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Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people employed in schools on a (a) temporary, (b) permanent and (c) contracted basis in the Leeds metropolitan area in each year since 1997 (i) are and (ii) have been on the sex offenders register. 
Ruth Kelly: My statement and the accompanying report explain the work underway to establish how many people on the list of registered sex offenders are currently employed in schools in England and Wales. We are carrying out follow up work with local Multi Agency Protection Panels, which include the police.
Ms Angela C. Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the provision of special education needs (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of total education spending in each region of England. 
|Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN(38) (£)||Total planned expenditure on SEN transport (£)||Total planned educational revenue expenditure (£)||Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN (excluding SEN transport)(38) as a percentage of total education spending||Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN (including SEN transport) as a percentage of total education spending|
|North West and Merseyside||569,293,000||70,800,000||4,392,054,000||13.0||14.6|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||382,531,000||42,858,000||3,173,505,000||12.1||13.4|
Bill Rammell: The percentage of 16-year-olds in full-time education in England at the end of 2004 was estimated to be 74.2 per cent.the highest ever rate. Percentage figures on participation in education by young people are not available for parliamentary constituencies, but are available for local authorities including Staffordshire LEA. These were published in the Statistical First Release Participation in education and training by 16 and 17-year-olds in each local area in England"SFR11/2005 on 31 March 2005.
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are participating in the Sure Start programme in Easington constituency; and how many have done so since the programme commenced. 
Beverley Hughes: One Sure Start children's centre has been designated so far in Easington constituencySure Start Peterlee, designated in September 2003. There are two Sure Start local programmes (Seaham, and Hornden and Easington Colliery) and a mini-programme operational, all of which are working towards children's centre status. Together this Sure Start provision is serving approximately 2,500 children under five and their families. Figures for the number of children actually supported by Sure Start since the programme began are not collated centrally. However there are a total of 10 children's centres planned for this constituency by March 2008. By March 2010 all children under five in the area will have access to a range of high quality integrated services.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has (a) made and (b) plans to make of the effectiveness of (i) Sure Start and (ii) Mini Sure Start; and if she will make a statement. 
There is a comprehensive national level evaluation of Sure Start local programmes in place which began in January 2001, which will run until 2008. It examines the implementation, cost-effectiveness and impact of Sure Start on children, families and communities, in the short, medium and long term. There have been 14 reports published to date.
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The evaluation of the national top-up to the EU school milk subsidy scheme in England was published on 4 January. The report contained a number of recommendations which included ending the top-up and spending the £1.5 million released as a result on other programmes to promote milk consumption by young people. The Government have, however, decided that the subsidy scheme has a valuable role to play and should remain unchanged.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching posts were vacant in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Westmorland and Lonsdale in each year since 1997; and what the average vacancy rate for a local education authority in England was in each year. 
The following table provides the number of full-time teacher vacancies in maintained nursery, primary, and secondary schools in Cumbria local authority and vacancy rates for Cumbria and England in each January since 1997.
|Vacancy numbers||Vacancy rates (percentage)||Vacancy numbers||Vacancy rates (percentage)||Nursery/primary vacancy rates||Secondary vacancy rates|
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