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The fees data collected in this survey should be treated with caution as the figures have been derived from a number of variables. In addition a large number of providers who responded to the survey were unwilling or unable to provide details on the fees they charged.
Kevin Brennan: Since 1999 the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the current financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. From next year, the list will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.
Figures for the Department for Education and Skills show that it spent £66.6 million on consultancy from 2005-06 to 2006-07. This figure comprises £7.6 million charged to administration budgets; and £59 million charged to programme budgets.
The costs of consultancy charged to programme budgets before November 2004 were not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The total cost of consultancy charged to programme budgets from November to March 2004-05 was £4.4 million, and from April 2005 to March 2007 was £59 million.
Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children, Schools and Families currently employs the full-time equivalent of 23 press officers. This team provides a 24 hour service to national, regional and specialist sector media.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of posts in his Department were recategorised from back office to frontline posts as classified by the Gershon efficiency review in each year since 2004. 
Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children, Schools and Families is committed to achieving its workforce reduction target, shared with the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, by the end of 2007/08. This is a net target and no posts will be reallocated to the frontline as part of it.
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|(1) The Department for Children, Schools and Families has recently merged the Administrative Assistant (AA) and Administrative Officer (AO) Civil Service grades into an Executive Assistant (EA) role.|
Kevin Brennan: In 2006-07 the Department (then the Department for Education and Skills) spent £6.265 million on advertising as part of information campaigns. Additionally, the Department's spend in advertising vacancies at senior civil service level for the last financial year was £97,605.00. The costs for advertising vacancies below senior civil service level are not recorded in the same way and figures could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the last five years. 
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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress is being made on the implementation of recommendations from the Childrens Workforce Development Council on the training of educational psychologists; 
(2) what plans he has to ensure adequate numbers of educational psychologists over the next 10 years; and if he will take steps to ensure that their numbers do not fall below the current level; 
Kevin Brennan: My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools and Learners has signalled his support for the recommendations contained within the Childrens Workforce Development Councils (CWDC) paper on educational psychologists (EPs), which identified a number of options for the future funding and administration arrangements in relation to the initial entry training of EPs.
We have asked the CWDC and the Local Government Association, as the representative body of the local authority employers, to take matters forward in terms of the funding and administration of trainee EP places/courses commencing in September 2008. Further information can be accessed via the CWDC website at:
The full-time equivalent number of EPs in post in local authorities in England, as at January 2007, was 2,352, with 73 full-time vacancies. EPs are employed by local authorities, and it is for those authorities to determine how many to employ in light of their assessment of local needs and available resources, and to plan for future needs. It is not the role of the Department to undertake any manpower planning or funding assessment for this group of local authority employees.
EPs play an important role in assessing special educational needs and in helping to formulate support arrangements for children with a wide range of needs, including those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. The value of their contribution was confirmed in an independent study, conducted by the School of Education, University of Manchester, published by the Department on 31 August 2006. A copy of the report, A Review of the Functions and Contribution of Educational Psychologists in England and Wales in light of Every Child Matters: Change for Children (Research Report No. 792) was placed in the House of Commons Library, and can also be accessed via the Departments research website:
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of persistent truants went on to post-16 education in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of persistent truants gained five A* to C grades including English and mathematics in the last year. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available. 
The table provides information about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds in Copeland parliamentary constituency area. Data are provided for 2004-07 only because data are not available at constituency level for 2003.
|Number of part-time funded places( 1, 2, 3) filled by three and four-year-olds, parliamentary constituency: Copeland, position in January|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers( 5)||Total three-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools( 6)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers( 7)||Total four-year-olds|
|(1) A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child.|
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.
(3) Prior to 2004, information on early education places was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the nursery education grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data were collected at local authority level, therefore, data for this parliamentary constituency for 2003 is not available.
(4) Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Schools Census.
(5) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Schools Census.
(6) Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Schools Census.
(7) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Schools Census.
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