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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to tackle drug abuse in English secondary schools; and if she will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The Government are committed to taking robust action to reduce significantly the numbers of young people affected by drugs. "Drugs: Guidance for Schools" (DfES 2004) outlines how schools should have in place procedures for managing drug incidents. Schools play an important part in providing drug education and pastoral support to all pupils and in identifying children and young people vulnerable to drug misuse. Those who require extra help should receive it in school or through a referral to other services. Schools should work closely with their local Drug Action Teams (DATs) to ensure that there is appropriate support in place for young people.
Beverley Hughes: Every Child Matters: Change for Children is a major programme of reform for children's services. It is based around an outcomes framework against which children's services will be assessed and inspected, which includes the aims that children and young people should engage in law-abiding and positive behaviour, and be safe from crime and antisocial behaviour, both in and out of school. All programmes are expected to contribute to the outcomes framework, and children's services will work in partnership with Youth Offending Teams and other relevant agencies.
Programmes with a specific objective for reducing crime rates include: Positive Activities for Young People, Connexions, Safer Schools Partnerships, On-Track and other Children's Fund programmes and a range of Youth Offending Team programmeparticularly Youth Inclusion Programmes, Youth Inclusion and Support Panels and Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes. An extensive programme of work to improve behaviour and attendance in schools will have an indirect impact on reducing youth crime rates.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils received free school meals in each London borough in each year since 1997; and how many pupils she estimates are entitled to claim free school meals. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the need for building repairs at John Kelly (a) girls and (b) boys schools; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: The condition assessment data supplied to the Department by Brent in 2003 showed maintenance requirements for John Kelly Girls School and John Kelly Boys Schools amounting to £460,000 and £586,000 respectively, updated to current price levels. In addition to backlog repair work, the figures cover work needed over a five year period from the dates of the assessments, including cyclical and scheduled maintenance.
Central government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 199697 to £5.5 billion this year and will rise further to
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£6.3 billion by 200708. Progress is being made year-by-year in improving the quality of the school building stock.
Mr. Michael Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of
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secondary schools in (a) Birmingham, (b) Dudley, (c) Coventry, (d) Sandwell, (e) Solihull, (f) Walsall, (g) Wolverhampton, (h) Worcestershire, (i) Staffordshire, (j) Shropshire, (k) Telford and Wrekin, (l) Warwickshire and (m) Stoke-on-Trent receive the Leadership Incentive Grant. 
|Number of maintained mainstream secondary schools|
|LEA||Total||LIG(25)||Non-LIG||Percentage that receive LIG(25)|
|Telford and Wrekin||14||4||9||29|
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used to decide which schools receive the Leadership Incentive Grant; and whether she plans to change the criteria. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of children subject to (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent exclusions in the last five years were looked-after children. 
Jacqui Smith: The Department collects information on children who have been looked after for at least 12 months and have been permanently excluded from schools. The available information is given in the table.
|Number of children looked after at 30 September who had been looked after|
for at least 12 months
|Number eligible for full-time schooling||33,100||33,800||34,500||35,100||35,300|
|Number of looked after children permanently excluded from school(26)||490||450||420||380||320|
|Percentage of all looked after pupils eligible for full-time schooling(27)||1.5||1.3||1.2||1.1||0.9|
|Total number of permanent exclusions(28)||8,320||9,140||9,540||9,290||n/a|
|Percentage of all permanent exclusions(29)||5.9||4.9||4.4||4.1||n/a|
The Department has recently started to collect information on fixed period exclusions via the Termly Exclusions Survey. First findings from this survey for the 2003/04 academic year will be published in a Statistical First Release on 23 June 2005. However, quality checks are still ongoing to establish whether an analysis of fixed period exclusions by looked-after status will be sufficiently robust and fit for publication.
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