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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is published in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) statistical first release (SFR), Further Education, Work Based Learning for Young People and Adult and Community LearningLearner Numbers in England: 200304, available on the LSC website: http://www.lsc.gov.uk/National/Partners/Data/Statistics/Learner Statistics/LearnerNumbers/StatisticalFirstRelease 200304.htm
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women in Crosby have visited an information and communications technology training centre in order to learn skills to return to work. 
Ufl is unable to provide the actual number of female users for individual CMF funded UK online centres in the Crosby area (College Road Library, Crosby Connect Learning Centre and 3TCMerseyside Third Sector Technology Centre) as data at this level is not gathered for individual UK online centres.
This data is taken from the quarterly report of CMF centres for the quarter ending December 2004. It should be noted that this data only covers CMF centres and only those that still return data (this is about one third of CMF centres). The percentage of users figure and the average number of users figure have been fairly consistent over the last 12 months.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received regarding Jamie Oliver's Feed Me Better campaign; what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the campaign; and if she will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has met with Jamie Oliver to hear about his work in Greenwich, and to inform him of our own work to improve school meals. The Department for Education and Skills has had a large number of letters, e-mails and telephone calls relating to Jamie Oliver's Feed Me Better campaign.
Over the next three years, from September 2005, £220 million of new grants to schools and local education authorities to raise the quality of school meals. The LEA grants will be targeted in part to help primary schools spend a minimum of 50p on ingredients and secondary schools, 60p;
Higher priority to providing new or upgraded kitchen facilities, through our existing programmes to rebuild and refurbish schools. Government are already committed to investing £5.5billion in 200506 rising to £6.3 billion in 200708 to improve secondary school buildings, and at least £1.8 billion to improve primary schools in 2007/08;
£60 million to fund the new School Food Trust, with £45 million of this coming from the Big Lottery Fund. The Trust will provide independent support and advice about school meal improvements to schools and parents and will be working with the Lottery on a range of healthy eating programmes based around schools;
Producing new guidance to help schools and local education authorities draw up catering contracts that source healthy school meals' services and healthy food in vending machines, tuck shops and breakfast clubs;
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of the content of school meals on rates of obesity in children. 
Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she (a) has given and (b) plans to give to schools on (i) additives in school meals and (ii) vending machines selling food in schools; and if she will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The Secretary of State has not given advice to schools on additives in school meals. Subject to meeting the requirements of mandatory school lunch standards, local education authorities are responsible for deciding whether lunches should be free from additives. This responsibility is transferred to the governing body of schools that have a budget for school lunches delegated to them.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is currently carrying out research into the impact of artificial colourings and preservatives on children's behaviour. This Department works closely with FSA and will carefully consider the results of their research, due for publication in March 2007.
There is separate guidance on commercial sponsorship, Commercial activities in schools: best practice principles, which was published in 2001 by DfES in conjunction with the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) and the Consumers' Association. The principal aim of this publication, aimed at parents, teachers, school governing bodies, LEAs and businesses was to encourage consideration by all parties of a range of issues and to ensure that commercial objectives are consistent with genuine educational benefits. The guidance is to be updated after consultation over the next few months.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage of school meals provided free at the point of delivery is in
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(a) England and (b) Hull; what percentage of pupils in primary schools eat school meals in (i) England and (ii)Hull; and if she will make a statement. 
|Maintained nursery and primary||Maintained secondary|
|England||Kingston Upon Hull LEA||England||Kingston Upon Hull LEA|
|Number on roll||4,293,180||23,760||3,326,800||16,220|
|Number of pupils taking free school meals(4)||608,760||4,740||351,380||2,620|
|Percentage of pupils taking free school meals||14.2||19.9||10.6||16.2|
|Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||741,150||6,150||477,290||3,840|
|Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||17.3||25.9||14.3||23.7|
Pupils are recorded as being eligible for free school meals if a claim has been made by them or on their behalf by parents and either the relevant authority has confirmed their eligibility or the school or LEA have seen the necessary documentation. Eligibility requires the parent (or pupil) to be in receipt of either income support, or income-based jobseekers allowance, or support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or Child Tax credit but not working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) that does not exceed for 200304 Tax Year £13,480.
Section 512 of the Education Act 1996 (EA96), amended by section 201 of the Education Act 2002, places a duty on local education authorities to provide free school lunches to eligible pupils. (A similar duty is transferred to the governing body of any school that has had the budget for school lunches delegated to them).
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