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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the cost of the education maintenance allowance in each year from 200405 to 200809; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money her Department has given in each of the last five years to (a) Brook, (b) Family Planning Association, (c) Marie Stopes International, (d) British Pregnancy Advisory Service and (e) Education for Choice; and for what purposes. 
Beverley Hughes: The amounts paid by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to the organisations listed in the question, along with a summary of the purpose for which the payments were made, are included in the following table. This reply does not include payments which may have been made by the Department of Health in support of the teenage pregnancy strategy, before responsibility for the strategy was transferred to DfES in April 2004.
|October 2004 to March 2006||FPA||250,637||Delivery of the 'Speakeasy' training programme, which enables parents and carers to have more confidence and knowledge in speaking to their children about sex and relationships|
|2004/05||FPA||10,000||To develop Good Practice Guidance for Primary Care Trusts on delivering young people friendly sexual health advice services|
|2004/06||FPA||58,000||To develop and deliver a training course for health and non-health professionals, to enable them to provide more proactive contraceptive advice to help young people to avoid second unplanned pregnanciesestimates suggest that 20 per cent. of births conceived to under-18s are second pregnancies|
|2004/06||FPA||20,565||To deliver courses on sex, relationships, pregnancy and parenthood for those working with looked after children and young people|
|2004/05||Brook||11,282||To develop a new contraception information leaflet for young parents to help support them in preventing second unplanned pregnancies|
|2004/06||Education for Choice||38,000||Delivery of training programmes for health and education professionals to facilitate discussion about pregnancy and abortion; revision and development of EfC website; work with boys and young men; and support for parents to help them discuss pregnancy choices and abortion|
|Year ending 31 March:|
|Adopted by former foster carer(22)||430||550||540||510|
|Foster placement ceased for other reason(23)(24)||14,100||13,900||13,000||13,500|
|Percentage of children ceasing care from a foster placement adopted||3.0||3.8||4.0||3.6|
Higher Education Institutions are autonomous bodies responsible for the management of their own affairs. Their governing bodies have a duty to take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure freedom of speech within the law for students and members of staff of the institution and for visiting speakers. Governing bodies must also ensure that use of the institution's premises is not denied to any individual
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or body of people on the grounds of their beliefs, views, policies or objectives.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Educationand Skills how many pupils sat GCSE examinations in (a) science, (b) biology, (c) chemistry, (d) physics, (e) French and (f) history in each year since 1995. 
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes in expenditure her Department expects to arise from the plans outlined in her Department's technical note produced for the Gershon review proposing (a) a reduction in the number of teachers and their replacement with interactive whiteboards and classroom supervisors and (b) replacing supply teachers with classroom supervisors. 
Jacqui Smith: The Department's technical note does not propose (a) a reduction in the number of teachers and their replacement with interactive whiteboards and classroom supervisors or (b) replacing all supply teachers with classroom supervisors.
The Gershon review focuses on improving efficiency and recycling such gains into the frontline. The Department's expenditure therefore remains unaffected and the Department will continue to invest in schools at the record levels already announced.
The effective use of information and communications technology (ICT), such as electronic interactive whiteboards, is a significant and powerful tool for increasing teachers' productive time and improving the quality of learning and teaching. ICT supports and enhances quality teaching and is not a substitute for it. The January2005 figures show that the number of teachers increased by 4,000 during the previous year.
Schools spent around £800 million in 200304 on agency staff and supply teachers. As part of remodelling the school work force the Department is supporting schools in developing and implementing more effective and cost efficient solutions. For example, the Department does not believe that it is a good use of teachers' time to cover for absent colleagues. The use of established cover staff for short-term absences provides better supervision by staff who belong to the school and know the children concerned, and at less cost.
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