Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per pupil is for 200506 in (a) Shrewsbury constituency, (b) Bolton West constituency, (c) Sedgefield constituency, (d) Bedford constituency, (e) Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency and (f) Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency. 
Jacqui Smith: School funding is allocated to local authorities: it would not be possible to disaggregate it below this level to parliamentary constituencies, some of which will cross local authority boundaries. Information on funding levels broken down by local authority is available on the Teachernet website at:
The 14-week public consultation on the review of the pupil registration regulations closed on
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14 December 2005. We are currently analysing the comments made in the 182 responses. We plan to table any changes to the regulations arising from the review by May 2006 and bring them into force on 1 September 2006.
Bill Rammell: My right hon. Friend accepted the recommendation of the 2003 Roberts review of research assessment that the cycle for the research assessment exercise (RAE) should be extended from five to six years. The next RAE will take place in 2008.
Bill Rammell [holding answer 7 February 2006]: The recent evaluation, undertaken by KPMG, on round 1 of the rewarding and developing staff initiative (200102 to 200304) showed that it has had a positive impact across the English HE sector, providing a focus for change and helping to embed human resource management (HRM) at strategic level in HEIs. The initiative has helped HEIs and the sector to be better prepared to address forthcoming HE-wide challenges. It has enabled HEIs to address staff shortages more effectively, provide a substantial investment in staff development and training, and raise the profile of equality and diversity issues through policy development, awareness-raising and training, and job evaluation (the latter leading to the re-grading posts to new pay structures).
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been spent under round (a) one and (b) two of the rewarding and developing staff initiative in implementing the single pay spine in higher education institutions. 
Bill Rammell [holding answer 7 February 2006]: KPMG was commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to undertake an evaluation of round 1 of the scheme (200102 to 200304), its main objective being to assess the impact of the initiative on the development of human resource (HR) management. KPMG's findings were that the distribution of expenditure between the six priority areas was as follows:
|Staff training and development
|Recruitment and retention
|Analysis of staffing needs
|Annual performance reviews
The single pay spine is one element of the new pay framework agreement, finally agreed by all relevant unions in June 2004. It is not possible to determine how much rewarding and developing staff funding has been spent specifically on implementing the agreement.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place for (a) monitoring expenditure of public money on the rewarding and developing staff initiative and (b) assessing the effectiveness of the initiative in meeting the Government's equal pay objectives. 
Bill Rammell [holding answer 7 February 2006]: The release of the rewarding and developing staff (RDS) funding to institutions, for round 1, was contingent on receipt by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) of a human resource strategy that identified objectives, described how the money would be spent, and set specific targets. Institutional expenditure was monitored via the annual monitoring statement, and through the request for a statement of expenditure, and HEFCE evaluations. To ensure release of round 2 funding, institutions were asked to submit either a revised human resource strategy or an extended investment plan.
In terms of the overall monitoring of RDS, the Government have asked HEFCE to adopt a light touch" approach, in line with our commitment to reduce the accountability burden in higher education. Round 1 of RDS has therefore been mainstreamed within institutions' block teaching grants and is no longer independently monitored. Round 2 is being monitored through institutions' annual monitoring statements. With respect to equal pay, there has been no specific monitoring. However, the evaluation of RDS Round 1 which ended in 200304, reported thatby that stage38 percent. of institutions had conducted an equal pay review.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the overall funding allocated to the Higher Education Funding Council for England under the rewarding and developing staff initiative was spent on external consultancies. 
[holding answer 7 February 2006]: None of the rewarding and developing staff funding was used by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on external consultancies. Institutions may have used some of their allocated funding on buying in specialised consultancy support but this information is not available.
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