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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were excluded from state primary and secondary schools at each of the key stages in each of the last five years; and what percentage of each of these totals of exclusions children were recognised as being on the autistic spectrum. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The available information is shown in the table. Information collected centrally on permanent exclusions does not record the Key Stage of the pupil or the type of special educational need. Guidance from the Department makes clear that, other than in the most exceptional circumstances, schools should avoid permanently excluding pupils with statements of special educational needs. The guidance also requires head teachers to say, when reporting exclusions to Discipline Committees and Local Education Authorities whether the pupil has special educational needs, either with or without a statement.
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|Primary Schools 2||Age of pupils||Total|
|3 and under||4 to 6||7 to 10||11 to 13||14 to 15||16 and over|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||239||1,316||18||0||0||1,573|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||15.2||83.7||1.1||0.0||0.0||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.01||0.06||0.08||0.00||0.00||0.04|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||210||1,317||12||0||0||1,539|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||13.6||85.6||0.8||0.0||0.0||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.01||0.06||0.06||0.00||0.00||0.03|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||188||1,164||14||0||0||1,366|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||13.8||85.2||1.0||0.0||0.0||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.01||0.05||0.07||0.00||0.00||0.03|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||152||1,039||35||0||0||1,226|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||12.4||84.7||2.9||0.0||0.0||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.01||0.04||0.20||0.00||0.00||0.03|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||166||1,240||30||0||0||1,436|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||11.6||86.4||2.1||0.0||0.0||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.01||0.05||0.18||0.00||0.00||0.03|
|Secondary Schools 2||Age of pupils||Total|
|3 and under||4 to 6||7 to 10||11 to 13||14 to 15||16 and over|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||0||56||4,727||5,500||180||10,463|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions4||0.0||0.0||0.5||45.2||52.6||1.7||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.00||0.07||0.29||0.52||0.06||0.34|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||0||49||4,404||5,537||197||10,187|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||0.0||0.5||43.2||54.4||1.9||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.00||0.06||0.27||0.53||0.06||0.33|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||0||59||4,075||4,393||109||8,636|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions 3||0.0||0.0||0.7||47.2||50.9||1.3||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.00||0.07||0.24||0.42||0.04||0.28|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||0||33||3,266||3,322||92||6,713|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||0.0||0.5||48.7||49.5||1.4||100.0|
|Percentage of school population (4)||0||0||0.05||0.19||0.31||0.03||0.21|
|Number of permanent exclusions||0||0||50||4,063||3,165||27||7,305|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions3||0.0||0.0||0.7||55.6||43.3||0.4||100.0|
|Percentage of school population4||0.00||0.00||0.07||0.23||0.29||0.01||0.23|
1 Permanent exclusions for 200001 are estimated as a number of LEAs have yet to confirm the data for their schools
2 Includes middle schools as deemed.
3 The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total number
4 The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) of full and part-time pupils (excluding dually registered pupils in special schools) in January each year.
Annual Schools Census
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his answer of 24 July 2002, Official Report, column 1354W, when he will issue the published version of guidance on increased flexibility for 14 to 16-year-olds. 
Mr. Miliband: The Department for Education and Skills and Learning and Skills Council's draft Guidance on Selected Legal Issues, as detailed in my answer of 24 July, is currently being revised in the light of comments made during an extensive consultation. The expectation is that a published version will be available in November 2002.
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Mr. Miliband: 81 local education authority schools projects have been awarded PFI credits for new buildings or major refurbishments. Of these, 48 projects, covering 550 schools, have reached financial close, with a total capital value of #1.3 billion. Another 33 projects are in procurement, having been approved by the Treasury-chaired Project Review Group (PRG). These projects have a capital value of
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#1.1 billion, and cover more than 250 schools. Details of these projects are given on the Department's website at www.teachernet.gov.uk/ schoolsprivatefinanceinitiative. A further 20 projects, covering more than 150 schools, have been awarded PFI credits on a provisional basis, and are currently preparing Outline Business Cases for consideration by the PRG.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of teachers who have successfully applied for threshold but who are awaiting payment as a result of delays in Government funding. 
Mr. Miliband: The Department makes monthly threshold payments to local education authorities so that payments can be made to schools as soon as they return a funding claim form. Authorities are also able to make payments to schools or teachers before receiving payment from the Department. This means that there should not be delays in schools receiving the Threshold Grant.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities have been the subject of a request for electoral reform services for the petition threshold figure under the education (grammar school ballots) regulations 1998 in 200102; and what threshold figure was calculated for each local authority. 
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|Wirral (St Anselm)||2,122|
* ERS were unable to complete setting thresholds for Kent and Lincolnshire.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average per capita funding for schools was in each of the last 10 years; and what the projection is for the next three years. 
Mr. Miliband: The per capita funding for schools in the last 10 years is set out in the table below. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills will determine the final schools projected per capita funding later in the year.
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