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Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to approve further public-private partnership projects to fund the building and refurbishing of schools in England. 
Jim Knight: DCSF has been allocated £1.320 billion PFI credits in each financial year of the comprehensive spending period 2008 to 2011. Public Private Partnership projects, including PFI continue to form a significant part of the Departments capital programme.
PFI is used in capital procurement where it demonstratively provides the public sector with better value for money in procuring modern, high quality services from the private sector. Typically, PFI offers better value for money than conventional design and build procurement methods for schools which are almost wholly new build.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent data published by the NHS Information Centre on childhood obesity for the assessment of performance against the Government's relevant targets; and what impact these data have had on the strategy for school sport. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 29 February 2008]: The NHS Information Centre recently published the results of the National Child Measurement Programme for the 2006-07 school year. The main purpose of the programme is to inform trend analysis and the effective development, planning and delivery of children's services at national and local levels. The NCMP data also underpin the local indicators in both the national indicator set for local authorities and the vital signs indicators for primary care trusts. Guidance has been issued to local areas on how they can use NCMP data to inform goal setting for these child obesity indicators. The national PSA target will be monitored through the Health Survey for England.
The NCMP is one of the largest collections of child height and weight data in the world and we are keen to ensure effective use of the data gathered, while ensuring the confidentiality of individual children who participated, including to inform the strategy for school sport. Within this constraint, the national anonymised dataset has already been made available to public health observatories to enable more detailed regional and local data analysis, including at school level.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children meeting the Governments two hours of high quality
sport and physical education targets are (a) overweight and (b) obese; 
(2) how the Government (a) monitors and (b) measures performance against the two hours of high quality sport and physical education public service agreement target; and who is responsible for (i) collecting and (ii) interpreting data; 
(3) if he will place in the Library a copy of each document relating to the (a) monitoring and (b) measurement of performance against the two hours of high quality sport or PE public service agreement target. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 29 February 2008]: The annual school sport survey collects data relating to the percentage of 5 to16-year-olds who take part in at least two hours high quality PE and sport in a typical week. The survey is carried out on behalf of the Department by TNS, an independent research company who were awarded the contract to run the survey after a competitive procurement exercise.
Jim Knight: The performance of each school is published in the achievement and attainment tables. These can be found in the House of Commons Library. The median Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 CVA score for maintained mainstream schools (including CTCs and academies) is 1000.7.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers took early retirement in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Bedfordshire, (f) Hertfordshire and (g) England in each year since 1997, broken down by type of institution. 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the number of teachers awarded early retirement benefits whose last recorded service was in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire local authorities and for England by phase of education, in each year from 1997/98 to 2006/07.
|Premature retirements( 1) from local authority maintained schools, 1997/98 to 2006/07|
|Bedfordshire||Cambridgeshire( 2)||Essex( 2)||Hertfordshire||Norfolk||England|
|(1) Premature retirements include actuarially reduced benefit awards from 2000/01.|
(2) Cambridgeshire and Essex local authorities were re-organised on 1 April 1998 and therefore the figures for 1997/98 are for the former local authority areas including Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) and Southend and Thurrock (Essex).
(3.) The effect of the change in the Teachers Pension Scheme as from 31 August 1997 was that many more teachers took early retirement in 1997/98 than in other years.
(4) Provisional estimates. All years may be subject to slight revision due to the addition of retrospective awards and suspension of pension benefits where teachers return to service.
Database of Teacher Records (DTR) and Pensioner Statistical System Penstats.
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