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Class Sizes

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each (i) Government region and (ii) local education authority in each of the last five years. [151174]

Jim Knight: The information requested has been placed in the House Library.

Further information on class sizes can be found in SFR 16/2007 ‘Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England, January 2007 (Provisional)’, which was published on 26 April 2007. This publication is available in the Library and on the Department’s website here:

Departments: Affairs

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 94W, on
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departments: affairs, what the value and purpose was of each payment by his Department to Atkins (formerly WS Atkins) as part of the Academies Programme since 2001. [153618]

Kevin Brennan: The value of the payments made to Atkins as part of the Academies Programme for each financial year since 2001-02 to date is shown in the following table.

The payments were made for an advisory service on capital project design and other support services for the academies programme.

Financial year Total paid (£)

2001-02

45,645

2002-03

556,658

2003-04

1,207,456

2004-05

2,013,071

2005-06

2,860,574

2006-07

2,825,659

2007-08

(1)739,292

(1 )Up to 26 July 2007

Departments: Air Conditioning

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department and its predecessor and its agencies on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years. [151977]

Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children, Schools and Families or its predecessor has spent no money on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in the five years to April 2007.

Departments: Common Purpose

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was. [147609]

Kevin Brennan: The former Department for Education and Skills concluded a contract in September 2004 for £28,800 and April 2005 for £22,900 with Common Purpose to provide challenging and diverse learning experiences for future leaders. Participants were able to research and explore how the Department’s policies impacted “on the ground” in relation to the Department’s Five Year Strategy, and gain a greater appreciation of how Government policies were interpreted and implemented by service deliverers in public, private and voluntary/community sectors and the constraints facing different organisations.

In addition Common Purpose South Yorkshire currently has free use of a small accommodation unit in the Sheffield site of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Departments: Early Retirement

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in his Department and its
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predecessor took early retirement in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what cost. [148741]

Jim Knight: The information is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

In the former DFES, there have been voluntary early severance and retirement releases. For the 2002-03 financial year to the end of the 2006-07 financial year, the total number and cost for such releases from the former DFES were as follows:

Financial year Number of early releases (from former DFES) Total cost (to former DFES) (£ million)

2002-03

57

5.57

2003-04

28

2.54

2004-05

332

17.1

2005-06

204

15.1

2006-07

156

10.55


Departments: Flowers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months. [153262]

Kevin Brennan: The Department did not commit any expenditure on flowers in the last 12 months.

Departments: Legislation

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Bills in policy areas for which his Department is responsible introduced in the last five years contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such clauses. [151836]

Kevin Brennan: The following table sets out the Acts, introduced by the Department’s predecessors in the last five years which contained sunset clauses:

Act Section

Education Act 2002

2(7)

Power to suspend statutory requirements etc.

Children Act 2004

47

Expiry of powers in sections 45 and 46

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

16(6)

Exceptions to requirement to make a monitoring check


The appropriateness of a sunset clause for the whole or part of any proposed legislation is considered on a case by case basis. It is also addressed when a regulatory impact assessment relating to legislation is being prepared.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Bills introduced by his Department and its predecessors in areas within his Department’s responsibility in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses; and if he will make a statement. [152493]


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Kevin Brennan: The following Acts, introduced by the Department’s predecessors in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses

Departments: Marketing

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on replacing the former Department for Education and Skills with his Department including introducing a new corporate identity; and how much he expects total expenditure on transition to be. [147619]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 4 July 2007]: The costs of setting up the Department for Children, Schools and Families are expected to be met within existing departmental budgets.

Departments: Pay

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was. [146426]

Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children, Schools and Families was formed in June 2007 from parts of the former Department for Education and Skills (DfES), which was itself formed in 2001.

Information is available for all senior civil servants in the former DfES for the years 2005/06 and 2004/05, and is shown in the following table. The Department had no agencies.

Number of bonus awards made to senior civil servants in DfES Total cost of the bonuses awarded (£)

2004/05

98

506,039

2005/06

96

627,303


There is no information available for previous years.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost. [146989]

Kevin Brennan: Information for Executive Assistant to Grade 6 bonus payments received in 2006-07 is not yet available. Members of the senior civil service will not receive their bonus payments until November 2007.

For Department’s (formerly the DfES) most up to date information, I refer the hon. Member to the reply my predecessor gave on 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1706W.

Departments: Postal Services

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what volume of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in
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each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for the use of other commercial delivery services. [150444]

Kevin Brennan: The former Department for Education and Skills (DfES) sent, between 1 June 2006 and 31 May 2007, 1,472,641 items of correspondence from its Head Office post rooms via the Royal Mail. Volumes for the preceding four years could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. The former DfES did not use any other commercial delivery services for its correspondence.

Departments: Publicity

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned for policy areas within his Department, including relevant campaigns commissioned by its predecessor in the last 12 months. [148512]

Kevin Brennan: In 2006-07, the former Department for Education and Skills spent these amounts on advertising as part of integrated information campaigns:

£000

Student finance

2,476

Adult basic skills

1,805

Teenage pregnancy

1,534

Child care recruitment

405


All of these were evaluated against targets for response (calls to a campaign telephone number or hits on a website). The first three, where the advertising spend was more substantial, were additionally evaluated through independent customer research which tracked the campaign impact against its objectives, measuring levels of customer awareness and exploring shifts in attitude and behaviour among the target audience. Additionally, £0.045 million was spent on an advertising insert targeting the children and young people’s work force, which was not evaluated due to the size of the advertising spend.

All departmental advertising is bought on our behalf by the Central Office of Information (COI), which is able to use its purchasing power to negotiate significant discounts, ensuring that our advertising budgets are cost effective in the amount of media they purchase. In 2005-06; the most recent year in which records are available, COI achieved cost savings for Government clients of 44.1 per cent. against industry benchmarks.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department and the former Department for Education and Skills in areas within his Department’s responsibility in the last 12 months. [148685]

Kevin Brennan: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 2 August to parliamentary question 148512.


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Departments: Standards

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's targets are; what the performance was against each target at the most recent date; which targets have been (a) dropped and (b) amended in the last 24 months; and if he will make a statement. [152278]

Kevin Brennan: With regard to the Spending Review 2004 PSA targets which my Department is responsible for, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 19 July 2007, Official Report, columns 531-32W. Performance against these PSA targets is set out in the former Department for Education and Skills’ 2007 departmental report (CM 7092), Two of my Department's PSA targets have been amended since the 2004 Spending Review: PSA target 1 (children's communication and social and emotional development); and PSA target 2 (the use of formal child care by lower-income families).

Departments: Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months. [153255]

Jim Knight: Costs for staff and communication training for the former DfES are available from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 in the following table:

Budget Cost (£)

Communications training

49,204

Learning and Development

2,259,991


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