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Sector Skills Bodies

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the Learning and Skills Council received more grant-in-aid in 2004–05 from her Department than initially set out in the grant letter for that period. [36580]

Bill Rammell: Following the issue of the grant letter for 2004–05 we identified the need for additional resources to enable the LSC to deliver what the Department required. The key components of this additional resource were for local infrastructure and development, school sixth forms, learner participation, education maintenance allowance and a technical increase in the administrative budget to cover depreciation and cost of capital (previously carried on the Department's accounts). This increased the LSC's overall funding form the grant letter budget of £8,674 million to a total expenditure of £8,955 million.

Student Loans

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people normally resident in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in the last six years applied for a student loan through the Student Loans Company. [36210]

Bill Rammell: The number of students domiciled in England, and Wales receiving a student loan from the Student Loan Company in academic years 2000/01 to 2005/06 (provisional as at 23 November 2005) is given in the table.
Domicile of student

2005/06 (provisional)69142

Student Loans Company

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Data include loans taken out for both mortgage style loans and student support scheme loans but exclude fixed rate part-time loans as equivalent data are not available.

The numbers of loan applications which the question asks for are not available for mortgage style loans, therefore, the number of full-time loans taken out has been provided for both loan types included in the table; applications for loans will be marginally higher than loans taken out

Data relating to students domiciled in Scotland are the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and have not been included with the answer.

Student Violence

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the frequency of violent acts committed by students in (a) England and (b) London; [23554]

(2) what estimate she has made of the percentage of violent acts committed by students (a) previously disciplined for violent acts or other disciplinary infractions and (b) who have no previous disciplinary record in 2004–05. [23556]

Bill Rammell: Information on violent acts committed by Further and Higher Education students is not collected centrally.

Sure Start

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what total public expenditure has been on Sure Start in the period 1999 to 2005; and how much the national evaluation of Sure Start has cost to date. [36325]

Beverley Hughes: Details of annual expenditure since 1999 on Sure Start, child care and nursery education are published in Table 12.2 of the Department for Education and Skills' Departmental Report (Cm 6522), as follows. To reflect the increasing integration of services for young children and families, from 2003–04 funding for child care and nursery education was merged into Sure Start.
Financial yearSure StartChild careNursery educationTotal
2003–04 721
2004–05(27) 927

(27)Outturn in DfES Resource Accounts 2004–05 (HC 686)

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A comprehensive national level evaluation of Sure Start local programmes (SSLPs) is examining the implementation, cost-effectiveness and impact of Sure Start for children, families and communities. It also provides support to SSLPs on their local evaluations. The National Evaluation runs from 2001 to 2008 and will cost £20.3 million in total.


Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 192W, on teachers, what assessment she has made of the reasons for some schools not yet successfully introducing planning, preparation and assessment time. [36206]

Jacqui Smith: We have now validated the successful implementation of planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time in 95 per cent. of all schools in England. However, we are aware of only three schools that are not yet fully compliant. Each case identified has been very different and colleagues from the National Remodelling Team—and its network of regional and local advisers—have worked and continue to work with individual schools to find workable, practicable and sustainable solutions to particular difficulties or issues they may have encountered.

This support has been supplemented by advice and guidance from our social partners on the Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group.

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers on extended sick leave are within (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) eighteen months and (d) two years of the official retirement age. [36949]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not held centrally.


Alcohol-related Crime

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made by the British Transport police for (a) selling alcohol or attempting to sell alcohol to a person who is drunk, (b) selling alcohol or attempting to sell alcohol to an individual under 18 years, (c) being drunk and disorderly, (d) being drunk and incapable and (e) violence against the person, broken down by British Transport police area in each year for which figures are available. [31170]

Derek Twigg: I have been asked to reply.

The number of arrests for being drunk and disorderly, being drunk and incapable, and for violence against the person is given in the following table. The information requested in parts (a) and (b) can be provided by the British Transport police only at disproportionate cost. There is no offence of drunk and disorderly behaviour in Scotland.
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Offence categoryBTP Area1999–20002000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05
Drunk and DisorderlyLondon North601037310210899
London South69809991141116
London Underground4244546298112
North Eastern95178157167171104
North Western11711782126162104
Wales and Western6694113101114108
Force Total449616578649794643
Drunk and IncapableLondon North101275114
London South5718577
London Underground422204
North Eastern112075
North Western523310
Wales and Western122021101513
Force Total394859324939
Violence against the person(28)London North144234216251324365
London South325364369390424455
London Underground299265307359411491
North Eastern78113141126159185
North Western139129134199220205
Wales and Western121167195193241284
Force Total1,1311,2921,3831,5461,8352,032

(28)It should be noted that changes in the National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) in 2002 led to a rise in the number of crimes recorded.

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