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Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what budget has been allocated to CAFCASSin each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Service in each of the last two years. 
CAFCASS's budget allocation in 200203 was £84.5 million (on a cash basis and including £4 million unspent from 200102). The baseline budget for 200304 was £95 million. In addition, £2.5 million was provided to help with the transition from cash to resource accounting.
The discrepancy between the total figures given here (1,884 and 1,918) and those quoted in the CAFCASS 200304 Annual Report (1,879 and 1,932) is because CAFCASS subsequently undertook a data cleansing exercise of its management information systems and redefined the criteria used for employed staff. Furthermore, CAFCASS had included Board members and agency staff in its historical data.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether she plans to conduct a review of the effect of her Department's policies upon children in care; and if she will make a statement; 
Margaret Hodge: The Government is committed to improving the level of stability in the lives of looked after children, their educational support, and the outcomes they achieve. We have invested significantly in services for this group and continue to do so. The effect of policies on looked after children is monitored systematically through a variety of routes. We collect and publish a wide range of data from local authorities on an annual basis about services to and outcomes achieved by looked after children. Secondly, the draft proposals for the new joint area reviews of children services established by the Children Act 2004 mean that reports will focus specifically on this vulnerable group of childrenboth on the way services are working together to meet their needs within an area, and on the results achieved. We are also reviewing the National Minimum Standards used by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) to inspect and register services for children, including those for fostering and adoption agencies and for residential child care, to consider if they could be better focused around outcomes for children.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many city technology colleges there are; how much the (a) private and (b) state sector contributed to their costs in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total costs per student were in (i) City Technology Colleges and (ii) other state schools in that year. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: There are 14 City Technology Colleges (CTCs) one of which is a City College for the Technology of the Arts. The CTCs have reported that they have received over £1.2 million from private sector sponsorship in cash or kind during the 2003/04 academic year. During the same period the Department has provided £76.6 million to CTCs by way of recurrent grants and £2.2 million for approved capital projects. The CTC Unit of Funding for pupils under school leaving age in the 20032004 academic year was £3,717. This was uplifted by 30 per cent. for post 16 pupils.
There is no equivalent per-pupil funding figure either directly to other state schools from LEAs or to LEAs, since in both cases the funding covers different responsibilities. The CTC unit of funding includes elements of funding for tasks/services that an LEA would normally provide for its schools but a CTC has to provide for itself. It excludes any area cost weighting which might also be received by a particular school.
The funding for to LEAs in England via Education Formula Spending and Revenue Grants was £4,290 per pupil aged 1115 in the academic year 2003/04 (based on financial year figures from 200304 and 200405). This is a wider definition than the CTC unit of funding since it includes funding for all an LEAs responsibilities in relation to children aged 1115, and the area cost adjustment.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many items of electrical equipment were used by her Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost and (b) number of each type of item. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of refurbishments in her Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 200506. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; at what cost; how many such telephones were lost or stolen in each year since 1997; and what the replacement costs were in each case. 
[holding answer 6 December 2004]: The total number of mobile phones in use at December 2004 was 1,140. Information on the number of mobiles in
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use in any given year, as opposed to the number purchased in each year, could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
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