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The central recommendation of Professor Sir Clive Booth's review was to make a fresh start with the Board. Ministers accepted his proposal that all Board members should be asked to submit their resignations.
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Margaret Hodge: I am responsible for the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy. The Lord Chancellor is currently the Minister responsible for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). However, Ministerial responsibility for CAFCASS will transfer to me in this Year. Baroness Ashton of Upholland is Minister responsible for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, although I have a working interest in the Tribunal's operation.
Responsibility for the day-to-day work of these Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) rests with their Executive Team and Board or President, although Ministers provide the overall strategic direction. Ministers appoint NDPBs' Board members or Presidents, and are answerable to Parliament for the NDPBs' stewardship of public funds; for their overall economy, effectiveness and efficiency; and for the general manner in which they carry out their remit.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to show A levels and vocational course qualifications separately in college league tables; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: We have no plans to show A levels and vocational course qualifications separately in performance tables. The school and college performance tables will show combined results for General (GCE) and/or Vocational (VCE) A levels, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualifications and key skills at level 3. This practice recognises the qualifications as equal in worth and does not undermine the achievements in any particular qualification in any way. We are, though, currently consulting on future measures of success which will take account of the diverse curriculum offer in post 16 learning. "Measuring success in the Learning and Skills Sector" can be found at www.successforall.gov.uk. Following that consultation we will consider whether any changes in presentation should be introduced in future years' tables.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received concerning the possibility of a common entrance qualification for Commonwealth universities; and if he will make a statement. 
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Directorate Staff, if he will make a statement on the change in staff numbers in the (a) schools and (b) Lifelong Learning Directorates in 2003; and to which directorates the staff employed within the Youth Directorate have been transferred. 
Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 6 January2003]: Following the Machinery of Government changed in June 2003 the DfES assumed lead responsibility in Whitehall for policy on children and the family. As a result of the changes, around 120 staff from the Home Office, the Department of Health and the Department for Constitutional Affairs, who were engaged in a range of work on children and family issues, transferred to DfES. To support its enhanced role, the Department created a new Directorate: Children, Young People and Families, drawing together all those who were employed in these areas to improve the coordination of policy development and service delivery. Around 600 staff in Schools Directorate working on Sure Start and children's issues were moved to the new Directorate, accounting for the significant change in staff numbers in Schools Directorate during the latter part of 2003.
The increase in staff numbers in Lifelong Learning Directorate during the second half of 2003 resulted from the transfer of 200 staff from the former Youth Directorate. The majority of the remaining staff in Youth Directorate transferred to the Children, Young People and Families Directorate, while a small number moved to Strategy and Communications Directorate.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effects of introducing an earned autonomy scheme, as provided for in the Education Act 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2003, ref.143373, for what reason he has not provided the information on the Excellence in Cities programme in the form requested. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: We did not provide the reply in the same format as the answers relating to Leadership Incentive Grant, Education Action Zones and Excellence Clusters because the funds that are allocated to Excellence in Cities (EiC) authorities are intended for all the schools in the authority. Funds provided for the other named programmes are targeted resources for individual schools as identified by my Department and local education authorities. However, we have now provided a table in the required format, listing the total schools in each authority. It is not possible to provide a meaningful breakdown of primary and secondary schools, as we do not know exactly where individual authorities will target their EiC funds.
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|LEAnumber||LEA||Allocation (£)||Number of schools|
|201||City of London|||||
|207||Kensington and Chelsea|||||
|314||Kingston upon Thames|||||
|318||Richmond upon Thames|||||
|391||Newcastle upon Tyne||550,000||265|
|420||Isles of Scilly|||||
|800||Bath and NE Somerset|||||
|801||City of Bristol||590,944||374|
|807||Redcar and Cleveland||279,036||91|
|811||East Riding of Yorkshire|||||
|812||North East Lincolnshire|||||
|846||Brighton & Hove|||||
|868||Windsor and Maidenhead|||||
|889||Blackburn with Darwen||297,727||125|
|894||Telford and Wrekin|||||
|921||Isle of Wight|||||
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