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The transfer of responsibility for offender learning from the Home Office in 2001, to the Department for Education and Skills, now the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, brought the offender learning agenda within mainstream learning and skills arrangements. This led to the introduction of heads of learning and skills, a new senior role within each prison responsible for co-ordinating delivery. Offender learning is inspected by Ofsted (and its predecessors) to the same standards as mainstream education, with published reports since 2002.
Between August 2005 and August 2006, the Learning and Skills Council completed the introduction of a new offender learning and skills service. This service is designed to integrate delivery both inside and outside prisons, as well as ensuring the quality is consistent with that available in the outside community.
The new delivery arrangements are governed by the policy framework set out in the Reducing Re-Offending
Through Skills and Employment Next Steps document, published jointly by the then Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office, and the Department for Work and Pensions in December 2006. Many of the further changes set out in the Next Steps document are now being piloted in our two test bed regions, the West Midlands and east of England,
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1272W, on Geronimo Communications, what information his Department holds on any payments made by Geronimo Communications other than to departmental bank accounts; and if he will make a statement. 
Kevin Brennan: DCSF has three departmental bank accounts, an HM Paymaster General bank account and two commercial bank accounts. All payments received by DCSF are credited to one of these three bank accounts. There are no records of any payments being received from Geronimo Communications and credited to any of these accounts.
|Part-time equivalent number of free early education places( 1,2,3) filled by three and four-year-olds in Londonposition in January each year|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total 3-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total 4-year-olds|
|n/a = not available.|
(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 2002, information on early education places taken up by four-year-olds was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data do not differentiate between the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.
(4) Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools Census.
(5) Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools Census.
(6) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.
(7) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.
(8.) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census supplementary data collection exercise and the Annual Schools Census.
(9) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools Census.
(10) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools Census.
The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 19/2007 Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2007, available on my Departments website
|Nursery, primary, secondary and special schools( 1, 2, 3) : Number (headcount) of pupils in national curriculum year group 1( 4) . Position in January each year 2003 to 2007: England|
|Nursery||Primary( 1)||Secondary( 1, 2)||Special( 3)||Total( 1, 2, 3)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies.
(3) Includes maintained and non maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.
(4) Excludes dually registered pupils.
(5) Figure provided for secondary schools in 2003 excludes anomalous national curriculum year group data reported by one school.
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on children with (a) special educational needs and (b) dyslexia in (i) Cheadle constituency and (ii) Stockport metropolitan borough council area in each of the last five years. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 21 January 2008]: The information requested is submitted to the Department according to local authority areas, rather than districts within an area. Cheadle is a district of Stockport Local authority. The information for Stockport LA about the amount spent on children with special educational needs is as follows:
|Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs by Stockport local authority: 2003-04 to 2007-08|
Margaret Hodge: The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and so any decisions on its future funding will be taken by the MLA. In recognition of the importance of the scheme, I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the MLA has announced that it intends to maintain current levels of support for the PAS in 2008-09. The MLA will consider options for future funding of the PAS in the context of its priorities for museum collections and public participation.
The PAS is of national importance and the MLA is committed to seeing it thrive and evolve. The MLA will continue to work with the British Museum and other stakeholders to build on the schemes success in advancing archaeological knowledgefor finders, museums and, most importantly, the wider public.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in Library all correspondence between his Department and the East of England Development Agency on funding of arts projects in Peterborough in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts were awarded by his Department to Capita Group plc in each year from 2000-01 to the most recent available date; what the cost was of each contract; what penalties for default were imposed in contract provisions; what the length was of each contract; whether the contract was advertised; how many companies applied for the contract; how many were short-listed; what criteria were used for choosing a company; what provision was made for renewal without re-tender in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
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