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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 27 April 2006]: Provisional estimates show that in March 2003, the latest information available, the average age of full-time head teachers in maintained schools in England was 49.8 years.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding for the Learning and Skills Council for adult learning was in (a) 200405, (b) 200506 and (c) 200607; and what factors she took into account when allocating funds. 
The total overall spend on all adult programmes for 200405 was reported in the Learning and Skills Council's (LSC) Annual Report and Accounts as £2,999 million. Our planned funding for the LSC's major programmes only for adults for 200506 is £2,942 million and for 200607 is £2,946 million. Estimated spend on smaller programmes and experience of the previous two years suggests final funding for adults will be in the order of £3.2 billion each year. On 1 October 2005 the Government set out their priorities for post-16 education and training. This established our priorities for the learning and skills sector and the impact on funding in 200607 and 200708. While overall spend on adult learning will remain broadly constant the pattern of that learning will change. To meet our national priorities, we need to shift the pattern so that we provide a greater number of longer and more expensive courses for adults, to equip them with the range of skills they need for employability and further progression to higher levels of training. We have consistently said that public funding alone cannot and should not pay for all the training necessary in a competitive economy. To support this shift, there has to
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be a new balance of responsibilities between Government, employers and learners so we do not accept that withdrawal of LSC funding means that courses automatically have to close. Where provision is valued by learners, where it is high quality, and where learners and employers are prepared to pay more, we expect colleges to consider providing courses on a full-cost recovery basis.
The Department's guidance to the LSC on the deployment of its funding allocations is outlined in the Secretary of State's annual grant letter to the LSC Chairman and for 2006 to 2008 in Priorities for Success the document that sets out our funding strategy for the next two years. This document is available on the LSC's website.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people (a) are on List 99 and (b) have been added to the List in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: There were 4,045 people on list 99 when I made my first statement about arrangements for vetting those working with children on 19 January 2006. List 99 is continuously updated and the Department does not collect this data on an annual basis. The number added to the list in each of the last 5 years is as follows:
|Number added to List 99|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average starting salary was for newly qualified teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Essex in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
The following table provides the average salary of newly qualified teachers in maintained nursery and primary and secondary schools in the East of England, 1995 to 2004, the latest information available.
|Average salary (£)|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that she has visited in an official capacity in each month since 1997; what the purpose was in each case; what the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration was of each meeting; if she will place in the Library the text of any speech made; and if she will make a statement. 
All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the 'Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers'. The Government publish on an annual basis, lists of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500 which will include visits to the European Union. Lists covering 1997 to 2005 are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 200506 is currently being compiled and will be published when it is ready.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of the material to the hon. Member who tabled the question; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have visited in each month since 1997; for what purposes in each case; if she will list the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration of each meeting; and if she will make a statement. 
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out the funding for (a) special schools and (b) children with special needs for each of the past five years and the forecast allocations for each of the next five years. 
Maria Eagle [holding answer 27 April 2006]: Planned expenditure by local authorities in England on the provision of education for children with special educational needs and the funding available for delegation to special schools after provision has been made for retained items is included in the attached table. Forecast future allocations for special schools or for children with special educational needs are not available.
Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs(7)(5509140008)
Individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools(10)
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