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Child Care (Regulation)

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many professional staff she estimates need to be transferred from local authorities to Ofsted as a result of the transfer of responsibility for the regulation of child care to Ofsted. [69141]

Margaret Hodge: In September 2001, 1,431 staff transferred from local authorities to the Office for Standards in Education. No further transfers are envisaged.

Public Consultations

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the length was of each public consultation undertaken by her Department since 8 June 2001. [68740]

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Estelle Morris: The following table provides a list of written consultations with the public carried out by this Department since 8 June 2001 including the duration of

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each consultation. The Department has complied with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultation in each case, applying exemptions where appropriate.

Title of consultationStart dateEnd dateDuration (in days)
Teachers' Professional Development—Standards Framework Consultation11 June 200120 July 200139
Teachers' Professional Development Division—Development Portfolio Consultation11 June 200120 July 200139
Consultation on Professional Duties of Advanced Skills Teachers26 June 200121 August 200156
July European Commission Memorandum on Lifelong Learning26 June 200128 September 200194
Education Development Plans from 2002—Consultation on draft guidance27 June 200119 September 200184
Consultation on Extending the Use of Parenting Orders9 July 20019 October 200192
Inspection of Local Education Authorities11 July 200111 October 200192
Employment of Teachers who have successfully completed their course of teacher training but have not passed their skills test24 July 20018 August 200115
Standards for the awards of qualified teacher status—initial teacher training26 July 20012 November 200199
Consultation on Inspection arrangements—initial teacher training 2002–0326 July 20012 November 200199
Draft Regulations Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as Amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 200130 July 200122 October 200184
The Way Forward—A Modernised Framework for School Governance5 September 20017 November 200163
Better Beginnings—Improving quality and increasing provision in early years education and childcare5 September 20017 November 200163
Consultation on School Admissions5 September 20017 November 200163
Consultation on Exclusion Appeal Panels5 September 20017 November 200163
Registration and Monitoring of Independent Schools5 September 20019 November 200165
Schools Achieving Success5 September 20017 November 200163
Improving inspection, improving schools10 September 200110 November 200161
Consultation on targets for English and mathematics at Key Stage 2 in 200418 September 200114 December 200187
16–19 Organisation and Inspection: A consultation document24 September 20017 November 200144
Expert support for the development of Foundation Stage Practice5 October 200128 December 200184
City Academies: Arrangements for Pupils with SEN and Disabilities8 October 200129 December 200182
Consultation on Proposals arising from the Treasury Review of teachers' Ill Health Retirement2 November 200125 January 200284
Excellence Fellowship Awards6 November 200114 December 200138
Teachers' Pay Reform—Performance Pay Progression Grant23 November 20014 January 200242
Building a Strategy for Children and Young People25 November 20011 March 200296
Consultation on Review of Learning Partnerships17 December 200116 February 200261
Consultation on Review of Arts and Humanities Research Funding18 December 20012 February 200246
Quinquennial Review of Investors in People UK1 January 200228 February 200258
Consultation on Accessible Schools: Planning to increase access to schools for disabled pupils14 January 200225 March 200270
Revised Guidance on Exclusion from School—Draft for Consultation24 January 200219 April 200285
Quinquennial Review of Qualifications and Curriculum Authority1 February 200215 March 200242
Consultation on Raising Standards—Training and Development for Leaders and Managers4 February 20021 May 200286
14–19: Extending Opportunities, Raising Standards12 February 200231 May 2002108
National Centre for Excellence in Science Teaching18 February 20028 May 200279
The Adult Common Basic Data Set25 February 200217 May 200281
Early Years and Childcare Regulations27 February 200224 May 200286
14–19: Extending Opportunities, Raising Standards: A Summary1 March 200231 May 200291
Investors in Children Consultation Paper14 March 20026 June 200284
Proposals to introduce a mandatory requirement for first-time headteachers to hold the (NPQH)15 March 200228 June 2002105
Consultation on Publication of School and College Performance Tables in 200219 March 200224 May 200266
Electronic Communications in Education: an Order under the Electronic Communications Act 20008 May 200231 July 200284
STRB report on teacher workload8 May 20023 July 200256
Performance Pay Progression: Reconsultation on Revised Special Grant Report14 May 200213 June 200230
Together From the Start—Practical guidance for professionals working with disabled children (birth to 2) and their families28 May 200223 September 2002118
Developing Early Intervention/Support Services for Deaf Children and their Families28 May 200223 September 2002118
Department for Education and Skills—Race Equality Scheme: Draft Consultation May 200231 May 200230 August 200291
Supporting the cost of home-based childcare7 June 200230 August 200284
Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications1 July 200230 September 200291

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TREASURY

Regeneration Funding

Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was allocated to reviving (a) coalfield communities, (b) steel communities, (c) rural communities, (d) inner-city areas and (e) seaside towns in each of the last 10 years. [68937]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 11 July 2002]: A large number of different funding sources support the revival of vulnerable communities and it is not possible to provide the information in the form requested. However, our strong record on support for these types of communities includes:


Regeneration programmes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in devolved areas are a matter for their devolved Administrations.

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Equity Shares

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the real rate of return on equity shares quoted on the London stock exchange has been since 1 May 1997. [70075]

Ruth Kelly: Between 1 May 1997 and 30 June 2002, the total real return for the FTSE Index was 6.2 per cent. The total real return from the All-Share Index over the same period was 7.7 per cent.

Ministerial Salaries

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual cost was of ministerial salaries in his Department in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2001–02. [60948]

Ruth Kelly: The level of ministerial salaries are recommended by the Senior Salaries Review Body. All details are already published.

From May 1997, in this Department there was the First Lord of the Treasury on an annual salary of £58,557; two Cabinet Ministers at an annual salary of £43,991; two Ministers of State, one at an annual salary of £31,125 and one unpaid; one Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, at an annual salary of £23,623. In addition, there was also a Chief Whip for the House of Commons at an annual salary of £36,613, a Deputy Chief Whip at an annual salary of £31,125 and 14 Government and Assistant Government Whips at an annual salary of £20,029. There was also Chief Whip for the House of Lords at an annual salary of £51,838, a Deputy Chief Whip at an annual salary of £43,632 and a further five Lords in Waiting at an annual salary of £39,462.

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From June 2001, in this Department there was the First Lord of the Treasury on an annual salary of £113,596; two Cabinet Ministers at an annual salary of £68,157; two Ministers of State, at an annual salary of £35,356; one Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, at an annual salary of £26,835. In addition, there was also a Chief Whip for the House of Commons at an annual salary of £68,157, a Deputy Chief Whip at an annual salary of £35,356 and 14 Government and Assistant Government Whips at an annual salary of £22,753. There was also a Chief Whip for the House of Lords at an annual salary of £68,283, a Deputy Chief Whip at an annual salary of £59,961 and a further five Lords in Waiting at an annual salary of £54,224.


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