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Marriage and Relationship Support Programme

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1583W, on Marriage and Relationship Support, if he will list the pilot projects being funded through the Marriage and Relationship Support Grant programme. [173433]

Margaret Hodge: The Marriage and Relationship Support Grant supports the adult couple relationship, helping to prevent or eliminate problems and consequently help improve outcomes for any children in the family. Details of the 41 projects that will receive funding totalling £4.9 million for 2004–05 (as detailed in a press notice issued on Monday 10 May 2004) are:
Sustained Core funding

OrganisationAllocation (£000)
Tavistock Marital Studies Institute464
Marriage Care300
One Plus One242
2 as 1150
London Marriage Guidance Council103
Parentline Plus62
Asian Family Counselling Service50
Family Welfare Association30

Renewal of R and D funding

Organisation Project titleAllocation for 2004–05 (£000)Allocation for 2005–06 (£000)
2 as 1Bridging The Gap Through Training85106
2 as 1Relationship and On Line Counselling Support Service6365
Brighton Oasis ProjectRelationship Programme50n/a
Care For The FamilyAsian Family Matters37n/a
Family Matters YorkIntroduction to FOCCUS5051
FWAMarriage and Relationship Support Within Healthcare7081
Marriage CareEmotional Literacy and Education Project61n/a
Poole Community Family TrustMARS Development Project5067
Somerset Family PartnershipCouple Support5089
Students Exploring MarriageYoung Offenders Project2522
Sussex Family Mediation ServiceOne Stop Shop25n/a
Tavistock Marital Studies InstituteBrief Psychological Evaluation4852
The Minster CentreThe Aricas Project75n/a
The Richmond CentreVideos are Valuable36n/a
Totnes Community Family TrustMaking Your Relationships Work4649
University of Exeter—School of PsychologyEvaluation of FOCCUS48n/a

New funding

OrganisationTypeProject title (if R and D)2004–05 allocation (£000)
The Cogwheel TrustCoren/a6
The Salvation ArmyCoren/a48
Lubavitch YouthCoren/a41
Reform Synagogues of Great BritainCoren/a11
Project for Advocacy Counselling and EducationCoren/a45
Aquila Care TrustCoren/a22
Muslim Welfare HouseCoren/a50
Prisoners Families and FriendsCoren/a27
Lesbian and Gay FoundationR and Dn/a40
Students Exploring MarriageR and DLearning By Experience—Evaluation and Video25
RelateR and DMeasuring The Outcomes of Marriage and Relationship Support47
Leeds Animation WorkshopR and DMinding the Baby65
Contact a FamilyR and DMaking Time For Us—Parental Information and Support Project10
One Plus OneR and DSupporting Relationships that need it the Most60
Partners of Prisoners and Families Support GroupR and DFor better or worse—Supporting relationship breakdown of prisoners and their partners60

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National Childcare Strategy

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the number of children in Wirral, South who have gained from the National Childcare Strategy. [173625]

Margaret Hodge: The Department is unable to provide details of child care places for Wirral, South.

However, from April 1999 to March 2004, Wirral local authority created 5,763 new child care places, helping some 10,480 children. This shows an increase in the stock of child care places, taking into account turnover, of 3,358, helping some 6,213 children.

Postgraduate Students

Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average level of tuition fees charged for a taught postgraduate degree was in the UK last year; and what level of Government funded assistance was offered to students undertaking postgraduate degrees in the UK last year. [174135]

Alan Johnson: Students on Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses were liable for a fee contribution of up to £1,100 in the 2002/03 academic year. The Department does not regulate the level of fees for any other postgraduate courses. It is a matter for higher education institutions to determine the level of fees they charge.

Full tuition fee remission and bursaries of £6,000 are available to eligible post graduate students on PGCE courses. Other postgraduate courses are not eligible for fee remission. Eligible postgraduates with a disability will have been able to receive assistance for e.g. specialist equipment, additional travel and non medical help costs through disabled students allowances (DSAs), up to a maximum of £5,245.

Students on all post graduate courses were able to apply to their institution for help from the discretionary Access and Hardship Funds. The total amount awarded from this fund to post graduate students in 2002/03 was £6.5 million. Awards were subject to income assessment and could cover additional course or living costs.

School Inspections

Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will instruct Ofsted to make positive accreditation awards to schools following Her Majesty's Inspectorate or team validation visits; [173686]
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(2) what assessment he has made of (a) the level of understanding by school staff of Ofsted's use of the term "satisfactory" in its reports and (b) the term's effect on staff morale; and if he will make a statement. [173689]

Mr. Miliband: These matters are for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, David Bell, will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of his letter in the Library.

School Sports

Mr. Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what criteria Ofsted applies with regard to inspecting school sports and physical activities; [174062]

(2) what remit Ofsted has to inspect the quality and quantity of school sports and physical activities. [174063]

Mr. Miliband: These are matters for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, David Bell, will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of his letter in the Library.

Mr. Benton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been invested in developing school sports facilities in Bootle since 1997. [173185]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 10 May 2004, Official Report, column 45W.

School Transport (Norfolk)

Mr. Bacon: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the cost of school transport in Norfolk in each month for the last four years. [171746]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 10 May 2004]: The information requested is not available on a monthly basis. However, the cost of expenditure on transport in Norfolk in each year for the last four years is shown in the following table:
Cost of home to school/college transport in Norfolk
£ million

Total transport expenditureTransport related incomeNet current expenditure on transport

1.   The financial data are as reported by Norfolk LEA on their Section 52 Outturn Statements submitted to the DfES. 2002–03 data is subject to change by the LEA.
2.   The cost of home to school/college transport includes the cost of public transport, contract hire or the use of authority vehicles in transporting pupils/students to school/college under section 509 of the Education Act 1996.
3.   Figures include all expenditure by the local authority on transport. This includes the pre-primary, school, education out of school and continuing education sectors.

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