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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four-year-olds in Crosby in each of the last seven years. 
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 Sefton Local Education Authority area and parliamentary constituencies within Sefton local education authority area since 1998 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/.
|Maintained nursery and primary schools(2)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total 3-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools(3)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total 4-year-olds|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools2||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers3||Total 3-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools4||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers5||Total 4-year-olds|
|Sefton LEA total||1,800||970||2,700||2,500||400||2,900|
Changes in pupil figures may arise from changes to the underlying population in the local education authority area and other factors. However, my Department doesn't publish population figures for individual age cohorts at sub-national level because of the unreliability of the underlying population estimates. The Office for National Statistics publish sub-national population estimates in five-year age bands.
Margaret Hodge [pursuant to the reply, 27 January 2005, Official Report, c. 506W]: It has come to my attention that the information provided by the Commission for Social Care Inspection for this answer was incorrect due to a clerical error. I am advised by the commission that the number of private children's homes registered in 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05 (up to 19 January 2005) was 169, 276 and 187 respectively.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private children's homes have been de-registered (a) due to voluntary closure and (b) under direction from her inspectors in each of the last five years. 
Margaret Hodge [pursuant to the reply, 27 January 2005, Official Report, c. 506W]: It has come to my attention that some of the information provided by the Commission for Social Care Inspection for this answer was incorrect due to a clerical error. I am advised by the commission that the number of private children's homes de- registered in 2002/03 was 87.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private children's homes have been registered to operate in each of the last eight years; and how many have closed during that time. 
Margaret Hodge: Information provided by the Commission for Social Care Inspection, who took over the role of the National Care Standards Commission from 1 April 2004, on the number of registered and de-registered private children's homes for the last three years is shown in the following table.
|Private children's homes||2002/03||2003/04||2004/05(14)|
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she gives to teachers regarding the extent to which teachers can raise their voice when disciplining a pupil; and if she will make a statement. 
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school kitchens have been (a) closed and (b) converted to other uses since May 1997; and whether the new resources announced on 30 March for improving school meals includes funding available to re-open closed kitchens. 
Derek Twigg: Information on the closure or conversion of school kitchens should be held locally; and we do not collect it centrally. The £280 million announced on 30 March is revenue funding to transform the quality of school meals in England and set up the new School Food Trust. We have already announced substantial capital investment most of which can be used to improve kitchen and dining facilities of English schools.
|Financial year||Schools capital investment|
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