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The figures relate to actual translation work as recorded on the Department’s Integrated Financial Information System. The figures exclude publishing costs, on-line or off-line, associated with the translated material.

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.

The Department does not have any Executive agencies.


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The Department currently has eight NDPBs. They are independent organisations and records are not held centrally by the Department about their translation fees. To extract those costs would involve disproportionate cost.

Educational Visits: Negligence

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Compensation Act 2006 on (a) the number of school educational visits and (b) the number of (i) claims and (ii) successful claims of negligence or breach of statutory duty brought against teachers as a result of accidents on educational visits; [191795]

(2) how many (a) claims and (b) successful claims of negligence or breach of statutory duty were brought against teachers as a result of accidents on educational visits in each year since 1997. [191794]

Jim Knight: ( )We have made no formal estimate of the effect of the Compensation Act 2006 on offsite( )educational visits and have received no representations on this issue. We do not( )anticipate successful claims under this Act against teachers who act in accordance with( )their school's health and safety procedures, and we believe that most teachers do so.( )While the Government do not hold records of awards against school staff, we are( )unaware of any claims, successful or unsuccessful, against school staff under this Act.

Eurostar

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department, its predecessor and its agencies spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [187652]

Kevin Brennan: The spend for the Department for Children, Schools and Families and its agencies for travel on Eurostar for the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007 on first class travel was £20,567 and for other class travel was £15,944.

Foster Care: Separation

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many foster family arrangements (a) remained as a stable family unit for longer than 12 months and (b) broke down with the children returning to care facilities within 12 months in the most recent period for which figures are available. [183549]

Kevin Brennan: The number of children looked after at 31 March 2007 who had been in the same foster placement for longer than 12 months was 23,900. In the 12 months up to that date, 1,400 children were in a foster placement for less than 12 months and then moved to a care placement which was not based in a family(1).


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Mineral Waters

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many litres of bottled water were purchased by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [191246]

Kevin Brennan: The number of litres of bottled water for the Department for Children, Schools and Families is:

Number of litres

December 2005 to November 2006

128,704

December 2006 to November 2007

110,075


Plastic Bags

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many branded plastic bags his Department and its predecessor purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost. [184657]

Kevin Brennan: Neither this Department, nor the former Department for Education and Skills, has purchased branded plastic bags in the last 24 months.

Schools: Entertainments

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department issues guidance to schools on the (a) holding and (b) funding of staff parties. [189106]

Jim Knight: The Department does not issue such guidance. Funding is delegated for the ‘purpose of the school’. The definition does not go into detail further than this, however we would expect local authorities as part of their financial management policies to provide guidance on the use of funds for these types of purposes.

Schools: Sports

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to improve sports programmes within secondary schools in 2006-07; and what funding has been allocated for that purpose for 2007-08. [168418]

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to improve sports programmes within secondary schools in 2006-07; and what funding has been allocated for that purpose for 2007-08. [169235]

Kevin Brennan: Through the National School Sport Strategy, a number of programmes are in place to raise the quality and quantity of PE and school sport in secondary schools. These include:


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The Department’s support for these programmes totalled £179.2 million in 2007-08.

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding was allocated to sports facilities in schools in (a) Stockton South constituency, (b) Teesside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. [188933]

Jim Knight: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr. Hepburn) on 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1549W.

Special Educational Needs: Suffolk

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with special educational needs, resident in Suffolk, were educated outside the county in each year since 1997; and what the financial cost of this provision was to Suffolk County Council in each year. [187608]

Kevin Brennan: Available figures for the number of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) resident in Suffolk, who attended schools maintained by other local authorities are given as follows:

Number of pupils with special educational needs
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Resident in Suffolk LA

15,536

16,248

16,681

17,312

17,549

Attending schools maintained by Suffolk LA

15,193

16,061

16,474

17,120

17,312

Attending schools maintained by other LAs

343

187

207

192

237

Note:
SEN includes: School action; School action plus and statement of SEN
Source:
School Census

We are unable to provide equivalent information on the number of children with Special Educational Needs attending independent or non-maintained special schools.

