in December 2000. The reduction in the number of ill health retirements since 1997 is therefore a consequence of a greater awareness among teachers' employers of the benefits of effective occupational health provision, including consideration of alternatives to ill-health retirement such as part-time working or redeployment to less demanding duties, and the more rigorous criteria governing entitlement to ill health retirement benefits.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 29 April, Official Report, column 572W, where such assets are held if the scheme is unfunded. [54275]

Mr. Timms: The valuation of the Teachers' Pension Scheme is conducted on a notional basis. There are no tangible assets, but in carrying out the valuation the Government Actuary calculates what the assets of the scheme would have been if a real fund had been in existence.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what happens to the money paid by teachers and employers as pension contributions if their pension fund is unfunded. [54274]

Mr. Timms: Contributions to the Teachers' Pension Scheme by teachers and their employers are paid into the Exchequer and used to defray the cost of paying benefits under the scheme.

School Attendance

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many prosecutions have taken

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place for non-attendance at school in each year since 1997; how many have resulted in convictions; and what sentences were passed. [53890]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 2 May 2002]: Information on prosecutions brought under Education Act 1996, section 444 "failing to secure regular attendance at school", will be available for the first time in 'Criminal Statistics for England & Wales 2001' which will be published by the Home Office in September of this year. This section of the Act has only come onto the criminal statistics code book for 2001; previously it was grouped within all prosecutions under the Education Act 1996 and it is not possible to separate the different sections of the Act.

School Provision

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what circumstances the obligations under education legislation (a) to provide schooling and (b) for parents to ensure school attendance may be disapplied for children of compulsory school age resident in the United Kingdom. [53943]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Local Education authorities are obligated to provide suitable education for all children of compulsory school age at school or otherwise than at school under the Education Act 1996 (sections 13, 14 and 19 as amended).

The parent of every child of compulsory school age is obligated to cause him to receive suitable full-time education either by regular attendance at school or otherwise (Education Act 1996 section 7). If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence. However the child shall not be taken to have failed to attend regularly under the circumstances outlined in the Education Act 1996 section 444 subsections (3) to (6).

Local Education Authority Funding

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, columns 163–67W, on LEA funding, what the comparable figures are for each of the last five years. [54357]

Mr. Timms: The information requested in respect of the financial years 1999–2000 and 2000–01 has been placed in the Library. Because of the changes in the structure of the school funding system which took effect in April 1999, it is not possible to provide corresponding figures for previous years.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what post-16 budget support grant is payable to each local education authority in England; and in each case what the category is under which the grant is payable. [54327]

Mr. Timms: The table shows the post-16 budget support grant payable to each local education authority in categories 1a, 1b and 2. Because Category 3 grant depends on adjustments to be made to Learning and Skills Council grant during the course of 2002–03, the amount of that grant cannot be given. (The information given on

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categories 1 and 2 supersedes that given to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation on 30 April).

Post-16 budget support grant
£ million

201 City of London0000
202 Camden0000
203 Greenwich000.4510.451
204 Hackney0000
205 Hammersmith and Fulham0000
206 Islington0000
207 Kensington and Chelsea0.075000.075
208 Lambeth0000
209 Lewisham0000
210 Southwark0000
211 Tower Hamlets0000
212 Wandsworth0000
213 Westminster0000
301 Barking and Dagenham0000
302 Barnet0.800000.800
303 Bexley0000
304 Brent0000
305 Bromley0.45700.0640.522
306 Croydon0000
307 Ealing00.1460.2280.374
308 Enfield0000
309 Haringey0000
310 Harrow0000
311 Havering0000
312 Hillingdon0000
313 Hounslow0000
314 Kingston upon Thames0.12900.0080.137
315 Merton00.11000.110
316 Newham0000
317 Redbridge0000
318 Richmond upon Thames0000
319 Sutton0000
320 Waltham Forest0000
330 Birmingham000.2230.223
331 Coventry000.6560.656
332 Dudley0000
333 Sandwell000.0440.044
334 Solihull0000
335 Walsall0000.000
336 Wolverhampton00.0600.1800.240
340 Knowsley0000
341 Liverpool0000
342 St. Helens0000
343 Sefton0.561000.561
344 Wirral00.20800.208
350 Bolton0000
351 Bury0000
352 Manchester0000
353 Oldham0000
354 Rochdale0000
355 Salford0000
356 Stockport0000
357 Tameside0000
358 Trafford0000
395 Wigan0000
370 Barnsley0000
371 Doncaster0.111000.111
372 Rotherham000.1160.116
373 Sheffield0000
380 Bradford0000
381 Calderdale00.45700.457
382 Kirklees0000
383 Leeds0000
384 Wakefield0000
390 Gateshead00.10900.109
391 Newcastle upon Tyne000.2820.282
392 North Tyneside0.223000.223
393 South Tyneside0000
394 Sunderland00.02900.029
420 Isles of Scilly0000
800 Bath and North East Somerset0.426000.426
801 Bristol, city of 0000
802 North Somerset0000
803 South Gloucestershire0.9310.50501.437
805 Hartlepool0000
806 Middlesbrough0000
807 Redcar and Cleveland0000
808 Stockton-on-Tees0000
810 Kingston upon Hill, city of0000
811 East Riding of Yorkshire0.575000.575
812 North East Lincolnshire0000
813 North Lincolnshire0000
815 North Yorkshire1.093001.093
816 York0.316000.316
820 Bedfordshire000.1900.190
821 Luton0000
825 Buckinghamshire000.0800.080
826 Milton Keynes0000
830 Derbyshire0000
831 Derby0000
835 Dorset1.222001.222
836 Poole0.301000.301
837 Bournemouth0000
840 Durham0000
841 Darlington0000
845 East Sussex000.1490.149
846 Brighton and Hove0000
850 Hampshire000.0100.010
851 Portsmouth00
852 Southampton0000
855 Leicestershire1.7310.11401.844
856 Leicester0000
857 Rutland0000
860 Staffordshire0000.000
861 Stoke-on-Trent0000
865 Wiltshire0000
866 Swindon0000
867 Bracknell Forest0000
868 Windsor and Maidenhead000.0100.010
869 West Berkshire00.2540.0420.297
870 Reading0000
871 Slough 0000
872 Wokingham0000
873 Cambridgeshire000.0940.094
874 Peterborough0.428000.428
875 Cheshire0.387000.387
876 Halton0000
877 Warrington0000
878 Devon0.625000.625
879 Plymouth0000
880 Torbay0000
881 Essex000.2430.243
882 Southend-on-Sea0000
883 Thurrock0000
884 Herefordshire0000
885 Worcestershire0.5360.24200.778
886 Kent000.4790.479
887 Medway0.04100.1380.179
888 Lancashire0000
889 Blackburn with Darwen0000
890 Blackpool0000
891 Nottinghamshire0000
892 Nottingham0000
893 Shropshire0000
894 Telford and Wrekin0000
908 Cornwall0000
909 Cumbria0.47000.0090.478
916 Gloucestershire00.39700.397
919 Hertfordshire0000
921 Isle of Wight0000
925 Lincolnshire000.0410.041
926 Norfolk000.1590.159
928 Northamptonshire000.0810.081
929 Northumberland0.5680.3000.0100.877
931 Oxfordshire000.0140.014
933 Somerset0000
935 Suffolk0.466000.466
936 Surrey0000
937 Warwickshire0.67290.0240.696
938 West Sussex0000
Grand total13.1442.9304.02520.099

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