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Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which her Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by her Department in each year since May 1997. [39089]

Bill Rammell: The Department for Education and Skills spent the following sums from administration costs on consultancy (as defined by the Office for Government Commerce (OGC)):
£ million

The total cost of consultancy charged to programmes from November to March 2004–05 was £4.4 million. A further £9.5 million was spent in this period on other external expert advisers on education and children's matters to assist with policy implementation and delivery. The costs charged to programmes before November 2004 were not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Consultancy firms also supply a range of services which are not consultancy under the OGC definition.

The Department does not hold the requested information on its NDPBs and other sponsored organisations. It could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Extended Schools Programme

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which constituencies (a) (i) neighbourhood nurseries and (ii) children's trusts are located and (b) the extended schools programme is operating. [43932]

Beverley Hughes: Sure Start funding was made available to 142 of the 150 local authorities to support the development and delivery of Neighbourhood Nurseries in the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Information on the constituencies in which Neighbourhood Nursery projects are located could only be obtained at disproportionate cost, but the 142 participating LAs are listed as follows:

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Children's trusts are partnerships between local authorities, primary care trusts and others who have an interest in improving outcomes for children and young
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people. There is progress towards putting these partnerships in place in all local authorities, when children's trusts will impact on every constituency.

All 150 local authorities have received Government funding for 2005–06 to enable them to start up, or expand, extended services available through their schools; and since April 2005, the National Remodelling Team has been working with all local authorities to support them. It is, however, for individual authorities to decide whether to roll out the programme to all schools simultaneously, or on an area by area basis. Information on the constituencies in which extended schools are located could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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