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Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much central Government funding was spent on average per child in England in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding central government provided per head for each East Devon pupil in 2003; and how much is provided per pupil for 2005. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is produced according to local authority areas rather than districts within an area. The total funding per pupil aged 319 in Devon was £3,530. Figures for 200506 are not yet available. This figure includes funding via Education Formula Spending/Standard Spending Assessment and Grants. It includes the pensions transfer and is in cash terms. Education Formula Spending is part of the wider local government finance system and is supported by council tax as well as central Government grant.
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
A school is judged to require special measures following an Ofsted inspection which concludes that it is failing to provide an acceptable standard of education for its pupils. The factors inspectors must consider in reaching a judgement that a school requires special measures are set out in the Ofsted Handbooks for Inspecting Schools" available on the Ofsted website.
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Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Birmingham have benefited from free nursery places since the policy was introduced, broken down by constituency. 
Margaret Hodge: All four-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since September 1998. All three-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since April 2004.
The available information on the numbers of free part-time early education places taken up by three and four-year-olds in Birmingham local education authority area and parliamentary constituencies within Birmingham since 1997 is shown in the tables.
The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release 39/2004 Provision for children under five years of age in EnglandJanuary 2004 (final)", which is available on the Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.
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|Maintained nursery and primary schools(126)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total 3-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools(127)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total 4-year-olds|
|Constituency||Maintained nursery and primary schools(133)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers(134)||Total 3-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools(135)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers(136)||Total 4-year-olds|
|Birmingham, Hall Green||400||250||640||760||90||850|
|Birmingham, Hodge Hill||680||220||900||1,200||70||1,200|
|Birmingham, Perry Barr||640||300||930||1.100||100||1.200|
|Birmingham, Selly Oak||460||330||780||830||100||930|
|Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath||1,200||540||1,700||2,000||210||2,200|
|Birmingham (postcode unknown)(137)||0||50||50||0||(138)||(138)|
|Birmingham LEA total||6,700||4,200||10,900||12,000||1,600||13.600|
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