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Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in requiring the School Teachers Review Body to consider local pay; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 23 January 2006]: The School Teachers' Review Body considered the matter of local approaches to pay in detail in their 13th report (part 2) in March 2004. Following further evidence from statutory consultees, their 14th report in February 2005 noted that additional evaluation of the operation of existing pay bands should take place prior to further consideration of local pay. Their 15 report, published in December 2005, recommended no change at present, but that the principal response to a range of pay matters should be to encourage the using of existing local discretions.
The joint Department for Education and Skills and Department for Transport travelling to school project includes targets for 10,000 schools to have a travel plan in place by March 2006, and every school in England to have one by the end of the decade. We are currently on target to achieve that.
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Phil Hope [holding answer 20 January 2006]: The Government funds the Sector Skills Development Agency which is responsible for funding, supporting and monitoring the network of 25 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) which cover 85 per cent. of the employed population. SSCs are led by employers and work to reduce skills gaps and shortages; improve productivity, business and public service performance, increase opportunities to boost the skills and productivity of everyone in the sector's workforce and improve learning supply including apprenticeships, higher education and National Occupational Standards (NOS).
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Croydon, Central (Mr. Pelling) of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 1030W, on state-funded education, if she will express the figures in cash terms at 2005 prices. 
The figures for percentage of GDP spent on education remain the same whether cash or 200405 prices are used. This is because the same price deflator is used for education spend and GDP when calculating real terms figures.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that students who wish to enter higher education are aware of the types of financial support available to them. 
Bill Rammell: In October 2005 we began a publicity campaign aimed at potential students and their parents to raise awareness of student finance messages. This campaign is planned to continue until March 2006.
We also continue to produce a range of targeted literature for potential students, and offer information and advice through a telephone helpline, internet websites, and events for prospective students.
In addition, we are working with local authorities, universities, the schools and FE sectors, and a range of national organisations to ensure that they are able to offer accurate information and advice.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) children and (b) adults have participated in Sure Start programmes in each year for which figures are available; 
We do not collect information on the total number of children and adults who have accessed all Sure Start local programme services. As of March 2005, there were 420,149 children aged 03 living in areas covered by Sure Start local programmes. These children and their parents are able to access a wide range of Sure Start services.
There are no plans to develop further Sure Start local programmes. We expect all 524 local programmes to develop into Sure Start children's centres. By March 2006 we expect around 90 per cent. of these local programmes to have developed into children's centres; the remainder will become children's centres by March 2008. We expect to have developed 3,500 children's centres by 2010.
Beverley Hughes: We do not hold information on all the constituencies covered by Sure Start local programmes. However we are able to provide a breakdown by local authority area and this is as follows.
|Local authority||Number of local programmes|
|Barking and Dagenham||4|
|Bath and NE Somerset||1|
|Blackburn with Darwen||5|
|Brighton and Hove||2|
|East Riding of Yorks||1|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||3|
|Isle of Wight||1|
|Kensington and Chelsea||2|
|Kingston Upon Hull||7|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||7|
|North East Lincolnshire||7|
|Redcar and Cleveland||4|
|Southend on Sea||1|
|Telford and Wrekin||2|
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