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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) age profile, (b) sex profile and (c) success rate is of individuals who are undertaking modern apprenticeship schemes. 
|Type of apprenticeship programme||Age||Gender||Average in learning( 1)||Current framework success rate (Percentage)||Overall framework success rate (Percentage)|
|(1 )Average in learning is defined as the average number of learners in learning in any period Notes: Age is based on the age of the learner at the start of the course|
Source: WBL 2004/05ILR, Learning & Skills Council
Two measures of success rate are shown in the table. Current success rates for those completing an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship have been published for a number of years. The need for the development of an overall success rate as a broad comparator with FE for similar learning aims was outlined in the Success for All programme and figures were published for the first time this year. Both overall and current success rates are shown in Table 7 of the Statistical First Release (SFR) Further Education and Work-Based Learning for Young PeopleLearner Outcomes in England 2004-05() published by the LSC on 11 April 2006. A link to the website is at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000649/index.shtml. Page 9 of the SFR provides further details on the different definitions of the two rates.
Phil Hope: Figures for those participating in Apprenticeships (previously called Modern Apprenticeships) funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can be derived from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). This was collated for the first time in 2001/02 (as an Interim ILR) and consistent and comparable figures are currently only available for the three following years.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of resources allocated to the teaching of music A-level; and if he will make a statement. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 392W, on National Vocational Qualifications, how many National Vocational Qualifications were awarded in food preparation and cooking in 2005-06. 
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what administrative functions for which his Department is responsible are outsourced overseas; and what assessment he has made of the merits of outsourcing further such functions overseas. 
A complete answer could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, from the information we have available, we do not appear to have outsourced any administrative functions overseas. The Department complies with European law and the World Trade Organisation Government Procurement Agreement
and has no plans to outsource administrative functions overseas. We will consider the position for individual functions whenever appropriate.
However, we are aware of 35 schools which operate partial selection by ability or aptitude which it would not now be lawful to introduce. This is not a definitive number of such schools, and does not include those who since 1997/98 have introduced selection by aptitude of up to 10 per cent. of their intake.
Ms Barlow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of teachers in primary schools in England was male (a) in 1977 and (b) on the latest date for which information is available. 
Jim Knight: In March 1977 23 per cent. of full-time regular qualified teachers employed in maintained primary schools were male compared to 15.7 per cent. in March 2004 (provisional). This is the latest year for which figures are available.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many permanent and fixed period exclusions took place in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by reason for exclusion. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many schools 50 per cent.
or more of the pupils do not have English as their first language, broken down by region. 
|Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1) : Number of schools by percentage of school population whose first language is known or believed to be other than English( 2,3) as at January 2006 (provisional)by Government office region|
|Number of schools|
|Percentage of school population whose first language is known or believed to be other than English is:|
|Less than 50||50 or more||All schools|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Excludes dually registered pupils. (3) Pupils of compulsory school age and above are classified according to their first language. Source: Schools Census|
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