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|Table B: Capital grants made available to Kent county council by DCSF in 2007-08|
|Table C: Supported borrowing made available to Kent county council by DCSF in 2007-08|
Jim Knight: The Department has informed Educentre Ltd. about the Building Schools for the Future programme. The Department has also included Educentre Ltd. on its list of potential providers to which it circulates details of new school competitions, so that they are aware of projects for which they could enter a bid.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department made to (a) Brook, (b) the Family Planning Association, (c) Marie Stopes International, (d) the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and (e) Education for Choice in each of the last five years; what the (i) value and (ii) purpose of each such grant was; what restrictions apply to the ways in which funds from each grant may be spent; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The amounts paid by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to the organisations listed in the question, along with a summary of the purpose for which the payments were made, are included in the following table. There no restrictions on the way that funding may be spent other than those that apply to all funding under the programmes listed in the table and that it should be used for the purpose intended. The Department has not provided funding to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) or Marie Stopes International.
|Organisation||Amount (£)||Source of funding||Purpose|
To support fpas strategic activities in relation to the Speakeasy programme including accredited training courses for professionals and parents; developing and supporting local Speakeasy networks; and recruiting two trainers to the programme
Developing and evaluating dual language cards in eight foreign languages for newly arrived young people in the UK whose first language is not English to encourage them to use sexual health advice services
Delivery of training programmes for health and education professionals to facilitate discussion about pregnancy and abortion; revision and development of EfCs website; work with boys and young men; and support for parents to help them discuss pregnancy choices and abortion
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the role of the finance director in his Department is in relation to authorising policies with significant financial implications for the Department. 
Kevin Brennan: The Department operates a devolved financial framework in which budget responsibility for policy initiatives is delegated to those charged with administering and delivering the policy. The specific role of the Finance Director within this delegated framework is to ensure that line managers within policy areas are supported with professional accountancy and financial advice when considering the financial implications of policy proposals. In line with the Treasury's guidance within Managing Public Money (October 2007) the Finance Director is responsible for providing financial leadership within the Department by setting the financial governance framework, establishing the internal financial controls and maintaining the essential external links with Treasury and the National Audit Office.
The Department has a qualified accountant as Director General of Corporate Services who sits on the board and has overall strategic responsibility for all operational matters and for directly supporting the Accounting Officer. On a day-to-day basis many of the key financial tasks are delegated to a professionally qualified Finance Director who manages the Department's central finance function, is responsible
for improving financial literacy of budget managers and ensuring that the Department meets all its statutory financial reporting obligations.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will ensure that information on helplines and access to support for victims of forced marriage or persons in fear of forced marriage is available in secondary schools to teachers and pupils; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Schools have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of their pupils, and we have encouraged them, through guidance, to make available information about helplines and access to support for victims or people in fear of forced marriage. School staff should also be alert to the risk of forced marriage, as with other potential risks of harm to their pupils. They should not attempt to mediate in suspected cases, but should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices Forced Marriage Unit where experienced caseworkers are able to offer support and guidance.
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time was that local authorities took to interview and process an application form from couples and individuals wishing to (a) foster and (b) adopt a child or children in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have eligibility levels for free school meals of 20 per cent. or more in local authorities with overall eligibility levels for that type of school of less than 15 per cent.; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of secondary schools with free school meal eligibility of between 35 per cent. and 50 per cent. are not specialist schools; and what the estimated annual revenue cost to these schools is as a consequence of their non-specialist status. 
|Table A: maintained nursery and primary schools( 1) : school meal arrangementsposition in January each year: 2003 to 2007 England|
|Day pupils( 2)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Prior to 2003, Day pupils includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection, this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils from 2003.
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
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