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The figures above include schools that closed as a result of the amalgamation or merger of two or more schools; schools that have closed but re-opened as voluntary schools with a religious character; and schools that have closed in local authorities that have moved from a three-tier to a two-tier system.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many refunds were processed by the Student Loan Company in each year between 2000 and 2005; and what proportion of those refunds resulted from overpayment of student loans. 
|Financial year||Number of refunds made on student loan accounts( 1)||Number of refunds made as a result of credit balance on income-contingent loans( 2)||Proportion of refunds made as a result of credit balance on income-contingent loans( 2)( ) (Percentage)|
|(1) Numbers relate to English-domicile student loans in the Government-owned portfolio. (2) The increasing profile in this column results from the build up in number of income- contingent loans reaching the end of repayment, and thus liable to include an element of in-year over-repayment. The income-contingent loan system was introduced for the academic year 1998/99, so few loan accounts would have reached the end of repayment in the earlier years covered in the table.|
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people repaying their student loan to the Students Loan Company saw their debt increase in the last year for which figures are available. 
Bill Rammell: There were 1,376,209 borrowers in repayment status at 30 April 2005. Of these 501,699 saw their student loan debt increase in nominal terms by 13 March 2006. As the rate of interest on student loans is directly linked to the retail prices index, the value of all loans is kept the same in real terms as when they were taken out. This means that no student repays more than they originally borrowed regardless of how long it takes them to repay and how much interest accrues in the meantime.
|Full-time vacancy( 1) numbers in Sandwell and Staffordshire local authorities in maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools|
|(1) Advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments (or appointments of at least one terms duration). Includes vacancies being filled on a temporary basis of less than one term.|
DfES annual survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies, 618g.
Jim Knight [holding answer 27 November 2006]: Teachers' TV was successfully launched on 8 February 2005. It aims to help raise standards in classrooms by helping to share good practice, support continuing professional development, offer classroom resources, and provide education news and information.
The channel is editorially independent (as required by the Communications Act 2003) and robust protocols are in place to ensure that, while the Department is able to identify the channel's objectives and strategic direction, it is not able to influence programming decisions. An independent Board of Governors ensures that editorial independence is maintained.
The Department has a pre-agreed form of contract which it obliges the supplier to use with all TV production companies. The Department has the right to reject any contracts entered into that are not on this agreed basis. However, it does not have the right to veto specific programme commissioning contracts in order to ensure editorial independence.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of how far on average (a) primary school and (b) secondary school pupils travel to get to school in (i) Cornwall, (ii) the South West and (iii) England. 
| Note: 1. The information in this answer is derived from data collected in the Schools Census returns made by schools to the Department. It includes solely registered and main registration of dually registered pupils aged 5 to 15 attending maintained primary and secondary schools, Academies and CTCs. It excludes pupils reported to be boarders. 2. The distances calculated are straight line distances.|
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff were employed in City of York local education authority schools in each year since 1997. 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff employed in City of York local authority maintained schools in each January from 1997 to 2006.
|Full-time equivalent regular teachers (excluding occasionals), teaching assistants and support staff in City of York local authority maintained schools, January 1997 to 2006|
|(1) Source: DfES annual survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies, 618g.|
(2) Source: Annual School Census.
(3) Support staff figures include teaching assistant numbers.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
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