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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures govern the means by which capital funding is devolved to each category of maintained school; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Devolved formula capital is paid to local authorities or direct to academies, with amounts ring-fenced to be used for schools' individual priorities. No distinction is made between different categories of school. Modernised schools receive DFC at the standard rate, and unmodernised schools at the higher rate which is twice that of the standard rate.
Academies new-build and refurbishment is funded directly by the Department. Local authorities and voluntary aided schools' governing bodies are provided with further devolved funding, calculated on a formulaic basis, which is prioritised locally across each category of school. This includes funding for modernisation, for basic need expansion, for ICT and for specialist and extended schools. Further information can be found on;
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice he has given to local authorities on seeking clawbacks from individual schools reserves; and what assessment he has made of the way in which this is being operated in Gloucestershire by the whole school forum. 
Jim Knight: It is now mandatory for all local authorities to include surplus balance controls and from summer 2008 they have been required to operate clawback mechanisms for the 2007-08 revenue balances. DCSF published guidance, Applying Clawback Mechanisms to Surplus School Revenue Balances, in August 2008. The guidance can be found on the Teachernet website on the School Revenue Balances page.
I explained in my statement to Parliament on 30 October 2007 that my Department will continue to monitor the overall level of surplus balances during the forthcoming spending review period and if the levels reported do not show a significant reduction we will come forward with further action. We have not made an individual assessment of Gloucestershires clawback mechanism as it is a local matter for the authority and schools forum.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local authority have had no entrants for (a) French, (b) German and (c) Spanish examinations in each of the last five years. 
Jim Knight: The information for the past three years can be found in the answer given on 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 428-33W to the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (Mr. Gibb).
Jim Knight: The following table shows the number of schools in special measures by local authority at the end of the spring term 2008. The analysis is based on the latest published data from Ofsted, broken down by phase of education.
The Government have made excellent progress in reducing school failure. The overall number of schools in special measures is down from 524 at the end of the 1997/98 academic year to 254 at the end of the spring term 2008.
|Number of schools in special measures at the end of spring term 2008|
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