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Mr. Miliband: Responsibility for the employment of teachers in maintained schools in England rests with Local Education Authorities and school governing bodies. It is for employers to determine whether a prospective teacher is medically fit to carry out their duties in accordance with the Education (Teachers' Qualifications and Health Standards) (England) Regulations 1999, as amended. Information on the number of dyslexic teachers employed at schools in England is not collected centrally.
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Mr. Miliband [holding answer 21 October 2002]: The Department intends to ensure that the education of children in the accommodation centres will be provided, wherever possible, in-house. However, there may be some circumstances, for example, if a child has severe or complex Special Educational Needs that would be met more appropriately through provision available in a special school; or a child fluent in English who could benefit from the education available in a mainstream school; when the learning needs of a child requires provision to be made available outside the centre.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the written answer of 24 July 2002, Official Report, column 1369W, on computers, what evaluation has been made of the success of the Computers Within Reach scheme; and how this will inform future policy on the Computers Within Reach concept. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Computers Within Reach Scheme closed on 31 October 2001 having delivered over 24,000 recycled computers to people in 22 pilot areas, at a cost of #7.1 million over two years. Those eligible were in receipt of certain working age benefits or a State Pension with minimum income guarantee.
In view of these difficulties, we considered carefully whether to repeat the scheme against alternatives that might provide more effective access to ICT and learning opportunities for those currently without access.
We concluded that we should not run another phase of the Computers Within Reach Scheme but channel the remaining #7.9 million into purchasing wireless technology equipment and laptops for Adult and Community Learning Centres serving deprived wards around the country. This will open up access to equipment and training for an estimated 335,000 learners over a three year periodfar more than the number who would have benefited from an extension of the Computers Within Reach Scheme. These learners will be offered regular, supported access to the learning
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how she will change the education funding formula to provide a more even funding system for pupils in rural and inner city schools; 
(3) what steps she is taking to secure more even distribution of funding for pupils and schools in rural and inner city areas; 
(4) if she will consider Option 5, put forward by the F40 Group, to secure a more even distribution of funding for pupils between rural and inner city schools; 
(5) what plans she has to improve the basic allowance per pupil in the worst-funded education authorities, with specific reference to Shropshire; 
(6) what steps she is taking to reduce the funding gap between education authorities in urban and rural areas. 
Mr. Miliband: The Government will consider carefully all responses to the consultation on Local Government Finance, and all suggested further options before taking decisions on the new Local Government funding system, to be introduced for 200304. Decisions on the balance between the basic entitlement and extra funding for additional educational needs will be decided on the basis of evidence about pupil characteristics and cost of provision: this will determine the distribution of funding between urban and rural authorities and will be announced by early December with the local authority finance settlement.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the amount of commercial activity and sponsorship targeted at children through their schools in each of the last five years and the amount of money such promotional activity has raised. 
Mr. Miliband: We do not collect data centrally on the amount of commercial activity and sponsorship, or funds raised, locally in schools. Well thought-out commercial support can add value to school life and provide welcome additional resources. Last Autumn, we issued guidelines''Commercial activities in schools: Best practice principles''so that schools can make informed and sensible decisions about the nature of business involvement. The guidelines make clear that schools should satisfy themselves that the educational benefits of the commercial activity outweigh the potential disbenefits; that it is free of incentives to children to engage in unhealthy, unsafe or unlawful
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Mr. Miliband: The table below shows the Department's total recurrent grant per pupil allocated to each local education authority for the current financial year, 200203. This does not include funding through SSAs and Revenue Support Grant.
|201 City of London||1,300|
|205 Hammersmith and Fulham||660|
|207 Kensington and Chelsea||730|
|211 Tower Hamlets||810|
|301 Barking and Dagenham||450|
|314 Kingston upon Thames||380|
|318 Richmond upon Thames||330|
|320 Waltham Forest||570|
|342 St. Helens||450|
|391 Newcastle upon Tyne||530|
|392 North Tyneside||470|
|393 South Tyneside||500|
|420 Isles of Scilly||2,370|
|800 Bath and North East Somerset||350|
|801 Bristol, City of||480|
|802 North Somerset||360|
|803 South Gloucestershire||350|
|807 Redcar and Cleveland||480|
|810 Kingston Upon Hull, City of||470|
|811 East Riding of Yorkshire||360|
|812 North East Lincolnshire||400|
|813 North Lincolnshire||390|
|815 North Yorkshire||370|
|826 Milton Keynes||370|
|845 East Sussex||370|
|846 Brighton and Hove||410|
|867 Bracknell Forest||330|
|868 Windsor and Maidenhead||360|
|869 West Berkshire||360|
|889 Blackburn with Darwen||560|
|894 Telford & Wrekin||400|
|921 Isle of Wight||390|
|938 West Sussex||310|
1 Figures reflect all revenue grants in DfES's DEL relevant to pupils aged 419.
2 Grant figures exclude funds that include ages below 4 year olds EMA and LSC.
3 Pupil numbers underlying the #s per pupil are those underlying the SSA settlement calculations (all sub-blocks).
4 Figures rounded to nearest #10. Difference figures may not sum due to rounding
5 200203 figures are provisonal estimates as decisions on some funding allocations have yet to be finalised.
The figures are thus liable to be revised later on in the year.
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