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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities are being considered for Building Schools for the Future funding in the present round; and which have asked for a city academy to be considered for their authority area. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: All local education authorities were considered for Building Schools for the Future funding in the recently completed round. We announced on 30 November the authorities chosen to join the programme in waves 2 and 3:
Of these authorities, the following have so far submitted formal expressions of interest to the Department to have one or more academies in their authority area: Barnsley, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kent, Lambeth, Lewisham, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Salford, Sandwell, Southwark and Westminster.
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Data on bullying is not collected centrally and there is no reliable basis for an estimate on the scale of the problem. However any level of bullying is too high and we are determined to help schools tackle the problem. Our guidance "Bullying: Don't Suffer in Silence", the anti-bullying Charter and the anti-bullying website www.dfes.gov.uk/bullying offer detailed advice on preventing and addressing bullying. In November 2003 the Department launched the anti-bullying Charter for schools, which almost 4,000 schools have already signed. It is accompanied by a summary of effective practice to help schools review and enhance their anti-bullying policies.
Over 60 per cent. of pupils (primary and secondary) thought their school was "very good" or "quite good" at dealing with bullying. But some schools are perceived to be more effective than others, and secondary school pupils are less likely to give their school a glowing report: 36 per cent. of primary school pupils thought that their school was "very good" at dealing with bullying compared with just 12 per cent. of secondary school students.
One in four children in the UK have been bullied or threatened via their mobile phone or PC. 16 per cent. of young people said they'd received bullying or threatening text messages, 7 per cent. had been harassed in internet chat-rooms and 4 per cent. via email.
35 per cent. of boys and 26 per cent. of girls sampled in the Young Voice research admitted they had bullied other children. However different children have different views of what constitutes "bullying".
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on which television channels the school anti-bullying campaign advertisements sponsored by his Department are being shown; at what time of day they are transmitted; what the anticipated reach in numbers of children of school age is; what the anticipated reach in numbers of adults is; what the total cost is; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The 60 second film produced as part of the Beat Bullying campaign is a public information "filler", not an advertisement. Fillers are public awareness messages, which must exclusively promote health, safety or welfare, and are run in donated airtime. As such, they are a unique and very cost effective route to a broadcast audience.
Stations usually show fillers during their promotional airtime and in any unsold advertising they may have. Fillers are also used to fill gaps in the schedule when programmes run short and to balance uneven network breaks
The Beat Bullying filler was released to broadcasters in December. They are unable to give advanced warning of when it will be shown. The first transmission report is due in February which will give the total number of transmissions and the estimated airtime value. However, the usage information we receive from the stations does not enable us to calculate the exact reach and demographic of the filler's audience.
Mr. Stephen Twigg: This year the Department for the first time sent electronic and printed versions of Christmas cards. Printed cards are sent via the governmental inter-departmental service or the Royal Mail. No breakdown of the delivery methods is available which would enable an accurate assessment to be made of the postage costs.
All expenditure incurred in the purchase and despatch of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in Government Accounting.
All expenditure incurred in the purchase and despatch of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in "Government Accounting".
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
Printed Christmas cards are distributed to Ministers and senior officials on request for their staff to prepare and send out. No central record is kept of the numbers sent out.
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In 2003, some 13,500 cards were made available for issue. In 2004 the number was 3,000. In addition, in 2004 the Department for the first time sent electronic versions of Christmas cards via email. As at 17 December, 3,400 e-cards had been sent.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of official departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited from such a contribution. 
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