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Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education will reply to the letter dated 21 July regarding funding provisions for further education from the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b) information was partly exempted and (c) the requests were answered in full. 
(4) how many students her Department estimates will be taught courses leading to (a) GCSE Science, (b) GCSE Additional Science, (c) GCSE Additional Applied Science, (d) GCSE Biology, (e) GCSE Chemistry and (f) GCSE Physics under the new programmes of study to be made available in 200607. 
Bill Rammell: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the National Foundation for Educational Research carried out widespread consultation on proposals to introduce a revised programme of study at Key Stage 4. The science and science education communities and a sample of schools, colleges and universities were included in the consultation. The majority of respondents supported the changes.
The new programme of study for science at Key Stage 4 will maintain the breadth, depth and challenge of the current curriculum, while catering for a wide range of students' interests and aptitudes and encouraging more students to study more science.
The current Double Award Science GCSE will not be available after summer 2008. Awarding bodies will be offering a range of options, with Science and Additional Science being the closest equivalent to it.
The Government does not make forward projections of take up for individual examinations. However, we expect that at least 80 per cent. of students should do at least two science GCSEs and propose to give young people an entitlement to study leading to at least two science GCSEs.
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) role and (ii) effectiveness of sector skills councils; and if she will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: Working with the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and Devolved Administrations, the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) has established a performance monitoring and evaluation framework. This has set out a series of performance measures and indicators related to their policy objectives (set down within the Skills for Business performance scorecard).
Survey of stakeholders, including officials of Government Departments, educationalists and representatives of Government agencies such as the Learning and Skills Council, Regional Development Agencies, Scottish Further Education Funding Council, Education and Learning Wales.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment her Department has made of where the UK has skills shortages; and what steps it has taken to rectify such shortages. 
The Learning and Skills Council in England conducts a National Employers Skills Survey to identify skill shortages and skill gaps to inform their planning and public funding of post 16 education and training. The Government has also established the Skills for Business Network and Regional Skills Partnerships. Skills for Business comprises the Sector Skills Development Agency and 24 licensed Sector Skills Councils to provide employer-led strategic action to
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meet each sector's skills and business needs. Each SSC is tasked with producing a wide-ranging Sector Skills Agreement beginning with an assessment of the sector's long-term, medium and short-term needs and progressing to a final agreement with key partners and agencies signed up to secure the necessary skills supply. Regional Skills Partnerships bring together the planning and funding agencies within a region to address identified priorities. Although separate training arrangements apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all three devolved administrations will work to implement Sector Skills Agreements.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to special needs provision in each London borough in each of the last eight years. 
|Local authority name||200001||200102||200203||200304||200405||200506|
|City of London||202,000||242,000||336,000||401,000||432,000||398,000|
|Barking and Dagenham||9,383,000||6,293,000||11,935,000||12,812,000||15,361,000||17,273,000|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||8,256,000||8,045,000||9,280,000||10,297,000||12,558,000||13,901,000|
|Kensington and Chelsea||7,636,000||7,123,000||5,460,000||6,869,000||7,434,000||8,093,000|
|Kingston upon Thames||7,764,000||9,025,000||10,363,000||10,671,000||12,073,000||13,095,000|
|Richmond upon Thames||6,228,000||8,651,000||7,935,000||10,085,000||11,679,000||12,170,000|
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