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Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months. [187785]

Kevin Brennan: Details of expenditure on personal entertainment recorded by the Department over the last 12 months are as follows:

January 2007 to January 2008, £11,555.59.


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The figure excludes costs incurred as part of official events or formal meetings held to further departmental business. DCSF is unable to separately identify the costs of alcohol from those of general entertainment; as such expenditure is claimed and recorded under the general heading of Personal Entertainment.

The basic rules governing hospitality are set by HM Treasury.

(a) The following guidance is issued by my Department to staff on the provision of alcohol.

There is a general principle that alcohol should not be provided at public expense and never when only civil servants are present.

Moderate amounts of alcohol can be provided at public expense when entertaining non-civil servants if not providing alcohol might be regarded as unusual or cause embarrassment. Examples of such events are hospitality from Ministers, at publicity events such as launches or the rare occasions when senior staff judge that official business can best be transacted by hosting a meeting over lunch or dinner.

(b) Hospitality expenditure is limited to occasions when official business can best be transacted in that way. Personal entertainment is usually restricted to where senior managers (Deputy Director or above) are acting as a host and expenditure must be approved in advance by a Director or Executive Board member.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families was created on 28 June 2007 as a result of a machinery of Government change and the expenditure recorded above includes that of its predecessor department, the Department for Education and Skills. The expenditure will also include any costs incurred by the newly created Department for Universities, Innovation and Skills, where these costs relate to areas formerly the responsibility of the Department for Education and Skills.


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The Department does not have any executive agencies.

Departmental Official Residences

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many ministerial residences were available to his Department’s Ministers and those of its predecessors in each of the last 10 years. [183187]

Kevin Brennan: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Watson) on 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 688W.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of his Department’s staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is. [171412]

Kevin Brennan: The Department employs 2,875 staff in a wide variety of roles. It was formed as part of the 28 June 2007 machinery of government changes, taking in staff from the former Department for Education and Skills and the Home Office. The following table sets out the number and proportion of men and women employed in each of the general salary bands.

Grade (a) men Proportion men (Percentage) (b) women Proportion women (Percentage) Total

Administrative Assistant

39

1.4

20

0.7

59

Administrative Officer

99

3.4

289

10.1

388

Executive Officer (EO) and equivalents

209

7.3

400

13.9

609

Higher Executive Officer (HEO) and equivalents

286

9.9

358

12.5

644

Senior Executive Officer (SEO) and equivalents

202

7

242

8.4

444

Grade 7 and equivalents

226

7.9

240

8.3

466

Grade 6

75

2.6

77

2.7

152

Senior Civil Service (SCS)

59

2

50

1.7

109

Special Adviser

2

0.1

2

0.1

4

DCSF Total

1,197

41.6

1,678

58.4

2,875


Staff undertake a wide variety of duties in support of my Department’s objectives, including some specialist roles. Titles and roles of each position and other individual information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but I can add the following further information on the work force: the average age of employees across the Department is 43. 442 employees (15.4 per cent.) have identified themselves as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff. Additionally, 585 (20.3 per cent.) have said that they prefer not to say or have not yet declared an ethnicity.

For staff at grade 6 and below, there is a non-consolidated bonus structure that varies according to pay agreements but is negotiated annually with the trade unions and follows Cabinet Office central guidance. For all SCS staff, the bonus arrangements are determined centrally by Cabinet Office. Staff in the Department for Children,
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Schools and Families participate in the general Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) determined by Cabinet Office. The PCSPS is an unfunded multi-employer defined benefit scheme. Expenses are claimed according to central and departmental guidance available to all staff. Information on individual expenses claimed in each of the last 10 years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department’s (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms. [174995]

Kevin Brennan: Near-cash and non-cash are essentially used as departmental expenditure limit (DEL) budgetary control concepts and are not specifically identified with voted resources in estimates. However, we have been able to break down net total resources for each section in the “Part II: Subhead” detail table of our main and winter supplementary estimate as follows. The significant change between the main and winter supplementary figures is the result of the machinery of government changes announced on 28 June 2007. The resources voted for Department for Education and Skills in the main estimate were divided between the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.


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Subhead Detail
£000
Main Winter supplementary

RfR1:

Spending in departmental expenditure limits (DEL)

Central Government spending

A

Activities to Support All Functions

297,628

237,499

B

Support for Schools and Teachers not through Local Education Authorities

1,016,355

1,017,805

C

Support for Children and Families not paid through Local Authorities

871,426

871,286

D

Higher Education

193,036

E

Higher Education Receipts from the Department of Trade and Industry

-363,676

F

Further Education, Adult Learning and Skills for Lifelong Learning and International Programmes

784,167

5,760,703

G

Support for Students in Higher Education

2,342,283

H

Compensation to Former College of Education Staff

11,870

11,813

I

Current Grants for Local Area Agreements to Support Children and Families

328,691

343,404

Support for Local Authorities

J

Current Grants for Local Education Authorities to Support Schools and Teachers

4,427,268

4,429,668

K

Capital Grants for Local Education Authorities to Support Schools

3,444,169

3,447,150

L

Higher Education Fees and Awards through Local Education Authorities

1,000

M

Current Grants to Local Authorities to Support Children and Families

57,200

57,200

N

Capital Grants to Local Authorities to Support Children and Families

55,228

55,228

O

Dedicated Schools Grants

28,286,881

28,286,881

Spending in Annually Managed Expenditure (AME)

Central Government spending

P

Loans to Students

-515,000

Non-Budget

Q

Grant in Aid to NDPBs supporting Children and Families

739,295

741,795

R

Loans to Students and Grant in Aid to NDPBs supporting Higher Education

99,480

99,480

S

Loans to Students and Grant in Aid to NDPBs supporting Higher Education

7,276,930

T

Grant in Aid to NDPBs supporting Further Education, Adult Education and Skills and Lifelong Learning

11,277,720

91,057

Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL)

Support for Local Authorities

U

Further Education supporting sixth Forms

2,022,881

RFR2:

Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL)

Central Government spending

A

Sure Start Current grants not through Local Authorities

93,712

88,812

B

Sure Start Schools Current grants not through Local Authorities

43,340

43,340

C

Sure Start Current Grants for Local Area Agreements

1

1

Support for Local Authorities

D

LA Current Grants

1,099,301

1,099,301

E

LA Capital Grants

523,025

523,025

RfR3:

Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL)

Central Government spending

A

Children’s Fund

40,000

40,000

Support for Local Authorities

B

LA Current Grants

150,100

150,100

Total Net Resource

62,581,430

49,418,429


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