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Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many boys were subjected to a strip search in Huntercombe Young Offenders Institution in each month in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how many times control and restraint procedures were used during such searches in each month. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following tables give figures for all full searches and searches under control and restraint for January 2005 to October 2006:
|Full searches and searches under control and restraint for January 2005 to October 2006|
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were available in state boarding schools in England in each year since 1976. 
Jim Knight: The years for which data is immediately available are in the table. A full response will be placed in the Library as soon as it is collated.
|Headcount||Number of boarders|
Annual schools census. Does not include two state boarding schools which are sixth form colleges as annual school census data are not available.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families living in poverty in each UK constituency have (a) free and (b) subsidised childcare. 
Beverley Hughes: I am replying with information on the position in England only. The position in other parts of the United Kingdom is a matter for the respective devolved Administrations.
All three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 12.5 hours free early education provision over 38 weeks. Through the 10-year childcare strategy, we have committed to extending the universal minimum free early education entitlement to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks by 2010.
As part of the spending review 2004, the Chancellor announced a small scale pilot programme to provide 12,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds (including those from low-income families) with access to free early education and childcare. The pilots commenced in
April 2006 and run until 2008. They will enable us to look closely at the potential benefits of such provision, focusing in particular on improvements in child outcomes and closing early achievement gaps. The pilots will also explore the effectiveness of different strategies for engaging the most disadvantaged groups.
Information on subsidised child care is not available.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is for (a) primary and (b) secondary classes. 
Jim Knight: The available information is given in the table.
|Maintained primary and secondary schools: average class sizes( 1,2 ) as at January 2006, England|
|Average class size|
|(1) Classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January. (2) Classes taught by one teacher. Source: Schools' Census.|
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent in each of the last five years supporting early years teachers with funding towards their continued professional development. 
Jim Knight: Early years teachers employed in schools may access schools budgets for funds to support their continuing professional development (CPD). In addition an element of the General Sure Start Grant may be used to fund the CPD of early years teachers and other early years staff working across maintained and other settings. Decisions about the actual amount of expenditure deployed in this way are made locally by schools and local authorities.
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