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Departmental Pay

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in each scheme; and what the cost of operating each scheme was in each of the last five years. [290540]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: Under the Department's reward and recognition policies(1), employees can receive one or more of the following:


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Non-Con solidated Performance Payment

One-off performance payment where an employee below the senior civil service (SCS) is judged to have performed to category level 1 or 2+ or a member of the SCS is judged to have performed to performance groups 1 and 2 levels in the reporting year.

Staff
Number Percentage Total (SCS and non SCS) (£ million)

2004-05

1,447

32

1.5

2005-06

1,408

33

1.8

2006-07

1,235

33

1.9

2007-08

1,669

51

2.1

2008-09

1,403

51

1.9


Instant Reward( 2)

One-off payment in the form of a voucher based on staff nomination of any DCSF employee, team or directorate whose actions have demonstrated initiative and significant impact in relation to the departmental priority areas of outcome and people management, customer service or collaborative working

Staff (number) Total (£)

2007-08

1,695

103,495

2008-09

2,464

151,315


Staff Suggestion scheme

One-off payment for employee ideas judged by the relevant team, based on criteria, to merit a cash reward.

Staff (number) Total (£)

2004-05

1

50

2005-06

8

250

2006-07

0

0

2007-08

2

75

2008-09

5

200


Long Service Award( 3)

For completion of 25 years service where employees are eligible for a gift up to the value of £250, or one week's paid special leave.

Staff (number) Total (£)

2004-05

-

0

2005-06

-

0

2006-07

19

2,848

2007-08

24

5,750

2008-09

36

9,000


Departmental Public Consultation

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many consultations have been completed by his Department in each year since its establishment. [290199]


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Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department was established in June 2007. Completed consultations undertaken since that date are outlined in the following table.

Consultations completed

2007 (from 28 June)

13

2008

37

2009 (to date)

22


Departmental Recruitment

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what data his Department holds on the level of diversity in the recruitment of employees by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years. [290502]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: Information on the level of diversity in the recruitment of employees in the Department is available within the external recruitment tables of the Department's annual reports on the DCSF website

Departmental Recycling

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's waste was recycled in the latest period for which figures are available. [289665]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The latest Sustainable Development in Government report for 2007/08 noted 58.9 per cent. of the Department's waste was recycled. Results for the 2008/09 report are currently being evaluated.

Departmental Sick Leave

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many sick days were taken by staff of his Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse of such absences was in each such year. [290533]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department was set up as part of the Machinery of Government (MOG) changes on 28 June 2007, so the figures apply from 1 July 2007. Sickness absence data for the Department since its inception, including the average number of working days lost, are published on the Department's website:

Due to the wide range of posts and salary points in the Department, the actual cost of those absences could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Training

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each course. [289690]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department does not collect this information centrally in the form requested. Information on the number of external training courses attended by employees in the last 12 months and the
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cost of each course is held locally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The criteria for funding any external training courses will be driven by Professional Skills for Government.

Education Maintenance Allowance: East of England

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in post-16 education in each local authority area in the East of England were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme was introduced. [289297]

Mr. Iain Wright: 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). Geoffrey Russell the LSC's Acting Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.

Education Maintenance Allowance: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in post-16 education in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (b) Dacorum are in receipt of education maintenance allowance. [289422]

Dawn Primarolo: 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). Geoffrey Russell the LSC's Acting Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.

Education: Finance

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) England have had revenue balances in excess of those predicted in each year since 1997; [289462]

(2) how many primary schools in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) England have had revenue balances in excess of those predicted in each year since 1997. [289463]

Mr. Coaker: The Department collects figures of the balances held by schools and the amount of revenues raised by schools via the Section 52 Outturn statements. We have collected information on balances since 1999-2000. There are no figures available for previous years. The Section 52 Outturn statements are completed by all local authorities in England and we request only the final figures for the schools in their area. We do not collect predicted figures.

The following table shows the number of schools in Hertfordshire and England that held surplus balances from 1999-2000 to 2007-08. The Department does not hold figures by constituency.


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Maintained primary and secondary schools in surplus( 1) in England and Hertfordshire local authorities,1999-2000 to 2007-08( 2)
Number
LA name Primary schools in surplus Secondary schools in surplus

1999-2000

England

16,695

2,700

Hertfordshire

400

75

2000-01

England

17,138

2,919

Hertfordshire

421

79

2001-02

England

17,093

2,857

Hertfordshire

418

76

2002-03

England

16,535

2,693

Hertfordshire

415

68

2003-04

England

16,187

2,756

Hertfordshire

403

67

2004-05

England

16,506

2,834

Hertfordshire

413

73

2005-06

England

16,302

2,745

Hertfordshire

396

79

2006-07

England

16,213

2,740

Hertfordshire

398

79

2007-08

England

16,276

2,829

Hertfordshire

401

76

(1) A school's total revenue balance is calculated from the combination of any unspent allocations (including unspent Standards Fund grants) and the cumulative balance of income less expenditure from revenue funding sources during the financial year and any balances carried forward from previous years. This is drawn by adding together the unspent allocations and balance carried forward columns from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statements 1999-2000 to 2001-02 (Table 2), Consistent Financial Reporting categories B01 and B02 from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statements (Table B) 2002-03 to 2005-06 and Consistent Financial Reporting categories B01, B02 and B06 from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statements (Table B) 2006-07 onwards. (2) School level revenue balances are not available prior to the inception of Section 52 for the 1999-2000 financial year.

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