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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. [66062]

Ruth Kelly: I expect to respond to my right hon. Friend's letter on 26 April.

Enterprise Advisor Service

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Enterprise Adviser Service. [55666]

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.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 25 April 2006:

Prison Education

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, HC114–1 on Prison Education. [65570]

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.

Speech and Language Teaching (Hillingdon)

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is per child of a placement in a speech and language unit run by Hillingdon local education authority. [65293]

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Maria Eagle: This information is not collected centrally.

Statemented Children

Rosie Cooper: 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. [64118]

Maria Eagle: The requested information is given in the following table.
All schools(10): number and percentage of pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN)(11) as at January 2005

All schools(10)
Number of pupils with statements of SEN(11)Number of pupils(11)(headcount)Percentage of pupils with statements of SEN(12)
West Lancashire constituency78615,4585.1
Wards in West Lancashire constituency:
Aughton and Downholland105621.8
Aughton Park112883.8
Birch Green215933.5
Burscough East124612.6
Burscough West621,0196.1
Skelmersdale North1472,8555.1
Skelmersdale South13563721.2
Up Holland209682.1
Lancashire local authority area7,391182,5834.0

(10) Includes maintained nursery, primary, secondary and all special schools, city technology colleges, academies, pupil referral units and independent schools.
(11) Excludes dually registered pupils.
(12) The number of pupils with statements expressed as a percentage of the school population.
(13) 1 or 2 pupils, or a rate based on 1 or 2 pupils.
Annual Schools Census

Provisional figures, taken as at January 2006, relating to the number of pupils with statements of SEN will be available at the end of April.

Sure Start

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 2001–02; what the average expenditure planned for each year to 2009–10; and if she will make a statement. [63985]

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 yearAverage actual expenditure
per child (£)
Average planned expenditure per child

1. Departmental expenditure figures for Sure Start Local Programmes.
2. 2005 Population figures provided by Sure Start Local Programmes for under 4s in the programme area.

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Television Sets

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. [62796]

Bill Rammell: The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, there are 24 TV sets in Ministers' offices.

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