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Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to eliminate the funding gap between schools and colleges in the London borough of Barnet. 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 13 December 2004]: For the academic year 2003/04, base funding rates per qualification increased by 3 per cent. for school sixth forms and by 4.5 per cent. for further education colleges on a broadly comparable basis. In 2004/05, funding rates for colleges meeting their targets increased by 5 per cent., while those for school sixth forms rose by 4 per cent. We expect to see this trend continue in the 2005/06 academic year.
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Department funds a number of key voluntary sector organisations to support anti-bullying work. The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), an umbrella group of over 50 voluntary sector organisations, professional associations and leading authorities, has been provided with funding of £600,000 to link with the work of the Department on addressing bullying behaviour.
In 2004/05, the Department has given just over £190,000 to Parentline Plus to support their helpline for parents and we have also provided ChildLine in Partnership with Schools Programme (CHIPS) with £164,000 for anti-bullying work involving peer support. This autumn the Department has provided a grant for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award to create a dedicated anti-bullying award for schools to recognise the achievements of young people who are leading on work in tackling bullying in their schools and communities. It has not been possible to obtain details of previous years' funding in the time available. But I will place these details in the Libraries shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the turnover of CAFCASS staff was in each family court area in the last year for
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which figures are available; what the turnover of staff at each contact centre was; and how many and what percentage of no-shows for arranged contacts there were in each contact centre. 
Margaret Hodge: Our Explanatory Note for the Children Bill gave our estimate that the Children's Commissioner's budget will be in the region of £2.5 million. We are reviewing the position in the light of the final provisions in the Act following Royal Assent The figure reflects the nature of the Children's Commissioner's duties in England, and the economies of scale not available to his colleagues elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the target time is in 200405 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in the Office to reply to letters received directly from members of the public. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: My Department's target for the 2004 calendar year is to reply to correspondence within 15 working days of receipt. This target is the same for correspondence from hon. Members, and for officials in the Department to reply to correspondence received directly from members of the public.
Information on the departmental handling of correspondence from Members of Parliament/Peers is published annually by the Cabinet Office. The 2003 annual report is available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many television advertisements his Department has commissioned on (a) terrestrial and (b) satellite television channels in the last 12 months; and what the cost was in each case. 
|Cost of buying advertising space (£000)|
|Educational Maintenance Allowance||4||3,167|
|Adult Basic Skills||2||3,905|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria are used by his Department to determine (a) on which satellite television channels advertisements on behalf of his Department and its agencies are screened and (b) the frequency of screenings of advertisements. 
Frequency of screening will depend on a consideration of how many times an audience needs to see the message before it will achieve the desired effect and the size of the audience for any particular television spot.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has held with the devolved administrations relating to the content, frequency and timing of television advertising placed by his Department on UK-wide satellite television channels. 
Mr. Twigg: We do not discuss content, frequency and timing of television advertisements with the devolved administrations. Advertisements appearing on satellite channels avoid possible confusion by stating that they apply to England only.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department in each of the last two years. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The cost to my Department for in-house canteen in 200203 was £11,701 and in 200304 £42,316. These costs include all contract costs but exclude associated accommodation and utility costs.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total external spending by his Department was on public-private partnership consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed over this period; how many billed consultancy days there were per year; what the implied average cost of each PPP consultant was; how many consultancy firms were used by his Department over this period; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
The only Public Private Partnership my Department is involved with is for the delivery of the Connexions Card and no consultants have been used in the last two years.
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