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Beverley Hughes: The 2003 Laming inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie identified the urgent need for better sharing of information between childrens services, and every inquiry into a childs death before that has also done so. Since Lord Laming reported, substantial consultation with local service managers, practitioners and the public, supported by evidence from local authority Trailblazer projects, has identified the benefits that arise from introducing an information-sharing index in terms of safeguarding children more effectively and efficiently. Three independent research reports during 2004 supported the business case and have informed index design.
Overnight subsistence is an allowance intended to cover the extra costs involved in spending nights away
from home on official business. The place visited must be beyond reasonable daily travelling distance and so may be claimed if staff have to travel the night before they start work, or if they cannot reasonably expect to get home the same night as they finish work.
|Academic year||2001/02||2002/03||2003/04( 1)||2004/05||2005/06( 2)|
|(1) Due to a change in reporting arrangements, data are not centrally available for 2003/04.|
(3) Numbers rounded to the nearest 10 students. Source: DfES F503G survey of Local Authorities, Student Loans Company (SLC)
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of schools in England have offered tuition in a musical instrument (a) with a charge and (b) free of charge in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what percentage of school pupils have had access to tuition in a musical instrument at school (a) free of charge and (b) with a charge in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Department does not collect data on charging on a school or pupil basis. The 2005 survey of local authority music services (http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR700.pdf) contains information regarding the charging policies of local authority music services.
(2) what percentage of children have had access to tuition at school in (a) piano, (b) guitar, (c) wind instruments, (d) percussion instruments and (e) brass instruments in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The information requested is not collected by the Department. The two surveys of local authority music services from 2002 and 2005 (available from: www.dfes.gov.uk/research/programmeofresearch/index.cfm) suggest that a wide range of instruments are taught and that this range has increased since 2002. At key stage 2 the percentage of children learning a musical instrument has risen from 7 per cent. to 13 per cent. since 2002.
By 2008 we expect to have made significant progress towards our aim that every child at key stage 2 who wants to should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Over the 2006-07 and 2007-08 financial years we are:
investing £2 million in a national musical instrument fund;
investing £2 million in a national strategy for workforce training and development;
allocating £26 million to support music in primary schools.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what financial contribution was made by private companies to the provision of music tuition in schools in each year since 1997; 
Jim Knight: Effective delivery of music education and tuition at a local level can be enhanced considerably through partnerships between a range of providers, including those in the private sector. It is up to schools and local authorities to decide the exact nature of these partnerships.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what financial contribution was made by private companies to the activities taking place in schools during national music week; 
They are responsible for all the publicity and logistics for the week including the choosing of artists. Through the music manifesto, the Department made a contribution to supporting the educational element of national music week.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers in Hornsey and Wood Green went on to (a) higher education, (b) university and (c) further vocational education in each of the last five years. 
The latest available figures on participation in higher education by constituency were
published by the Higher Education funding Council for England in January 2005 in Young Participation in England, which is available from the website at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/ This report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by constituency, for the years 1997 to 2000. The figures for Hornsey and Wood Green, and the comparable figure for England, are shown in the table. HEFCE has not produced participation rates beyond 2000.
|Young participation rate (YPR (a)) in higher education|
|(1) Participation rates for constituencies are reported to the nearest whole number. Source: Higher Education Funding Council for England.|
|Entrants to undergraduate courses from Hornsey and Wood Green|
| Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5, so components may not sum to totals. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).|
The Department uses the higher education initial participation rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18-30 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2004-05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at constituency level.
Figures on participation in further education by young people are not available for parliamentary constituencies. Figures are available by local education authority but not for individual inner London LEAs.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been (a) abused and (b) killed while under the care of or after the engagement of the duty of care of the social services in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Dhanda: Information on the number of children abused or killed while under the care of social services (that is, children who are looked after by their local authority for the purposes of the Children Act 1989) is not collected centrally.
However, information on the number of looked-after children who die each year and the official causes of death is collected and shown in table 1. This information has been collected by the Department since 2003. All numbers stated are rounded.
|Cause of death of children looked after( 1,2,3)|
|Number of children||Percentage|
|(1) Figures include children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements. (2) Derived from SSDA903 return. (3) Underlying cause of death code derived by the automatic cause coding system using the codes for all the causes mentioned on the death certificate. The definition of the code is identified using the International Classification of Deaths, 10th Revision (ICD10) manual. (4) Since these data were first collected in 2003 approximately one-third of the children who died, for each year, were looked after under an agreed series of short term placements. Notes: 1. 2002-03 figures have been grossed up from a one third sample. 2. The data were collected by matching child records from SSDA903 to death certificates. A special matching exercise was carried out for the 2002-03 data, so there was a low rate of mismatch. The normal data collection was used in 2003-04 and 2004-05, and it was not possible to uniquely identify one third of the records. Therefore results need to be treated with caution.|
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