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Mr. Stephen Twigg: Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 was introduced on 1 October 1998 to stop the indiscriminate sale of school playing fields that occurred in the 1980s and early to mid 1990s. During this time there was widespread concern at the unrestricted sale of school playing fields. If a local authority wanted to sell a school playing field there was nothing to stop it and it could spend the proceeds as it wished. Local authorities and governing bodies of all maintained schools now need the Secretary of State's consent before they can dispose of a playing field or any part of a playing field. Applications to sell school playing fields are only approved where it is clear that they meet the needs of local schools and their communities and that any proceeds are used to improve school sports provision or education facilities. We are continuing to keep the guidance, which was last revised in July 2001, under review.
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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to enhance science in his Department since the publication of the Government's science strategy Investing in Innovation. 
Alan Johnson: The Department is committed to undertaking and using the results of science to help it achieve its objectives as set out in the Department's statement in the "Forward Look of Government Funded Science, Engineering and Technology2003". Funding for research specifically will increase from £9.1m in 20034 to £16.2m in 20045.
The Department remains committed to the use of social researchers, economists and statisticians to advise in the development, delivery and evaluation of education and skills policies and they are also deployed as "intelligent customers" for research commissioned from the wider research community. We have made substantial progress for improving the impact of science on policy.
To this end the Department has recently implemented a new process for the identification and prioritisation of research, involving senior policy makers within the Department and external experts to enhance the transfer of knowledge."
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what budget for special education needs provision has been allocated to mainstream schools in Stroud for pupils with moderate learning difficulties since the announcement to close Bownham Park special school. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of educating children with special educational needs is for (a) each local education authority and (b) England for 200304; what the proportion of total education spending is planned to be spent on special educational needs in that year; and what proportion of the school age population has special educational needs. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 2 March 2004]: In 2003, 17 per cent. of pupils were recorded as having special educational needs. The rest of the information requested is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost is of providing special needs education in (a) mainstream and (b) special schools in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough in 200304; and what percentage this forms of the total education budget of (A) Greater London and (B) each London borough. 
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|SEN element of schools budget, Primary and Secondary||Special||SEN element of LEA budget||Total|
|City of London||85,457||151,500||24,600||261,557|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||2,666,562||6,758,033||990,136||10,414,731|
|Kensington and Chelsea||2,388,011||4,717,502||899,021||8,004,534|
|Inner London total||126,272,875||106,178,847||19,887,870||252,339,592|
|Barking and Dagenham||5,418,470||5,283,102||1,038,157||11,739,729|
|Kingston upon Thames||4,493,785||5,160,538||1,051,638||10,705,961|
|Richmond Upon Thames||4,670,219||4,291,500||837,100||9,798,819|
|Percentage of total education revenue expenditure to be spent on special educational needs|
|Total education revenue expenditure||Primary and Secondary||Special||SEN element of LEA budget||Total|
|City of London||3,606,300||2||4||1||7|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||101,251,393||3||7||1||10|
|Kensington and Chelsea||75,370,041||3||6||1||11|
|Inner London total||2,100,757,705||6||5||1||12|
|Barking and Dagenham||132,276,243||4||4||1||9|
|Kingston upon Thames||85,012,894||5||6||1||13|
|Richmond Upon Thames||80,250,200||6||5||1||12|
1. Estimated gross expenditure, rather than net expenditure, is given as income cannot be split between nursery, mainstream and special schools.
2. Financial data are taken from LEAs 200304 Section 52 Budget statements submitted to the DfES.
3. The SEN element of the schools budget includes the provision for pupils with statements, specialist report for statemented and non-statemented pupils, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad and collaboration and integration.
4. The SEN element of the LEA budget includes educational psychology service/assessments and statementing, LEA functions in relation to child protection, health service partnerships/special medical attention, parent partnership, guidance and information and promoting good practice and collaboration. Figures are at LEA level rather than school level and consequently cannot be allocated to phase of education.
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