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Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 26 October regarding Aston Manor School, Birmingham. [36994]

Jacqui Smith: I responded to this letter on 21 December.

Departmental Estate

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the former (a) buildings and (b) land of (i) her Department and (ii) (A) non-departmental public bodies, (B) agencies and (C) independent statutory bodies for which her Department is responsible which have been sold since 7 May 1997; what the sale price of each (1) was at the time of sale and (2) is at current prices; and whether the money accrued was (x) retained by her Department and (y) claimed by the Treasury. [40146]

Maria Eagle: The information is as follows:
Land and buildings sold by DfES since 7 May 1997

PropertyDate of disposalDisposal value (£)
Swindon Skillcentre1 August 19971,435,850
Letchworth Skillcentre1 October 19981,500,000
East Lane House Runcorn6 May 20031,300,000

All of the receipts were remitted to Treasury as Consolidated Fund Extra Receipts.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on advertising by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which her Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by her Department in each year since May 1997. [39091]

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Maria Eagle: My Department's expenditure on advertising for the last five years is set out as follows:
Advertising spend (£ million)
2005–06 (Spend to date)2.4

All expenditure is exclusive of VAT. It is only possible at disproportionate cost to provide detail of expenditure on advertising for non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies or dependent statutory bodies.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many widescreen televisions have been purchased by her Department for use in London Headquarters in each of the last five years; and what the cost was in each year. [39143]

Maria Eagle: The information could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent by her Department on taxi travel in the 2005–06 financial year; and what proportion of such travel was undertaken in each nation and region of the United Kingdom, including London. [37464]

Bill Rammell: There is no central record of taxi usage and an assessment of the staff time and associated costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the publications from her Department which have been sent to teachers during 2005. [39910]

Jacqui Smith: The Department ceased sending publications automatically to schools in England on a phased basis between April and December 2004. Discussions with Head teachers and detailed research showed that schools wanted to be able to choose the printed publications they needed, when they needed them, and to be able to order multiple copies.

We have given schools this choice by introducing an online ordering system which enables schools to choose whether to download electronic copies or order the paper based publications they need at the right time for them and in the multiples they require. This system is linked directly to the fulfilment service and an existing telephone ordering line. A fortnightly email service to schools informs them of new and important publications.

This has resulted in schools being able to order a wider variety of publications from the Department, putting schools in direct control of what they receive, when they receive it.
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Departmental Report

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 940W, on the departmental report, how much funding was received by each of the programmes aggregated under other miscellaneous programmes in table 12.2 of her Department's 2005 departmental report. [38687]

Bill Rammell: The amount of funding allocated in 2005–06 to each programme aggregated under other miscellaneous programmes in table 12.2 of the Department for Education and Skills 2005 departmental report is shown as follows:
2005–06 plans (£000)
Physical Education and Sport105,000
City Technology Colleges82,600
Targeted Improvement Grant/Excellence in Cities18,800
School Enterprise Initiative61,100
Education Action Zones32,100
Key Stage Central53,000
Other programmes to Support Secondary Education14,000
Teaching and Learning/ Gifted and Talented Pupils18,700
Modern Foreign Languages36,400
Inclusion Programmes (including Behaviour and Aim Higher)14,600
Music and Ballet Scheme18,300
British Education Communications and Technology Agency12,000
Premature Retirement Compensation for Teachers in Voluntary Colleges11,500
Innovations Fund10,000
Teachers Pensions—Contractual Costs9,100
Licensing for School Activities8,700
School Performance and Accountability—Assessment team6,400
Assisted Places Scheme2,500
Research on School Performance2,500
Energy Savings Trust and Learning Through Landscapes500
ICT Development and Evaluation2,000
Teachers' Medical Fees1,000
Higher Education
Student Support Contingency Reserve132,800
Aim Higher56,000
Foundation Degree Marketing18,700
European University—Initiative Subscription2,800
Europe International Services1,000
College of Europe Bologna Centre300
European University Institute Bursaries300
Student Loans Debt Sale Adjustment(93)-6,400
Support for Children, Young People and Families
Extended Schools75,000
Vulnerable Children Grant39,400
Parenting Fund and Activities Supporting Parenting28,800
Family Fund Trust22,800
Youth Related Activities19,800
Special Education Needs including support for Early
Years, Communications Aid Project, Disability Tribunal and Non-maintained Special Schools
Change Fund14,600
Teenage Pregnancy12,000
Information Sharing and Assessment11,800
Disabled Access: Youth Service8,000
Communication Unit7,900
Local Authority Capacity and Intervention6,000
Section 64 Grant to Voluntary Sector4,200
Children's Commissioner3,000
Participation Fund2,500
Adoption Services2,000
Invest to Save Funded Children's Agenda Programmes1,700
Child Contract Centres1,700
Child Protection Co-ordinators1,300
Quality Protects Regional Development Fund1,300
Further Education, Adult Learning, Skills and Lifelong Learning
FE Teach Learn Train Bursary95,500
Student Support38,000
International Education Programmes20,300
International Labour Organisation Subscription9,100
Management Information Across Partners2,800
Bridging Allowance for 16 to 19-year-olds1,300
Activities to Support all Functions

(93) This represents a gain resulting from an adjustment in the calculation of the student loans debt.

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Departmental Staff

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 478W and column 321W, on departmental staff, how much was spent by the Learning and Skills Council on the development of basic skills (a) within her Department and (b) in all Government Departments in the last year for which figures are available. [36028]

Bill Rammell: Improving the skills of workers who are delivering public services is a key priority for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and they secure basic skills provision through a range of sources, including further education colleges, to meet local needs. As the information requested is of an operational nature Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive, has written to the hon. Member with further information. A copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 21 December 2005:

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many civil servants in her Department worked from home for at least one day a week in the last year for which figures are available. [40292]

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Maria Eagle: My Department does not monitor the number of staff who work from home centrally and the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, within the newly launched 10 point plan Delivering a Diverse Civil Service" there is senior leadership commitment to work life balance and all senior civil service (SCS) and feeder grade posts should be available on a flexible working pattern basis unless robust and objective justification is provided.

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