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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money each London local education authority
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allocated to special educational needs in 200304. 
|LEA Name||SEN element of schools budget||SEN element of LEA budget||ISB for special schools||Total LEA allocation for SEN|
|Barking and Dagenham||3,415,405||1,038,157||3,511,757||7,965,319|
|City of London||325,400||24,600||0||350,000|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||3,284,820||943,536||4,081,583||8,309,939|
|Kensington and Chelsea||1,240,876||899,021||2,665,570||4,805,467|
|Kingston upon Thames||3,219,418||998,903||3,049,500||7,267,821|
|Richmond upon Thames||3,518,000||837,100||1,925,700||6,280,800|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been spent by (a) central Government and (b) local education authorities in England and Wales on advertising to deter truancy in each of the past four years for which figures are available. 
(a) The Department has spent approximately £223,000 to fund centrally a number of initiatives to raise awareness of truancy issues, including a poster and leaflet campaign aimed at parents. As part of this campaign, a flyer was sent to 9 million recipients of child benefit.
These promotional activities supported a wide range of work by the Department, local education authorities and schools aimed at improving school attendance levels. One such initiative is the twice yearly national truancy sweeps which can generate much coverage in the local press.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the truancy figures were for each year since 1997, broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnicity; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Truancy figures for schools in England are collected annually from schools and each school provides one set of figures. Information on the characteristics of individual pupils such as gender and ethnicity cannot be derived from these data.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is being provided to support the 14 to 16 flexibility initiative to bring vocational education to school children. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The Department will provide the 'Increased Flexibility for 14 to 16 Year Olds' programme with £58 million direct funding to
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partnerships in 200406. Indirect funding to provide a wide range of training and support will be up to £43 million in the same period.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many 999 emergency calls were made in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by emergency service. 
Angela Smith: The information requested for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade is detailed in the following table. I have asked the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to write to the hon. Lady with the comparable figures for Her Majesty's Coastguard.
|Northern Ireland Ambulance Service||Police Service of Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland Fire Brigade|
Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will (a) take steps to stop the implementation of the decision to remove acute hospital provision from County Tyrone pending a review and
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(b) instruct the Health Minister to work with stakeholders to develop a solution which (i) meets the needs of the people of Tyrone and Fermanagh and (ii) is sustainable. 
Angela Smith: I remain of the opinion that the "Developing Better Services" model represents the best configuration of hospital services, both for Northern Ireland in general and for the people of the south west.
The Department, in conjunction with the Western Health and Social Services Board and Sperrin Lakeland Trust, will continue to work closely with stakeholders in relation to both the implementation of the new service model and the ongoing provision of services.
Angela Smith: There is a three bedded unit in Randalstown providing respite to children in the Antrim/Ballymena area, and an eight bedded unit in Ballymena, which both offer residential respite to approximately 40 children, including those with autism. There is a waiting list for both units.
(i) A dedicated three bedded unit at Oriel Lodge, Antrim.
(ii) Family based respite.
(iii) Specifically commissioned respite in nursing/residential homes.
The development of services for children with autism is a departmental priority and £0.5 million has been made available for this purpose in 200405. It is important, however, that services are locally accessible. Consequently there are no plans to provide a specialist province wide centre for autism respite.
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