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Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainee teachers have benefited from golden hellos in each year since 1998, broken down by Government office region. [64109]

Mr. Miliband: The Department has received claims from local education authorities for reimbursement of golden hello payments made post-training to teachers in the local Government office regions as follows:

East Midlands8651
East of England12288
North East2916
North West167129
South East16861
South West12264
West Midlands13647
Yorkshire and the Humber13140

(26) Financial year

The decline in the number of golden hellos paid in 2001–02 is caused by teachers deferring to take their payment until after completion of induction under the new arrangements operating from September 2000. The number of payments is expected to rise significantly in 2002–03.

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers working in schools in the Greater London area are between (a) 50 and 55 and (b) 55 years and over. [63588]

Mr. Miliband: The numbers of teachers in regular full or part-time service in the maintained schools sector in London Government office region at 31 March 2000 (the latest date for which provisional data are available) who were (a) aged 50 and 54 inclusive and (b) aged 55 or over were as follows:

50 to 546,8001,4008,200
55 and over3,3001,2004,500

Some 10 per cent. to 20 per cent. of part-timers are not recorded on the Teacher's Pension Scheme, from which the data are obtained.

Standard Spending Assessment

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change in standard spending assessment for education has been for (a) Wiltshire and (b) England in each year since 1987. [63831]

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Mr. Miliband: The current funding system was introduced in 1990–91 and the following table provides the information requested since then.

Increased percentage (in cash terms)



Figures for 1993–94 and 1997–98 are not shown because they do not reflect like for like comparisons:

1. From 1993–94 further education was no longer included in the SSA.

2. Following local government reorganisation, Swindon became an LEA in its own right in 1997–98 and was no longer included in Wiltshire's SSA.

3. In 1997–98 £527 million was taken out of the education SSA to fund the nursery voucher scheme.

4. The percentage increases expressed in the chart above are adjusted to reflect changes in LEA functions from 1998–99 onwards.

5. 2002–03 figures include the Learning and Skills Council allocation for post-16 education.

Education Policy

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding has been allocated within the SSA to carry out education policy initiatives during this financial year, broken down by local authority. [63601]

Mr. Miliband: The Education Standard Spending Assessment (SSA) is unhypothecated. It is therefore up to local education authorities to decide how much funding they should allocate for education policy initiatives: there is no specific allocation within Education SSA for 2002–03 at local level.

Special Grants

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding to schools in England she has provided in the form of special grants outside the SSA from 1999 to the present; how much has been provided; and for what purposes. [63602]

Mr. Miliband: The following table shows the Department's special grants paid under section 88B of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 from 1999–2000 to 2002–03. The table does not include specific grants provided by the Department such as the Standards Fund.


School Standards Grant293,219631,307645,027
School Budget Support Grant50,000
Education Budget Support Grant52,394
Teachers Pay Grants276,573479,275120,835
GM Transitional Grants7,37621,01010,33533
Post-Sixteen Budget Support Grant20,100


1. 2002–03 figures are provisional estimates/payments made to date and, as such, are likely to change.

2. Figures are in cash terms.

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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of the Better Regulation Task Force in reducing unnecessary regulations for which her Department is responsible. [63158]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: We have taken forward the recommendations in the Better Regulation Task Force's report "Red Tape Affecting Head Teachers" in April 2000. For those recommendations relating to deregulation, we have taken appropriate measures in the current Education Bill, in particular for deregulation of school governance arrangements, and the streamlining of some governance functions.


Public Appointments (Sikhs)

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public appointments are held by Sikhs. [63610]

Mr. Alexander: My Department does not collect data on the number of Sikhs appointed to public appointments. It collects diversity data for public appointments on the following criteria: Bangladeshi; Black-African; Black- Caribbean; Black-any other; Indian; Pakistani; Chinese; mixed ethnic background; any other Asian; White; or any other ethnic background.

My Department publishes summary ethnic data covering all Government Departments in the 'Public Bodies' yearbook; the latest edition is 'Public Bodies 2001'.


Scottish Devolution

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many times his office has made representations to the Scottish Executive since May 1999 broken down by (a) Department approached, (b) subject and (c) date; [59528]

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Maria Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 24 May 2002, Official Report, column 600W.


Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect problems with NIRS2 have had on their ability to produce research and statistics on pensions [61381]

Mr. McCartney: Data from NIRS fed into two regular pensions related national statistics publications issued by the Department. The publications were "Contributions and Qualifying Years for Retirement Pension" and "Second Tier Pension Provision". The most recent published data relates to the financial year 1995–96. NIRS2 is now able to produce the data required for the Department's statistical publications and departmental analysts are currently working on processing and investigating NIRS2 data covering the financial years up to 2000–01. It is intended that publication will resume later this year.

Royal Prerogative

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what decisions have been made by his Department in the last year under authority from the Royal Prerogative. [63141]

Maria Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Pendle by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State (Mr. Darling) on 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 243W.

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