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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was granted from each source of support within his Department to (a) Westminster city council and (b) the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, outside revenue support grant settlements in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Miliband: The following tables show the Department's allocated grants to Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea local education authorities for the financial years 199798 to 200203. 200203 figures are to date and provisional.
|Standards Fund (departmental contribution)||522,203||844,387||3,656,354||5,363,083||7,036,287||8,800,474|
|School Standards Grant||0||0||0||687,000||1,468,500||1,539,800|
|School Budget Support Grant||0||0||0||127,900||0||0|
|Nursery Education Grant(6)||1,208,802||506,879||739,880||1,358,423||2,050,488||1,171,716|
|Teachers Pay Reform Grant||0||0||0||532,338||874,748||566,437|
|Education Action Zone (Departmental Core Grant)(8)||0||0||0||493,000||589,000||432,000|
(6) Reductions in 199899 and 19992000 are due to the transfer of nursery education grant for four year olds to education standard spending.
(7) Westminster Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP) has been additionally allocated #1,055,181 funding in 200104 for the neighbourhood nurseries initiative for Westminster. It will be up to the EYDCP to decide the breakdown between years.
(8) Funding made directly to the Education Action Zone in Westminster.
(9) Funding includes Basic Need (ACG), Standards Fund Grant (departmental contribution), Voluntary Aided School Grant, Schools Access Initiative, Supplementary Credit Approvals, New Deal for Schools, Nursery Education Grant and Childcare Grant.
|Standards Fund (departmental contribution)||364,865||330,902||2,112,362||2,975,947||4,378,402||6,767,151|
|School Standards Grant||0||0||0||430,000||944,500||976,500|
|School Budget Support Grant||0||0||0||69,800||0||0|
|Post 16 Budget Support Grant||0||0||0||0||0||75,000|
|Nursery Education Grant(10)||805,775||251,970||208,222||603,585||825,660||891,576|
|Teachers Pay Reform Grant||0||0||0||60,132||841,059||346,851|
|Transitional Funding/Transitional Grant Insurance||0||0||8,633||105,755||123,581||0|
(10) Reductions in 199899, 19992000 and 200001 are due to the transfer of Nursery Education Grant for four year olds to Education Standard Spending.
(11) Kensington and Chelsea Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP) has been additionally allocated #936,490 funding in 200104 for the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative for Kensington and Chelsea. It will be up to the EYDCP to decide the breakdown between years.
(12) Funding includes Basic Need (ACG), Standards Fund Grant (departmental contribution), Voluntary Aided School Grant, Schools Access Initiative, Supplementary Credit Approvals, New Deal for Schools ,Nursery Education Grant and Childcare Grant.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether further education lecturers on Silver Book contracts are entitled to receive money from the Teacher Pay Initiative. 
General FE colleges implementing TPI have the flexibility to use their funding allocation to meet local priorities and needs, within the context of the national TPI framework and current employment legislation.
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Track scheme for teacher recruitment and how many teachers were recruited into Fast Track in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Miliband: The Fast Track teaching programme is an accelerated development programme for teachers, designed to recruit, retain and rapidly develop transformational school leaders of the future. In 200102 the Department invested #8,265,344 in developing and implementing the Fast Track programme. This included the cost of recruiting 161 highly qualified and talented individuals. As numbers on the programme grow over time the unit cost will reduce, as there are fixed costs associated with establishing the infrastructure for this new nationwide programme.
|Fast Track teaching programme||Number|
|In teaching posts in 102 schools||110|
|of whom, NQTs||88|
|In initial Teacher Training in nine providers||117|
|Currently deferred for one year||22|
|Total on Fast Track||249|
Margaret Hodge: The training for adults over 19 is vital to both increased productivity and improved social inclusion. The priorities for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) were announced in the Grant Letter for 200304, released last Thursday 5 December. One of the four high level priorities (unchanged since the first remit letter in 2000) is Xincreasing demand for learning, and achievement of skills and qualifications by adults". The LSC will be assisted in meeting this priority by the generous budget increase that is included in this Grant Letter: resources will increase from #7.5 billion in 200203 to #8 billion in 200304, and rising again to #9.2 billion in 200506. This record level of investment will give the LSC the resources it needs to bring about radical and sustained improvements in adult skill levels.
The Grant Letter provides more detail on the priorities for adult learning, including a challenging new target of reducing by at least 40 per cent. the number of adults without a level 2 qualification by 2010, and participation by the LSC in pooled budget pilots with Regional Development Agencies. We are working closely with the LSC on the Review of Funding of Adult Learning which will set out in more detail how to meet the adult skill needs. The outcome of the Review will form part of the Skills Strategy which will be published by my Department in June.
Furthermore, the LSC's approach to adult training is set out in detail in its Workforce Development Strategy, released in November 2002. The development of the LSC strategy was co-ordinated with the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit report XIn Demand (2): An Action Plan for Adult Skills in the 21st Century", and thus links into the wider Government strategy for adult skills.
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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of central Government funding for university research was for the current year in England per head of population. 
Margaret Hodge: There are three sources of Government funding for higher education research in England: The Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Research Councils and Government Departments. The most recent year for which all these figures are available is for academic year 200001, when funding totalled #1.75 billion. Using the latest population estimates from the Office of National Statistics for 2001, at around 49,181,000, this is approximately #36 per head of population.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many copies of her recent consultation paper XLiving Places, Powers, Rights and Responsibilities", were printed; how they were distributed; how many local authorities received them; and what steps she took to publish it. 
Mr. Meacher: There were 5,000 copies printed initially, with a view that more would be printed if needed. Copies were sent to all local authorities, a wide variety of associations including trade associations, civic societies, the police, NGOs, utility companies, environmental bodies and groups, institutes, small to large businesses, including multi-national corporations, rail operators, women's groups, retailers, other Government Departments and relevant agencies, waste operators and land managers.
The cross-Government review of public space during the summer, involving most central Government Departments, identified many issues that were essential for improving the local environment. The culmination was the Living Places consultation paper, which was launched by my right hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, South and Penarth (Alun Michael) at the Urban Summit in Birminham on 31 October.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many responses she has received to her recent consultation paper Living Places, Powers, Rights and Responsibilities; and if she will make a statement. 
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