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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people receiving advice from the Connexions service was identified as needing intensive support in each year since the service was established. 
Mr. Dhanda: The following table shows the number of occasions that young people have received advice since April 2003 when the Connexions service became fully operational across England. Young people may have received assistance on more than one occasion.
|Total interventions||Interventions with those needing intensive support||Percentage|
Interventions are contacts of an individual nature with young people. They include face-to-face contact,
telephone contact, e-mail and text messages and also contact with parents. They exclude bulk mail shots and publicity information.
Jim Knight: In 2006-07 Cumbria local authority received a Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocation of £246.4 million and revenue grants of £62.5 milliona total of £308.9 million to fund the education of nursery, primary and secondary school aged pupils. 1996-97 figures are not available on a comparable basis.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department's balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and (b) was in each of the last five years, broken down by project; 
(3) what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in each of the last five years, broken down by project; 
(4) what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments were (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI contract in each of the last five years, broken down by project. 
The Department for Education and Skills does not make PFI payments. The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) make payments to local authorities to assist them in paying their annual PFI payments for schools projects. CLG does not pay the annual PFI payments themselves.
All payments made under PFI are identifiable. Prior to a PFI contract being signed the profile of unitary charge payments is agreed between the contractor and the public sector, subject to the operation of the payment mechanism.
The Department does not hold information on capital repayments or other parts of a PFI contract. CLG makes the payments to local authorities, which in turn have contracts with the private sector provider.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what methods his Department uses for the monitoring of educational attainment; and what assessment he has made of trends in levels of educational attainment in the north east of England. 
The Department makes use of various methods for monitoring educational performance. Ofsted inspections, national curriculum tests and public examinations provide a framework for national and local analysis of performance against critical learning milestones. They provide measures which allow us to track changes in performance over time nationally, locally and at school level, to compare the progress of children in different schools, and to compare the performance of different groups of pupils. At local level, the National Strategies and Government Offices provide ongoing monitoring and challenge of
the performance of local authorities and schools as a basis for supporting them to improve.
Since 1997, standards in education achievement from early years to post 16 in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend constituency and (b) North East region have improved broadly in line with national levels of attainment. A summary of the 1997 outcomes (where available) compared to 2006 is set out in the following table.
|Newcastle upon Tyne East Wallsend||North East Region||National|
1. Includes attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years.
2. Key Stage 1Figures for 2006 are based on provisional data, 1998 is based on final data.
3. Key Stages 2, 3 and 4Figures for 2006 are based on revised data, 1997 is based on final data.
In 2004 we moved to using administrative data to measure level 2 attainment by age 19 (Level 2 is equivalent to five GCSEs at A*-C), so we cannot compare latest figures with 1997. The latest figures for the North East show 69.2 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2006 were qualified to at least level 2 compared to 64.4 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2004 (corresponding figures for England were 71.4 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2006 and 66.3 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2004).
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Irish studies centres there are in the UK; whether any more are planned; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who achieved five or more GCSEs at (i) A* to C, (ii) A* to C including English and mathematics, (iii) A* to C including English, mathematics and science, (iv) A* to C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language and (v) A* to A in 2006. 
|Number of schools for each percentage category achieving standard|
|Level 2 threshold achievement||Level 2 threshold achievement including English and maths||Level 2 threshold achievement including English, maths and science||Level 2 threshold achievement including English, maths, science and a modern foreign language|
|Percentage of pupils achieving standard||Maintained||Independent||Maintained||Independent||Maintained||Independent||Maintained||Independent|
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