|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the number of people (a) starting and (b) completing Modern Apprenticeships in 200506; and what funding has been allocated to Modern Apprenticeships in 200506. 
Phil Hope: The Apprenticeship programme continues to go from strength to strength with record numbers of young people participating and completion rates improving more quickly than expected. We have ensured that sufficient funding is made available to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who deliver the programme, to meet our targets and aspiration in this area. This will continue in the next funding year 200506. However, the details asked are a matter for the LSC and I have asked the Council's Chief Executive Mark Haysom to write to the hon. Member and a copy of the reply will be placed in the Library.
The LSC was incorporated on 1st April 2001, as such the first financial year for which the LSC assumed responsibility for managing the delivery of apprenticeships was 200102. Table 1 below shows the total expenditure coded as marketing, advertising, development and promotion of apprenticeships in the LSCs accounts for the 200102 and subsequent financial years.
|Financial Year||Total expenditure (£ million)|
Our research 1 also shows that awareness of Apprenticeships rose significantly during the campaign, with nearly 90% of employer respondents aware of Apprenticeships in October 2004 compared with 72% in December 2003 (pre-campaign).
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduates studied (a) chemistry and (b) biochemistry in (i) 200405 and (ii) 199596 (A) in total and (B) as a percentage of the total undergraduate population. 
|Subject of study|
biology and biophysics)
|Student numbers||Percentage of undergraduate population||Student numbers||Percentage of undergraduate population|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many complaints against child minders investigated by Ofsted have subsequently turned out to be vexatious in each of the last five years; 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 18 July 2005]: These are matters for the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted). David Bell, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Schools will write to the hon. Gentleman and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
In relation to the first question, Ofsted does not record the number of vexatious complaints made against childminders. Ofsted's role is to help to secure better education and care through effective inspection and regulation. Ofsted looks into complaints which suggest that childminders and day care providers are not meeting the government's National Standards.
Ofsted's first concern is with the welfare of the children in the provider's care. When Ofsted has investigated a complaint it records the outcome of the investigation. This could be the action the provider or Ofsted had to take to bring about compliance with the Standards or that Ofsted found the provider to be meeting the National Standards. Ofsted reports either outcome to parents and in its regular inspection reports. It does not record or report whether a complaint was vexatious. It may be, of course, that even if a complaint was vexatious it could still lead Ofsted to identify some areas for improvement in the childminder's practice and so have a positive impact on the children concerned.
However, Ofsted does recognise that providers will have concerns about having a number of complaints recorded against their names, even if Ofsted on inspection found that National Standards were being met. For that reason, where it appears that a number of complaints could have been made by the same source and they all resulted in a finding that the Standards were being met, they are not reported on in inspection reports individually.
Ofsted recognises the concern childminders may feel about this issue and is looking at its practice to see if it can handle complaints in a more transparent and effective way. The government has just consulted on a new duty to be placed on providers to investigate and report on complaints. It may be that Ofsted will be able to change its complaints procedures and recording in the light of this. It will work with provider organisations to make sure it does this as well as it can.
|Financial year(22)||Number of investigations against|
|Number of resulting actions against|
|April 2004 to March 2005||2,448||456|
|April 2003 to March 2004||2,550||398|
|Transitional period(23)||Number of complaints received by Ofsted about child care provision||Number of resulting enforcement actions against child minders and providers of day care|
|September 2001 to|
|All figures are for child minding unless otherwise stated||September 2001 to March 2003(25)||April 2003 to March 2004(26)||April 2004 to March 2005(26)|
|Notice of compliance instructing providers they must comply with the National Standards||(27)40|
(Child minders 17)
|Change to conditions of registration||(27)68||17||14|
|Voluntary suspension of registration||(27)106||77||95|
|Statutory suspension of registration(28)||n/a||29||27|
|Cancellation of registration||(27)45||36||81|
|Emergency order from a Justice of the Peace||(27)27||2||4|
|Enforcement action against unregistered child minding||124||104||104|
|Total number of resulting actions against child minders||||398||456|
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|