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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department makes available to assist parents with the cost of child care for children with physical disabilities. 
Beverley Hughes: Parents with disabled children can receive support through the working tax credit (which includes elements relating to disability and severe disability), child tax credit, disability living allowance and carer's allowance. They can also apply for direct payments from their local authority, which are cash payments in lieu of social care services enabling those receiving them to arrange their own services.
In addition, the Department for Education and Skills provides funding to local authorities through the general Sure Start grant to increase the sustainability and diversity of their local child care market, in support of the new duty in the Childcare Act 2006 to secure sufficient child care provision. This funding can be used to provide support for child care places where affordability is an issue for parents, and can also be used to provide training, enable early education and child care settings to make adaptations to premises and equipment, provide additional staff, and support multi-agency working through the early support programme.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) three and (b) four-year-olds are attending (i) nursery schools and (ii) classes in Westminster; and how many were attending in 1997. 
|Maintained nursery and primary schools: number (headcount) of pupils aged 3 and 4( 1 ) Position in January each year: 1997 and 2006( ) Westminster local authority area|
|Maintained nursery schools||Maintained primary schools|
|Pupils across all classes||Pupils in designated nursery classes||Pupils across all classes( 2)|
|(1 )Excludes dually registered pupils.|
(2 )Includes pupils in designated nursery classes.
(3 )Excludes rising fours. Includes pupils aged less than three.
(4 )Excludes rising fives.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils whose parents were claiming incapacity benefit achieved (a) more than five A* to C passes including English and mathematics, (b) more than five A* to C passes, (c) more than five A* to G passes and (d) no passes at Key Stage 4 in (i) the Birkenhead constituency, (ii) the Wirral local education authority and (iii) England in 2006. 
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parents received custodial sentences for failing to make their children attend school in each of the last three years. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 15 March 2007]: Home Office data, from the court proceedings database, show the number of defendants sentenced to immediate custody for offences under section 444 of the Education Act 1996 is as follows: 20 in 2005; 22 in 2004; and, seven in 2003. Data for 2006 are not available at this time.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether under the school admissions code of practice local authorities can give precedence in the waiting list to pupils who have not been allocated a place at a ranked school over those who have been allocated a place at one of their ranked schools. 
Jim Knight: Where a school maintains a waiting list, a childs position on that list can be determined only by how well he or she meets the schools published oversubscription criteria compared to others on the list. Any other information, such as other parental preferences, may not be taken in to account. The new school admissions code also states that a child cannot be given priority on a waiting list based on the date that his or her application was received or his or her name was added to the list.
The only children who may be given precedence over those on a waiting list are those who are the subject of a direction by the local authority to admit or those admitted in accordance with an in-year fair access protocol.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the steps being taken to meet the recommendations of the Russell Commission on Youth Volunteering. 
Considerable progress has been made over the past year since the launch of the Russell Commission Implementation Body, v, which has created over 80,000
volunteering opportunities and attracted pledges of over £20 million of match funding for the private sector in addition to the up to £100 million available from Government.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued by courts in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead constituency in each quarter since the penalty was introduced; and what percentage of these were issued where the claimant was aged (i) 10 to 14 years, (ii) 15 to 19 years, (iii) 20 to 24 years, (iv) 25 to 29 years and (v) 30 years and over. 
|The number of antisocial behaviour orders issued at all courts in the Hertfordshire criminal justice system area, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, by age group and by quarter, 1 June 2000( 1) to 31 December 2005 (latest available)|
|Period||10-14||15-19||20-24||25-29||30 and over||Not known||Total|
|(1) From commencement 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 data were collected on aggregate numbers only by police force area (pfa). During this period one ASBO was issued in the Hertfordshire pfa.|
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
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