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Local authorities have responsibility for allocating the resources they receive from the Department to individual children's centres in their area. Funding should be targeted on children's centres serving the most disadvantaged children and families and we have provided guidance to local authorities on directing the greatest resource to where needs are highest.
Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of progress made by Connexions in encouraging girls into non-traditional occupations; and what steps he is taking to ensure further progress. 
Kevin Brennan: This is a deep-rooted and intransigent problem which will require action on a number of fronts and we do not have evidence of the impact of Connexions in isolation. The Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Select Committee report: Jobs for the Girls: Two Years On, published in February this year, recognised that progress had been made but stressed the importance of careers advice and work experience in achieving our gender equality aimsrecommending that more resource should be allocated to this.
We know, therefore that there is much more to be done and we are planning a range of measures which will make clear our expectations on countering gender stereotyping and seek to embed good practice. Connexions services will continue to play a key role. From April of this year local authorities will commission and manage local information, advice and guidance services. The new Quality Standards for young people's information, advice and guidance published last autumn set out our expectations of the services that will be deliveredincluding emphasising the importance of challenging gender stereotypes and limited career aspirations.
A re-mark involves a second examiner (who wherever possible was not involved in the original marking) checking the candidates script to make sure that the authorised mark scheme was applied correctly. It also includes a clerical re-check of the candidates
script to make sure that every question has been marked and that the total number of marks awarded for each paper is correct.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if his Department will collaborate with local authorities to provide guidance to nurseries on the changes likely to occur to the distribution of the Nursery Education Funding Grant as a result of the provision of free nursery places from 2010. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 19 May 2008]: This Department is currently working with six local authorities who are accelerating progress to implement a single funding formula in April 2009. This project will contribute to good practice guidance. Initial guidance drawn from the experience of these authorities was issued to all local authorities in March and further comprehensive guidance will be distributed this summer. Our expectation is that local authorities will be responsible for developing their own formulas and for issuing guidance to early years providers as part of the implementation process.
Kevin Brennan: The requirements of the National Curriculum for physical education (PE) are compulsory for all pupils aged five to 16. This includes blind and partially-sighted pupils. The statutory documents for PE set out an inclusion statement which requires schools to adapt their provision so that it is appropriate for the pupils being taught. These enable schools to adapt their PE and sporting provision in order to: set suitable learning challenges; respond to pupils' diverse learning needs; and overcome potential barriers to learning for individual pupils or for groups of pupils.
The PE and School Sport Professional Development Programme includes resources and materials which help teachers to improve the inclusive nature of their PE and sporting provision. The training is free to all schools and, since 2006, over 1,300 resources have been accessed by teachers wanting to improve in this area.
Equity is also imbedded within the national PE and Sport Strategy for Young People, which is creating a five hours of sport offer for all five to 16-year-olds. Blind and partially-sighted children will benefit from the network of 450 multi-sport disability clubs that will be created through this.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools are required to inform parents when their child is identified as having a special educational need; and if he will make a statement. 
Kevin Brennan: Yes. Section 317A of the Education Act 1996, which was inserted by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, obliges the governing bodies of maintained schools to inform a child's parent that special educational needs provision is being made for him or her because it is considered that the child has special educational needs.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of Sure Start centre staff to help children develop language skills. 
Beverley Hughes: From September 2008, all settings offering early years provision will be required to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. This supports all settings to plan play, activities and experiences that can help all children to make progress in their development and learning. It stresses the importance of practitioners being alert to the early signs of needs that could lead to later difficulties and provides a framework to enable early years practitioners to respond quickly and appropriately, involving other agencies as necessary.
Sure Start childrens centres play a key role in the positive promotion of childrens vocabulary, speech and language development and in identifying speech and language difficulties. We expect staff in childrens centres to have a good understanding of how to promote childrens language acquisition and identify speech and language difficulties as part of a centre-wide strategy and approach, supported by access to more specialist speech and language services which are jointly commissioned by PCTs and local authorities.
We are working with I CAN, the childrens communication charity, to pilot their Early Talk training programme in 200 childrens centres. This will train childrens centre practitioners, alongside speech and language therapists, to develop their knowledge and understanding of language development, and the ways in which they can help support parents in developing communication skills at home.
|Persons sentenced to reference to a youth justice panelreferral order( 1) by criminal justice area, 2006|
|(1) Under Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 SS 16-18, includes extensions of referral orders under S 18 (1c) (6).|
Please be aware that these figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected are subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of national lottery revenue have been attributable to the Dream Number Olympic Lottery game since that game was launched; and what the proportion was in each quarter of 2007-08. 
As at 29 December 2007, sales attributable to the Dream Number Olympic Lottery Games since the first draw on 15 July 2005 totalled £103,430,390. This constitutes 1.4 per cent. of total national lottery sales.
Quarter 1 2007-08 = £14.9 million, 1.3 per cent.
Quarter 2 2007-08 = £14.7 million, 1.2 per cent.
Quarter 3 2007-08 = £14.8 million, 1.2 per cent.
(b) The National Lottery Commission advise that sales figures, for all national lottery games, for the final quarter of 2007-08 will not be available until figures from the lottery operator have been audited. They will be available from 27 May via the Sales reporting section of the National Lottery Commission's website at:
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In 2007-08 no DCMS staff undertook apprenticeships or advanced apprenticeships. However, the Royal Parks Agency initiated an apprenticeship scheme for 10 contractors in September 2007 with a further 20 places planned over the next two years. DCMS is also in discussion with Government Skills concerning future participation in the Apprenticeships Pathfinder scheme.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date. 
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