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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) targets, (b) advice and (c) guidance her Department has given to executive
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agencies that fall under the remit of her Department on the reorganisation of their administrative functions on a regional basis; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: Music Services are not subject to statutory inspections but instead undertake regular self-reviews to ensure they are providing a high quality service to schools and young people. My Department does not hold copies of the results of these self reviews.
Nationally, my Department conducts a three-yearly survey of Music Service provision, looking at issues of access, quality and breadth. The 2005 report was published in December and copies are available in the House of Commons Library. Data on individual music services are anonymised in the report, however, and for internal use only.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has paid to Staffordshire education authority for the provision of music services in each year since 1998. 
Jacqui Smith: We do not hold figures for music service allocations prior to 1999. Since 1999, every local authority has received a grant through the music standards fund (MSF). Since the MSF was established, Staffordshire music service has received the following funding:
My Department has established two sets of pilots in the last four years to trial new ways of teaching and learning in music. One set of pilots focused on instrumental and vocal learning at KS2 and one on teaching and learning at KS3.
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In 2004, twelve of the thirteen instrumental and vocal pilots were evaluated by Ofsted. 'Consistently high quality of work' was observed in seven of the programmes; in the other five, Ofsted reported 'good, sometimes very good features in all of them, but not consistently so'. In 2005, Ofsted reported that 'the best provision' observed in primary schools was from these programmes, with 67 percent. of lessons good or outstanding. This compared with 43 percent. of conventional KS2 sessions.
The KS3 music pilots took place in 40 schools across five local authorities and came to an end in December 2005. My Department is currently considering evaluation data collected from the pupils, teachers and trainers involved in this pilot.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress her Department has made towards achieving the target for every child to be given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional funding she plans to provide for the improvement of (a) teaching and (b) learning music in the next five years; and how much of this money will go to Staffordshire. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the potential effect of paying the money for improving the teaching and learning of music directly to individual schools on the music services provided by local education authorities. 
Jacqui Smith: There has been no reduction in the amount of money paid to local authority music services for improving the teaching and learning of music; this will remain at just under £60 million per annum until at least 2008. In addition, all music services will receive an additional £10,000 in 200607 to support further instrumental and vocal tuition at Key Stage 2. Over the next two years, they will receive a share of £2 million for musical instruments and support for continuing professional development at a cost nationally of a further £2 million. I would expect these increases to have a significant positive impact on music services' ability to support teaching and learning at Key Stage 2.
The further £26 million allocated to primary schools may be used to buy in specialist support from a range of providersI believe it is right to allow schools this degree of choice. Given music services' track record at KS2, and their positive relationship with schools (96 per cent. say they are satisfied with the service they receive), it is likely that a great deal of this specialist support will continue to be bought in from local music services.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machines (i) her Department, (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C) other public body for which her Department is responsible in each English region owned in (1) 200304 and (2) 200405. 
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