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Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children who live in Worcestershire attend school in another local authority, broken down by local authority; and how many children in each school in Worcestershire live in another local authority. 
Jacqui Smith: The information requested broken down by local education authority has been provided in the following tables. The information requested at school level has been made available to the House of Commons Library.
|Number of pupils||Percentage of pupils|
|Total number of pupils resident in Worcestershire||81,700||100|
|Local education authority|
|Total pupils schooled outside of authority||3,593||4.4|
|Number of Pupils||Percentage of pupils|
|Pupils attending schools in|
|Total residing outside of authority||3,020||3.7|
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people are participating in the Entry to Employment programme; and how many are expected to be participating by the end of July. 
Jacqui Smith: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
As at the end of April 2005, 24,467 young people were participating in E2E. I am able to report that over 30 per cent. of the participants declared themselves as having a Learning Difficulty or Disability and 19 per cent. as being from an ethnic minority background. This demonstrates that E2E is truly addressing the Government's inclusion agenda.
In July we expect there to be a similar number of participants on E2E, indeed we would expect to maintain the programme at this level at least until July 2006. We have recently announced that the budget and funding rates for E2E have been increased by 2.5 per cent. support for 200506.
You will also, I am sure, be pleased to note that since E2E was introduced in 2003 the percentage of young people moving into a job, training or education place has improved by 11 per cent. from 32 per cent. to 43 per cent.
I hope these statistics reassure you that E2E is being maintained at the required level and that it is meeting the priorities the Government has set for it. Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the LSC.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many EU students she expects to attend higher education institutions in England in each year between 2006 and 2010. 
Jacqui Smith: I am pleased to report that we are writing to the Archdiocese of Liverpool and the school to confirm that we are minded to approve the construction of the new school. This Department has yet to agree the design of the new school buildings and the precise level of funding, but it will be contained within the overall sum of £13 million allocated to three voluntary aided schools in the local authority's area. This confirmation will mean that the design work can proceed as soon as possible.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many couples have been referred to the Family Resolutions Pilot Project since its inception; and how many have not been referred for reasons relating to domestic violence. 
Maria Eagle: As of 24 June 2005, 48 couples have been referred to the Family Resolutions Pilot Project. The Pilot Project began in September 2004 but data gathering for evaluation purposes did not begin until 15 March 2005. Therefore it is not possible to give an exact figure for the number of couples who were not referred to Family Resolutions since it began for reasons relating to domestic violence.
However, since data gathering began from 15 March 2005 I can say that, of the 71 couples not referred to the Pilot Project, 14 of these non-referrals were for reasons relating to domestic violence.
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The Government have established a network of sector skills councils as strategic bodies to improve skills and productivity in industry and business across the UK economy. Lantra is the sector skills council for environmental and land-based industries and is working on a number of developments in trees and timber trades which include forestry. It has developed an apprenticeship in trees and timber and intends to consult on developing an advanced apprenticeship. It is also developing a wide-ranging Sector Skills Agreement for the sector involving a detailed assessment of skill needs and current training provision including forestry. Identifying and promoting
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business champions through case studies and providing careers information in the sector is another area of work being undertaken. Forestry is also one of the five priority areas in Lantra's development of a business competence framework for industries within the sector.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were taken into care in each Government Office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004; how many of those children were aged under two years; and how many of those aged under two years how many were siblings of a child previously taken into care under the age of two years. 
|Age on starting, year ending 31 March|
|Under two years||Two years or over||Total||Under two years||Two years or over||Total||Under two years||Two years or over||Total|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||670||1,820||2,490||700||1,970||2,670||640||1,680||2,320|
|East of England||420||1,600||2,020||390||1,740||2,130||520||1,750||2,270|
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in external foster care of local authorities in each Government office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004. 
|Year ending 31 March|
|Arranged through LA(69)||Total(70)||Arranged|
|Arranged through LA(69)||Total(70)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||240||3,980||4,220||380||4,040||4,420|
|East of England||440||3,160||3,600||550||3,370||3,920|
|Year ending 31 March|
|Arranged through agency(71)||Arranged through LA(71)||Total(71)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||430||4,020||4,450|
|East of England||640||3,470||4,110|
Maria Eagle: The strengthened and enhanced private fostering notification scheme came into effect on Friday 1 July, as provided for in the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. Before November 2008, the Government will form a view on the effectiveness of the new measures and whether a registration scheme should be introduced using powers under the Children Act 2004.
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