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There are currently around 400 designated children centres, most developed from existing provision such as Sure Start Local Programmes and Early Excellence Centres. £435 million has been made available to local authorities in 200406 to develop centres in disadvantaged areas. From March 2006, £947 million will be available for local authorities to create 2,500 children's centres by March 2008.
Jacqui Smith: Trust schools will be funded on exactly the same basis as other maintained schools. They will receive multi-year revenue budgets from their local authority under the new school funding arrangements we are introducing from April 2006. They will receive direct capital funding on the national formula and have access to the substantial funding allocated to their authority and through the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Bill Rammell: The latest available figures for the percentage of full-time first degree students expected to gain a degree are shown in the following table. For 2002/03, 78.1 per cent. of UK domiciled full-time first degree students at English higher education institutions were expected to gain a degree, 1.7 per cent. to gain a higher education qualification other than a degree, 6.1 per cent. were expected to transfer to another institution, and 13.9 per cent. were expected to neither obtain a qualification nor transfer.
Students starting courses in:
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Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was available for youth services in (a) Wimbledon constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England in each year since 1997. 
Phil Hope: Youth services are funded through the local authority and information about the level of funding is collected by local education authority (LEA) area. This information has only been available separately since 2000. Therefore, I am in a position to give funding levels for the youth service in England as a whole, and for the youth service within London, and Wimbledon by LEA area, in this case Merton, from that date.
Figures in the following table give local authorities annual budget for youth service. Planned budgeted expenditure on the youth service as reported to the Department by local authorities has increased by almost 12 per cent. between 2003/04 and 2005/06.
|Financial year||England||London||Wimbledon (Merton) LEA|
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether consultations already undertaken by primary care trusts will be taken into account in the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say White Paper. 
Mr. Byrne: The Your Health, Your Care, Your Say consultation is a national listening exercise focused on what people want from community health and social care nationally. It is not meant to circumvent local consultations that have already taken place.
Mr. Byrne: Over 10,000 hard copies of the questionnaire have been sent to health and social care organisations, and members of the public, who have requested copies. We have taken particular care about providing materials in a range of languages and formats, including braille, audio, large print and easy read.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public meetings she has planned to participate in personally as part of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" consultation exercise. 
Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, attended the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" regional consultation event in Leicester on 22 September and a meeting organised by her constituency office on 7 October. My noble Friend the Minister of State (Lord Warner), was present at a regional event in London on 29 September and I attended the regional event in Gateshead on 14 September.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, together with my noble Friend the Minister of State (Lord Warner), my right hon. Friend the Minister of State (Jane Kennedy), my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Public Health (Caroline Flint) and I plan to attend the national citizens' summit" in Birmingham on 29 October 2005.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners, (b) voluntary organisations, (c) community hospital managers and (d) public and patient involvement forums took part in Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" regional consultations in (i) England and (ii) Thames Valley. 
The Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" regional consultation events are primarily for the public. 21 of the 251 people who attended the events in Gateshead, Leicester, London and Plymouth indicated that they worked in health or social care. Figures for the national summit in Birmingham on 29 October and events in the Thames Valley area are not available. National health service and social care organisations, including national staff representative bodies and the voluntary sector, are involved in drawing up policy
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recommendations through five taskforces, which are taking on board the views expressed by the public at the consultation events and in an on-line questionnaire. We have also written to national staff representative bodies, encouraging them to work with staff to discuss the issues and to feedback to the Department.
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