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Criminal Offences

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many criminal offences his Department has created by Orders in Council in each year since 1997. [88474]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department for Education and Skills has created no criminal offences by Orders in Council since 1997.

Departmental Staff (Criminal Activity)

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of his Department’s employees have been (a) dismissed, (b) suspended and (c) subject to disciplinary action for criminal activity in each year since 1997. [88453]

Jim Knight: The information sought is as follows:

Dismissed Suspended Disciplinary action

1997

1

1998

2

2

5

1999

2

8

15

2000

7

16

2001

2

3

7

2002

5

4

2003

2

2004

2

2005

2

6


The Department takes any allegations of criminal behaviour very seriously, and they are investigated under formal procedures either by an HR led team or by a team from our Special Investigations Unit if the claims allege fraud.

All staff are aware of the standards of conduct expected of them and these are set out in our Staff Handbook. This reflects the central rules in chapter 4.3 of the Civil Service Management Code.

Disabled Staff

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid to his Department from the Access to Work Scheme for adjustments for disabled staff in the last year for which figures are available; from what budget he plans to meet the costs of reasonable adjustments for disabled staff following withdrawal of Access to Work funding for central Government Departments; and if he will make a statement. [89016]

Jim Knight: Since 2003, the Department has provided assistance for disabled staff from its own reasonable adjustments fund. This fund has assisted over 500 staff. My Department does not collect information about the Access to Work scheme in the form requested centrally and this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Drugs Misuse

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is provided for activities to reduce the use of drugs among young people; and if he will make a statement. [82263]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department of Education and Skills have contributed £2.6 million for activities to reduce the use of drugs among young people this year. This includes the contribution to the Young People Substance Misuse Grant, Home Office and Department of Health also contribute (PQ ref 82266). The £2.6 million also includes DfES contribution to Frank the Government’s drugs awareness campaign, and to the High Focus Areas project which seeks to accelerate progress in reducing young people’s drug use in selected local areas.

DfES also delivers drugs education within schools via PHSE.


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Education Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Swindon receive education maintenance allowance. [86635]

Mr. Dhanda: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council’s Chief Executive, has written to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 28 July 2006:

Emissions Trading Scheme

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many carbon dioxide emission permits have been allocated to universities; and what the actual emissions were for each university included in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in its first year of operations. [86472]

Bill Rammell: The Department for Education and Skills does not collect this information.

Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which locations the enterprise summer school pathfinders will be held; how many pupils have agreed to attend; which business representatives have agreed to attend; what the curriculum will be; what proportion of total teaching hours will be taught by business representatives; and what the total cost will be. [88096]

Jim Knight: The Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders are being held across every region in the United Kingdom and the locations are set out in the table. I have also included a list of business representatives.

Over 1,000 pupils aged 14-16 from a range of schools and colleges will attend the Enterprise summer schools. The curriculum will be linked to the broad objectives of enterprise education but specifically focused on enterprise capability and personal, individual development of attitudes and qualities for enterprise. The business representatives will be present throughout the summer schools and they will be involved in the delivery of the pathfinders, as well as activities such as mentoring. The total cost for the delivery of pathfinders is £2 million.


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Location of Enterprise pathfinders and list of representatives
Regions

Scotland

Argyll

Glasgow

Fife

Wales

Llangattock

England

London

West Midlands

East Midlands

South West

South East

East of England

Yorks and Humber

Northern Ireland

Enniskillen

Stormont


Business representatives( 1)

Free School Meals

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children eligible for free school meals live in areas designated as deprived. [86431]

Beverley Hughes: The information requested has been provided in the table as follows.


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( 1) Total number of pupils( 1) Number of pupils eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils( 1) eligible for free school meals

0-10 % most deprived(2) areas

808,102

339,868

42.1

10-20%

719.782

217,319

30.2

20-30%

652,205

146,543

22.5

30-40%

619,431

99,779

16.1

40-50%

603,354

71,814

11.9

50-60%

586,985

51,444

8.8

60-70%

588,640

38,969

6.6

70-80%

585,685

28,649

4.9

80-90%

600,157

21,628

3.6

90-100% least deprived(2) areas

618,598

14,105

2.3

Residence unknown

29,322

6,146

21.0

Total

6,412,261

1,036,264

16.2

(1 )Maintained primary, secondary, special and non-maintained special schools, includes pupils aged 5 to 15 years, solely registered or main registration of dually registered pupils.
(2 )The measure of deprivation used is the 2004 Index of Multiple Deprivation produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government
Source:
Schools Census 2006 provisional

Further Education Funding

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the statement by the Minister for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 248WH, on further education funding, what the real terms change in further education funding was for (a) 16 to 19-year-olds and (b) adults for each year between 1997-98 and 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. [83958]

Bill Rammell: Our investment in further education providers increased by around 48 per cent. between 1997-98 and 2005-06, the latest year for which we have full expenditure data. This increase excludes spending on work based learning/apprenticeships, school 6th forms, adult and community learning and other post-16 learning. Figures also exclude our new Train to Gain programme. We cannot provide comparable figures for young people and adults separately because data are not available on that basis. The annual change for each year from 1997-98 is given in the following table:


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