Details of the planned expenditure by Suffolk local authority for pupils with special educational needs can be found on the following tables. The data are drawn from Suffolk local authority’s Section 52 budget statements submitted to the DCSF and the figures relate to all planned out of authority expenditure not just the expenditure on pupils attending schools maintained by other local authorities.


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The Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations. Budgeted gross( 1) expenditure by Suffolk local authority on inter-authority recoupment( 2) : 1999-2000 to 2007-08( 3) . Cash terms figures( 4) as reported by Suffolk local authority as at 28( ) February 2008
Cash terms figures( 4)
Budgeted gross( 1) expenditure on inter-authority recoupment( 2) (£)

1999-2000(3)

100,000

2000-01

100,000

2001-02

100,000

2002-03

100,000

2003-04

100,000

2004-05

100,000

2005-06

103,000

2006-07

108,000

2007-08

110,000

(1) As one authority’s expenditure on inter-authority recoupment will be another authority’s income, in order to show the amount of money budgeted by Suffolk local authority for the education of pupils with special educational needs outside of Suffolk LA the figures for inter-authority recoupment have been shown gross (i.e. any income which Suffolk LA receive from other authorities for educating their pupils with SEN within Suffolk has not been netted off from the expenditure).
(2) Inter authority recoupment includes any estimated expenditure in relation to transactions between authorities in accordance with regulations made under sections 493 or 494 of the 1996 Act or section 207 of the 2002 Act (recoupment between authorities) for the education of pupils with special educational needs.
(3) Figures are not available prior to the inception of Section 52 for the 1999-2000 financial year.
(4) Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.

The Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations. Budgeted net expenditure by Suffolk local authority on fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad( 1) : 1999-2000 to 2007-08( 1,2) . Cash terms figures( 3) as reported by Suffolk local authority as at 7 January 2008
Cash terms figures( 3)
Budgeted net expenditure on fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad( 1) (£)

1999-2000(2)

3,776,000

2000-01

3,794,000

2001-02

3,993,000

2002-03

4,051,000

2003-04

5,711,000

2004-05

6,078,000

2005-06

6,161,000

2006-07

6,390,000

2007-08(1)

6,551,000

(1) Includes estimated expenditure on the payment of fees in respect of pupils with special educational needs at independent schools or non-maintained special schools. The figures for 2007-08 also include any SEN payments to Academies for pupils with statements.
(2) Figures are not available prior to the inception of Section 52 for the 1999-2000 financial year.
(3) Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.

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Special Educational Needs: Young Offenders

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what special educational provision is available for adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after their release from a penal establishment. [172350]

Kevin Brennan: Schools and local authorities are statutorily required to have regard to the SEN Code of Practice for children and young people whose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) entails special educational needs (SEN). The Code says that local authorities should have effective arrangements in place to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEN are assessed quickly and matched by appropriate provision, and that schools must do their best to ensure necessary provision is made for pupils with SEN.

For young people in the youth justice system, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) operate in each local area. Their role includes working with young offenders, including those preparing to leave custody, to develop appropriate resettlement plans to meet their needs—this includes co-ordinating access to education, training and health services.

The Children Act 2004 provides a statutory framework for co-operation between local authorities, partner agencies and other relevant organisations to improve outcomes for all children including those who have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Teachers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of teachers who qualified within the last two years are not employed as teachers in state maintained schools. [189140]

Jim Knight: The following table shows the number of trainees who gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through mainstream Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses in 2004/05 and 2005/06 and were not employed in state maintained schools six months after gaining QTS.

A minimum of 71 per cent. of trainees who gained QTS in 2004/05 and 2005/06 entered a teaching post in a maintained school within six months of gaining QTS. These are minimums as there are a proportion of trainees where the sector of the schools they enter is unknown or their destination after gaining QTS is unknown.


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