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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the (a) further and (b) higher education participation rate was in each ward in each local authority area, broken down by region, for the last year for which figures are available: 
Bill Rammell: Participation rates, as a percentage of the local population are not available at ward level. Participation rates for those aged 16 and 17, in schools, FE colleges, LSC funded work-based learning and part-time education are available for local education authorities (LEAs) in England. The latest available figures are for 2003 and 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.
Participation rates for young people in higher education are available for LEAs and for parliamentary constituencies in England, Wales and Scotland. The
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latest available figures are for 2000 and were released alongside the report Young Participation in Higher Education" by HEFCE in January 2005.
The EU funds a scheme which subsidises the provision of milk to primary and nursery schools. In England the Government supplements the EU subsidy for primary schools by payment of an annual maximum of £1.5 million in national aid. Participation in the scheme, which is administered by the Rural Payments Agency, is entirely a matter for schools or local education authorities. Bournemouth Borough Council is on the Agency's register of subsidy claimants.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many checks against the Protection of Children Act list were made in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average time taken to respond to each check was in the last period for which figures are available. 
The Criminal Records Bureau's Standard and Enhanced Disclosures will include a check against the Protection of Children Act (POCA) list where this is requested on the application form. The total number of Disclosures issued in 2005 containing a check against the POCA list was 2,005,205. There are no figures available to determine the average time taken to process a POCA check because the check forms part of the overall internal CRB Disclosure process and figures are not collated centrally.
The Department does not collect data on the number of places that pupil referral units (PRUs) have available. However, we collect data on the number of pupils who were being educated in PRUs at the time
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of the annual school census. The table sets out the number of pupils who were attending PRUs only at the time of the census, as well as those who were attending both a PRU and another educational institution for their education.
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Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of secondary school places were allocated at age 11 years on the basis of aptitude tests in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available in (a) local authority schools and (b) grant maintained schools; 
(2) how many secondary school places in each London borough were allocated at age 11 years on the basis of aptitude tests in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available in (a) local authority schools and (b) grant maintained schools. 
Until 1998, admission authorities for schools were not required to seek approval of statutory proposals to introduce banding arrangements.
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Therefore, we have no data on the number of maintained schools that introduced banding pre-1998, and who continue to operate it. Since 1998, the following 13 maintained schools have introduced banding to their admission policies:
|No passes at GCSE and equivalent(18)|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||8.1||6.5||4.5||0.6||3.9||2.7||3.7||3.0||3.2|
|Kensington and Chelsea||4.5||7.5||6.8||6.7||3.8||4.7||5.6||4.7||3.3|
|Barking and Dagenham||8.7||7.3||5.5||3.0||4.9||7.1||5.1||4.2||3.6|
|Kingston upon Thames||7.5||7.5||5.6||6.9||6.0||8.3||5.1||3.3||3.0|
|Richmond upon Thames||6.5||3.6||4.2||4.4||5.8||6.6||3.4||2.9||3.6|
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