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Bill Rammell: The UniTEST is a new test of aptitude for higher education, being developed jointly by Cambridge Assessment and the Australian Council for Educational Research. On the basis of information provided by Cambridge Assessment, I understand that the first small-scale trial of the test took place on 22 September 2005 and that their current plans are to carry out a validity study early in May 2006 with a view to offering the test from 2007 to higher education institutions who wish to participate.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) capital value and (b) total value is of the private finance initiative project for the Richmond-upon-Thames group schools project; and what percentage of the contract is attributable to capital value. 
The Richmond-upon-Thames group schools PFI project involved six primary schools, two of which were new build and four of which were re-modelled and expanded. The schools became operational in September 2004. According to information supplied by the local authority, whose contract this is, the capital value of the project was £23.8 million. The term 'total value' is usually taken to mean the total amount of
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payments to be made during the term of the contract; this is a commercial matter between the local authority and its private sector partner and we do not hold this information. The project was supported by central Government with the allocation of £16.77 million in PFI credits.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from schools on the consultation period for the proposed change in admissions procedures; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: The consultation period for the revised codes of practice for school admissions and school admission appeals complied with Cabinet Office guidelines. From 130 responses received from schools, only 17 expressed some concern that the consultation covered the summer break, although more than half of the overall period did not.
Jacqui Smith: The Department for Education and Skills does not collect this data. The Government's commitment to the role of school councils is reflected in the recently published White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools For AH". The Government are working closely with School Councils UK, to produce guidance for primary schools. The guidance for secondary schools will also be updated to give stronger encouragement for school councils to be engaged in decision-making. We have asked School Councils UK to establish a network for schools and their councils to talk to each other and share good practice. School councils have a vital role to play, alongside better parental engagement, in promoting schools as strong community institutions.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Tamworth which will have a budget surplus in the 200506 financial year. 
The Secretary of State announced on 16 November 2005 our plans for narrowing the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education (FE) colleges for like-for-like 1619 provision. We recognise that the funding gap will not be easy to close but we have taken some important steps in the funding
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package we announced on 21 October 2005. We have confirmed that for young people in FE in 2006/07 we will match the schools' minimum funding guarantee, which will be announced later this year. We estimate that this, together with other measures to correct technical anomalies, will reduce the gap from 13 per cent. to 8 per cent. by 2006/07. From 2008 we will look to bring consistency to the treatment of student retention and achievement across school sixth forms and colleges which we expect to narrow the gap by a further 3 per cent. Beyond that we will work to establish a common funding approach across the two sectors as part of the Learning and Skills Council's agenda for change.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the financial surplus or deficit for each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in each education authority in England was in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school age children there were in each local education authority in (i) 1990, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2005; what the forecasted figures are for each authority in each year from 2006 to 2016; and if she will list the assumptions behind those forecasts. 
Local authorities provide the Department with forecasts of pupil numbers as part of the annual surplus school places survey. The forecasts cover four years for primary pupils and seven years for secondary pupils. For the purposes of this exercise all schools, including middle deemed schools are categorised as either primary or secondary schools.
The forecast figures for each authority from 2006/07 to 2007/08 (primary schools) and 2006/07 to 2010/11 (secondary schools) have been placed in the Library. We do not collect authorities' assumptions behind these forecasts.
By placing a general duty on local authorities to support choice and flexibility of educational provision, to assess the travel and transport needs of all pupils, and promote safe and sustainable travel to school;
By extending entitlement to free home to school transport for low income families (for secondary aged pupils to any one of the three nearest suitable schools, where the distance travelled is between two and six miles; and for primary aged pupils aged over eight, to their nearest school where this is more than two miles from their home);
By enabling a small number of local authorities to propose Pathfinder schemes to test innovative approaches to home to school transport to support school choice, reduce the distances pupils are expected to walk to school, and increase the proportion of pupils travelling by sustainable means.
The estimated cost of the new general duty is £4 million per annum; the extension of entitlement for low income families is estimated to be £40 million per annum; and the Department will support Pathfinder schemes with £4 million pump priming and annual revenue support building up over several years to £12 million. Full costings and related assumptions will be included in the Regulatory Impact Assessment that will accompany the Bill.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people under the age of 18 years have been killed in accidents during school trips in each of the last five years; and how many of these were killed while undertaking adventurous activities. 
One fatality occurred during a climbing, caving, trekking or water activity safety-inspected by the Government. One further fatality occurred during an activity overseas which the Government would have inspected in the UK.
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