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Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of its budget the Independent Living Funds made available to (a) people with severe learning impairments and (b) families or carers with caring responsibilities for people with severe learning impairments in each year since 2001. 
Maria Eagle: The Independent Living Funds (ILFs) make payments direct to the disabled client, they do not make payments to families or carers. However, some users may have third parties who provide assistance with managing personal assistance (PA) support and finances, but the ILFs database does not contain sufficient information to analyse payments according to who manages the money. The following table shows the percentage of the ILFs budget that has been paid directly to clients with severe learning impairments, since financial year 200102 to financial year 200304.
Total ILFs budget|
|Proportion paid to clients with severe learning impairments (percentage)|
Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Independent Living Fund is required to explain the reasons for alterations in its funding arrangements to parties affected by such alterations. 
Maria Eagle: Awards from the Independent Living Funds (ILFs) depend on the extent to which a person requires help towards personal care and domestic support. The ILFs conduct review visits of each client every two years and if it is apparent that clients' circumstances have changed, alterations to their awards would be made and clients would be made fully aware of the change and the reasons for the change.
|Budget (£ million)|
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, columns 62425W, on pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 54 years and over are contracted out with an appropriate personal pension or stakeholder pension. 
|Gender||Appropriate personal pension||Stakeholder pension|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adoptions have taken place in each of the last five years of children in care for (a) less than and (b) more than six months. 
|Year ending 31 March|
|Children looked after adopted||2,700||3,100||3,400||3,500||3,700|
|Duration of final period of care(26)|
|Under 6 months||10||20||10||10||10|
|Over 6 months||2,700||3,000||3,400||3,500||3,700|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many GCE A-level entries of 16 to 18-year-old students there have been in (a) biological sciences, (b) chemistry, (c) physics, (d) mathematics, (e) French, (f) German, (g) Spanish
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and (h) media studies in each year since 1997; and what the mark required for an A grade has been in each subject by each of the examination boards offering them in each year. 
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Since 2002 the A-level standard has been set and maintained year on year through the setting of grade boundaries for assessment. These grade boundaries are then translated into fixed points on a uniform mark scale (UMS). For A-level the maximum total UMS score is always 600. An A grade is awarded for a score of 480+ UMS marks.
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