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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months. 
Kevin Brennan: The purchase of newspaper, magazines and other publications is recorded under the general heading of books and newspapers. DCSF is unable to separately identify subscriptions as such expenditure is recorded under this general heading.
Details of expenditure on books, newspapers and magazines incurred by the Department in each of the last 24 months and recorded in the Departments integrated financial information system are as follows;
DCSF was established under Machinery of Government changes on 28 June 2007. The response also covers those areas of responsibility held by its predecessor the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many educational researchers were employed by (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Department currently employs 30 social researchers. These researchers work on a range of issues including educational research but also including other research on young people, children and families. Historical data are only available for the years 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-3 and 2006-07 as follows:
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people in his Department and its predecessor worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years. 
Kevin Brennan: My Department has no set retirement age for the majority of staff. A retirement age of 65 has been adopted by central Government for the senior civil service (SCS) but members of the SCS can request to work beyond that age. The following table shows the number of people in my Department who have worked beyond 65 in the past five years:
Kevin Brennan: Since 1999, the Government have published the total cost of all overseas travel by Ministers and a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1112W. Details for the financial year 2007/08 will be published before the summer recess and will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of dyscalculia on school examination results; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: We have not made a specific assessment of the effects of dyscalculia on school examination results. However, we are aware that in 2005 the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency published a review of research in relation to dyscalculia, which notes that tests and definitions of dyscalculia vary.
The Department's Statistical First Release National Curriculum Assessment, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2006/07 was published on 27 November 2007. This indicates that whereas 68.7 per cent. of children who did not have identified special educational needs (SEN) obtained five A*-C grades at GCSE, only 23.1 per cent. of children on the school-based stages of SEN support reached that level of attainmentand only around 9.2 per cent. of those with statements. We intend to publish attainment figures by type of need as an additional table to this Statistical First Release during the week commencing 7 July 2008.
In 2006, 22 per cent. of children at School Action Plus who have a specific learning difficulty as their primary type of need (dyscalculia, dyslexia or dyspraxia)
achieved the equivalent of five A*-C grades at GCSE, as did 14 per cent. of children who had a statement for these needs. This compared to 65.9 per cent. of children who did not have identified SEN.
In the Children's Plan, which we published in December last year, we recognised that more needs to be done to improve outcomes and provision for children with SEN. In a written statement on 6 May 2008, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families announced that Sir Jim Rose had been asked, in the light of evidence, to make recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia.
In developing his recommendations, Sir Jim Rose will be considering evidence of practice in improving outcomes for children with dyslexia, including those who are experiencing difficulties associated with dyscalculia. He has agreed to prepare a report containing his recommendations early in 2009.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many staff defrauded the education maintenance allowance system in each year since it was launched; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the losses to his Department from fraudulent claims for education maintenance allowance system in each year since it was launched; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Responsibility for operating the education maintenance allowance, and maintaining and implementing a strategy for managing the risk of fraud, was transferred to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) on 1 April 2005. The LSC have provided a response to these questions as follows:
Since the national roll out of EMA in England in September 2004, there have been no identified cases of fraud by staff at the Assessment and Payment Body (APB), Learning Providers, or the Learning and Skills Council.
The total losses to date arising from fraudulent claims that have been identified since national roll out amount to £58,635. This equates to less than 0.0001 per cent. of the total EMA budget since roll out.
This answer only refers to the EMA scheme in England the EMA schemes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the devolved administrations.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils at schools in Greater London achieved level 5 or above in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science at (i) key stage 2 and (ii) key stage 3 in each year since 1997. 
|Key s tage 2 and k ey s tage 3 results for Greater London since 1997|
|Key s tage 2||Key s tage 3|
|Percentage of pupils achieving l evel 4 or above||Percentage of pupils achieving l evel 5 or above( 1, 2)||Percentage achieving of pupils l evel 5 or above|
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