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Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the financial co-operation between local education authorities and the Learning and Skills Council on implementing the Government's 1419 strategy for vocational education; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The joint 1619 Capital Fund announced in the Department's five year strategy will be available for cross-sector projects, including vocational provision. The forthcoming 1419 White Paper will consider how financial co-operation between LEAs and the LSC can be further developed to help support implementation of the 1419 strategy.
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department has taken to improve standards in secondary schools in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 1997. 
Mr. Miliband: Standards in secondary schools in the Deptford, Lewisham constituency have improved significantly. Since 1997 the Key Stage 3 results at Level 5 and above show an increase of 17.3 (percentage) points in English, 22.7 (percentage) points in mathematics and 21.2 inscience. At Key Stage 4 there has been an increase of 20.6 (percentage) points in the attainment of 5+A*-C GCSEs and 10.9 at 5+ A*-G GCSEs, significantly above the national rates of improvement. A summary of the improving outcomes is set out in the table . Data for 2004 will be provided at constituency level during January 2005.
|Percentage 15 year olds gaining 5+ GCSEs at A* -C||Percentage 15 year olds gaining 5+ GCSEs at A* GCSEs at A* -G|
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department has taken to improve standards in primary schools in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 1997. 
Mr. Miliband: This year's results show that standards in primary schools are improving again. In English the percentage of 11 years olds achieving the expected level has increased by 3 (percentage) points to 78 per cent. and mathematics has increased by 1 (percentage) point to 74 per cent.
Standards in primary schools in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency have improved dramatically. Since 1997 the Key Stage 2 results show an increase of 23.2 (percentage) points in English and 23.7 (percentage) points in mathematics, significantly above the national rates of improvement of 15 (percentage) points in English and 12 in mathematics. A summary of the improving outcomes is set out in the following table. Data for 2004 is not yet available at constituency level but will be provided when the Achievement and Attainment tables are published in mid-January.
|Total capital investment||76,426||16,601||15,070|
The capital investment on ICT made to the LEA and its schools is not included in the figures provided above. This information is kept separately and can be found in the house of Commons Library in a paper Funding for ICT schools in England.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has not commissioned any research specifically to investigate the willingness of employers to pay for training. However, the Learning and Training At Work Survey in 2000 researched how much employers do pay for training and the 2002 report "The Nature of Training and Motivation to Train in Small Firms" by John Kitching and Robert Blackburn contains a section on the barriers to training (including financial barriers). Both reports are in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 30 November 2004]: The Energy Act 2004 does not confer any direct financial benefit to BNFL. Its provisions relating to the civil nuclear industry (in part) establish the NDA and provide for nuclear transfer schemes to facilitate the consequent reorganisation of British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL). This reorganisation will be conducted in line with the conclusions of the Joint Strategy Review as announced by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in the House of Commons on 11 December 2003
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the value of (a) UK High Technology Fund and (b) Regional Venture Capital Funds expenditure in each region since the Funds' establishment; 
|East of England||1,158,111|
|Yorkshire and Humber||1,700,000|
The UK High Technology Fund is a fund of funds, as at the 30 June 2004 £123.6 million had been invested in nine private equity partnerships. The information necessary to determine a regional breakdown of this expenditure is not made available to us by the UK High Technology Fund.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial provision has been made for the Regional Venture Capital Funds in each year since 2001; and what the uptake was in each year. 
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial provision has been made for the Research and Development Grants/Smart in each year since its inception; and what the uptake was in each year. 
Nigel Griffiths: I refer to the answer given on 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 84W. For 200304, provision for Smart and Grant for Research and Development was £27 million and expenditure of £47 million.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial provision has been made for enterprise grants in each year since its inception; and what the uptake was in each year. 
The enterprise grant scheme is now closed. Initially the scheme was allocated a budget of £45 million between January 2000 and March 2003. The scheme deadline was extended to March 2004. The uptake has been as follows:
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|Financial year||Expenditure (£ million)|
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the value of Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme expenditure in each (a) region and (b) constituency in each year since 2000. 
|Region||1 April 2004 to|
31 March 2001
|1 April 2001 to|
31 March 2002
|1 April 2002 to|
31 April 2002
|1 April 2003 to|
31 April 2004
|East Midlands and Eastern||5.48||8.01||8.54||9.08|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||2.63||2.91||4.04||3.15|
1 April to 31 March each year
Value £ million
|Total Net Expenditure (£ million)|
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have been assisted research and development grants/Smart; and to what value in each (a) region and (b) constituency since 2000. 
|Number||Value (£000)||Number||Value (£000)||Number||Value (£000)||Number||Value (£000)|
|Yorks and Humber||50||3,297||90||4,993||98||4,787||105||6,638|
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many organisations have been assisted by the Phoenix Fund; and to what value in each (a) region and (b) constituency since 2000. 
Nigel Griffiths: The Phoenix Fund provides funding to enable business support organisations to undertake a range of measures to promote enterprise in disadvantaged areas and under-represented groups. The number of organisations and the amount of funding that they have been awarded, by region, is as follows:
|Region||Number of organisations receiving funding||Amount of funding awarded (£)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||28||11,700,000|
With this funding, the organisations have to date helped in the creation of over 8,400 new businesses, assisted some 9,600 existing enterprises and provided over 1,800 loans to the value of £11,300,000.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have been assisted by Enterprise Grants; and to what value in each (a) region and (b) constituency since 2000. 
|April 2000 to March 2004|
|Number of grants awarded||Value of payments (£000)|
|Yorkshire and Humber||349||6931|
The number of businesses assisted may be slightly lower than the number of grants awarded as a small number of businesses may have received more than one grant. Corresponding data for each constituency are not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
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