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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of its total budget was spent by Lancashire local education authority on special needs education in each of the last 10 years. [21161]

Maria Eagle: The information requested is only available from 2000–01 onwards and is contained within the following table:
Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs(7)(5508220008) (£)Total
education revenue expenditure(9)(£)
Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with SEN as a percentage of total education revenue expenditure

(7) 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.
(8) 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. In 2005–06, Lancashire also budgeted £13.2 million for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the budgeted net expenditure on SEN as figures are not available prior to 2005–06.
(9) Total education revenue expenditure is the combination of the total schools budget and the total local authority budget
(10) Section 52 Budget 2005–06 data is provisional and is subject to change by the local authority.
Cash terms figures are as reported by the LEA and are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds and may not sum due to rounding.

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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school
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teachers have (a) a first class, (b) an upper second, (c) a lower second, (d) a third class degree and (e) no degree. [20679]

Jacqui Smith: The following table provides degree class information for full-time regular teachers in service in maintained secondary schools in 2003, the latest information available. For comparison, the degree class of those teachers qualifying during 2002 is also provided.
Percentage of full-time teachers in secondary school service in 2003 by class of degree held and year of qualification

Year of qualification
Class of degreeAll years2002
1st honours4.15.7
2nd honours(11)75.979.7
3rd and unclassified honours6.04.0
No degree recorded(13)1.50.5

(11) Information for 2nd class honours degrees cannot be split into 2:1 or 2:2 categories.
(12) Includes degrees obtained outside of the UK, teachers whose degree class is not recorded, teachers with other graduate equivalent qualifications and a small number of teachers with higher degrees where the class of their first degree is unknown.
(13) Includes teachers obtaining qualified teacher status through a Certificate of Education. Some of these teachers may have gained degree level qualifications after entering teaching but no details of these qualifications are available.
Database of Teachers Records.

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A303 Improvements

Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the options for improvements to the A303 past Stonehenge. [21218]

Dr. Ladyman: Options for improvements to the A303 past Stonehenge will be considered in the review of options which we announced in July. We expect to announce the terms of reference for the review shortly.

A5 Closure

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons a stretch of the A5 was closed on Sunday 18 September; on whose authority the road was closed; for what period of time it was closed; and if he will make a statement. [21682]

Dr. Ladyman: There were no incidents reported on the A5 resulting in closure but there were planned works on two sections of the A5 trunk road that weekend.

On 11 September, the Highways Agency started major reconstruction and resurfacing works on the A5 at its junction with the B4036 at Long Buckby Northampton. This involved full closure of the A5 on two successive weekends between 16 and 19 September and between 23 and 26 September. The closures operated between 21:00hrs on Friday and 06:00hrs on Monday.

There were also overnight closures on the westbound carriageway of the A5 near the Motor Institution Research Agency, in Nuneaton. On the weekend identified the closures operated between 20:00hrs and 06:00hrs on Saturday 17 September and on Sunday 18 September. The road reopened to traffic at 06:00hrs on Monday 19 September.

The A5 was closed on each occasion by means of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order issued under the authority of the Secretary Of State for Transport. These closures were necessary to comply with the Health and Safety requirement, as the width of the carriageway is insufficient to provide adequate safety zones for the workforce while traffic is flowing.

Signed diversion routes were provided on both occasions.

Airlines (Subsidies)

Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) airlines and (b) routes in the United Kingdom receive public service obligation subsidies. [21965]

Ms Buck: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer of 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1159W.

Blue Badges

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish proposals on altering the criteria for eligibility for blue badges. [20158]

Ms Buck: We are working on a number of proposals to extend eligibility for blue badges (including extending the scheme to children under the age of two and people
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with temporary disabilities). These will require changes to regulations and we will consult on a draft regulatory package later this year.

Conferences and Seminars

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the conferences and seminars that his Department organised between 1 September 2004 and 28 July 2005, broken down by (a) cost and (b) purpose. [19997]

Ms Buck: The Department communicates where appropriate with organisations through seminars, workshops and exhibitions and holds internal events in the course of normal management. Records of these events are not held centrally, and details for the period September 2004 to July 2005 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport over what period Crossrail was expected to make a return on its outlays at the original cost estimate; and what the current estimated period is for covering costs. [20803]

Derek Twigg: Information on the economic assessment of Crossrail is available on the Crossrail website at The costs used within the assessment are consistent with the estimate of £10.292 million (quarter 1 2002 prices) contained in the parliamentary estimate of expense submitted with the Crossrail hybrid Bill.

Cycle Lanes

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Southend since 1997. [19999]

Derek Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 18 October 2005, Official Report, columns 886–87W to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker), which provided details of the number of cycle lanes built by all local highway authorities since we started to collect these figures in 2001–02. The information for Southend is however set out in the following table for ease of reference.
Highway authority—Southend

Government office region = GO-E

(14) This indicates that no data has been supplied, while 0 indicates a figure between 0 and 0.44km for cycle lanes.

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