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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assistance his Department provides to the children of low-income families to enable them to participate in (a) school trips and (b) other extra-curricular activities. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: As part of the over £1 billion funding the Government are making available to support extended services in 2008-09 to 2010-11, over £200 million is available specifically to help schools provide and commission a range of activities for children and young people. The Children's Plan contained the commitment that:
"This funding will help subsidise access to these opportunities by disadvantaged children, young people and children in care, who through their economic circumstances would otherwise be unable to participate. The funding will give schools the confidence to focus on providing what would most benefit children and young people, not just limited to what they can afford to pay for."
We are running a pathfinder with over 400 schools in 18 LAs. This started in September 2008 and has been successful in helping schools identify children who are unable to participate in activities, including trips, because of cost.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether faith schools will be able to choose study materials to enable them to teach the new personal, social, health and economic education within the tenets of their faith. 
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 945W, on family courts: guardians, how many cases the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has allocated to self-employed guardians in each area in each of the last six months. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been paid by his Department and its predecessors to former Ministers as compensation for loss of office in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of free school meals in (a) all schools and (b) school sixth forms in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have taken a 14 to 19 diploma course in each subject in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority in each year since the introduction of those diplomas. 
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) maintained schools, (b) independent schools and (c) comprehensive schools achieved three or more A grades at A-Level in 2009. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information will be available after the publication of the "Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2008/09" Statistical First Releases. The Key Stage 5 release is planned for February 2010.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain one or more GCSEs excluding equivalents at grade (a) C, (b) D, (c) E and (d) G or above in 2009; 
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in receipt of free school meals achieved seven GCSEs, including physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, English literature and history in (a) 1997, (b) 2003, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information will be available after the publication of the 'Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2008/09' Statistical First Releases. The Key Stage 4 release is planned for 15 December.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of comprehensive schools did not enter any students for a physics, chemistry or biology GCSE in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in North East Milton Keynes constituency have participated in gifted and talented programmes in each year since 2000. 
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many green job placements his Department expects will have been created by (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015. 
Mr. Iain Wright: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Davies) on 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 119W. The Department is currently drawing up plans to deliver green work placements. A full announcement on plans to implement the programme will be made in the coming months.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service has for self-employed guardians in the period to March 2010. 
Dawn Primarolo: Since its creation in 2001, CAFCASS has made extensive use of the services of self-employed contractors (SECs) to undertake the role of Children's Guardian in section 31 (Children Act 1989) care proceedings. CAFCASS plans to continue to commission work from SECs to help meet demand for the services of Children's Guardians provided that competent SECs are available and for whose work budgetary provision is available.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding he has allocated to local authorities to support home educators following the recommendations of the Badman review of elective home education in England. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: We intend to ensure that our funding arrangements for local authorities support the proposals arising from the recommendations of the Badman "Review of Elective Home Education in England".
Implementation of the recommendations relating to the registration and monitoring of home educated children will be subject to legislation and the results of our public consultation. We estimate, subject to discussion with the Local Government Association, that the overall additional costs for these elements will be £21.65 million in the first year (2011/12) with additional ongoing annual costs of £9.78 million. This funding would be made available to local authorities under the New Burdens arrangements.
So far as local authority support for the education of home educated pupils is concerned, we plan to strengthen the school census guidance for the January 2010 return to ensure that all local authorities are aware that they can already include in the Alternative Provision Return for Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) home educated pupils whom they support financially and who have a statement, or have significant special educational needs that have not been formally recognised through a statement; and pupils whom they fund to attend college for post-14 qualifications including GCSEs and Diplomas. These pupils will then count as a unit for DSG purposes.
We will make further changes to the schools census from January 2011 to allow local authorities to include in their Alternative Provision return home educated pupils accessing the additional services set out in the recommendations, including funding them to take their GCSEs if they opt to enter as private candidates rather than through attending college courses. We currently expect to count these pupils as 0.1 of a unit for DSG purposes but we will reflect further on this figure in the light of consultation and experience.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department (a) spent on advertising in 2006-07 and (b) had so spent in 2009-10 on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the Milton Keynes area are operating the Target Mental Health Schools programme; and whether there are plans to extend the programme to other schools in the area. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been living in a household with neither parent in employment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2006. 
Due to a technical issue with the necessary dataset, it has not been possible to provide a response to my hon. Friend's question as speedily as I would have wished. I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested as soon as possible.
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