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Battalion Regiments

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the future new regiments of three battalions will be broken down into heavy, medium and light battalions. [200018]

Mr. Ingram: Each battalion within the new infantry structure will be allocated one of four roles: armoured, mechanised, light or air assault.

Future Surface Combatant Vessels

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to public funds has been to date of the Future Surface Combatant assessment studies, broken down by (a) the Triton Trimaran project, (b) the integrated project team and (c) other costs. [199531]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 29 November 2004]: At outturn prices, the total estimated cost of the Future Surface Combatant studies from inception to date is £17 million. This figure is comprised of £6.2 million for Trimaran trials, £5.7 million for the Defence Procurement Agency's project team costs and £5.1 million for additional concept studies.

Royal Navy

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many standing tasks the Royal Navy Fleet fulfills; and what assessment he has made of the number of standing tasks to be fulfilled by the Royal Navy in 2008 following the implementation of the decision to reduce the number of frigates and destroyers. [199567]

Mr. Ingram: Royal Navy frigates and destroyers currently undertake six standing tasks where forces are permanently committed to the task. We are currently developing an effects based approach to programming which is likely to reduce the number of standing tasks before 2008.
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Child Care (Wandsworth)

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost is of providing a child care place in the London borough of Wandsworth. [199673]

Margaret Hodge: Data at local authority level on the cost of providing child care places are not collected centrally by the Department.

Education (Wandsworth)

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the grants his Department has made for education provision in the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years. [199672]

Mr. Miliband: The following revenue and capital grants for each year from 2002–03 have been provided by the Department:







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The grants for each year are included in the grant total figures in the following table.
Funding for Wandsworth local education authority
£ million

EFS/SSARevenue grantsCapital grants

1. Price Base: Cash
2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of education Standard Spending Assessments/Education Formula Spending settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EPS and LSC.
3. Funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure
Limits relevant to pupils aged 3–19 and exclude EMAs and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4. Where responsibility for funding a school has transferred from an LEA, related funding no longer appears in the series.
5. Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest £0.1 million.
6. Status: 2003–04 and 2004–05 figures are provisional as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited.

Home Start

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria he will use to determine which 10 per cent. of local authorities will not receive funding to provide Home Start in 2006–07, as described in the White Paper, Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph 44. [199463]

Margaret Hodge: Home Start schemes are independent, voluntary organisations, established by communities themselves and managed locally. Home Start UK works closely with local schemes, supporting them to deliver a high quality home visiting support to families with at least one child under five years. We have significantly increased our funding for Home Start UK from £874,000 in 2003–04 to £2.46 million this financial year to expand the support it offers to local Home Start schemes and increase the availability of Home Start support. Establishing a new local scheme depends on community initiative and Home Start UK seeks to stimulate interest in those areas without existing established home visiting services.

International Student Assessment Study

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools in England that were
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selected for the sample to be included in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment 2003 study. [200290]

Mr. Miliband: The schools for the sample were selected by the PISA international consortium, led by the Australian Centre for Educational Research, that undertook PISA 2003 on behalf of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Participation was voluntary on the part of schools.

The Department's contractor for PISA 2003, the Office for National Statistics, was responsible for running the study in England. The Data Protection Act requires ONS to honour any pledge that it makes to respondents before taking part in its surveys. Both the sampled schools and sampled pupils were assured before agreeing to co-operate that their decision to take part and the information they gave would be held in confidence by ONS. Consequently ONS cannot release the names of participating or non-responding schools or pupils.

Key Stage 2 Tests

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 11-year-olds attained Level 4 at Key Stage 2 in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency. [199916]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 29 November 2004]: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

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