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Mr. Miliband: "Removing Barriers to Achievement" sets out our long-term plans for working in partnership with local authorities, early years settings, schools and the health and voluntary sectors to improve provision for children with special educational needs.
The Strategy contains a programme of sustained action and review over a number of years. The Government have invested significant sums in education with a real terms increase of over 25 per cent. since 1997. Total estimated gross expenditure on pupils with SEN for 200304, including estimated spending on centrally funded SEN activities is almost £3.5 billionas reported by local education authorities in February 2004 as part of their Section 52 Budget Statements. The SEN Strategy focuses on getting the best value for money and using those substantial resources as efficiently and effectively as possible. At national level, improving provision for children with special educational needs will be integral to our existing and developing national strategies and programmes. Similarly, the work set out in the Strategy which is designed to build our evidence base, develop and test out different approaches and spread best practice will also be funded from within existing resources.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will estimate the revenue generated for schools in England through corporate advertising in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) if he will list the companies advertising in schools in England; and if he will make a statement. 
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authority with one or more schools designated under section 104 and section 100 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, how many schools so designated are proposed for (a) new building, (b) major refurbishment or remodelling of existing building, (c) minor repairs and refurbishment to existing buildings and (d) no capital works in the local education authority's response to the Building Schools for the Future initiative. 
Mr. Miliband [holding answer 25 February 2004]: Local education authorities (LEAs) submitted proposals and expressions of interest for Building Schools for the Future (BSF) outlining what sort of work they envisaged for their schools and included 118 selective schools. The following table gives the breakdown requested. Given the long planning period of 10 to 15 years from 200506, these figures should be treated with some caution.
|LEA||Number of selective schools||Type A(17)||Type B(18)||Type C(19)||Type D(20)|
|Kingston upon Thames||2||1||2||2||0|
|Telford and Wrekin||2||2||1||1||1|
(17) New build
(18) Refurbishment and remodelling of existing buildings
(19) Minor refurbishment with limited repairs to existing buildings
(20) No work proposed
For each school LEAs were requested to indicate what percentage of work fell into each of the types above. For example a school may have 25 per cent. type A, 25 per cent. type B, 25 per cent. type C and 25 per cent. type D. The table shows the number of selective schools included in each LEA and the numbers of those where some work is included in each type of work. Some LEAs chose not to give school details in their expressions of interest and, therefore, no information is available for these.
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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list each (a) specialist school and (b) non-specialist school designated under section 104 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, together with the number of pupils they have selected in each of the last six years. 
Mr. Miliband [holding answer 25 February 2004]: Section 104 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 relates to designation of schools as grammar schools. Of the 164 maintained grammar schools in England, 98 are also specialist schools. The list below shows which grammar schools are specialist and which are not.
Mr. Charles Clarke: All specialist schools are required to raise a proportion of the £50,000 unconditional sponsorship from corporate or charitable sponsors. Therefore, the 463 schools which became operational as specialist schools in September 2003, and the 240 which will be operational from September 2004, all receive funding from these sources.
Mr. Miliband: All specialist schools are required to raise a proportion of the £50,000 unconditional sponsorship from corporate or charitable sponsors. It would be disproportionately costly to provide information on all corporate sponsors currently sponsoring individual specialist schools. In addition, some sponsors prefer to remain anonymous. However, the Specialist Schools Trust, who are charged with raising sponsorship for specialist schools, will be able to provide a list of some of the main corporate sponsors of specialist schools. I will write to you with this information once permission has been obtained from the relevant sponsors.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made by learning and skills councils in carrying out strategic area reviews; and if he will make a statement. 
Alan Johnson: Last April all local Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs) started strategic area reviews of post-16 LSC-funded provision. These reviews assess the extent to which the current pattern of post-16 learning in each local area meets the needs of learners, employers and the community and are a key driver for change.
Each local LSC has developed project plans, put in place local review arrangements and agreed a timetable for the review process. The majority of local LSCs are now completing the information gathering and analysis
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stage of the review and some are now starting to consider possible strategic options. There will be full consultation with local stakeholders throughout the reviews.
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