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Mr. Charles Clarke: My predecessor and I have not visited East Lancashire in this capacity since the June 2001 General Election. However I did visit Preston on 27 September 2002 to meet a business group at the University of Central Lancashire. I was also a guest of the Directors of Preston North End Football Club to observe the game against Norwich City on 28 September, which I am glad to report that Norwich won.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional resources will be given to local education authorities to extend free early education to all three-year-olds. 
From April 2003 all early education funding will be made available to local authorities in the under 5's sub-block, through Education Formula Spending 200304. This sub-block will be increased substantially to £2.6 billion which will provide adequate resources for all local education authorities to achieve universal provision for three year olds.
In addition, £40 million capital funds have been made available over the financial years 200203 and 200304, for the building of nursery education facilities in disadvantaged areas which will support the achievement of universal provision of three year olds.
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Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent consultations he has had with bodies representing pre-school play groups (a) in rural areas and (b) elsewhere, over proposals that all four-year-olds should attend primary schools. 
Some primary schools do operate an early admission policy. Where this is the case, the School Admissions Code of Practice encourages admission authorities to allow parents who have secured a place for their child to defer entry until later in the same academic year if they wish to do so.
Admissions policy has recently been reviewed and following consultation, a new, revised Code has been produced. This is currently before Parliament for consideration. The new Code includes a stronger message on deferred entry making it clear to primary school admission authorities that the Secretary of State expects them to offer parents the option of deferring entry.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on how he intends to implement the recommendations in the joint Office of Government Commerce and Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment guidance, Improving standards of design in the procurement of public building. 
Mr. Miliband: The DfES does not procure educational buildings. In the schools sector, this is the responsibility of local education authorities, school governors and trustees. For this sector, the relevant recommendations of the CABE/OGC report have already been, or will be, taken into account and reflected in updated DfES project design, procurement, funding and asset management plan appraisal guidance.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what checks were made before the appointment of the new Chief Executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: The Qualification and Curriculum Authority appoint their Chief Executive with the approval of the Secretary of State. The QCA in its recruitment process obtained views from leading education practitioners in Australia who had worked with Ken Boston. The judgment of those consulted was that the new Chief Executive was a highly credible candidate with considerable integrity.
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Sure Start programmes work to improve children's health by working with existing statutory and voluntary agencies to provide a wide range of health related support and advice to parents and parents to be. This includes: diet and nutrition advice; smoking cessation; preparation for parenthood classes; enhanced maternity and health visiting services; child health and development information; identification of and support to mothers with post-natal depression; breastfeeding support; parenting support and advice; early identification of special needs and support to families with children with special needs along with a wide range of practical, social and specialist support to improve parents' social and emotional health.
Comprehensive monitoring and evaluation processes are in place to assess the impact of Sure Start on a wide range of child health outcomes. At present it is too early to assess the impact of Sure Start on such outcomes but information on this will become available over the next 1218 months.
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TTA ITT Trainee Number Census 200102
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people entered initial teacher training courses for (a) primary and (b) secondary subjects through (i) undergraduate, (ii) postgraduate and (iii) employment-based routes in the academic years (A) 200102 and (B) 200203. 
|Postgraduate ITT recruitment||Undergraduate ITT recruitment||Total ITT recruitment||GTP recruitment||KTP recruitment||OTT recruitment||Total ITT and EBR recruitment|
|English and drama||2,119||128||2,247||374||4||142||2,767|
|Modern foreign languages||1,699||16||1,715||261||1||23||2,000|
Teacher training agency
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|Postgraduate ITT recruitment||Undergraduate ITT recruitment||Total ITT recruitment||GTP recruitment||RTP recruitment||OTT recruitment1||Total ITT and EBR recruitment|
|English and drama||2,386||109||2,495||233||2||19||2,749|
|Modern foreign languages||1,742||7||1,749||128||1||0||1,878|
Teacher training agency
(7) Entrants to date. There will be further intakes in the spring and summer 2003 terms.
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