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Schwartz Review

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the report of the Schwartz Review on University Admissions. [152737]

Alan Johnson: I expect to receive Professor Schwartz's report by summer 2004, and that the recommendations will be published shortly afterwards.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Gloucestershire (a) are statemented, (b) receive special educational needs support in mainstream schools and (c) attend special schools; and if he will make a statement. [153404]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 6 February 2004]: In January 2003, the most recent data available, there were 2,730 pupils in Gloucestershire who had a statement of special educational needs. The number of pupils attending special schools was 1,060. For those children who were identified as having special educational needs but did not have a statement, 7,180 were educated in mainstream primary and 4,900 were educated in mainstream secondary education.

Value Added Measures

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value added between Key Stage 3 and GCSE/GNVQ would have been if the results of specialist schools had been excluded for (a) Durham, (b) Newcastle upon Tyne, (c) South Tyneside, (d) Salford, (e) Blackpool, (f) Knowsley, (g) Liverpool, (h) St Helens, (i) Sefton, (j) North East Lincolnshire, (k) Kingston-upon-Hull, (l) Doncaster, (m) Leeds, (n) Leicestershire and (o) Reading local education authorities. [152308]

Mr. Miliband: The table following shows the 2003 Key Stage 3 to GCSE/GNVQ Value Added measures for each of the local education authorities when (1) Specialist schools are included and (2) Specialist schools are excluded. Figures are based on maintained schools only:

2003 key stage 3 to GCSE/GNVQ value added measures

(1) Specialist schools included(2) Specialist schools excluded
Local education authorityKS3-GCSE/GNVQ VA measureNumber of schoolsKS3-GCSE/GNVQ VA measureNumber of schools
(a) Durham97.2(47)97.3(27)
(b) Newcastle-upon-Tyne97.3(16)96.7(8)
(c) South Tyneside97.6(17)97.0(15)
(d) Salford97.4(17)97.1(14)
(e) Blackpool97.2(12)96.0(8)
(f) Knowsley96.6(16)96.8(13)
(g) Liverpool97.4(45)96.2(29)
(h) St Helens96.9(16)96.4(11)
(i) Sefton97.7(28)97.5(21)
(j) North East Lincolnshire97.3(14)97.9(9)
(k) Kingston-upon-Hull97.1(19)96.5(15)
(l) Doncaster96.9(25)97.1(16)
(m) Leeds97.4(52)96.9(31)
(n) Leicestershire97.0(24)96.7(12)
(o) Reading97.8(9)97.3(7)

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These figures represent the results of one particular cohort of pupils, showing their value-added over the two years leading up to GCSE. School and LEA figures are also available in the school performance tables covering pupil value-added over the three years leading up to KS3. Similar information for each of these key stages was also published for the 2002 cohorts. Any assessment of whether particular schools or types of school are more effective than others should take into account this wider picture, as well as recognising that small differences in VA scores may not indicate significant differences in effectiveness.



Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what amount EDS has been liable in penalties to the Inland Revenue in each year since 1998–99; and if he will make a statement. [153766]

Dawn Primarolo: The Financial Remedy Credits payable by EDS to the Inland Revenue in the period referred to were as follows:


The years given run from 1 April to 31 March.

Higher Education Spending

Mr. Collins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans for higher education spending in the forthcoming Public Spending Review. [153696]

Mr. Boateng: The Government will continue to be supportive of higher education institutions in future Spending Review Settlements—world-class universities are an essential element of a competitive economy.

Invest to Save

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the next round of bidding for the Invest to Save budget will take place; [154322]

Mr. Boateng: I am considering the future direction of the Invest to Save budget. An announcement on whether a further round of bidding will take place in due course.

Pensioners (Taxation)

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of pensioners paying income tax at (a) the higher rate and (b) the basic rate for each

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year since 1996–97; and what percentage of (i) all pensioner taxpayers and (ii) all pensioners this figure represents in each case. [154509]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts) on 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 288W. Final estimates for the years 2000–01 are in the following table.

Number of pensioner(12) taxpayers (thousands)
(a) higher rate220
(b) basic rate2,970
(i) Percentage of all pensioner taxpayers
(a) higher rate5
(b) basic rate64
(ii) Percentage of all pensioners(13)
(a) higher rate2
(b) basic rate28

(12) Men aged 65 and over and women aged 60 and over.

(13) Mid-year population estimates supplied by the Office for National Statistics.


The estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes 2000–01.

Pensions (Tax Relief)

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the amount of tax relief on pension contributions provided in each financial year since 1996–97 (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) higher rate taxpayers, (ii) basic rate taxpayers and (iii) non-taxpayers; [153904]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 9 February 2004]: Estimates of total tax relief on pension contributions from 1998–99 to 2002–03 are contained in table T7.9 of Inland Revenue Statistics. The latest version is on the Inland Revenue website: http://www.inlandrevenue.

Estimates prior to 1998–99 are contained in table 7.7 of 'Inland Revenue Statistics 2000', a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library.

Estimates of relief attributable and numbers of taxpayers receiving tax relief by marginal rate band for all the years specified in the question are not readily available. However, broad estimates of the proportion of relief and number of taxpayers receiving relief split between higher rate and others are given in the following table. The number of taxpayers below state pension age in 2002–03 is estimated at around 24½ million.

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Percentage of tax relief on individual and employee pension contributions with the number of taxpayers receiving relief, 2002–03

Marginal income taxratePercentage of tax reliefNumber of taxpayers receiving relief
Non-higher rate4513 million
Higher rate552½ million


Estimates are provisional and based on the 2000–01 Survey of Personal Incomes projected to 2002–03.

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