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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total travel costs to her Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials for each year since 1997. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Department's strategy is towards encouraging entrants to agricultural colleges and university agricultural departments for (a) farm-based courses and (b) non-farm-based rural courses. 
Dr. Howells: It is a matter for prospective learners themselves to make course choices that match their achievements to date, interests and aspirations; and for providers of further and higher education to determine what courses they offer. However, the Department supports a number of developments helping those involved with, or considering, land-based education and training provision.
a review of further education land-based provision commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) which looked at patterns of course availability and how the sector is changing in response to market demand;
development by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sectorwith industryof a careers and recruitment strategy which will help to ensure that there is accurate information about careers, courses and providers within the sector. Lantra continues to work with awarding bodies and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to ensure that the provision of land-based qualifications are fit for purpose and based on industry-derived national occupational standards;
provision by the Department of impartial careers information to young people through publications (such as "Working in Agriculture and Horticulture" and web-based products (such as the "jobs4u" database) describing what it is like to work in the land-based sector and giving information on relevant qualifications and skills.
In addition, the Department helps support rural learners to engage with FE and HE learning. For example, Aimhigher Partnerships covering rural areas provide targeted support, such as meeting transport costs to enable schools in remote areas to engage in outreach activities with higher education institutions and exploring access routes to HE for those from rural communities. The LSC National Office monitors a range of local LSC initiatives to engage rural learners, including ones promoting access to Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning.
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
My Department is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for its staff and supports a range of childcare provision which help staff balance family and working life. We are currently reviewing childcare provision and considering how salary sacrifice can allow staff access to further childcare support.
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Jointly with DWP, workplace nurseries provide 100 places for staff working in Sheffield and Runcorn. In addition playschemes operate during the school holidays for children in full-time education and are available for staff working in Sheffield, Runcorn, Darlington and London.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra 16 to 18 years olds he expects to remain in education as a result of education maintenance allowances in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) South West England. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Since the start of the academic year, as of 30 November 2004, 1,802 young people in Gloucestershire Local Authority area have received payments under the national EMA scheme. The number is increasing at a steady rate and we expect it to continue to do so. In 2004/05 across England we expect the number of 16 to 18 year olds participating in education to increase by 35,000 (3.8 percentage points) as a direct result of EMA. By 2006/07, when EMA is available to all eligible 16 to 18 year olds, an additional 72,000 young people will be in further education. If the same participation increase is applied to the South West region an additional 7,200 16 to 18 year olds will be participating in further education by 2006/07. Estimates are not available at Local Authority level.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the experience of Employer Training Pilots and its application to the national scheme roll-out. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Employer Training Pilots (ETPs) were launched in September 2002 to test new ways of encouraging employers to offer training, especially for their lower skilled employees. The pilots, which now cover around one third of England, have benefited over 100,000 learners, most of whom left school before the age of 16 and around 15,000 employers, of which 70 per cent. had less than 50 employees. ETPs have also been effective in encouraging more colleges and providers to deliver training on employers' premises, at a time and in a manner suited to the shift patterns of their staff.
The pilots have been independently evaluated by the Institute for Employment Studies and have also been the subject of a review by the Adult Learning Inspectorate. Both of these point to their overwhelming success and the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the PBR, the Government's intention to launch a new national employer training programme in 2006/07. The new programme will draw on the lessons learned from ETP and will incorporate key elements of the pilots including:
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brokerage to help employers identify providers who are able to deliver the training they need flexibly in the workplace, to help them locate other sources of funding for which they may qualify and to encourage them to finance other elements of training themselves;
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the real terms change in
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the amount of central Government funding allocated to Leicestershire education authority has been since 1997. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Since 1997, per pupil funding for pupils aged 319 rose by £710 in real terms from £2,670 per pupil to £3,380 per pupilan increase of 26 per cent. This includes funding via Education Formula Spending/Standard Spending Assessment and grants allocated at an LEA level, and excludes the pensions transfer to EPS and the Learning and Skills Council.
| Primary education(14)||Pre-Primary and Primary education(14)|
|School based expendtiture3, 4 per pupil(19)||Combined LEA and|
expenditure(18) per pupil(19)
expenditure3, 4 per pupil
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expenditure(18) per pupil(19)
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on (a) pre-schools (b) primary schools and (c) secondary schools in the London Borough of Southwark in each year since 199697; and how much was spent by the London Borough of Southwark from locally-generated revenue in each case. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Department funds Local Education Authorities and it is for them to decide how that funding is allocated within their area. Information relating to the spending on pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in Southwark Education Authority is provided in the table Locally generated revenue data is not collected by my Department.
|Pre-primary education(25)||Primary education(25)||Pre-primary and Primary education(25)||Secondary education||Overall LEA and school based expenditure|
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