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Departmental Website

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months. [46303]

Maria Eagle: The websites that the Department is responsible for are listed as follows, along with the number of visits to each for 2004 (the last whole year that stats are available for):
WebsiteNumber of visits
www.dfes.gov.uk10.859,230
www.teachernet.gov.uk4,308,205
www.connexions-direct.com1,388,251
www.surestart.gov.uk1,050,171
www.aimhigher.ac.uk932,165
www.parentcentre.gov.uk881.819
www.governornet.co.uk662,607
www.wavtolearn.co.uk417,376
www.need2know.co.uk274,571
www.skillsforemployers.gov.uk119,324

Total number of visits: 20,893,719 (In the time given to answer this question, monthly breakdowns were not available).

The hosting cost of these sites was £1,235,500.

The Department currently has large numbers of sub-sites falling under the main sites listed in the response and these are developed by policy teams using their own
 
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budgets. It would therefore be a difficult and time-consuming task to co-ordinate across all policy directorates and communications teams (for campaign sites) to assess overall costs.

The Department is working towards consolidation of these sites (which run into hundreds) into a small number of sites which specialise in delivering information and services to a particular audience, (e.g. for those working in schools). As well as this the new technical infrastructure, currently in procurement stage, will provide a centralised Content Management System (CMS) which means that more costs will be centralised, which will deliver better value for money.

Education Provision (Growth Communities)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with (a) organisations and (b) Government Departments about changes in pupil numbers and provision of school places in communities in which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister intends to build additional houses; and if she will make a statement. [44452]

Jacqui Smith: The Government have announced, in the run-up to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007, and in response to Kate Barker's review of housing supply, a cross-cutting review into supporting housing growth to effectively co-ordinate across Departments the strategic delivery of local and regional infrastructure necessary to support additional housing.

DfES are closely involved in the housing growth proposals, and working to translate forecasts into pupil numbers. Local authorities are responsible for planning school places in their areas and they take account of forecasts and proposed future housing developments as part of this process.

A DfES Minister will be nominated shortly to engage with the Minister for Communities and Local Government on the Thames Gateway.

Educational Attainment

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE in each local education authority area, excluding candidates sitting examinations at independent schools in the last period for which figures are available. [45384]

Jacqui Smith: The figures requested, which were published on the Research & Statistics Gateway on the DfES website on 18 January 2006, are included in the following table:
Percentage of 15-year-old pupils(10) achieving 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE and equivalent(11) in 2005(12)

Local authority(13)(14)2005(12) (Percentage)
Camden51.4
Greenwich45.3
Hackney47.2
Hammersmith and Fulham58.9
Islington44.1
Kensington and Chelsea61.1
Lambeth52.3
Lewisham49.0
Southwark47.1
Tower Hamlets50.8
Wandsworth54.1
Westminster46.3
Barking and Dagenham50.1
Barnet63.1
Bexley57.4
Brent57.1
Bromley63.8
Croydon54.2
Ealing59.4
Enfield51.5
Haringey47.6
Harrow61.3
Havering61.1
Hillingdon50.5
Hounslow57.6
Kingston upon Thames66.4
Merton46.8
Newham51.1
Redbridge69.7
Richmond upon Thames54.8
Sutton67.7
Waltham Forest48.9
Birmingham56.4
Coventry46.3
Dudley53.4
Sandwell42.9
Solihull64.1
Walsall46.3
Wolverhampton54.6
Knowsley44.4
Liverpool49.0
St. Helens55.6
Sefton57.0
Wirral56.6
Bolton49.2
Bury57.7
Manchester43.7
Oldham51.8
Rochdale49.1
Salford45.4
Stockport54.4
Tameside51.7
Trafford70.1
Wigan51.7
Barnsley45.3
Doncaster44.5
Rotherham48.9
Sheffield46.6
Bradford46.3
Calderdale54.6
Kirklees50.8
Leeds49.2
Wakefield56.4
Gateshead65.3
Newcastle upon Tyne52.1
North Tyneside54.2
South Tyneside51.6
Sunderland51.5
Isles of Scilly79.2
Bath and NE Somerset63.0
Bristol36.1
North Somerset57.2
South Gloucestershire55.4
Hartlepool51.8
Middlesbrough45.2
Redcar and Cleveland48.2
Stockton on Tees54.8
Kingston-upon-Hull44.1
East Riding of Yorkshire61.0
North East Lincolnshire42.4
North Lincolnshire50.8
North Yorkshire62.4
York59.8
Bedfordshire53.4
Luton49.9
Buckinghamshire67.3
Milton Keynes51.9
Derbyshire55.2
Derby53.5
Dorset60.5
Poole63.9
Bournemouth51.8
Durham51.2
Darlington56.6
East Sussex54.5
Brighton and Hove55.0
Hampshire60.7
Portsmouth45.9
Southampton47.0
Leicestershire56.8
Leicester City45.2
Rutland66.2
Staffordshire54.4
Stoke on Trent48.1
Wiltshire57.7
Swindon49.8
Bracknell Forest54.0
Windsor and Maidenhead59.2
West Berkshire60.5
Reading45.8
Slough56.3
Wokingham60.5
Cambridgeshire58.5
City of Peterborough53.5
Cheshire60.0
Halton49.1
Warrington61.2
Devon55.6
City of Plymouth54.6
Torbay53.1
Essex56.3
Southend61.2
Thurrock48.8
Herefordshire56.7
Worcestershire55.7
Kent59.6
Medway51.9
Lancashire56.4
Blackburn with Darwen46.8
Blackpool40.7
Nottinghamshire46.9
Nottingham City41.6
Shropshire62.9
Telford and The Wrekin53.6
Cornwall55.6
Cumbria56.8
Gloucestershire62.3
Hertfordshire61.4
Isle of Wight45.0
Lincolnshire58.6
Norfolk52.4
Northamptonshire51.9
Northumberland58.7
Oxfordshire53.6
Somerset56.5
Suffolk58.1
Surrey60.8
Warwickshire57.2
West Sussex55.9


(10) The figures shown relate to pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year.
(11) Figures include GCSEs and other approved qualifications.
(12) 2005 figures are revised.
(13) Local authority figures include all maintained schools and exclude independent schools, non-maintained special schools and independent special schools.


 
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Failing Schools

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the 242 schools deemed at the start of January to be failing, which are referred to on page 15 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All". [46421]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested has been placed in the House Libraries.

Fire Sprinklers

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many responses to the consultation on 'Building Bulletin 100—Designing and Managing Against the Risk of Fires in Schools' were in favour (a) of the proposals in respect of the fitting of fire sprinklers in school buildings and (b) of strengthening the proposals. [46328]

Jacqui Smith: The first question in the consultation on Building Bulletin 100 asked whether respondents agreed with the proposal that risk assessment should be used as the basis for designers to make their choices, rather than following a purely prescriptive approach that may preclude many of those choices. There were a further 11 questions, of which two concerned sprinkler installations:

The analysis of the responses is not yet complete, but should be finalised before the end of March.


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