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Gershon Review

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much schools are expected to save as part of the Gershon review; and how these savings are being measured. [25529]

Bill Rammell: The Department is committed to realising total annual efficiency gains of at least £4.3 billion by 2007–08 as a result of Spending Review 2004. Within this total the schools sector is responsible for realising roughly two thirds of the total efficiency gains.

Details of how we plan to measure these gains are laid out in the Department's Efficiency Technical Note, (ETN), which can be found at:

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in further education have leave to remain in the UK as a member of a family in the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme; and how much in overseas tuition fees was paid by such students in each of the last five years. [24425]

Andy Burnham: I have been asked to reply.

The figures requested are not held centrally as the Home Office does not record whether dependants of migrants under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme are in further education. However, dependants, aged 16 to 18, of migrants with leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme are allowed to study in the UK without paying fees. The Department for Education and Skills has no information on the specific immigration leave of overseas students in further education in England and cannot identify any fees they may pay.

Key Stage 2 Results

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who takes decisions on which data are included in the published key stage 2 results; and if she will make a statement. [25980]

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Jacqui Smith: Decisions regarding the content and timing of the publication of key stage 2 data, published as National Statistics, are taken by the Head of Profession for Statistics. These decisions are taken in line with the National Statistics Code of Practice. Decisions regarding the content and timing of the Primary (KS2) Achievement and Attainment Tables are taken by Ministers.

Learning and Skills Council

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative costs of (a) the Learning and Skills Council in Wiltshire and Swindon and (b) all Learning and Skills councils were in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2005. [19339]

Bill Rammell: Administration costs of local council's are a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. LSC's chief executive, Mark Haysom will write to the hon. Member with further information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.

The LSC's core administration costs have fallen steadily from 3.4 per cent. of total funding in 2001–02, to 2.5 per cent. of its planned total budget in 2005–06.
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The LSC is embarking upon a major transformation programme that will make it a smaller, more dynamic and more customer-focused organisation. This will build upon its existing strengths; further develop its relationships with providers and with its partners, and help push the highest proportion of its funding out through colleges and providers into front line delivery. At local level, the LSC will develop small teams of professional staff who will support the delivery of its priority objectives through strategic relationships with colleges, providers and other key stakeholders and so ensure that the needs of local employers and learners are met. I fully support the changes the LSC is making as I believe it will help bring about an organisation that is fit for purpose.

Letter from Mark Haysom to Mr. Michael Wills, dated 9 November 2005:

Table 2: Administrative costs by LSC

Financial Year
LSC Name2004–052003–042002–03
EE090Bedfordshire and Luton1,521,6781 ,934,0591,924,289
EE900East England Regional Office380,22900
EM030Lincolnshire and Rutland1,418,7251,749,3421,825,183
EM900East Midlands Regional Office337,25400
GL900Greater London Regional Office284,02400
NE180Tyne and Wear3,233,2593,546,6603,648,120
NE190County Durham1,293,8441,756,8662,054,976
NE200Tees Valley2,049,6652,461,1912,546,533
NE900North East Regional Office21,46600
NW230Greater Merseyside3,252,7413,937,6294,265,898
NW240Greater Manchester4,692,8835,569,4945,533,928
NW250Cheshire and Warrington1,766,6102,274,1552,286,610
NW900North West Regional Office72,53800
SE260Milton Keynes, Oxon and Bucks2,526,5352,630,4682,838,174
SE280Hampshire and Isle of Wight3,116,1763,597,4993,746,165
SE310Kent and Medway3,228,0743,676,7813,948,310
SE900South East Regional Office253,95500
SW320Devon and Cornwall3,125,6823,327,5533,689,940
SW340Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole1,737,1662,099,8402,258,536
SW350West of England2,442.7572,986,2883,201,167
SW360Wiltshire and Swindon1,740,9112,114.1632,055,748
SW900South West Regional Office269,77900
WM400Black Country2,562,0232,958,2762,980,075
WM410Birmingham and Solihull3,502.5433,748.1833,704,107
WM420Herefordshire and Worcestershire1,654,7692,069,5152,137.807
WM430Coventry and Warwickshire1,909,1492,227,0322,253,091
WM900West Midlands Regional Office127,90500
YH440North Yorkshire1,525.1591,912.6821,928.042
YH450West Yorkshire3,513,8074,640,3134.825.085
YH400South Yorkshire2,590,8093,021,9193,097.246
YH900Yorkshire Regional Office120,09000
ANNNational Office and Central costs124,208.272120,194.896106,378.646

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Administration costs per statutory accounts

Financial Year
Staff costs140,514149,097134,195
Other costs74,06182,93789,070
Depreciation, impairment and losses18,66917,09915,449

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 962W, on the Learning and Skills Council, by whom those learners not funded by the Learning and Skills Council were funded. [24964]

Bill Rammell: There is a diverse range of possible sources of funding for Further Education (FE) provision that is delivered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) but not funded by the LSC. The most common sources of funding for learners in 2003/04 include: the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); the Department of Health, national health service (NHS) and regional health authorities; other HM Government Departments and public bodies; overseas funding; United Kingdom (UK) industry and commerce; private training organisations; the Teaching Training Agency (TTA); local education authorities (LEAs); New Deal for both young people and the long term unemployed; funding from Europe including the European Social Fund (ESF); and learners paying for full-cost courses themselves.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 962W, on the Learning and Skills Council, in what circumstances the level is not specified. [25062]

Bill Rammell: Qualification level of courses delivered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is not specified where no level is assigned to a course, or where
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the level is mixed or not known. The vast majority of such provision is:

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