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A core grant allocation of £31,003,000 has been agreed as part of the comprehensive spending review agreements for 2010-11. The additional contributions for specific programme delivery have not yet been agreed.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its associated public bodies paid to consultants in the last year for which data are available; to which organisations such payments were made; for what purposes; and how much the payment was in each case. 
The Department for Children Schools and Families spent £61.4 million on external consultancy in 2007-08. The Department does not hold
the requested information for its associated bodies, as they are independent and are responsible for their own data.
Like most Government Departments, the Department uses consultants to work on specific projects outside our business as usual, such as where the Department does not have the skills internally or where a different, external or specialist perspective on complex issues is needed. It would only be possible to list the amount and purpose of each payment at disproportionate cost.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost was of providing the (a) £10, (b) £20, (c) £30 and (d) bonus payment of the education maintenance allowance for the last three years for which figures are available. 
|Expenditure on EMA by band (£)||2005/06||2006/07||2007/08|
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have yet to receive an education maintenance allowance payment to which they are entitled in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and
(d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. 
Jim Knight: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who operate the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). Mark Haysom the LSC's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department had with representatives of EU institutions on its Every Child Matters programme in the two years before October 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
There is no EU competence in children's services and very limited competence in youth policy. Activity at European level is largely restricted to encouraging exchanges of young people and youth workers between member states. We do however work with member states and the EU institutions to exchange good practice and information on national policy development. Through these mechanisms we have promoted the Every Child Matters approach.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children receive free school meals in (a) Vale of York constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England. 
|Maintained nursery and primary schools, state-funded secondary schools: School meal arrangements: Position in January 2008Vale of York parliamentary constituency, North Yorkshire local authority, England|
|Nursery and primary schools( 1,2)||State-funded secondary schools( 1,2,3)|
|Number of pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free schools meals||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free schools meals|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Includes dually registered pupils.
(3) Includes City Technology colleges and Academies.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools received five or more GCSE grades A* to C including English, mathematics, science and a foreign language in each of the last five years. 
Jim Knight: The requested information can be provided only for pupils at the end of their Key Stage 4 studies going back to 2005, data earlier than 2005 are on a different basis and therefore not comparable.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils at pupil referral units did not achieve an A*-G grade at GCSE in either English or mathematics in the most recent year for which records are available. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Of the 6,943 pupils reported to be at the end of key stage 4 who were registered solely in pupil referral units in 2008, 1,696 did not achieve a grade A*-G in GCSE mathematics, 1,903 did not achievea grade A*-G in English.
|Maintained schools||Independent schools|
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals did not get any GCSEs at grade (a) C, (b) D, (c) E, (d) F and (e) G or above in 2008. 
|Pupils( 1) eligible for FSM who did not get any GCSEs at the indicated grades in 2008|
|(1) Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in maintained schools. Source: National Pupil Database.|
(1) Pupils at the end of key stage 4, includes GCSEs and equivalent.
(2) Figures are based on amended data.
National Pupil Database
The number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 eligible for free school meals achieving at least
one A* to C grade at GCSE or equivalent in 2008 was 53,300. This was 71.4 per cent. of all pupils eligible for free school meals.
Jim Knight: The number of pupils achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics in each year since 2003 can be found through the following links. Prior to 2005, figures are available only for 15 year-old pupils. In 2005, figures are available for both 15 year-old pupils and pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. From 2006, figures are available only for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. Care should be taken when constructing a time series, as figures for 15 year-old pupils are not directly comparable to figures with pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.
|Number of pupils achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics in England|
|Number of 15 year old pupils achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics||Number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics|
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