The Government will work with the council to mobilise the nations energies, and to consider how the councils advice could be implemented. The council currently has a team of three members of staff within the Department for Children, Schools and Families
dedicated to providing secretariat support. The full monthly economic cost of those staff and other administrative costs associated with the council is approximately £26,300.
NCEE members were selected by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State on the basis of their professional experience, expertise, status and personal qualities. The council is a standing body with priorities, terms of reference and membership to be reviewed by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State every year.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average number of hours (a) primary school age and (b) secondary school age pupils spent in school in each year since 1985-86; and what figure has been estimated for 2007-08. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of public spending on private education for children with special educational needs in each year since 1997-98; how much has been allocated for this purpose in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
|(1) 2007-08 data is provisional and is therefore subject to change by the local authority.
1. Includes all planned net expenditure on the payment of fees in respect of pupils with special educational needs at independent schools or non-maintained special schools. This includes any planned expenditure funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and, from 2006-07 onwards, SEN payments to Acadamies are also included within this line.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.
The data are drawn from local authorities Section 52 Budget Statements (Tables 1) submitted to the DfES. Data are not available prior to the inception of Section 52 for the 1999-2000 financial year.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps are being taken by the Government to reduce the number of students in possession of a weapon on school property; 
(2) how many schools in each local education authority (a) have introduced and (b) plan to introduce metal detectors to search for weapons amongst pupils in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of school. 
Jim Knight: Knife incidents in schools in England are extremely rare. To help maintain that, we gave head teachers a power, from May 2007, to search a pupil without consent when, after screening with metal detectors or on other grounds, they suspect the presence of a weapon. This supports the efforts of the police to reduce crime by and against young people on the streets around schools and supplements initiatives by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on, for example, improving behaviour and learning about responsibility, conflict resolution and safety. We do not burden schools by asking them to report whether they do or will screen. We intend to continue taking the views of our Working Group on School Security on all aspects of screening and searching, in particular in order to review the statutory power to search after three years.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each English local education authority in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Jim Knight: The revenue funding figures per pupil aged 3-10 and 11-15 for 2005-06 are provided in the following table. In 2006-07 the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) was introduced. As the DSG is a mechanism for distributing funding there is not a primary/secondary split available for 2006-07 onwards. These figures are in cash terms.
|Primary (3-10 year olds)
|Secondary (11-15 year olds)
1. Price Base: Cash
2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of Standard Spending Assessment / Education Formula Spending (EFS) settlements. Figures include the pensions transfer to EFS.
3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DCSF Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 3-10 and 11-15 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the EFS settlement calculations.
5. Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
6. Status: Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.