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The Solicitor-General: A key component of the Government's criminal justice reform is to transfer responsibility for determining the charge in criminal proceedings from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service. This change is embodied in the Criminal Justice Act 2003. The early involvement of prosecutors will ensure that the right charge is put before the court and will help police officers to gather more quickly the evidence the prosecutor will need to prove the case.
To fulfil this new role the CPS will make prosecutors available to provide early advice or charging decisions at any time of the day or night. Daytime cover will generally be provided by local prosecutors based in police stations, but this is not feasible or cost-effective throughout the night. The CPS will therefore provide cover during quieter periods by means of a national telephone-based service known as CPS Direct.
In September 2003, the CPS Direct pilot was launched to provide out of hours cover for police stations in Humberside, parts of West Yorkshire and the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. The pilot uses sophisticated telephony and IT links to connect police officers to prosecutors and is currently staffed by 13 experienced prosecutors working from their homes. They provide cover from 5 pm to 9 am each weekday and for 24 hours a day at the weekend and on public holidays. As at 22 February 2004, the pilot scheme had provided the police with 6,866 written decisions or advices.
Many CPS areas and police forces already have "shadow" arrangements in place ahead of the new statutory provisions and from 1 April 2004, there will be a phased migration to the full statutory scheme. As areas move to the statutory scheme CPS Direct will gradually expand to provide them with out of hours cover. Current forecasts indicate that CPS Direct will eventually require around 80 prosecutors.
Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether children's trusts will be given responsibility for implementing Social Care for Deaf-blind Children and Adults Local Authority Circular (2001)8; 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Green Paper "Every Child Matters" set out proposals for the development of children's trusts to integrate children's services and said one of the key services within trusts should be children's social services. "Every Child Matters" also set out that the Government intend to put forward legislation to require directors of children's services to be appointed, who would be accountable for education and children's
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social services and for overseeing services for children delegated to the local authority by other services. We are currently considering responses to the Green Paper and will shortly set out a programme for change for children's services.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on the Excellence in Cities programme in each year since 199899; what his estimate is of annual expenditure up to 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
These figures reflect the success of this programme and its rapid expansion. They do not include expenditure on the related Behaviour Improvement Programme (BIP) and the Leadership Incentive Grant (LIG) which are overseen by EiC partnerships in EiC areas. Currently the Department invests £65.9 million annually on BIP and £148.5 million annually on LIG. The figures also exclude spending on specialist and beacon schools which, although utilised as part of the EiC strategy, belong to wider national programmes.
As well as continuing to expand Excellence Clusters, we are also expanding primary EiC to provide behavioural support and extended opportunities for gifted and talented children in our most deprived primary schools. This help will not be confined to EiC areas but will include all schools meeting the relevant criteria, and will provide the support they need to ensure that their most disadvantaged pupils are better able to access the national primary strategy.
The EiC programme is now paying off. GCSE exam results last year were the best yet for EiC schools. Schools in Excellence in Cities whole authority partnerships improved at more than twice the rate of schools elsewhere with average gains of 2.5 percentage points compared to 1.2 percentage points in non-EiC schools.
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Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received since 27 January from (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) Scottish universities on the effects of the Higher Education Bill on Scotland. 
Alan Johnson: We have not received representations from the Scottish Executive or from Scottish universities since 27 January. However, my right hon. Friend and I are in regular contact with Ministers in all devolved Administrations and with Universities UK which represents the interests of universities in all devolved nations as well as in England.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the purpose was of the education-related meeting attended by Lord Levy on 21 January; who the other attendees were; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) value and (b) number of new schools built in each of the regions of England was in the last five years for which records are available. 
Mr. Miliband: We do not hold information about the value and number of new schools that have been built. This information is held locally. We have, however, made available significant support to build new schools and to expand, replace and repair school accommodation. The majority of our support is allocated by needs-related formulae to local authorities and schools, who make individual investment decisions, based on priorities in their asset management plans. Total central Government support for school buildings capital investment over the last five years and for future years is as follows:
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many spare places have been available at the beginning of each school year at each school in the Romsey constituency since 199798. 
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school year. We do not have figures for 2002 as there was no surplus places survey in that year.
|Basset Green Primary School||0||0||0||0||0|
|Awbridge Primary School||43||50||37||50||4|
|Knightwood Primary School||||0||2||0||0|
|Braishfield Primary School||0||1||0||0||7|
|Broughton Primary School||29||28||21||26||26|
|Chandler's Ford Infant School||67||90||97||92||59|
|Merdon Junior School||0||0||0||0||14|
|North Baddesley Infant School||77||47||60||46||22|
|Fryern Junior School||74||75||90||101||2|
|Romsey Infant School||2||18||24||44||60|
|Romsey Junior School||56||41||35||36||68|
|Cupernham Junior School||12||12||12||0||0|
|Stockbridge Primary School||8||19||12||16||0|
|Wallop Primary School||41||23||18||37||57|
|Wherwell Primary School||0||0||0||6||4|
|Fryern Infant School||33||41||40||37||27|
|Hiltingbury Infant School||0||0||0||0||8|
|North Baddesley Junior School||104||118||124||134||0|
|Hiltingbury Junior School||0||0||0||0||0|
|Halterworth Community Primary School||0||0||15||4||0|
|Scantabout Primary School||19||23||0||0||0|
|Cupernham Infant School||16||23||41||68||68|
|Ampfield Church of England Primary School||27||18||21||16||17|
|Barton Stacey Church of England Primary School||65||49||48||56||30|
|King's Somborne Church of England Primary School||12||17||29||22||20|
|Nursling Church of England Primary School||17||2||10||11||1|
|Rownhams St. John's Church of England Primary School||0||0||2||0||0|
|West Tytherley Church of England Primary School||0||0||1||1||3|
|Lockerley Church of England Endowed Primary School||0||0||8||2||7|
|Longparish Church of England Primary School||5||8||3||7||0|
|Romsey Abbey Church of England Primary School||7||0||21||1||0|
|St. Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School||130||157||50||72||84|
|Bassett Green Primary School||||61||31||57||71|
|St Francis Church of England Primary School||0||0||0||8||20|
|The Mountbatten School||0||6||0||0||15|
|The Toynbee School||33||0||11||0||0|
|The Romsey School||68||5||0||0||23|
|Test Valley School||8||0||0||0||3|
|St. George Catholic School for Boys||||0||0||0||86|
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