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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. 
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 Departments website here:
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 94W, on
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. 
|Financial year||Total paid (£)|
|(1 )Up to 26 July 2007|
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. 
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. 
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 Departments policies impacted on the ground in relation to the Departments 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.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in his Department and its
predecessor took early retirement in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what 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)|
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. 
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 Departments responsibility in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses; and if he will make a statement. 
Education Act 2005
Education and Inspections Act 2006
Children and Adoption Act 2006
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. 
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. 
|Number of bonus awards made to senior civil servants in DfES||Total cost of the bonuses awarded (£)|
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. 
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.
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
each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for the use of other commercial delivery services. 
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.
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. 
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 peoples 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 Departments responsibility in the last 12 months. 
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. 
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).
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