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Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was received from his Department by maintained Muslim faith schools in England in each of the past five years. 
|The Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations, total budget share plus grants allocated to Muslim schools at the beginning of each financial year since 2001-02, cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 16 October 2006|
|Total budget share plus grants allocated to Muslim schools at the start of the financial year (£)||Number of Muslim schools reported on Section 52 Budget (Table 2)|
| Notes: 1. Only includes those Muslim schools reported by the local authority on their Section 52 Budget Statements (Table 2). 2. Includes all revenue funding allocated to the schools via the LA's local funding formula at the beginning of each financial year. Also includes any grants reported on Section 52 and allocated to schools as at 1 April each year. 3. 2003-04 does not include any EIC grants allocated to schools as this was not recorded at a school level on Section 52 in that year. EIC grants account for £85,000 of the 2004-05 total.|
|Amounts disbursed for approved capital projects (£)|
|(1 )Paid out in grant so far within the financial year 2006-07 on committed capital projects.|
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the deed of arrangement for Newcastle City academy; and whether the adjudicator has approved the next stages for the closure of Westgate college. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 16 October 2006]: The schools adjudicator approved the closure of Westgate community college on 28 February 2006, subject to the making of a funding agreement to establish an academy and the granting of planning permission for an academy. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State entered into a funding agreement for the Excelsior academy, Newcastle on 1 August 2006 and planning permission has now been granted by the local authority. The academy will open in September 2008.
Beverley Hughes: Since April 2004 all three and four-year-olds have been entitled to a free, good quality, part-time early education place. As at January 2006 there were 37,500 providers delivering the free entitlement, of which, 43 per cent. were maintained nursery and primary schools, 52 per cent. were private or voluntary providers, 3 per cent. were registered independent schools and 1 per cent. were special schools.
Figures for January 2006 show that virtually all four-year-old children receive some form of free entitlement. The figure for three-year-olds is 96 per cent. As the free entitlement has been rolled out to all three and four-year-olds the greatest expansion of places has been in private, voluntary and independent settings. Of all children accessing the free entitlement in 2006, 39 per cent. did so in private, voluntary and independent settings, compared to just 12 per cent. in 2000.
The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release 32/2006 Provision for children under five years of age in EnglandJanuary 2006 (final) in September, which is available on my Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1458W, on partially selective schools, which schools operate the form of partial selection by ability or aptitude which it would not now be lawful to introduce. 
Jim Knight: Admission authorities may introduce selection by aptitude of up 10 per cent. of their intake by aptitude for prescribed subjects. As introduction of aptitude selection is determined locally, we do not hold information on the number of schools which have adopted it.
Provision in the Education and Inspections Bill reaffirms the prohibition on the introduction of any new selection by ability. But schools, which have operated partial selection by ability or aptitude continuously since 1997/98, may continue to do so as long as they do not change the proportion of children selected or the basis for their selection. Although we do not hold a definitive list, we are aware of 38 schools which operate partially selective arrangements which it would not now be lawful to introduce.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government spending was on (a) all school attendance initiatives, (b) the Behaviour Improvement Programme, (c) the Behaviour and Attendance Strand of Key Stage 3 strategy, (d) national truancy sweeps, (e) collection of data for the national pupil absence tables, (f) assistant regional advisers for attendance, (g) the Education Welfare Service, (h) parenting contracts for truancy, (i) parenting orders for truancy, (j) penalty notices for truancy, (k) fast-track case management for truancy and (l) e-registration in (A) primary and (B) secondary schools in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) All school attendance initiatives. The Department has funded a number of initiatives which had, as part of their overall objectives, the reduction of absence. These are listed in the following table below includes the requested information on (b) behaviour improvement programme; (c) behaviour and attendance strand of KS3 strategy; (f) assistant regional advisers for attendance; and (l) e-registration.
|(1) Split between primary and secondary not available.|
(2) Secondary only.
(3) Funding of £121 million has been subsumed in the School Development Grant.
(4) Includes £0.8 million in 2005-06 and £1.9m in 2002-07 for assistant regional advisers for attendance.
|Planned spend on Education Welfare Service( 1) as reported by local authorities through their S52 budget statements as at 11 October 2006( 2)|
|Primary( 3)||Secondary( 3)||Special( 3)||Gross||Income||Net|
Figures are not available for earlier years.
(1) Expenditure listed under line 1.6.6 (to 2002-03), 2.4.8 (2003-04 and 2004-05) and 2.4.10 (2005-06 and 2006-07) of the Section 52 budget statements which includes education welfare service (and other expenditure arising from the LEA's school attendance functions). Excludes the costs of Education Welfare Officers directly involved in issues related to child protection which are recorded separately.
(2) Data are subject to change by the local authority.
(3 )A split by school sector is only available until 2002-03.
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