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Single Parent University Students

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what child care support services for single parent university students receive public (a) funding and (b) support; and what estimate she has made of the percentage of single parent university students who have access to adequate child care services. [18400]

Bill Rammell: Information on university child care support services is not collected centrally. HE institutions are free to manage their own affairs and decide which student services they need to provide for their students, how best to deliver them and the level of resource they allocate to them from within the public funds they receive.

The Government provide generous child care grants for eligible single parent university students worth 85 per cent. of total costs; and we have recently raised
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the ceiling on these costs from £200 to £300 per week (with grants up to £255 per week). This enables the student to choose the child care provision most suitable for them, whether made available by universities or otherwise.

SEN (Tooting)

Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to special needs education provision in the constituency of Tooting since 1997. [18118]

Maria Eagle: The information requested is not held by the Department in this form.

The constituency of Tooting falls within the area of Wandsworth local authority and the following table shows budgeted SEN expenditure in Wandsworth for the years 2000–01 to 2005–06.
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The Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations. Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs(54)(5508170055) by Wandsworth local authority(56) since 2000–01Cash terms figures(57) as reported by Wandsworth local authority(56) as at 12 October 2005

Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs

(54)Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co- ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as notional SEN" and the individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools.
(55)The ISB for special schools will include some general education costs for pupils with SEN in addition to those costs specifically for SEN while the figures recorded against notional SEN" are only indicative of the amount that might be spent by schools on SEN and, from 2004–05 onwards, notional SEN" delegated to nursery schools was reported on Section 52 for the first time and this accounts for £31,000 and £72,000 of the 2004–05 and 2005–06 totals respectively, in 2005–06, Wandsworth also budgeted £4.9 million for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the above table as figures are not available prior to 2005–06.
(56)Financial data is collected at a local authority level and consequently figures for the constituency of Tooting are not available and have been replaced by figures for Wandsworth local authority.
(57)Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds.
(58)2005–06 data is provisional and is subject to change by the local authority.
The data is drawn from Wandsworth local authority's Section 52 Budget Statements (Tables 1 and 2) submitted to the DfES.
Data is not available prior to 2000–01.

Sports Colleges

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will take steps to ensure that all designated sports colleges have a sports hall; [17106]

(2) how many secondary schools have been designated as sports colleges; and how many of these do not have their own sports hall. [17107]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 13 October 2005]: There are currently 351 designated specialist sports colleges in operation. This includes: 334 schools with sport as the sole specialism; 10 schools with sport combined with another specialism; and seven schools with sport as a second specialism.

The Department does not collect detailed data on the number of sports colleges which have their own sports hall. However, a survey of 168 sports colleges carried out by the Youth Sport Trust this summer showed that 77 per cent. of sports colleges had their own purpose built sports hall on site.
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While it may be desirable, it is not always necessary or appropriate for every sports college to have its own purpose built sports hall on site. Specialist sports colleges should have, or have access to, a range of high quality facilities for PE and sport that is appropriate to the needs of: their pupils; pupils in their partner schools; and other users in the wider community.

Any perceived need for a sports hall should have been highlighted in the school's audit which it will have carried out as part of its application for sports college status. This should have been reflected in the school's sports college capital project plans. Sports colleges could consider using their capital grant to contribute towards the cost of a sports hall.

Building Schools for the Future aims to renew all secondary schools in England over the next 15 years. When developing their proposals for BSF investment, planners should ensure that specialist sports colleges with a perceived need for a sports hall are catered for appropriately.

Student Finance

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Educationand Skills what proportion of university courses she expects will cost the full £3,000 per year fee when the new funding arrangements come into effect in 2006. [17815]

Bill Rammell: Universities are already and will continue to be free to charge unregulated fees for about half of the total number of courses they provide. For the other half, all but four universities plan to charge the full tuition fee of £3,000, but there will be no net cost in respect of tuition fees to any students from low income backgrounds at any university since in addition to the non-repayable grant of £2,700 we are making available, there is a minimum requirement for institutions to provide a bursary, or equivalent, of at least £300. However, most institutions have been significantly more generous than that with bursaries of up to £3,000, and in some exceptional cases up to £5,700.

Sure Start

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent by her Department on evaluating the effectiveness of Sure Start schemes. [18839]

Beverley Hughes: A comprehensive national level evaluation of Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) is examining the implementation, cost-effectiveness and impact of Sure Start for children, families and communities. It also provides support to SSLPs on their local evaluations.

The National Evaluation runs from 2001 to 2008 and will cost £20.3 million in total.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding has been made available for the creation of children's centres; [18994]

(2) how much has been allocated to Sure Start projects in West Sussex; [18995]
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(3) if she will list Sure Start projects which are running in West Sussex; and where new ones are planned. [18996]

Beverley Hughes: For the first phase of Sure Start Children's Centres from 2004–06 we have made available £435 million to develop children's centre services in disadvantaged areas. For the second phase from 2006–08 we are starting to roll out children's centres across the rest of the country and are making available £947 million so that we reach our target of 2,500 centres by March 2008.

Two Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) were announced in West Sussex in 2002–03 (wave 5): Crawley and Littlehampton. Crawley SSLP received anallocation of £1.1 million in capital and revenue of £768,750 in 2005–06. Littlehampton SSLP received an allocation of £1,392,485 in capital and revenue of £729,800 in 2005–06.

For phase 1 of children's centres, Crawley SSLP developed into Broadfield and Bewbush children's centres and Littlehampton SSLP became Littlehampton Children's Centre in 2005, all serving the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wards in West Sussex. In addition to these, three other children's centres have been designated in West Sussex and are now working towards achieving the full core offer of services. These are Bognor, Worthing and Chichester. In total, £650,000 capital and £389,000 revenue has been allocated to support the development of these centres in addition to the existing SSLP funding. We also provided a rural uplift element for West Sussex of £40,000 revenue and 100,000 capital for spending on the development of children's centre services in rural areas in the county.

For phase 2, West Sussex has a target to deliver 30 new children's centres. The total Sure Start specific grant allocation for these centres is £5,478,575 capital and £4,563,728 revenue. The local authority is currently identifying areas and developing early plans to progress these centres. Many of these centres will be linked to extended schools where appropriate to local needs. West Sussex and all other local authorities are required to provide basic information on early plans and location of phase 2 children's centres by the end of November 2005. Therefore planned locations for these centres are not yet known.

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