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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 124W, on Learning and Skills Council, whether further savings" means savings within the projected administration budgets for 200607 and 200708; and in what circumstances these savings (i) would and (ii) would not be released to the sector. 
The LSC is currently consulting on the detail of its restructuring exercise which will result in savings in administration costs. I expect that these savings will start to become available from 200708. Once the consultation is completed my department and the LSC will agree where these savings should be directed to meet our priorities and a full profile for the release of savings.
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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whom she has asked to carry out the review of the framework for teaching literacy; which experts have been invited to submit evidence to this review; how many responses she has received to the Department's consultation on the review; and whether the recommendations of the Rose review will be adopted by the framework for teaching literacy. 
A period of informal consultation is currently under way. Discussions are being held with consultancy groups drawn from national samples of head teachers, teachers, local authority representatives, subject and professional organisations and higher education institutions. A consultation forum has been set up on the DfES website. To date, well over 100 contributors have taken part in consultancy group discussions and the website consultation forum has had 14 contributions posted on it, some of which are from local authorities feeding back comments from their meetings with local teachers.
The Strategy will continue to hold discussions with experts across the English community to elicit their views on proposed content and structure of the revised framework and will post documentation on the website for wider comment. After Easter 2006, a draft revised framework will be published for more formal
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consultation. The Secretary of State made clear when she announced the Rose review and the renewal of the literacy framework in June 2005 that the findings of theRose review would inform the development of the revised framework.
John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 601W, on the National Employer Training Programme, how many employees participated in the employer training pilots in each local learning and skills council area involved in (a) 200203, (b) 200304 and (c) 200405. 
Pilots have been running since September 2002 in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) areas of Birmingham and Solihull, Derbyshire, Essex, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear and Wiltshire and Swindon. From September 2003, six additional pilots have been running in Berkshire, East London, Kent, Leicester, Shropshire and South Yorkshire. From September 2004, additional pilots have been running in Black Country, Cambridgeshire, Devon and Cornwall, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, and Northumberland, County Durham and Tees Valley joined the Tyne and Wear pilot to create a whole region pilot.
|Learners 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2003||Learners 1 September 2003 to 31 August 2004||Learners 1 September 2004 to 31 August 2005||Total learners 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2005|
|Birmingham and Solihull||1,562||4,461||6,098||12,121|
|Devon and Cornwall||||||4,236||4,236|
|Kent and Medway||2||4,563||4,361||8,926|
|Tyne and Wear(9)||2,702||6,091||9,148||17,941|
|Wiltshire and Swindon||2,801||5,250||3,669||11,720|
It is not possible from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, to identify those offenders convicted for child abuse at nurseries, as the circumstances of an offence are not centrally collected.
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Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase financial support for high quality out-of-classroom educational experiences; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: The consultation on the Education outside the Classroom Manifesto, which endorses all pupils having the opportunity for high quality out-of-classroom educational experiences, will finish at the end of January 2006. The 10 working groups will make proposals for action early next year. No decisions have yet been made on funding.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the piloting of new parent support advisers referred to in paragraph 1.23 of the pre-Budget report; and what their intended role is. 
Jacqui Smith: The pre-Budget report announced £20 million to support the piloting of a new school-based outreach roleparent school advisersin over 600 primary and secondary schools in the most deprived areas. These advisers will offer early preventative support for children and families where there are signs that they could benefit from additional help. Parent school advisers will work with families to identify the most effective support for them. This might include a parenting programme, mentoring for the parent of child, or one-to-one tuition for the child.
We also want to use the pilots to consider the most effective means of enabling parent school advisers to have sufficient leverage over, and ensure delivery of, the additional services children and their families might need.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools had more than 20 per cent. of pupils entitled to free school meals in the last year forwhich figures are available; and what this represents as a percentage of the total number of schools in each sector. 
|Maintained primary||Maintained secondary|
|Total number of schools||17,642||3,385|
|Schools with 21 per cent. or more of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals(11)|
|Number of schools||5,018||844|
|As a percentage of all schools||28||25|
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