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School Management Information Systems

Mr. Forth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency document, Value for Money Review of School Management Information Systems; and if she will place a copy in the Library. [2648]

Jacqui Smith: Becta (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is currently finalising its review of school management information systems and value for money. Becta will submit its recommendations to Ministers in the next few weeks. Once Ministers have considered Becta's advice and decided how to proceed, Becta will publish its findings more widely. A copy of the published report will be placed in the Library.

School Meals

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Government funding is being allocated to improve school meals; when this funding will become available; how it will be apportioned; what assessment has been made of current contractual arrangements entered into between local education authorities and suppliers of school meals; and if she will make a statement. [1523]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 6 June 2005]: On 30 March, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced that schools would receive additional funding to help them transform the quality of school meals. Over the three years 2005–07 to 2007–08, all maintained schools in England will receive a share of the £220 million set aside to help local education authorities and schools strengthen their support for healthy eating and to provide better quality food. Of this, £30 million
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each year will go to schools to help meet transitional costs involved in developing and improving their "whole school" approach to food. £30/50/50 million will go to LEAs to enable them to support schools with this process, with an emphasis on schools in deprived areas and schools starting from a low base. The first call on this money will be helping to deliver the Government's pledge to ensure that schools provide meals with ingredients costing 50p or more in primary schools, and 60p or more in secondary schools.

The first instalment of this additional funding will be available to schools and LEAs this autumn. Further details about the distribution of both grants will be announced in due course.

We are currently considering how best to capture information about school meals provision, including information about patterns of school meals provision in different local education authorities.

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress she has made in ensuring that all schools adopt a whole-school approach to their food in school policies. [2751]

Jacqui Smith: From later this year, the 'Healthy Schools' programme will include healthy eating as a compulsory element, which schools will need to address to reach the National Healthy Schools' standard. We are aiming for all schools to be working towards 'Healthy School' status by 2009.

Existing guidance and resources support all aspects of food education within the national curriculum as well as a range of extra-curricular activities aimed at developing healthy eating habits. The guidance encourages schools to adopt a consistent approach to teaching about diet, nutrition, cooking, food hygiene and safety, and to reflect this approach in the provision of food that pupils eat at school.

The School Food Trust will play a key role in taking forward the Government's programme for improving school food. It will give independent support and advice to schools and parents to improve the standard of school meals and to ensure that the issue of school food remains high on the agenda.

In the next three years, beginning September 2005, £220 million of new grants will be given directly to schools and local education authorities to raise the quality of school meals. We want schools to use those direct grants to develop a coherent 'whole school' approach to food, covering all other aspects of food provision in school as well as using the curriculum to reinforce healthy eating principles. The money could also be used to fund training and/or longer working hours for school cooks.

School Repairs

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on repairing schools in Coventry in each year since 1997. [537]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 25 May 2005]: Revenue expenditure figures on the maintenance and improvement of schools are likely to vary from year to year depending on the unique circumstances of a
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particular LEA. For example, revenue expenditure will increase in years where there have been adverse weather conditions (e.g. repairing storm damage) and is also likely to vary with the number and age of the school buildings within the LEA. Revenue expenditure will also be affected by the amounts of capital expenditure employed at a school. Capital spending in Coventry LEA on school buildings has increased from £6.96 million in 1997–98 to £13.57 million in 2003–04. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.

The information concerning public funding spent on repairing schools in Coventry is contained within the following table:
Maintenance and improvement of school buildings and grounds in Coventry LEA since 1997


(35) Figures for 1997–98 to 2001–02 cover the repair and maintenance of buildings, fixed plant and grounds which includes all expenditure on non-capital building works, including repairs and maintenance of buildings, and non-capital expenditure on fixed plant and grounds. Figures for 2002–03 and 2003–04 are the combination of the revenue expenditure on building (including fixed plant) maintenance and improvement and grounds maintenance and improvement (CFR categories E12 + E13). Any capital expenditure on school buildings is not included in this table.
(36) Figures for 2002–03 onwards will not be directly comparable with the figures for earlier years as figures for 1997–98 to 2001–02 are for all LEA maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools (pre-primary expenditure accounts for £18,000, £46,000 and £9,000 of the respective totals in 1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2001–02) while nursery figures for 2002–03 and 2003–04 are not available and have therefore been excluded for these two years. Also, for some LEAs, expenditure that had previously been attributed to the school sectors was reported within the LEA part of the form in 2002–03 and 2003–04 and would therefore be excluded from the totals for those years although the precise amount of this is not quantifiable from existing sources.
The empty rows denote the change of source from LEAs' education Revenue Outturn Statements submitted to the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions to Section 52 Outturn Statements in 1999–2000, and to the review of the Section 52 categories in 2002–03 following the introduction of Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) to schools.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the requirement for school building repairs in Brent; and if she will make a statement. [2471]

Jacqui Smith: The condition assessment data supplied to the Department by Brent in 2003 showed maintenance requirements amounting to £39.1 million, updated to current price levels. In addition to backlog repair work, the figure covers work needed over a five year period from the dates of the assessments, including cyclical and scheduled maintenance.
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Central Government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 1996–97 to £5.5 billion this year and will rise further to £6.3 billion by 2007–08. Progress is being made year-by-year in improving the quality of the school building stock.

Schools (Hammersmith and Fulham)

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are attending schools in Hammersmith and Fulham in the 2004/05 academic year, broken down by postcode district. [2095]

Jacqui Smith: The information has been broken down by local education authority instead of postcode district to comply with the National Statistics code of practice
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and associated protocols. Every effort has been made to ensure the data does not allow the identification of individual pupils. Any low counts have been suppressed and therefore the sum of LEAs may not equal relevant totals.
Hammersmith and Fulham LEA
Number of school population resident in Hammersmith and Fulham9,430
Percentage of school population resident in Hammersmith and Fulham70.7
Number of school population not resident in Hammersmith and Fulham3,903
Percentage of school population not resident in Hammersmith and Fulham29.3

Number of pupils attending schools in Hammersmith and Fulham by LEA of residency

LEA no.LEA namePrimarySecondarySpecialTotal
205Hammersmith and Fulham6,5052,7861399430
207Kensington and Chelsea12074530895
211Tower Hamlets(37)(37)19
213City of Westminster625014270
301Barking and Dagenham(37)(37)(37)
314Kingston upon Thames(37)41(37)48
318Richmond upon Thames121185135
320Waltham Forest66
936West Sussex(37)(37)19
Resident LEA Unknown63516120

Includes pupils aged 5 to 15 years
'(37) —' denotes Suppressed values
PLASC 2005 provisional

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