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Beverley Hughes: We are unable to provide figures for the period requested other than at disproportionate cost. Details of the number of child care places available in England for each year between 1990 and 2005 are given as follows.
|Total number of child care places||Childminders||Full day care||Out of school/holiday clubs||Sessional care|
|Total child care places||Childminders||Full daycare||Out of school/holiday clubs||Sessional care|
The apparent discrepancies between the two data sets during the period 199697 to 200001 reflect different data collection methodologies. For instance, the Daycare Facilities Survey (DCFS) treats Out of School/Holiday Club places in a different manner to the Ofsted/LA figures. The DCFS counted a Holiday Club place that is available during each school holiday as three places (one at Easter, one in the summer, and one at Christmas) whereas the Ofsted/LA figures would consider it as just one place. The DCFS childminder places count methodology itself underwent major revision between 199192 and 199293, which explains the sudden leap in the figures there.
Since 2003 the Sure Start, Extended Schools and Families Group has used quarterly registration data from Ofsted to measure the stock of, and fluctuations in, childcare place. Prior to that figures were generated from comparable data included within local authorities' annual returns to the Early Years and Childcare Unit (now part of the Sure Start, Extended Schools and Families Group). These administrative data figures have less statistical validity than the Daycare Facilities Survey, which were published as National Statistics.
Earlier this year the Department ran an in-house basic skills course for staff. The programme gave people with an identified skills need three hours tuition per week, delivered by tutors from the local adult education
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service. The tutor is still on-site for three hours per week to provide additional learning support to participants to help them enhance their skills.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list formal consultations being sponsored by her Department and its agencies; and what the (a) commencement date and (b) deadline for responses is in each case. 
|Title of consultation||Commencement date||Deadline for responses|
|Consultation on Proposals to Extend the Streamlined Route for Schools to Acquire Foundation Status to Primary Schools||5 July 2005||8 November 2005|
|Youth Matters||18 July 2005||4 November 2005|
|Somewhere To Go, Something To Do||18 July 2005||4 November 2005|
|A Single Inspectorate for Children and Learners||29 July 2005||4 November 2005|
|New Fire Safety Guidance for Schools||1 August 2005||18 November 2005|
|Cross Government GuidanceSharing Information on Children and Young People||23 August 2005||15 November 2005|
|European Qualifications Framework||31 August 2005||23 November 2005|
|Review of the Regulations Governing the Registration of Pupils in Schools||1 September 2005||14 December 2005|
|Improving the HE Applications Process||9 September 2005||5 December 2005|
|Turning the TablesTransforming School FoodRecommendations for the Development and Implementation of Revised School Lunch Standards||3 October 2005||3 December 2005|
|Consultation on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) (Further and Higher Education) Regulations 2006||5 October 2005||30 December 2005|
|Consistent Financial Reporting Framework 2006/7||13 October 2005||5 January 2006|
|Draft Standards for Support and Outreach Services||24 October 2005||27 January 2006|
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Oxfordshire were in receipt of education maintenance allowance (a) in total and (b) at the rate of (i) £30, (ii) £20 and (iii) £10 per week in the last year for which figures are available. 
Maria Eagle: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate Education Maintenance Allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Gentleman with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked how many students in Oxfordshire were in receipt of education maintenance allowance (a) in total, (b) as the rate of (i) @30, (ii) @20 and (iii) @10 per week in the last year for which figures are available."
EMA is awarded in three defined payment bands of £30, £20 and £10, depending on household income. In Oxfordshire Local Authority area the take-up of EMA by payment band is split as follows: 72% on £30 per week, 13% on £20 per week and 15% on £10 per week.
I hope this information is helpful and addresses your question. If you would like further details please contact Chris Bradley at the LSC National Office on 0114 207 4512 or christopher.brad firstname.lastname@example.org
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