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National level results of the single level tests have not yet been published. They will be published as part of an independent evaluation of the Making Good Progress pilot which is being conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Their interim report will be published in autumn 2008.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) in how many schools (a) 75 per cent. or more and (b) 50 per cent. or more of pupils eligible to receive free school meals did not achieve a single GCSE above grade D in the latest academic year for which figures are available; 
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the total (a) number and (b) cost was of health visitors, midwives and community nursery nurses employed by Sure Start local programmes and paid for by the Sure Start Local Programme Block in 2007-08; and what the allocations are for these services in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11; 
(2) what the total (a) number and (b) cost was of dedicated outreach workers employed by Sure Start local programmes and paid for by the Sure Start Local Programme Block in 2007-08; and what the allocations are for these services in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11. 
[holding answer 15 September 2008]: The Department does not collect information on the total number and cost of staff employed in Sure Start children's centres and paid for by the Sure Start children's centre revenue funding in 2007-08 (Sure Start local programmes have all become children's centres). That is a matter for local management by local authorities and their partner agencies. We allocate revenue funding to local authorities for Sure Start children's centres through the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant. Local authorities determine how much individual centres receive
to meet the needs of the local community. We notified local authorities of their Sure Start children's centres funding allocations for each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11 in August 2007 and these are available on the Sure Start website at
The majority of health visitors, midwives and community nursery nurses who work from children's centres are employed by the local health service and would not be funded by the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant. We do not collect information on how many health visitors, midwives and community nursery nurses work from children's centres.
Under the PND Scheme, the police can issue a fixed penalty of £50 or £80 for a specified range of anti-social behaviour offences including minor shoplifting and criminal damage. Penalty levels are kept under review.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time between the passing of a sentence for a community order and the defendants becoming engaged in the activity or requirement ordered was in each criminal justice area in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hanson: National Standards for the Management of Offenders require that community orders begin in a timely manner and this is monitored by Probation Areas. Full year data are only available for 2006-07 and 2007-08 in relation to the start of unpaid work, drug rehabilitation and specific activity requirements are shown in tables 1 and 2. National Standards state that these requirements commence within 10 working days, two working days and 15 working days respectively.
In respect of all community orders, with the exception of stand alone curfew and attendance centre requirements, offender managers are required to initiate contact with offenders within five working days of sentence. The extent to which this was achieved by probation areas during 2007-08 and 2006-07(1) is shown in tables 3 and 4.
Figures relating to the start of community orders are not available for each criminal justice area, but are instead broken down by probation areas. The tables(2) provide a summary of National Standards monitoring in 2007-08 and 2006-07(1).
(1) Full year data is unavailable prior to this period.
(2) Figures are extracted from large scale administrative systems, which may be subject to data input errors.
|Table 1: Unpaid work requirements, drug testing and treatment orders/drug rehabilitation requirements and specific activity requirements 2007-08|
|Percentage of unpaid work requirements commenced within 10 working days||Percentage of d rug testing and treatment orders/drug r ehabilitation r equirements commenced within two working days||Percentage of s pecified activity r equirements commenced within 15 working days|
|Probation area||Number of cases in sample||Percentage of cases commenced within 10 w/days||Number of cases in sample||Percentage of cases commenced within two w/days||Number of cases in sample||Percentage of cases commenced within 15 w/days|
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