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EDUCATION AND SKILLS

CAFCASS

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason there are no plans to publish Sir Clive Booth's report on CAFCASS. [144972]

Margaret Hodge : There are no plans to publish Professor Sir Clive Booth's review as it contains confidential information about individual Board members.

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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Children's Minister

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which quangos come under the remit of the Children's Minister; and how they are accountable. [145025]

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.

School and College League Performance Tables

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. [146357]

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.

Commonwealth Universities

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. [145087]

Alan Johnson: I have received no representations on this subject. Policies on admissions decisions for Commonwealth Universities are for their respective Governments.

Directorate Staff

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 833W, on

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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. [145971]

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.

Earned Autonomy Scheme

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. [146185]

Mr. Miliband: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 3 December 2003, Official Report, column 92W.

Excellence in Cities Programme

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. [145429]

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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Standards fund 2003–04

LEAnumberLEAAllocation (£)Number of schools
201City of London
202Camden298,639224
203Greenwich788,775234
204Hackney550,040274
205Hammersmith250,500 188
206Islington841,633 231
207Kensington and Chelsea
208Lambeth255,721283
209Lewisham274,579244
210Southwark560,000263
211Tower Hamlets811,652194
212Wandsworth250,000326
213Westminster
301Barking631,427134
302Barnet
303Bexley
304Brent312,710246
305Bromley
306Croydon
307Ealing256,510 297
308Enfield319,203250
309Haringey250,000231
310Harrow
311Havering
312Hillingdon
313Hounslow290,503179
314Kingston upon Thames
315Merton
316Newham250,000213
317Redbridge
318Richmond upon Thames
319Sutton
320Waltham Forest602,958207
330Birmingham1,452,020967
331Coventry
332Dudley
333Sandwell250,000229
334Solihull
335Walsall
336Wolverhampton295,785235
340Knowsley270,833129
341Liverpool1,092,361558
342St Helens599,139175
343Sefton815,628250
344Wirral584,352316
350Bolton
351Bury
352Manchester843,879451
353Oldham250,000243
354Rochdale547,987243
355Salford867,664259
356Stockport
357Tameside
358Trafford
359Wigan
370Barnsley258,441208
371Doncaster250,000267
372Rotherham837,876236
373Sheffield827,240494
380Bradford611,489489
381Calderdale
382Kirklees
383Leeds1,147,048823
384Wakefield
390Gateshead864,819200
391Newcastle upon Tyne550,000265
392North Tyneside571,682159
393South Tyneside539,954124
394Sunderland854,018225
420Isles of Scilly
800Bath and NE Somerset
801City of Bristol590,944374
802North Somerset
803South Gloucestershire
805Hartlepool250,00061
806Middlesbrough595,259111
807Redcar and Cleveland279,03691
808Stockton-on-Tees559,627127
810Kingston-upon-Hull561,136200
811East Riding of Yorkshire
812North East Lincolnshire
813North Lincolnshire
815North Yorkshire
816York
820Bedfordshire
821Luton250,000165
825Buckinghamshire
826Milton Keynes
830Derbyshire
831Derby
835Dorset
836Poole
837Bournemouth
840Durham
841Darlington
845East Sussex
846Brighton & Hove
850Hampshire
851Portsmouth
852Southampton
855Leicestershire
856Leicester500,000271
857Rutland
860Staffordshire
861Stoke-on-Trent583,255214
865Wiltshire
866Swindon
867Bracknell Forest
868Windsor and Maidenhead
869West Berkshire
870Reading
871Slough
872Wokingham
873Cambridgeshire
874Peterborough
875Cheshire
876Halton554,366130
877Warrington
878Devon
879Plymouth
880Torbay
881Essex
882Southend-on-Sea
883Thurrock
884Herefordshire
885Worcestershire
886Kent
887Medway Towns
888Lancashire
889Blackburn with Darwen297,727125
890Blackpool253,384119
891Nottinghamshire
892Nottingham City608,555252
893Shropshire
894Telford and Wrekin
908Cornwall
909Cumbria
916Gloucestershire
919Hertfordshire
921Isle of Wight
925Lincolnshire
926Norfolk
928Northamptonshire
929Northumberland
931Oxfordshire
933Somerset
935Suffolk
936Surrey
937Warrington
938West Sussex
Total28,860,35014,003

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