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Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated by the Government to support enterprise in the curriculum in (a) secondary schools and (b) further education colleges in (i) 200102, (ii) 200203, (iii)200304 and (iv)200405 including Enterprise Week in 2004; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Over the past two years the Government invested £15 million to over 195 fund enterprise pathfinder projects involving over 700 school and £16 million on the Enterprise Advisers service to help prepare schools in deprived areas for Enterprise Education. In addition, from September 2005 funding of £60 million will provide an Enterprise Education entitlement for all the key stage 4 pupils.
Funding to support Enterprise Education in Further Education is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council and I have therefore asked Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, to write to my hon. Friend. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 819W, on funding, when the cash terms series will be placed in the Library; and what the reasons are for the delay in providing the information. 
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost of providing a pupil with education in a pupil referral unit was in the last year for which figures are available. 
Since 2001 guidance for Sure Start Local Programmes has been revised to allow a different approach for rural areas, resulting in the 15 rural Sure Start Local Programmes. Of the 46 mini Sure Start programmes intended to provide services for smaller and more scattered populations, 29 are in rural areas. As part of the first phase of the development of children's centres, we have given additional funds to local authorities containing rural wards to develop flexible ways of delivering children's centre services such as early learning and links to health care services. The Government have been encouraging the development of extended schools. Funding has been available since 200304, initially to the most disadvantaged urban and rural areas, but from 200506 all LEAs will be receiving funding to support the delivery of extended services in all schools over time.
The Broadband Grant includes a 'sparsity weighting' to take into account the higher costs of connectivity in rural and hard to reach areas. All schools will have a broadband connection by 2006. We recognise that local schools are at the heart of many rural communities. Guidance to School Organisation Committees on the presumption against the closure of rural schools has been strengthened. We shall be reporting fully on all our activities to the Countryside Agency as part of the annual cycle of rural proofing reporting by the Government.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to complete the Government's commitment to consider introducing nutrient-based standards for school meals as set out in the White Paper, Choosing Health: making healthy choices easier. 
The review secondary school meal standards will start in February 2005, with draft standards provided for consultation in the autumn and finalised early in 2006. An expert panel will consider how best to tighten up the standards to reduce pupils' intake of sugar, salt and fats, and increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables. We will undertake a full consultation on the panel's recommendations before a final decision is reached on the format of the revised standards.
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An evaluation of primary school meals is underway and the report will be published at the end of 2005. A review of primary school standards will follow, and we intend to introduce revised standards, following a full public consultation, in September 2006.
Mrs. Shephard: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when the Speaker's Committee will next make a report to the House on the exercise by it of its functions. 
Mr. Viggers: The Speaker's Committee has a statutory obligation to make a report to the House on the exercise by it of its functions at least once in each year. At its meeting on 18 January, the Committee agreed a report to the House (First Report 2005) on its general work over the period from 1 December 2003 to 30 November 2004. This was laid before the House on 27 January and will be published on 2 February as House of Commons Paper No. 255. Copies will be placed in the Library and the Vote Office.
Anne Picking: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's progress in ensuring that the reduction in benefit processing centres as part of rationalisation plans will not impede or hinder access to face-to-face interviews. 
Jane Kennedy: As part of the departmental efficiency challenge we are transforming the administration of Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Service, to deliver savings and improve our service to customers. These changes will not impede or hinder access to face-to-face interviews.
Between now and 2008 the number of sites where Jobcentre Plus processes benefits will be reduced from the present 650 to around 77 larger benefit processing centres. However, when the rollout of Jobcentre Plus is completed in 2006 customers will still have access to services through around 1,000 sites and other channels such as telephone and internet.
Every customer to Jobcentre Plus benefits has access to a personal adviser at the start of their claim and local offices continue to offer advice and information on work and benefits. In some locations services are also delivered through third party premises and provision has been made for customer access telephones in a number of locations.
The Pension Service will move from the current network of pension centres to at least 12 modernised processing sites. These sites have been chosen from the
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existing network of pension centres and customers will be able to access information through existing channels, including telephone and the internet. In addition, the Local Service of the Pension Service will continue to provide a nationally managed face to face service at venues convenient to its customers.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) disability living allowance, (c) attendance allowance, (d) carer's allowance and (e) child benefit in Southend-on-Sea in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2004. 
Maria Eagle: Figures broken down by local authority are not available for any of these benefits prior to 2000. In the case of carer's allowance and child benefit, no such breakdown is available prior to 2001.
|Benefit||August 2000||August 2004|
|Incapacity benefit and severe|
|Disability living allowance||4,400||6,200|
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for incapacity benefit were denied on the grounds of insufficient national insurance payments in the last two years for which figures are available. 
|January to December 2004||332,430|
|January to December 2003||340,440|
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