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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set an upper limit on charges local education authorities are permitted to make for school bus journeys under the school transport section of the Education and Inspections Bill. 
Jim Knight: The Education and Inspections Bill includes provisions that will allow a small number of Pathfinder authorities to pilot innovative school travel arrangements. While it will be up to local authorities themselves to draw up a charging policy, the draft guidance to potential Pathfinder authorities, which has been published on the Departments website, suggests a maximum charge of £1 per day.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average salary was of (a) head and (b) deputy head teachers in (i) England and (ii) each region in each of the last 10 years. 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the average salary of full-time regular head and deputy head teachers in maintained sector schools in England and by Government office region. The average salaries are given for March each year from 1996 to 2003, the latest year for which the information is available.
|Average salary of full-time regular head and deputy head teachers in maintained sector schools in England by Government office region, March 1996 to 2003|
|1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001( 1)||2002( 1)||2003( 1)|
|(1) Provisional estimates subject to future revision.|
Database of Teacher Records (DTR).
Mr. Dhanda: It is for local authorities and schools to decide the level of resources required to support sexual health education in schools taking account of local needs. We are working to improve the quality of sexual health education in maintained schools. The Department for Education and Skills, together with Department of Health, is supporting the PSHE certification programme for teachers with over £2 million in 2006-07. In addition, both Departments are supporting the national healthy schools programme with £12.3 million of funding in 2006-07. These programmes support schools in delivering sexual health education as part of broader programmes.
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