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Jacqui Smith: Both public and private sectors have welcomed our proposals to set up the School Food Trust (SFT). It will give independent support and advice to schools and parents to improve the standard of school meals, working with the food industry, caterers, nutritionists, food interest groups and the public sector. We have already announced financial support of £5 million per year for the SFT for the next three years. My Department will assist the SFT in establishing itself, will agree an annual business plan in relation to the grant it receives from DFES, and work closely with it to ensure that our respective work programmes are complementary.
Jacqui Smith: The information requested at school level has been made available in the House of Commons Library. Summary information showing the home LEAs of pupils attending schools in Gloucestershire is provided in the following table.
|Percentage of pupils|
|Pupils attending schools|
|City of Bristol||6||(27)|
|Total residing outside of authority||3,236||3.8|
Jacqui Smith: In 200506 recurrent funding through the schools formula spending share has increased in Lancashire by 7.0 per cent. per pupil and its total SFSS has risen to £555.1 million. The funding that individual schools receive is a matter for the local authority through its locally agreed funding formula.
As far as schools capital funding is concerned, £31.2 million has been allocated to Lancashire local
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authority and schools for the year 200506. Indicative allocations of £35.6 million and £37.2 million have been made for the years 200607 and 200708 respectively. These allocations will be utilised in accordance with the local authority and schools' asset management plans, taking account of changes in school population within the local authority area.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many special needs
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(a) assistants and (b) teachers there were in London in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority. 
Information on special needs teaching assistants in service is collected in January of each year. The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of special needs assistants in each London local education authority in each January since 1997.
|Position as at January each year|
|Each London local education authority||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||(29)2005|
|City of London||(30)||(30)||(30)||(30)||(30)||(30)||(30)||(30)||(30)|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||50||40||70||70||60||130||120||130||130|
|Kensington and Chelsea||40||50||50||60||70||60||90||80||90|
|Barking and Dagenham||140||130||140||140||150||200||240||260||210|
|Kingston upon Thames||30||30||40||50||50||110||110||160||180|
|Richmond upon Thames||40||40||40||50||60||70||80||100||110|
The audit is being conducted using findings from a piloting stage. Questionnaires have been issued to all local authorities. Responses are being received and followed up. Regional focus groups have been established and are now working to gather information and offer advice on specialist services, support and provision provided by local authorities and health as well as the non-maintained, private and voluntary sectors.
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