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School Playing Fields

Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will strengthen the guidance on the disposal of playing fields; and if he will make a statement. [163662]

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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Science Strategy

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. [162242]

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 Technology—2003". Funding for research specifically will increase from £9.1m in 2003–4 to £16.2m in 2004–5.

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."

Special Educational Needs

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. [162741]

Margaret Hodge: Information on the funding by local education authorities to individual schools for particular types of special educational need is not collected centrally.

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 2003–04; 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. [158277]

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 2003–04; and what percentage this forms of the total education budget of (A) Greater London and (B) each London borough. [158458]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is contained within the following table.

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Total estimated gross expenditure on providing special needs education in mainstream and special schools in Greater London for 2003–04

SEN element of schools budget, Primary and SecondarySpecialSEN element of LEA budgetTotal
Inner London:
City of London85,457151,50024,600261,557
Camden9,306,8315,785,0072,073,63217,165,470
Hackney10,423,3576,885,3001,207,14018,515,797
Hammersmith and Fulham2,666,5626,758,033990,13610,414,731
Islington7,610,3637,690,4231,117,40116,418,187
Kensington and Chelsea2,388,0114,717,502899,0218,004,534
Lambeth11,966,10910,160,0861,299,93023,426,125
Lewisham11,808,53211,663,560914,61424,386,706
Southwark11,185,8658,286,9002,471,45821,944,223
Tower Hamlets14,995,7719,267,7441,879,12926,142,644
Wandsworth6,981,74416,817,7771,494,92725,294,448
Westminster6,892,8381,824,0001,292,80010,009,638
Haringey9,106,91011,155,5442,456,28222,718,736
Newham20,854,5255,015,4711,766,80027,636,796
Inner London total126,272,875106,178,84719,887,870252,339,592
Outer London:
Greenwich9,258,75911,681,2802,625,95223,565,991
Barking and Dagenham5,418,4705,283,1021,038,15711,739,729
Barnet16,459,68612,124,9902,051,85030,636,526
Bexley10,607,8578,531,0001,151,00020,289,857
Brent7,847,8198,641,0001,658,00018,146,819
Bromley10,662,68810,683,8541,324,77122,671,313
Croydon9,466,43714,212,7291,671,70625,350,872
Ealing9,004,21910,946,5001,766,20021,716,919
Enfield8,835,43510,834,5442,215,03821,885,017
Harrow10,200,2233,774,5391,239,90715,214,669
Havering5,306,6474,209,4031,125,37310,641,423
Hillingdon8,273,73611,187,3861,490,29920,951,421
Hounslow9,421,1008,693,6541,503,93319,618,687
Kingston upon Thames4,493,7855,160,5381,051,63810,705,961
Merton6,470,1775,270,3891,054,38712,794,953
Redbridge4,745,0869,649,1112,041,38016,435,577
Richmond Upon Thames4,670,2194,291,500837,1009,798,819
Sutton8,479,6126,570,5011,146,59116,196,704
Waltham Forest6,593,98614,293,017497,72821,384,731
Outer London156,215,940166,039,03727,491,010349,745,987
Greater London282,488,815272,217,88447,378,880602,085,579

Percentage of total education revenue expenditure to be spent on special educational needs
Total education revenue expenditurePrimary and SecondarySpecialSEN element of LEA budgetTotal
Inner London:
City of London3,606,3002417
Camden143,819,23064112
Hackney153,423,35074112
Hammersmith and Fulham101,251,39337110
Islington145,931,89055111
Kensington and Chelsea75,370,04136111
Lambeth181,184,49176113
Lewisham199,391,02666012
Southwark193,491,72864111
Tower Hamlets222,925,45474112
Wandsworth149,860,841511117
Westminster118,531,9016218
Haringey173,403,35756113
Newham238,566,70392112
Inner London total2,100,757,70565112
Outer London:
Greenwich182,248,53856113
Barking and Dagenham132,276,2434419
Barnet202,317,60086115
Bexley153,060,00076113
Brent179,607,00045110
Bromley175,928,28966113
Croydon222,125,99246111
Ealing189,317,90056111
Enfield211,582,89145110
Harrow129,232,85483112
Havering144,209,1584317
Hillingdon174,913,58956112
Hounslow162,807,47665112
Kingston upon Thames85,012,89456113
Merton94,786,95076113
Redbridge177,491,9963519
Richmond Upon Thames80,250,20065112
Sutton124,653,05475113
Waltham Forest173,245,15448012
Outer London2,995,067,77856112
Greater London5,095,825,48365112

Notes:

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 2003–04 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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