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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent by her Department on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor hired plants in each year since 1997. 
All expenditure incurred in the purchase and procurement of services and items is made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting.
Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of her Department's policy since 1997 on the Dudley, North constituency. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Dudley, North constituency lies within Dudley local education authority. The most recent Key Stage 2 and GCSE/GNVQ achievement for pupils attending schools in Dudley, North are given in the following tables:
|Percentage of pupils gaining|
level 4 and above
|1997||2004||Percentage point improvement 19972004|
|Percentage of 15-year-olds|
|1997||2004||Percentage point improvement 19972004|
|Dudley North5+ A*-C||35.7||42.7||7.0|
|Dudley North5+ A*-G||85.9||88.1||2.2|
|Dudley North1+ A*-G||91.6||93.9||2.3|
|National average5+ A*-C||45.1||53.7||8.6|
|National average5+ A*-G||87.0||88.8||1.8|
|National average1+ A*-G||92.3||95.9||3.6|
Further information by constituency, is provided within the Department's 'In Your Area' web site available at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/inyourarea. Where information is not available at the constituency level it has been provided at local education authority level.
This website allows users to access key facts and local information about education and skills based on postcodes. The data available within the site offer comparisons between 1997 and the latest available year and covers five geographies. These are parliamentary constituency, ward, local authority district, local education authority, Government Office region. England figures are also provided.
The information available within the website is grouped in a number of broad categories including literacy and numeracy at age 11, literacy and numeracy at age 14, GCSE/GNVQ results, pupils with special educational needs, school initiatives, school workforce, school funding and resources, children's social services, early years, class sizes, post 16, higher education and adult education.
Additional information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, my Department is investigating ways in which we can disseminate more information about the effects of our policies at a local level. The 'In Your Area' website will be further developed over the coming months to include additional information about adult education, school funding, school initiatives, school performance, school workforce and post 16.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 to 18 years are in receipt of education maintenance allowance in the West Midlands region. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18 year old A-level candidates achieved at least three A grades at A2 level in (a) maintained schools, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
|All maintained schools||7.3||8.1||7.7|
|Sixth form colleges||6.4||7.7||7.1|
|Other FE sector colleges||2.0||2.3||2.2|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCE/VCE A/AS point score per candidate aged 16 to 18 years in (a) maintained schools, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges was in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
|All Maintained Schools||260.2||282.2||271.9|
|Sixth Form Colleges||262.8||295.5||280.7|
|Other FE Sector Colleges||173.5||197.5||186.7|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in maintained schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form achieved five or more grades A*-G at GCSE in 2003/04. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Figures for 2004 indicate that 91.8 per cent. of 15-year-old pupils in maintained mainstream schools with sixth forms achieved five or more grades A*-G at GCSE and equivalent compared with 89.7 per cent. of those in schools without sixth forms.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCE/VCE A/AS point score per candidate aged 16 to 18 years in maintained school sixth forms containing (a) fewer than 25, (b) 2550, (c) 5075, (d) 75100, (e) 100125, (f) 125150 and (g) more than 150 pupils was in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Number of students aged 16 to 18||200304|
|24 and below||180.6|
|25 to 49||184.7|
|50 to 74||195.9|
|75 to 99||205.0|
|100 to 124||221.1|
|125 to 149||231.6|
|150 and above||282.5|
Margaret Hodge: The Government's 10-year strategy Choice for Parents, the Best Start for Children, published on 2 December, sets out our commitment to give every child the best start in life and to ensure that parents have real choice about how to balance work and family life. Our long term investment includes a guarantee of child care being available from 8 am to 6 pm, all year round, for all parents of children aged five to 11. The guarantee will help the very varied needs of children and families. Obviously we do not expect most children to spend all their time in school when schools are open for longer, but parents will be able to choose hours which meet their needs and the needs of their children. We expect at least half of parents to benefit from this offer by 2008, and all by 2010. By 2008, at least a third of all secondary schools will be open from 8 am to 6 pm, all year round offering a range of activities for 11 to14 year olds. By 2010, all secondary schools will be part of a network offering this provision. Provision could be available in a local school, in a neighbouring school or on a different site, provided by the school or in partnership with voluntary and private sector providers, including local childminders.
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