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Schools (Lewes)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in Lewes constituency left school with fewer than five GCSEs at A*-C grade in each year since 1997. [60895]

Jacqui Smith: The figures requested are shown in the table.
Proportion of 15 year olds(27) not achieving 5 or more A* to C grades at GCSE and equivalent(28) maintained schools only

Number of 15 year old pupils in Lewes constituency(29)Percentage not achieving 5+ A*-C

(27)Age at the start of the academic year (i.e. 31 August).
(28)From 1997 includes GNVQ equivalences and from 2004 other equivalences approved for use pre 16.
(29)Pupils attending schools located in Lewes constituency.

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Special Educational Needs

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent as a proportion of the total budget of the Lancashire local education authority on special needs education in each year since 1997. [61324]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is only available from 2000–01 onwards and is contained within the following table.
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Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs1,2 by Lancashire local authority since 2000–01

Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs(30)(5509030031)(£)Total education revenue expenditure(32)(£)Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with SEN as a percentage of total education revenue expenditure
2005–06(33)109,113,000702,069,00015.5 (16.1)

(30)Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as notional SEN" and the individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools.
(31)The ISB for special schools will include some general education costs for pupils with SEN in addition to those costs specifically for SEN while the figures recorded against notional SEN" are only indicative of the amount that might be spent by schools on SEN. In 2005–06, Lancashire also budgeted £13.2 million for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the budgeted net expenditure on SEN as figures are not available prior to 2005–06.
(32)Total Education Revenue Expenditure is the combination of the total schools budget and the total local authority budget. For the first time in 2005–06 Threshold and Performance Pay costs were recorded gross in the Section 52 Budget Statement which has had the effect of increasing Lancashire's 2005–06 total education revenue expenditure by over £24 million. Consequently, for comparison with earlier years, the adjusted budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with SEN as a percentage of total education revenue expenditure in 2005–06 is 16.1 per cent. and this figure is included in brackets.
(33)The data are drawn from Lancashire local authority's Section52 Budget Statements (Tables 1 and 2) submitted to the DfES.
Figures are as reported by the LEA in cash terms and rounded to the nearest thousand pounds and may not sum due to rounding.

State Education Institutions (Private Donations)

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much private money was donated to state education institutions in the last year for which figures are available; and how much revenue was generated by managed bequest reserves in that year. [59830]

Jacqui Smith: The Department does not hold details centrally of how much private money was donated to education institutions nor does it hold information on revenue generated by managed bequests. To collect this information would incur disproportionate cost. However, we do know that, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency income to English Higher Education Institutions from endowment and investment funds was £197 million in 2003–04.

Student Loans

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people failed to make
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repayments to their student loan accounts in each of the last five years; and how many of them the Student Loans Company failed to trace. [53343]

Bill Rammell: There are two student loans schemes. Mortgage-style loans were introduced in 1990. Income-contingent loans were introduced for new students from 1998, while continuing students remained eligible for mortgage-style loans.

The first cohort of students on three year courses with income-contingent loans entered repayment status in April 2002. However, borrowers only make repayments when they are earning over £15,000 and those earning less are not required to make any repayments. Most income-contingent loan repayments are collected by employers through the tax system and current policy ensures that deductions keep pace with earnings so borrowers do not become overdue on their accounts.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) automatically traces most income contingent loan borrowers through the tax system and the Student Loans Company ensures that HMRC has the information needed to match borrower accounts to tax records, actively chasing borrowers as necessary for information.

The position on overdue mortgage style loans is as follows:
UK borrowers with student loans in arrears at the end of each financial year (public debt only)

Less than two months in arrearsTwo plus months in arrearsAll arrears(34)
2004–05 (provisional)58,10059,100117,200

(34)May double count borrowers with loans in both categories
(35)Consistent figures are not available for 2000–01.
Student Loans Company

UK borrowers with overdue mortgage-style loans that SLC were attempting to trace, at the end of each financial year (public debt only)


Student Loans Company


Capita Group

Chris Grayling: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with directors and senior executives of (i) Capita Group plc and (ii) its subsidiaries since 1 January 2004; and whether (A) Capita Group plc
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and (B) its subsidiaries have provided input (1) in writing and (2) in person to policy discussions in his Department since 1st January 2004. [61092]

Mr. Jim Murphy: This information is not held centrally. To provide the detailed information requested would incur disproportionate cost.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what additional costs were incurred in each month from September 2004 until the 2005 General Election in respect of extra (a) ministerial salaries and costs, (b) staff salaries and costs and (c) other associated costs as a result of the appointment of a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; and whether and on what date this information has previously been disclosed. [60893]

Mr. Jim Murphy: I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 479W.

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