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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which she has responsibility in (a) total and (b) each region and (c) London in 200405. 
The total number of staff employed by Executive NDPBs sponsored by my Department in 200405 was 10,671. Numbers for each nation of the UK and English region, including Greater London are listed as follows:
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|Yorkshire and Humberside||762|
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to schools in Brent under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: Building Schools for the Future (BSF) aims to renew all secondary schools in England in 15 waves of investment starting from this year. Brent has been informed that it may expect to start in the programme in waves seven to nine. Prioritisation in BSF is based on the relative educational and social needs of geographical groups of schools proposed by the authority, which in the case of Brent is for a single project for all its secondary schools. Funding is not allocated until authorities start in the programme, and details of their projects, including a strong educational vision which supports Government priorities, are agreed.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria social services use in deciding whether to refer alleged child protection offences to the police for investigation. 
The Government's inter-agency guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children" states that whenever the social services department encounters or has a case referred to it which constitutes, or may constitute, a criminal offence against a child, it should always inform the police at the earliest opportunity. This will enable both agencies to consider jointly how to proceed in the best interests of the child.
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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated for the provision of after school care for children with disabilities in each London borough in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: We are making funding available to all local authorities and schools up to 2008 to support them in setting up and embedding extended services in mainstream and special schools. The Government do not specify how much of this funding should be spent on disabled children. It will be for individual local authorities, in discussion with all schools in their area, to take a strategic approach to developing access to after school care through schools.
The Extended Schools prospectus issued in June 2005 makes it clear that children with disabilities or special educational needs must be able to access all new services, and schools have a responsibility to ensure this happens. The needs of children in particular schools will vary. Schools will need to work closely with parents to ensure that services are shaped around the needs of children and the wider community.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged between 11 and 16 years are taught in classes with a pupil-teacher ratio of more than one teacher to (a) 12, (b) 15 and (c) 18 pupils. 
|Taught by one teacher|
|Number of classes||Number of pupils|
|Classes of size:|
|13 to 15||10,077||141,705|
|16 to 18||13,008||221,974|
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged between five and 11 years are taught in classes in state run schools with a size of more than (a) 20, (b) 25 and (c) 28. 
|Taught by 1 teacher|
|Key Stage 1 (91)(5508580092)||Key Stage 2|
|Maintained primary||Maintained secondary||Maintained primary||Maintained secondary|
|Number of classes||Number of pupils||Number of classes||Number of pupils||Number of classes||Number of pupils||Number of classes||Number of pupils|
|Classes of size:|
|1 to 20||7,509||126,157||2||40||5,718||90,240||1||16|
|21 to 25||15,048||350,486||0||0||15,127||355,002||1||23|
|26 to 28||13,906||376,462||0||0||17,956||486,472||0||0|
|29 to 30||18,705||554,968||0||0||19,343||572,352||0||0|
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what change there has been in the use of consultants since the National Audit Office and Department for Education and Skills Internal Audit Report compiled in March entitled Engagement and Use of Consultants in the DfES. 
Since the issue of the joint Internal Audit/National Audit Office report a range of steps have been taken to enhance the use and monitoring of consultants. These focus mostly on ensuring that managers are better aware of and comply more fully with best practice, including that sound and properly approved business cases are in place and contracts are robustly managed and evaluated. A Good Practice Guide has been produced, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library. We are also introducing better arrangements to collect information on
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consultants, what they are doing, the classification of costs and the implementation of consultants' recommendations.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the trade union side in her Department will receive a copy of the National Audit Office and Department for Education and Skills Internal Audit Report compiled in March 2005, entitled Engagement and Use of Consultants in the DfES. 
Maria Eagle: The Department's Trade Union Side are aware that Internal Audit Reports are produced for internal management purposes and are not published. However, emerging findings form the Report were shared with the Trade Union Side in December 2004. An outcome of the report was the publication of a Good Practice Guide on the Engagement and Use of Consultants in the Department. This guidance has been welcomed by the Trade Union Side and is available to all staff via the Department's intranet. A copy of this guide has been placed in the House Library.
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