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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved. 
Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 4 July 2002]: My Department does not deliver executive services to the public. No baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment has been drawn up.
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available on-line, (b) if copies were available in print, (c) the date the time period given for responses opened and (d) the date the time period given for responses closed. 
Mrs. Liddell: The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. Since that date, the Department has undertaken one public consultation exercise, on the size of the Scottish Parliament.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) full-time equivalents were employed by her press office and (b) secondees were placed in her press office in the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 200102; if she will list the campaigns that spent over £250,000; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Advocate-General how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 200203 had been spent by 31 May; what the figures were for 200102; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect the pay and conditions of service of further education lecturers has on her strategy for raising standards in the further education sector. 
Margaret Hodge: As independent organisations it is for further education (FE) colleges to agree the pay and the terms and conditions of their staff within the context of the overall resources available to them.
Extra resources have been made available to FE colleges to support improvements in pay and conditions and to help raise standards in colleges. The total funding for FE has increased by over £1.1 billion between 199798 and 200203, a 20 per cent. real terms increase. In 200203, the Learning and Skills Council has increased colleges' participation funding rates by 2.5 per cent. in cash terms, compared to a 1.5 per cent. increase in 200102. We planned to increase total spend on FE by over £300 million in 200304. However, the Chancellor's statement of 15 July giving additional resources for education, including a 1 per cent. per annum real terms increase for FE in the unit of core funding, will mean more money in 200304 than originally planned, and further real terms increases in future years. We also expect to announce in due course substantial additional resources to take forward elements of the "Success for All" strategy for reforming further education and training.
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As part of the overall funding allocation, we are investing more than £300 million in the Teaching Pay Initiative (TPI) to help modernise FE pay arrangements and to recruit, reward and retain teachers and lecturers as part of our drive to improve teaching and learning. We want to see all staff in the sector have a more attractive career structure, increased rewards for their efforts, and support for continuing professional training and development. Developing excellence in teaching and leadership is a key goal in our strategy for reforming the FE sector.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the unit of funding was for each student in FE and HE in each of the years 199293 to 200102 as expressed at 200102 prices. 
|Unit of funding|
|FE total funding||Higher education|
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2002, Official Report, column 674W, on medical degree places, how many students applied for medical degree courses in each year since 1997. 
|Year of entry||Applicants(15)|
(15) Home and overseas students applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total GCSE points score for (a) all pupils, (b) pupils in the upper quartile and (c) pupils in the lower quartile was in (i) specialist schools designated on or before September 1 1996 (ii) specialist schools designated after September 1996 and (iii) all schools in each of the last five years. 
|(a) All pupils|
|Specialist pre 1996||41.2||42.5||43.8||45.0||45.5|
|Specialist post 1996||37.9||38.8||40.2||40.7||41.2|
|(b) Pupils in upper quartile|
|Specialist pre 1996||62.8||65.0||65.9||67.2||68.1|
|Specialist post 1996||60.0||61.5||62.3||63.5||64.5|
|(c) Pupils in lower quartile|
|Specialist pre 1996||17.6||18.2||19.6||20.7||20.4|
|Specialist post 1996||14.3||14.7||15.9||16.2||16.1|
(16) The average GCSE/GNVQ point score is calculated as the total points achieved by all 15-year-old pupils in the relevant schools divided by the number of 15-year-olds attempting GCSEs.
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