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Ministerial Engagements/Visits

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since her appointment. [209224]

Derek Twigg: According to records four ministerial engagements have been cancelled by the Secretary of State since 1 January, these are listed:

Where the Secretary of State has not been able to fulfil other engagements an alternative Minister has attended or the engagement has been rearranged for a later date.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in her Department in the next six months; and if she will make a statement. [207302]

Derek Twigg: The following tables show the ministerial visits for six months from January 2005. These visits are subject to change due to parliamentary commitments and final confirmation.
Secretary of State

January 2005No visits
February 2005
1Montgomery High School, Blackpool

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Minister of State for Schools

January 2005
1Wellgrove Education Centre, Whetstone
6West Hatch High School, Essex
11Lillian Bayliss Technology School, Kennington
12Oaklands School, London
12Hallfield Junior School, London
18Marlborough Education Unit, London
18Bredinghurst School, London
February 2005
16Joseph Rowntree Foundation, London
March 2005
1Hanham High School, Bristol
2Saints Peter and Paul R.C. Primary School, London
15Peckham Academy, London

Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families

January 2005
10Kate Greenaway School, London
11Roehampton Neighbourhood Nursery, Roehampton
11Battersea Sure Start, London
13Stanlow Abbey Children's Centre, Ellesmere Port
13Neston Sure Start Unit, Wiltshire
13Grove Street Community Playgroup, New Ferry
13Arrowe Hill School, Woodchurch, Wirral
13'on track' Children's Fund, Wirral
21Tom Hood School, Waltham Forest
February 2005
02Millfields School Breakfast Club, London
02Early Years Centre Stockingford, Nuneaton
08Southwark Teens & Tots Project, London
10Langford Primary After School Club, London
March 2005
08Castlecombe Primary School, Mottingham
09Sure Start Unit, Bedford
09Arndale Nursery, Luton
15Community Care Facility, Warrington
22Sure Start Unit, Bexhill
22Sure Start Unit, Sidley
April/May 2005No visits planned
June 2005
21Bideford Sure Start, Devon

Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education

January 2005
11University of Teesside, Middlesbrough
12Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough
12Scarborough Sixth Form College
12Yorkshire Coast College
17Thames Valley University, Ealing
18University of East London
18College of North East London
26Tamar Valley Consortium, Plymouth
26Combined Universities, Cornwall
26Cornwall College, Camborne
27Bridgwater College, Somerset
27S & B Training Centre, Bedminster
February 2005
9Lewisham College, Deptford
9Laban Art and Drama Institute, Lewisham
10Manchester University
11Sheffield University
March 2005
3Wygeston College, Leicester
3Leicester College
3New College, Leicester
8Chichester College
10Copland Building at the Cavendish Campus, Westminster
17Northern Ireland

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools

January 2005
12St. Thomas Primary School, Warrington
13Cherries Learning Centre, Bournemouth
February 2005
8Grey Court School, Richmond
22Tollgate Primary School, London
March 2005
23Daily Mail Schools' Day, Twickenham

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families

January 2005
21Royal School for the Deaf, Manchester
21Pro-Contact Child Protection Centre, Manchester
28Hatfield Young Offenders Institute, North Doncaster
28Child Protection Centre, Sheffield
February 2005
4North Beckton Primary School, London
8Childline Offices, London
28Arbour Vale Specialist School, Slough
March 2005No visits planned
April 2005
15Families' House, Norwich
26Voluntary Resource Centre, London
May 2005
4Parentline Plus, London
June 2005No visits planned

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills and Vocational Education

January 2005
5British Darts Organisation, Surrey
February 2005
9Chichester College
9Bury College
March/April 2005No visits planned
May 2005

Mobile Phones

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to distribute Government guidance on the use of mobile phones in schools. [214623]

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Derek Twigg: My Department publicised the original report of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP) in 2000 through the Teachernet website. The Department of Health leaflet 'Mobile Phones and Health' is also included on the same site, which focuses on the paragraphs relating to children and young people under 16.1 shall consider what, if anything, we could do once the Department of Health has responded to the recent report.

Literacy and Numeracy (London)

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 11-year-old pupils in London reached Level 4 in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven years, broken down by local education authority. [214571]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries.

Salt Consumption

Mr. Kevin Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether support is provided in schools to young people with (a) diabetes and (b) kidney-related illnesses to educate them about the dangers of over-consumption of salt; [214179]

(2) what initiatives are being undertaken in schools to raise awareness of the dangers of over-consumption of salt by young people. [214181]

Derek Twigg: The joint Department for Education and Skills and Department of Health guidance 'Supporting pupils with medical needs' helps schools put in place effective management systems to support individual pupils, including those with diabetes and kidney-related conditions.

The National Healthy Schools programme is promoting clear and consistent messages about diet, nutrition, food safety and hygiene, food preparation and cooking, as well as where food comes from, throughout all aspects of school life. This includes teaching pupils about the need for a moderate consumption of sugar, fat and salt.

The Food Standards Agency launched the 'Sid the Slug' programme last September to raise awareness of the dangers of high salt intake, including a campaign pack that over 800 schools have so far applied for.

School Budgets (London)

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school budgets in Greater London, were in deficit in each of the last seven years, broken down by local education authority. [214642]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is available from 1999–2000 onwards. Prior to this school level data was not collected by my Department. Data from 1999–2000 onwards are contained within the following table:
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Number of schools in Greater London with deficit budgets1, 2 (1999–2000 to 2003–04)3, 4, 5

LEA name1999–20002000–012001–022002–032003–04
Greater London297220240300293
Barking and Dagenham14461319
City of London00000
Hammersmith and Fulham32359
Kensington and Chelsea41322
Kingston upon Thames33333
Richmond upon Thames32263
Tower Hamlets1613222622
Waltham Forest1078917

(21) Financial data used to determine budget is taken to the nearest pound.
(22) Due to changes in data items recorded on Section 52, school level balance data is now reported as the combination of any unspent allocations (including unspent Standards Fund grants) and the cumulative balance of income less expenditure from revenue funding sources during the financial year and any balances carried forward from previous years. Previously unspent allocations were excluded from the calculation of school balances but from 2003–04 onwards we are not able to split these out and as a result these figures for 1999–2000 to 2002–03 may differ from figures released previously by the department.
(23) School level data has only been collected by the DfES since the inception of Section 52 in 1999–2000.
(24) Figures for 1999–2000 to 2002–03 are for LEA maintained primary, secondary and special schools. 2003–04 figures also include those LEA maintained nursery schools with delegated budgets.
(25) 2003–04 data is still undergoing data cleaning and is therefore subject to charges by the LEA which may after the results for that period.
As reported by LEAs as at 3 February 2005.

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