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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children at Key Stage 4 secured at least five A* to C GCSEs, including mathematics, English, a science and a modern language in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement. 
|Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a MFL|
Figures up to and including 2003/04 are based on 15-year-old pupils (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August). Figures from 2004/05 onwards are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, in the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 327. 
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of his Departments and its predecessors senior civil service staff worked part-time in each year since 1997. 
Although not directly comparable, due to the 28 June 2007 Machinery of Government changes, the corresponding figure in the predecessor Department, the Department for Education and Skills, was 10 (7.63 per cent.) staff working part-time out of a total of 131 in the senior civil service, at December 2006. Figures for earlier years for the Department for Education and Skills can be found in the Civil Service Statistics Archive:
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in nurseries had an Early Years Foundation Degree in (a) Basingstoke constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each of the last five years. 
Beverley Hughes: The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on staff qualifications that are relevant to working with children and young people. The qualifications are grouped together in the levels that they have been accredited with by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. It is not possible to look at specific qualifications held.
|Table 1: Percentage of paid staff holding at least a Level 5 qualification: 2006|
|Table 2: Percentage of paid staff holding a Level 5 qualification: 2006|
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1534W, on public information booklets, who is responsible for (a) authorising and (b) auditing expenditure on the production of information for the public; and what information is held centrally on such costs. 
Kevin Brennan: Authorisation for expenditure on the production of information for the public is delegated by the Head of Department to individual policy teams, rather than to a central board dealing with a particular communications channel. This expenditure would be included within the annual audit of DCSF departmental resource accounts by the National Audit Office.
Although we do not centrally co-ordinate records for the production of public information booklets, we do maintain central records relating to the Departments overall publications distribution contract.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools excluded more than (a) 10 per cent. and (b) 30 per cent. of their pupils in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in secondary schools were given a (a) fixed period and (b) permanent exclusion in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority index of multiple deprivation decile. 
Kevin Brennan: The 2006/07 PE and School Sport Survey found that 91 per cent. of Pupil Referral Units provided at least two hours high quality PE and school sport a week for at least one of its pupils. Overall, 84 per cent. of all pupils in PRUs participated in at least two hours high quality PE and sport a week.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what he expects the minimum spend on ingredients for school meals to be per pupil per day; and if he will make a statement; 
Kevin Brennan: There is no minimum spend on ingredients requirement for school meals. Food prices vary by region leading to different purchasing power. It is, therefore, for local authorities or, where the budget for school meals is delegated to them, school governing bodies to decide what monies they assign to school lunches. However, the School Food Trust's 2007 annual survey reported an average spend on ingredients of 57p per meal in primary schools.
The Government are taking forward a number of steps to improve school food and help to keep down the price of school meals. We are investing over £650 million between 2005 to 2011 to help raise nutritional standards and keep school lunch prices down. This includes funding to help build kitchens in areas with no kitchen facilities; to better support the development of training centres for the school food workforce; and to improve overall take-up.
Sandra Gidley: (1) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of schools which freely provided fresh drinking water for pupils at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; 
Jim Knight: The Department has not made an estimate of the number of schools which freely provide fresh drinking water for pupils and has no plans to provide grants to schools in England so that modern water coolers can be made available to pupils.
The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 require schools to have a wholesome supply of water for domestic purposes including a supply of drinking water. The responsibility for ensuring compliance with the School Premises regulations rests with local authorities.
The Education (Nutritional Standards and Requirements for School Food) (England) Regulations 2007 require schools to ensure that drinking water is provided free of charge at all times to registered pupils on school premises.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken towards establishing a carbon test for new schools as a supplement to the BRE Environmental Assessment Method rating. 
Jim Knight: The Children's Plan sets out our ambition for newly built schools to be zero carbon by 2016 and contains our current requirement for all newly built schools to reduce carbon emissions by at least 60 per cent. We are in the process of establishing a task force to determine; how to achieve zero carbon schools; whether the timescale is realistic; and how to reduce carbon emissions in the intervening period.
With regard to the current requirement to reduce emissions from new school buildings by 60 per cent. the Department has developed a simple piece of softwarethe carbon calculator'which estimates the carbon savings and capital costs for a range of low carbon technologies. This allows users to test combinations of potential features for each school's design. The carbon calculator, and guidance on its use, can be downloaded from the Teachernet web-site(1). Our guidance on how to use the calculator also contains information on a wide range of low carbon technologies. This refers users to other more detailed sources of information on each of these technologies, such as publications or specialist organisations that can provide further technical or financial support.
Our specific measures to address carbon emissions are additional to our requirement for all major school building projects; register for a BREEAM Schools assessment; and aim to achieve a minimum rating of very good.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which secondary schools had an unauthorised absence rate of over (a) 10 and (b) 20 per cent. at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
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