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John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will review the guidance on how many babies each foster (a) carer and (b) household is permitted to look after with a view to making an assessment of whether the safety of such infants is at increased risk in foster households caring for multiple infants and babies. 
Mr. Dhanda: The Children Act 1989 does not allow a carer to foster more than three children unless the children concerned are siblings or an exemption has been made by the local authority in whose area the carer lives. This usual fostering limit applies regardless of the childs age. Volume 3 of the statutory guidance which accompanies the Act highlights the number of children who may be placed as an important factor in placement decisions. The guidance stresses the importance of considering the interests of each child, in cases where more than one child is to be placed, as well as the needs of the carers own children.
The Government are committed to reviewing the statutory guidance and this review will need to take account of issues arising from the recent Care Matters Green Paper. However, detailed decisions about the content of the revised guidance have not yet been taken.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas (i) qualify for and (ii) receive free school meals; and if he will make a statement. 
|Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools( 1) : school meal arrangements by schools urban/rural classification2, as at January 2006, England|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools||Maintained secondary schools|
|Urban( 3)||Rural( 4)||Total||Urban( 3)||Rural( 4)||Total|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Schools have been classified as being in either an urban or rural area by matching their school postcode to the Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004 indicator held within the May 2006 National Statistics Postcode Directory. Areas are classified as urban or rural at the Census Output Area (COA) level, and postcodes are classified according to the status of the COA in which they are located.
(3) Includes schools in Urban >10k (sparse and less sparse) classifications.
(4) Includes schools in the following classifications: Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling (sparse and less sparse), Town and Fringe (sparse and less sparse), Village (sparse and less sparse).
(5) Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration. Also includes boarding pupils.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
Pupil numbers by school meal arrangementsSchools' Census. Urban/Rural Classificationderived from the Urban/Rural Classification 2004. Produced in conjunction with The Countryside Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Office of National Statistics and Welsh Assembly Government.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 15-year-olds took both history and geography at GCSE in schools in the independent sector in each year since 1996. 
|15-year-old pupils( 1) entered for GCSE geography and history|
|(1) Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August.|
(2) Data for 2006 are revised. Data for all other years are final.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of students achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern language in each school in West Sussex in 2006; 
(2) if he will list the top 200 maintained schools in terms of the proportion of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language in 2006. 
Jim Knight: The following table shows the proportion of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4(1) achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language for each school in West Sussex local authority in 2006.
(1) Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the 2005/06 academic year.
|Pupils achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language|
|Name||Institution type( 1)||Total pupils||Percentage|
|(1) CY = Community School, CYS = Community Special School, IND = Independent School, INDSS = Independent Special School, NMSS = Non-maintained Special School, VA = Voluntary Aided Schools, VC = Voluntary Controlled School.|
(2) School located within Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency.
(3) Figures are suppressed due to small numbers.
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