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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of secondary school aged children who normally reside in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) Peterborough city council area were educated outside the state sector in each year since 1997. 
Jim Knight: We are unable to provide residency based figures for children educated outside of the state sector as the Department does not collect this type of information for independent schools or home educated children.
|Peterborough parliamentary constituency||Peterborough local authority|
|n/a = not available. (1) Figures for Peterborough local authority are available after local government re-organisation in April 1998. (2) Provisional. Source: Schools; Census|
(1) Pupils aged 11 to 15 at start of the academic year (as at 31 August in previous year).
(2) Does not include independent special schools.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) primary and (b) secondary school class size was in (i) Peterborough constituency, (ii) Peterborough city council area and (iii) England in each year since 1997. 
|Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1) : average class size( 2) 1997-2006( 3)|
|Peterborough parliamentary constituency||Peterborough local authority area( 4)||England|
|Position in January each year||Primary||Secondary||Primary||Secondary||Primary||Secondary|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Classes taught by one teacher during a single selected period on the Census day in January. (3) Provisional. (4) Peterborough local authority was formed in April 1998 as part of local government reorganisation.|
Jim Knight: We have been informed that 238 small primary schools, and 10 small secondary schools, have been amalgamated since January 2003. Amalgamation means either the closure of two or more schools and the establishment of one new school; or the closure of one school and the expansion of another to accommodate displaced pupils. The Department regards a small primary school as a school that has 200 pupils or less and a small secondary school as one that has 600 pupils or less.
Jim Knight: Additional funding for schools of £220 million in 2006-07, rising to £365 million in 2007-08, was announced in the 2006 Budget, to support personalised learning at key stages 1-4. The funding will be paid to schools in September as an addition to their Schools Standards Grant. An interactive calculator is available on the Teachernet website to enable schools to calculate their share of this new grant.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals had been in arrears for (a) less than one month, (b) less than three months, (c) less than six months and (d) more than six months to the Student Loans Company at the end of each financial year from 1997-98 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement. 
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.
There are currently 592,500 borrowers with publicly-owned mortgage style loans issued before 1998. The following table shows UK borrowers by length of arrears(1) at the end of financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.
|(1) Borrowers in arrears with no repayment schedule include those with a very small balance remaining, and those subject to litigation. In both cases the borrower is required to repay the whole amount outstanding. Source: Student Loans Company|
(1) Borrowers with loans in more than one category are counted in each relevant category.
This level of detail is not available for earlier years. Note that figures exclude borrowers who are deferring repayment because their income is currently below the repayment threshold, but who have arrears outstanding from the past.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on supply
teaching staff in schools in each of the past three years, broken down by (a) region and (b) local education authority. 
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