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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his Department's policy to make notes of (a) meetings and (b) telephone conversations involving Ministers; and under what circumstances no notes would be taken. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 20 January 2004]: The Department follows the central "Guidance on the Management of Private Office Papers", which makes clear that good record management procedures are necessary not least to ensure accountability and provide an audit trail. Among the records covered by the guidance are Ministers' meetings and telephone conversations.
Mr. Miliband: The following table shows the Standards Fund grants and special grants allocated by the Department of Education and Skills in 200304. The figures include Government grant and local authority contributions where required.
|Leadership Incentive Grant
|Targeted Improvement Grant
|Special Educational Needs
|Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education and Prevention
|Study Support (National)
|Study Support (Excellence in Cities)
|Study Support: Quality Development Programme
|Investigation and Referral Support Co-ordinators
|National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies
|Primary Behaviour Pilot
|Key Stage 3 Strategy
|Ethnic Minority Achievement
|Raising Achievement of African Caribbean Pupils Project
|National Primary Strategy English as an Additional Language Pilot Project
|Gypsy-Traveller Achievement Project
|Education Health Partnerships
|Playing for Success
|Early Excellence Centres
|School Achievement Awards
|New Excellence Clusters
|Behaviour Improvement Programme
|Summer Schools for Gifted and Talented Children
|Gifted and Talented Children: Sports Grant
|City Learning Centres
|Leading Edge Schools
|Enterprise Learning Pathfinders
|Key Stage 2 Language Pathfinders
|Golden Hello Payments
|Advanced Skills Teachers
|School Support Staff
|School Support Staff: Training and Development
|LEA Support for School Workforce Remodelling
|Early Professional Development Pilot Scheme
|Transforming School Workforce Pathfinder
|Fast Track Pay for Teachers
|Fresh Start and New Partnerships
|Information Communication Technology in Schools: Infrastructure
|Information Communications Technology In Schools: Broadband Connectivity
|Devolved Formula Capital
|Seed Challenge Capital
|Capital Funding for Nursery Education in Disadvantaged Areas
|Interactive Whiteboards (London)
|Laptops for Teachers
|Electronic Registration Systems in Secondary Schools
|Other grants paid through the Standards Fund payment system
|School Standards Grant
|Additional Budget Support Grant
|London Budget Support Grant
|Performance Pay Funding
|Teachers Threshold Grant
|Capital Flexibility Funding for Voluntary Aided Schools
|Special Grants 20032004
|Excellence in Cities and Excellence Clusters
|Excellent and 3* Education Authorities(16)
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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the rate of participation in (a) higher and (b) further education was in each ward in each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales in the latest month for which figures are available, listed in descending order, with figures for Welsh seaside towns disaggregated; and if he will make a statement on measures the Government are taking to increase participation in each case. 
Alan Johnson [holding answer 23 February 2004]: The information covering England is not held centrally; figures for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
The available data for FE show participation rates by LEA for 16 and 17 year olds, and are published in an annual National Statistics Bulletin, 'Participation in Education and Training by 16 and 17 Year Olds in Each Local Area in England'. This latest bulletin is published solely on the DfES website: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsqatewav/DB/SBU/b000369/index.shtml
Table three gives participation rates for 16 year olds in full-time education by Local Education Authority, 1998 to 2000, the latest year for which figures are available. Copies of the Bulletin have been placed in the Libraries.
The Aimhigher programme seeks to improve the attainment of young people in disadvantaged areas, and to raise their aspirations towards higher education. In 2004, Aimhigher will merge with "Partnerships for Progression", a programme funded jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Learning and Skills Council. This will create a new, national outreach programme which will operate most intensively in deprived areas. The new programme will cover all seaside towns in England.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what buildings are owned by the Learning and Skills Council; what the estimated value is of each; and if he will make a statement. 
Alan Johnson: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
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places for modern apprenticeships for the first time in (a) 200102 and (b) 200203 to support trainees receiving training through (i) further education colleges and (ii) private training organisations. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. I have therefore asked Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested and to place a copy of his reply in the Library.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of Ofsted was in each year from 199798 to 200506 (estimate); how many staff were employed in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will answer the question, reference no. 143066, tabled by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 4 December 2003. 
Alan Johnson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I have given today, and I apologise for the delay in replying. The data he requested on students completing three year courses in 2003 have only recently become available.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors underlay the decision of his Department to require Portsmouth City Council to consolidate the one-off additional budget supplementary grant for 200304 into the 200405 settlement. 
Mr. Miliband: In 200304, the Department made available an additional budget support grant of £28 million to ensure all authorities received at least a minimum increase of 3.2 per cent. per pupil, after taking account of the effect of the Standards Fund and teachers' pension changes.
Portsmouth's share of this was £891,000. This grant has been added to the 200304 baseline and Portsmouth's 5 per cent. per pupil Schools Formula Spending Share increase is on top of this enlarged baseline. Therefore, the SFSS for 200405 incorporates the £891,000 and the Government expect authorities to passport the full increase in SFSS into the Schools Budget. Portsmouth's Revenue Support Grant for 200405 also incorporates this funding as the increase in Revenue Support Grant of 4.2 per cent. was also on top of a baseline that included the £891,000 grant.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has given to (a) Portsmouth City Council and (b) other local education authorities on funding his 4 per cent. pledge to schools in 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Miliband: The Department has provided detailed guidance to local education authorities concerning the funding changes for 200405 through the teachernet website and through direct letters. The Department ensured that every authority received an increase in Schools Formula Spending Share per pupil of at least 5 per cent., compared to the 4 per cent. minimum guarantee for schools. The Department continues to be in dialogue with the handful of authorities that are having difficulty in implementing the guarantee.