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|Number and percentage of childcare providers that have opened and closed( 1) : Position as at 31 March each year, England|
|(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100.|
(2) Out of school day care figures may not include services in extended schools as Ofsted data only include providers that have to register separately.
Since March 2003 data on closure rates have been available from Ofsted. Their data on closures include registered places in settings which are transferring ownership, and in settings which move from one Ofsted category to another, not just those which are ceasing trading.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 1113W, on departmental consultants, what estimate his Department makes for planning purposes of the average costs of undertaking a public consultation. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The majority of the Departments formal consultations are undertaken in-house by the Central Consultation Unitthe costs for which are given in my response to the hon. Ladys pursuant question on departmental publications. Any costs beyond this are normally met by the policy area commissioning the consultation; these are not recorded centrally and could be calculated only at disproportionate cost.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1115-6W, on departmental publications, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing costs of the (i) Central Publications Team and (ii) Central Consultation Unit were in the last 12 months. 
(ii) The budget for the Central Consultation Unit covers the staffing costs for the unit and the cost of maintaining the Department's on-line e-consultation system. In 2007-08 the staffing costs were £189,624 and the cost of the e-consultation system was £13,155.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which information and guidance documents his Department circulated to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in 2007. 
The Department issued a fortnightly email to all schools in England in 2007 highlighting key information, including guidance and
legislation. The Department only circulates documents to schools in exceptional cases, having stopped regular paper mailings in December 2004.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department and its predecessors in each year since 2001. 
Although we could provide incomplete information prior to the creation of DSCF, the collation of the records dating from 2001 from each HQ building and each prior Department would be both difficult and time consuming and would take us over the disproportionate cost limit.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of sixth form students (a) in the state sector and (b) at grammar schools achieved three or more grade As at A-level in 2008. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The proportions of sixth form students who achieved three or more A grades at A-level in 2008, by type of school, are shown in table 1 of the statistical first release GCE/VCEA/AS and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2007/08 (Provisional):
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 7 October 2008, Official Report, column 590W, on GCE A-level, if he will disaggregate the figures in the previous answer by (a) grade and (b) type of school. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The information broken down by school type has been placed in the House of Commons Library. Only figures at A-level are fully broken down by all grades and figures for GCSE are provided using the A*-C and A*-G breakdowns.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain a GCSE at (a) C grade or above, (b) D grade or above and (c) E grade or above in 2008; 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The information requested for 2008 is given in the following table. This information is based on provisional statistics and schools are currently checking their results and providing amendments as part of the annual results checking exercise.
Table 1 provides information about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds in Darlington parliamentary constituency area. Data at parliamentary constituency level are not yet available for 2008.
|Part-time equivalent number of free early education places( 1,2,3) filled by three and four-year-olds: parliamentary constituency Darlington p osition in January each year|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers( 5)||Total three-year-olds||Maintained nursery and primary schools( 6)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers( 7)||Total four-year-olds|
|(1) A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child.|
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.
(3) Prior to 2004, information on early education places was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data were collected at local authority level, therefore, data for this parliamentary constituency prior to 2004 are not available.
(4) Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.
(5) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.
(6) Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous in the previous calendar year from the School Census.
(7) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.
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