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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average Government investment per student within (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) higher and (d) further education was in each of the last five years. 
|Unit funding per FTE pupil|
|Primary (aged 310)||2,420||2,570||2,770||2,930||3,010|
|Secondary (aged 1115)||3,260||3,370||3,620||3,810||3,900|
|Unit funding per FTE student|
|Further education (total funding)||3,420||3,650||3,850||4,000||4,020|
(15) Provisional figure (FE)
(16) Planned/provisional figures
Figures are in real terms adjusted to 200203 prices using June 2003 GDP deflators.
The FE and HE figures are consistent with those published in the "Statistics of Education, Education and Training Expenditure since 199394; Statistical Bulletin (04/03)". The primary and secondary figures differ from those in the bulletin in that they only include funding which can be apportioned to those sectors.
The basis of the figures in each case is set out in the Expenditure Bulletin. Next month, our departmental report for 2004 will be published and this will include updated tables for the unit funding for the schools, further and higher education sectors.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to discuss with the Learning and Skills Councils guidelines for dealing with further education colleges withdrawing provision in their areas. 
Alan Johnson: Local Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs) work with providers to develop provision that meets the needs of learners, employers and the local community. This is part of the LSC's planning process. As part of this process, local LSC-led Strategic Area Reviews are taking place across the country to assess the pattern of provision in every local area and consider how it should be planned to ensure that local needs and priorities are met. Guidance on these reviews is set out in the LSC Circular 03/06Strategic Area Reviews. A copy of which has been placed in the Library.
In addition, officials from the Department, the LSC and the Association of Colleges will be considering jointly whether further guidance is needed on the respective roles, responsibilities and powers of the Department, National and local LSCs and colleges in the relation to the provision of education and training post-16 in a local area, including decisions about reshaping or withdrawing it.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students leaving each further education college in London in each of the last five years left without a qualification. 
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Alan Johnson: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Mark Haysom the Council's Chief Executive will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government funding has been provided to the Kids' Club Network 4 Children, in each of the last three years for which information is available. 
|Department for Education and Skills||Phoenix Fund (DTI)|
|To 31 March 2001||303,144||22,700|
|To 31 March 2002||593,260||48,546|
|To 31 March 2003||1,031,124||39,810|
|Sport England income|
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he gives to local education authorities on the sources of funds or budgets they should use to make up for the cut in the Standards Fund in order to continue school drug adviser posts; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The cessation of the Standards Fund Grant for drug prevention was announced in December 2002. Since then, the Department has advised local education authorities (LEAs) and schools to fund support for drug education out of the total resources available to them. It is up to individual LEAs to decide whether this support includes the provision of school drug advisors.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students in (a) the North East of England, (b) England and Wales and (c) UK universities have been mature students in each of the last 15 years. 
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|Academic Year||North East(17) , (18)||England and Wales(17)||GB|
(17) Data are not available for English and Welsh institutions and North East Institutions for years prior to 199394
(18) Figures for North East institutions for 199495 and 199596 do not include those studying HE in FE institutions as the data is not available.
(19) Not available
Higher Education Statistics Agency, Learning Skills Council, Universities Statistical Record.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will rank universities by their proportion of mature students in (a) the North East of England, (b) England and Wales and (c) the UK. 
Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have benefited from the National Childcare Strategy in the Burton constituency; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: Information on the number of new childcare places created in an individual constituency is available only from 1999. Staffordshire local authority reported that between April 1999 and December 2003, the latest date for which information is currently available, 1,498 new childcare places opened in Burton constituency. A place typically helps more than one child, as not all children take up places full-time, and we estimate these places will help some 2,800 children. During the same period, Staffordshire reported that 315 childcare places closed in Burton, so that the stock of childcare places rose by 1,183 helping some 2,300 children.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four year olds in Crosby in each of the last seven years. 
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The latest figures on provision for three and four year olds in England were published in a Statistical Bulletin Provision for children under five years of age in EnglandJanuary 2003' which is available on the Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsqateway/.
|Three year olds||Four year olds|
1. Part-time equivalent number of free nursery education places taken up by three and four year old children.
2. A free nursery education place comprises five two and a half hour sessions of early years education per week, for thirty-three weeks of the year, usually three terms of eleven weeks.
3. Maintained nursery and primary schools and private, voluntary and independent providers.
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