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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 4 December 2003, Official Report, column 191W, on teacher vacancies, what recent assessment he has made of the number of secondary school teachers in Portsmouth; what steps he is taking to increase numbers; and if he will make a statement. 
DfES annual 618G survey.
A number of incentives have been introduced aimed at encouraging teacher supply and retention. Students on Postgraduate Certificate in Education courses, for example, receive a £6,000 training bursary as well as having their tuition fees paid by the Government. Those who qualify in priority subjects also receive a £4,000 Golden Hello after induction. The Government will continue to take such measures as it believes appropriate to ensure that teacher supply meets demand.
Mr. Miliband: The information is not available in the form requested. In January 2003, there were 408,400 full-time equivalent regular teachers in the maintained schools sector in England with qualified teacher status (QTS).
Qualified Teacher Status is normally obtained either by successfully completing an accredited course of initial teacher training in England, or under mutual recognition of qualifications arrangements with other countries.
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher training places have been provided in (a) higher education and (b) further education institutions in each of the past five years; and what estimate he has made of the number in each of the next five years. 
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Alan Johnson: The table shows the number of places on courses of initial teacher training allocated by the Teacher Training Agency to higher and further education institutions in England in each of the last five years. The data do not include places allocated to other sorts of training providers, or places on employment-based training routes.
|Higher education institutions||25,955||27,353||28,275||30,183||33,259|
|Further education institutions||222||231||233||233||313|
Teacher Training Agency
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of teachers who have been recruited by schools from further education colleges in the past three years. 
Mr. Miliband: The following table shows the number of regular teachers in full or part-time 1 service in the maintained school sector in England in March of each year shown, who were in full-time service in further education in England in the preceding March.
|Year moved to schools sector||Number moving|
Database of teacher records.
Alan Johnson [holding answer 11 December 2003]: Figures for the number of students who enter higher education are not collated centrally by constituency. The total number of students in HE for these years is shown in the table.
|Academic year||Students (thousands)|
(25) Covers all students from the UK and overseas on postgraduate or undergraduate courses.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the bodies representing voluntary aided schools about their contribution to capital expenditure arising from departmental initiatives. 
Mr. Miliband: Officials in my Department have regular discussions with the Church of England Board of Education and the Catholic Education Service in connection with the funding of work at Voluntary Aided schools.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the contribution that the sponsors of Voluntary Aided Schools have to make to capital projects when (a) the project is initiated by the school and (b) the project is initiated by the Department. 
Mr. Miliband: Voluntary Aided Schools must usually contribute at least 10 per cent. towards the cost of capital work at their schools and for which they receive grant support for the remaining 90 per cent. from my Department. Legislation allows grant to be paid at a rate of up to 100 per cent. in exceptional circumstances, although those circumstances are not defined in the relevant legislation. Our published guidance indicates that such an example might be where Ministers have initiated a specific policy programme which also applies to Voluntary Aided Schools.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much of the schools damping grant allocated to West Sussex county council for 200304 is as a direct result of the education funding changes in 200304; 
(3) for how many years he will continue to provide schools damping for West Sussex county council at the 200304 rate. 
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distributional changes implied by the Education Formula Spending Shares, the Government introduced floors and ceilings arrangements for both the school and LEA funding blocks. All of the "damping" amounts within the school and LEA Formula Spending Shares are therefore attributable to the education funding changes in 200304. 200304 was the first year of this system within the Schools and LEA Formula Spending Shares and it is not therefore possible to calculate an increase in damping amount for 200304 over previous years.
Mr. Charles Clarke: My Department is committed to protect the physical and mental health of its employees by providing a safe and healthy working environment. This includes providing occupational health and employee assistance services that offer professional advice to individuals, and to line managers, to help identify and address stress related issues.
My Department is currently developing a written strategy to help reduce stress-related illnesses and absences building on the guidance in the HSE publication "Real Solutions, Real People: A Managers' Guide to Tackling Work Related Stress" My Department has no plans to create a central register for cases of work-related stress.
We continue to view the issue of compliance with the Convention as being of central importance and made specific reference to this point in our statement to the BTWC Review Conference in November 2002.
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