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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: Based on the anticipated additional volume of requests for information, it is estimated that the cost of compliance with the Freedom of Information Act during the period January to March 2005 will cost around £606,000, an average of £152 per request.
Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of funding per pupil in further education was in (a) Leicester South, (b) the Unitary Authority of Leicester City and (c) England in each year since 1997. 
The Department allocates funds for education and training in the post-16 learning and skills sector to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). The LSC decides on allocations at individual college and local LSC level. Information about these allocations is
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not collected by the Department. This is a matter for the LSC. Mark Haysom the Learning and Skills Council's Chief Executive will write to the hon. Member with details of further education spend per pupil in (a) Leicester South, (b) the Unitary Authority of Leicester City. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Library.
The following table shows funding per full-time equivalent student in further education in England from 199798 to 200405. These are cash figures that show total funding for the further education (FE) sector. The figures include monies provided for participation and certain funding for earmarked purposes, including capital, the Standards Fund and other special grants to colleges. These figures are consistent with those published in the 'Departmental Annual Report 2004'.
|Total funding (£)|
Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) males and (b) females achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE in 2004; and how many (i) males and (ii) females achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in the (A) 10 per cent. most deprived wards and (B) 10 per cent. least deprived wards in 2004. 
Mr. Miliband: The information provided is the latest available and is shown in the following tables. The information has been provided on two basesone showing the information based on the location of schools, the other based on the residency of the pupil.
|All pupils|| Males||Females|
|Based on school location:|
|10 per cent. most deprived areas(88)||37.9||8,887||32.9||11,368||43.0|
|10 per cent. least deprived areas(88)||63.1||26,296||57.6||26,456||68.8|
|All pupils|| Males||Females|
|Based on pupil residency:|
|10 per cent. most deprived areas(88)||28.9||8,400||24.2||11,676||33.7|
|10 per cent. least deprived areas(88)||73.3||19,341||68.2||21,340||78.5|
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
There have been four Green Minister appointments in the Department for Education and Skills and its predecessor, the Department for Education and Employment, since 1997.
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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants to higher education there were from (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges in each of the last 10 years. 
|Acceptances who came from:|
| Sixth Form Colleges|| FE/HE colleges|| Other(90)||Total 3|
|Year of entry||Number||Percentage||Number||Percentage||Number||Percentage||Number||Percentage|
Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Higher Education Funding Council will report on its proposals to secure the financial position of the Open University. 
Dr. Howells: The board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has convened a panel to consider submissions from the Open University and Birkbeck College. The HEFCE panel has been asked to respond to the HEFCE board by the end of January 2005 at the latest.
Dan Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Wansdyke and (ii) Bath and North East Somerset are equipped with (A) interactive whiteboards and (B) broadband technology. 
For England, my Department estimates that 63 per cent. of primary schools and 92 per cent. of secondary schools were equipped with electronic interactive whiteboards in 2004. The latest figures were published in SFR 27/2004 "Survey of Information and Communications Technology in Schools 2004", which is available on my Department's website: www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/
31 per cent. of primary schools and 91 per cent. of secondary schools were equipped with broadband technology in 2003; the latest figures were published in the Statistical Bulletin "Survey of Information and Communications Technology in Schools 2003", which is available on my Department's website: www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) compile figures on broadband connectivity as reported by local education authorities. South Gloucestershire LEA reported that all of its maintained schools were equipped with broadband technology and Bath and North East Somerset LEA reported that 53 per cent. of its maintained schools were equipped with broadband technology.
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