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Beverley Hughes: Over 200308 we are making available £840 million nationally to support the development of extended services accessed in or through schools. £9,871,039 of this will go to Lancashire over the period 200508. Local authorities are responsible for the distribution of funding in their area so that they can plan services across schools and communities. We do not breakdown funding by parliamentary constituency.
Lancashire has to date received £1.8 million, and will receive £3,531,061 in 200607 and £4,515,291 in 200708. Funding will be released to schools in accordance with each local authority's strategy for extended services.
Maria Eagle: The information requested is provided in a table entitled Children who started to be looked after by local authorities in the years ending 1997 to 2005" which can be accessed on the DfES website at:
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health about the future of the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit. 
Phil Hope: Information is not collected on the individual programmes run by the voluntary and community sector in prisons. The use of mentors is promoted in the 'Offender's Learning Journey' that sets out the offer to prisoners.
Plans to increase the role of mentoring are set out in our recent Green Paper 'Reducing Re-Offending through Skills and Employment'. This will play an important part of our new and stronger focus on employment for prisoners as well as supporting the delivery of literacy, numeracy and communications skills.
Phil Hope: Research on reconviction rates is a matter for the Home Office and they are undertaking a research study 'Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction' (SPCR). In our recent Green Paper 'Reducing Re-Offending Through Skills and Employment' we outlined that there is research evidence to indicate that improving skills and employment for offenders can have a positive impact on the incidence of re-offending. In particular, evidence strongly suggests that employment and offending are linked, although this relationship is complex.
Phil Hope: A communications campaign is being conducted to inform the public about the importance of learning and skills for all offenders, whether in prison or under supervision in the community. This is promoted through the DfES website, newsletters, conferences and seminars.
Fiona Mactaggart: Educational staff are generally employed under contract by educational providers. The information requested is not held by the Prison Service or by Department for Education and Skills or could be collated only at disproportionate cost.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils attending Lincolnshire county council schools reside in North East Lincolnshire; and if she will make a statement. 
|Number of pupils in schools maintained by Lincolnshire LA||Number of pupils in residence in North East Lincolnshire LA attending schools maintained by Lincolnshire LA||Percentage of pupils in residence in North East Lincolnshire LA attending schools maintained by Lincolnshire LA|
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what requirements are placed on maintained faith schools in relation to respecting the wishes of non-religious pupils and parents; 
(2) what the legal responsibilities of (a) faith and (b) non-faith trust schools are in relation to (i)discrimination by religion in the employment of staff, (ii) the religious education syllabus, (iii) the holding of a daily act of worship and (iv) parental excusal from religious education and collective worship. 
All maintained schools, including trust schools, are under a statutory duty to provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils. This will be of a general Christian nature unless the school is designated as having a religious character in which case the collective worship will be in the tenet of the faith school.
Parents of pupils at all maintained schools can request that their children be withdrawn from any or all parts of religious education and collective worship and the school is expected to comply with the request.
All schools, including trust schools but excluding voluntary aided schools with a religious designation, will follow the locally agreed syllabus for religious education as drawn up by Standing Committee on Religious Education and agreed by the local authority.
Trust schools are foundation schools with a foundation. Where this is a religious foundation and the school is designated as having a religious character the Governing Body, as employers, may take into account any candidates' suitability and ability to preserve and develop the religious character of the school in the appointment of the headteacher and reserve teachers in the schools.
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