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Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website. 
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In addition to the projects listed, the Department regularly commissions research as part of the development of advertising and publicity campaigns. Focus group and other market research into creative development work of this type are regarded as commercially confidential and therefore cannot be published.
The Department's website has details of its research programme (www.dfes.gov.uk/research). Information about focus groups and other forms of research commissioned by the Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally.
Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of families not entitled to (a) income support and (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance who will be passported to free school meals under the new tax credits scheme. 
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income support and income based jobseekers allowance onto the new tax credits. If we had taken no action, they would have lost their entitlement to free school meals.
As was announced during the passage of the Education Bill through Parliament, we intend to make an order which will protect the school meal entitlement of around 100,000 children whose families will cease to receive Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance. It will also extend free school meals to an additional 89,000 children.
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Section 201 of the Education Act 2002 replaces Section 512 of the Education Act 1996, and anticipates that some families will move from income support and income based jobseekers allowance onto the new tax credits. If we had taken no action, they would have lost their entitlement to free school meals.
As was announced during the passage of the Education Bill through Parliament, we intend to make an order which will protect the school meal entitlement of around 100,000 children whose families will cease to receive income support and income based jobseekers allowance. It will also extend free school meals to an additional 89,000 children.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the number of local education authorities where performance has been found to be unsatisfactory; if she will list these authorities; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband [holding answer 24 October 2002]: Since Ofsted began its statutory inspection of local education authorities in 1998, 42 authorities have been found to be unsatisfactory. These are listed. Of the 27 LEAs that have been re-inspected at least once so far, and the findings published, Ofsted found that 26 had improved, and of these 21 were satisfactory.
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Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, by local education authority, the percentage of children receiving extra funding from (a) area cost adjustment, (b) other deprivation, (c) ethnicity, (d) income support and (e) sparsity funding. 
Mr. Miliband: In the current education standard spending assessment system, additional funding for deprivation, area costs, and sparsity is allocated to each LEA according to indicators derived from an analysis of past spending patterns. It is not therefore possible to identify percentages of children receiving extra support for each of these characteristics.
Margaret Hodge: Higher education institutions themselves decide how to deploy the resources made available to them from the public purse. I understand some institutions have chosen to devote some of their share of the #1 billion science research investment fund to support new medical schools. Alongside this, the Department of Health has provided #4.25 million non-recurrent funding for NHS facilities to support research in the new medical schools in 200102, and is making arrangements to provide a further #9.25 million in 200203. From 200203 it is providing over #1 million in recurrent funding to mobilise NHS support for research at the schools. In addition, researchers at all medical schools and faculties of medicine are eligible to
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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list each target set for schools in England and Wales for each year from 199798 to 200102, stating whether the target set was achieved, and where the target was not met, what actions were taken by the Department for Education and Skills. 
Many schools are working in partnership with local authorities on recycling projects through Local Agenda 21, which is an action plan for achieving sustainable development at local and community level.
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