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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many apprenticeships funded by the Learning and Skills Council were begun in eachregion during the six months ending 31 December 2004. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
This is a matter for the Learning andSkills Council. Mark Haysom the Council's Chief Executive will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. 
Derek Twigg: The five year strategy signalled the Government's intention to introduce a dedicated Schools Budget, guaranteed by national Government and delivered through local authorities. We will be launching a full public consultation on the detailed proposals shortly.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the amount spent per pupil was in North Durham in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the oral answer of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 948, on league tables, what assessment her Department has made of the improvement in average results at GCSE that would be achieved if all local education authority areas were to perform at the same level as selective local education authority areas. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 25 January 2005]: If all local education authority areas returned the same value added as selective local education authority areas, the average results would improve by nine points at GCSE, where a grade C, for example, is equal to 40points and a grade B equal to 46 points.
However, this calculation does not take account of the different characteristics of pupils educated in different LEAs, so it does not give an estimate of the possible impact of making all LEAs selective.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bids Surrey local education authority has made for funding under the New Deal for Schools; what the total monetary value of these bids is; how many grants the authority received under the New Deal for Schools; and what the total monetary value of these grants is. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
Surrey local education authority presented a total of 99 bids for New Deal for Schools between 1997 and 2002. The total monetary value for these bids amounts to £29,905,000. The number ofapproved projects was 69, with a total value of £17,575,000.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the capital spend on school extension repairs and classroom upgrades was in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The table shows the capital resources allocated to Lancashire local education authority and its schools, since 1997. Decisions on how resources should be invested in schools are taken locally in accordance with the locally prepared asset management plans. Information on how resources are split between constituencies and capital spend on school extension repairs and classroom upgrades are not held centrally.
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: The following table show the capital resources allocated to Lancashire local education authority and its schools, since 1997. We do not hold central information on which schools benefited from new classrooms, school extensions and upgrades. The decisions on how resources should be invested in schools are taken and held locally.
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