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This Department periodically reviews the need for teachers in future years and this informs the number of training places that will be offered. The model takes account of such factors as falling pupil rolls, retirements and teachers returning to the profession after having children.
|Table 4: Full-time vacancy( 1) rates in LA maintained nursery and primary schools in England by grade and Government Office Region: January of each year|
|Vacancies as a percentage of teachers in post( 2)||Number of vacancies|
|(p) Provisional (1.)Advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments (or appointments of at least one term's duration). Includes vacancies being filled on a temporary basis of less than one term. (2) Teachers in post include full-time qualified regular teachers in (or on secondment from) maintained nursery and primary schools, plus the primary portion of full-time regular divided service, peripatetic, advisory and miscellaneous teachers. (3).The number of teachers in post by grade is from the 618g survey for 2001 onwards, previous years were estimated using the Database of Teacher Records. (4) The role of assistant head was created in 2001. (5) The 2006 vacancy rates for the inner and the outer London weighting areas are 1.3 per cent. and 0.6 per cent. respectively, (in 2005 they were 1.2 per cent and 0.8per cent). Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because of rounding. Source: 618g survey|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what total amount private finance initiative projects, for which his Department is responsible, that went over budget did so in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Department for Education and Skills does not itself undertake private finance initiative (PFI) projects. PFI projects for the provision of schools are delivered through contracts between local authorities and private sector contractors.
A key aspect of the private finance initiative is that the risk of projects going over budget in the construction phase is transferred to the private sector contractor and we do not have information on any such costs that may have accrued to various private sector contractors for this reason. The public sector does not pay anything until the contracted services are available and thereafter payments are linked to satisfactory performance and availability.
Mr. Dhanda [holding answer 12 July 2006]: The School Meals Review Panel considered the need for a specific standard for trans-fatty acids to be included within their proposals, and concluded against imposing a specific standard for the following reasons:
Evidence shows that adult intakes of trans-fatty acids are well below the maximum threshold level for health;
Adopting a standard to limit the fat content of school meals would contribute towards controlling levels of trans-fatty acids; and
Food-based standards would include restrictions on foods which tend to be higher in trans-fatty acids (for example, savoury snacks and confectionery).
The School Food Trust supported the panel's view that their proposals would sufficiently control trans- fatty acids, and that there was no need to develop a specific standard for trans-fatty acids which had the potential to complicate the new standards unnecessarily, making it more difficult for schools and local authorities to implement them.
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