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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which (a) Minister and (b) official (i) advised on and (ii) signed the letter in relation to the decision on the List 99 determination in the case of Keith Hudson. 
Ruth Kelly: The powers under section 142 of the Education Act 2002 whether or not to make a direction that an individual should be added to List 99 are exercised by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. The Department for Education and Skills does not disclose the names of individual officials or Ministers, advising or exercising those power as a matter of policy.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget for learners with learning needs and disabilities is in each learning and skills council in 200506; and if she will make a statement. 
My Department does not allocate separate budgets to meet the needs of most learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The majority of learners access mainstream programmes where their needs are met through core funding or through additional funding support where required. In the most recent year for which information is available the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) supported 579,000 learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities at a cost of around £1.3 billion. The figures for 2005/06 are not yet available. We do make available a separate budget for specialist colleges for learners with the most severe needs. We are providing £158 million for this purpose in 200607. Support for learners with learning
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difficulties and/or disabilities is a key priority identified in our grant letter to the LSC and is in turn reflected in the LSC's annual statement of priorities.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her most recent advice to local education authorities is on the employment of individuals before all (a) Criminal Records Bureau and (b) other character checks are completed; and if she will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: Our guidance note 'Child Protection: Preventing Unsuitable People from Working with Children and Young Persons in the Education Service' gives comprehensive advice on the full range of pre-employment checks that local authorities ought to make before employing and individual. Supplementary advice relating to Criminal Records Bureau disclosures is provided in the guidance note 'Criminal Records Bureau:Managing the Demand for Disclosures'. Both documents can be found on the DfES website at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?id= 2172 and http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?ID=3334
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been awarded to Cumbria County Council for new buildings in schools in Cumbria in each of the last three years; how much was awarded to each school in each case; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 16 January 2006]: Cumbria county council and its schools have been awarded the following capital allocations in the last three years: £21.2 million (200304); £23.7 million (200405); and £19 million (200506).
The Department does not hold information on the amounts allocated for new buildings or at individual school level. We expect these decisions to be made locally by the County Council in accordance with its Assets Management Plan.
Jacqui Smith: In 2004/05, 116 local authorities in England had 1,544 overseas trained teachers on programmes, the majority in London and the South East. A breakdown of the numbers by local authority is shown in the following table:
|Barking and Dagenham||28||2|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||19||1|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||12||1|
|Richmond upon Thames||8||1|
|Bristol City of||6||(37)|
|Kensington and Chelsea||6||(37)|
|Kingston upon Thames||5||(37)|
|Brighton and Hove||3||(37)|
|Isle of Wight||3||(37)|
|Bath and North East Somerset||1||(37)|
|Telford and Wrekin||1||(37)|
Ruth Kelly: Overseas teachers are subject to the same vetting procedures as UK teachers. The Department provides detailed guidance on the necessary checks which must be carried out before engaging any teacher, including a supply teacher. The guidance requires that employers conduct checks to confirm that a teacher has declared their true identity, that supply teachers have the necessary qualifications and experience and that foreign nationals have permission to work in the UK.
In the future we will require mandatory CRB checks as part of any appointment process on anyone selected for appointment who is or has been resident in the UK. However, it will not be possible to check someone who has never lived in this country because he/she will not
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have a criminal record here and will not be on List 99. We already advise employers to take extra care in other checks on overseas candidates and to seek information about the person's criminal history from their country of origin wherever possible. The CRB provides advice to employers about countries from which it is possible to obtain such information and how to obtain it.
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