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Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her Department will reply to the letter of 16 February 2006 from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding Mr. McKenzie-Ward of Oldbury. 
Phil Hope: The delivery of the Enterprise Adviser Service has been implemented by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). The LSC is also responsible for the assessment of the Service. Mark Haysom, chief executive of the LSC, has written to my hon. Friend and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
I write in response to your recent Parliamentary Question about the effectiveness of the Enterprise Adviser Service. Initial evaluations from the Lead LSCs responsible for the delivery of the service have been very positive. The first two years of the service involved Enterprise Advisers working with nearly 1000 secondary schools in the most disadvantaged areas. This work was subsequently built on with the 200506 re-focus of the service which brought more schools within its remit. Initial evaluations suggest that over 2000 schools are now within the scope of the service.
Evaluations from the Lead LSCs and the Regional Enterprise Advisers all suggest that this service has had significant impact and is valued by the Head teachers and staff with whom they are working. The Enterprise Advisers were recruited from a largely private sector back-ground and as such have brought a significantly different perspective and skills set to schools. The knowledge, skills, experience and enthusiasm of the Enterprise Advisers has been a positive addition to the field of enterprise in education. Specific DfES resources for the service are due to end at the end of this academic year and the LSC is looking at how best to embed the good practice that has been fostered through this service into local and regional enterprise activity.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to broaden the prison education curriculum key and basic skills as recommended by the Education and Skills Select Committee report, HC1141 on Prison Education. 
Phil Hope: Improving the literacy, numeracy and English language skills of offenders continues to be a high priority, and underpins success in vocational and employment training. We have introduced a much broader curriculum through the Offender's Learning Journey which is being tested in three development regions in England. This new offer includes a focus on work-related learning as well as the arts curriculum and personal and social development.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many statemented children
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there are in each (a) ward in West Lancashire constituency and (b) Lancashire; and what percentage of all children in each area these figures represent. 
|Number of pupils with statements of SEN(11)||Number of pupils(11)(headcount)||Percentage of pupils with statements of SEN(12)|
|West Lancashire constituency||786||15,458||5.1|
|Wards in West Lancashire constituency:|
|Aughton and Downholland||10||562||1.8|
|Lancashire local authority area||7,391||182,583||4.0|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the average expenditure per child was in Sure Start schemes in each year since 200102; what the average expenditure planned for each year to 200910; and if she will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: 524 Sure Start local programmes were opened on a rolling programme between 1999 and 2003, reaching around 400,000 children aged under four years. In their first two to three years programmes were building up their services and, generally, did not operate at peak levels until the third or fourth year. The average expenditure per child for every year for which grant has been paid or allocated is in the following table. With effect from the current financial year, the earliest programmes' grants are beginning to taper to a level consistent with delivering the children's centre offer. We expect that local authorities will be in a position to make savings through economies of scale, for example on administration, finance and evaluation arrangements, now that the grant for programmes is paid directly to them.
The Government have announced its intention to conduct a Comprehensive Spending Review in 2007 and we will await the outcome of that review before decisions are taken on the level of funding from April 2008. The Government have indicated on many occasions in the past the high priority it attaches to improving outcomes for children, including in the early years.
|Financial year||Average actual expenditure|
per child (£)
|Average planned expenditure per child|
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department. 
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