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Schools: Health Hazards

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on the effects on children's health of mobile telephones. [316542]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: We have made available for schools the precautionary advice of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones together with clarifications obtained by the Chief Medical Officer. These confirm that children less than 16 years of age should be discouraged
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from using mobiles phones for non-essential calls since they are more likely than adults to be vulnerable to any unrecognised health risks.

Schools: Hemsworth

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on repairs to schools in Hemsworth in each year since 1997. [316611]

Mr. Coaker: Repairs which bring schools back to their original state constitute a revenue expense, and are paid out of revenue funding. Repairs which amount to capital improvement, such as a better insulation are payable from capital allocations.

School-based expenditure on repairs and maintenance of buildings in Wakefield local authority, as reported by the local authority, is set out in the following table. Information is not collected in respect of Hemsworth.

£ million

1999-2000

7.1

2000-01

8.8

2001-02

3.9

2002-03

3.9

2003-04

4.1

2004-05

4.6

2005-06

4.7

2006-07

5.3

2007-08

6.5

2008-09

5.8


School capital allocations are not made directly to Hemsworth, but to Wakefield local authority. Allocations by the Department to Wakefield during the period of 1997-98 to 2009-11 are £222.6 million.

£ million

1997-98

5.2

1998-99

7.9

1999-2000

7.4

2000-01

13.4

2001-02

13.7

2002-03

17.3

2003-04

20.6

2004-05

19.4

2005-06

21.2

2006-07

16.7

2007-08

15.7

2008-09

15.0

2009-10

25.8

2010-11

23.3


Schools: Sports

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase provision of sport in schools in Coventry. [315940]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department funds a national network of 450 School Sport Partnerships to increase the quality and quantity of PE and Sport in schools.


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The following table sets out the amount of funding that schools in Coventry have received over the last five years to undertake this work.

£

2005/06

618,620

2006/07

867,792

2007/08

803,751

2008/09

914,060

2009/10

925,602

Total

4,129,825


Social Services

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many serious case reviews have been outstanding for more than one year. [316073]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 5 February 2010]: The Department does not collate this information centrally.

Chapter 8 of the statutory guidance, 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', published in December 2009, states that serious case reviews should be completed within six months from the date of the decision to proceed.

Ofsted has responsibility for evaluating all serious case reviews and considers the timeliness of their completion as part of that process. The second Ofsted report on
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serious case reviews, 'Learning Lessons from Serious Case Reviews: Year 2', published in October 2009, noted that "Serious case reviews are generally being carried out more speedily" but that "56 reviews took between one year and two years". The report went on to note that the time taken did not automatically determine the quality of the review and in some instances delays led to improvements in quality, for example as a result of the effective scrutiny of overview panels returning inadequate individual management reviews. It went on to state that longer timescales raised questions about the effectiveness of the reviews in identifying lessons to be learnt quickly enough and thus making a difference in practice.

Chapter 8 of the statutory guidance, 'Working Together To Safeguard Children' is clear that where lessons are able to be identified they should be acted upon as quickly as possible.

Social Services: Doncaster

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 302W, on social services: Doncaster, with whom meetings were held on each visit listed; and what topics were discussed at each such meeting. [316435]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information is shown in the following table.

Name Date(s) of visit Place(s) of visit/ meetings held Topic discussed/purpose of visit

Charles Clarke

5 May 2004

Doncaster College

Not recorded

9 November 2004

Youth Offenders Unit

Not recorded

Stephen Twigg

22 September 2004

Barnby Dun and Hexthorpe Primary Schools

Not recorded

Lord Filkin

28 January 2005

Prison Officers Association Learning Centre

To open the new Learning Centre

Lord Adonis

15 July 2005

Thorne Grammar School

Not recorded

25 April 2007

Mayor Martin Winter

Not recorded

Ed Balls

13 July 2007

Scawthorpe Castle Hills Primary School and Scawsby Rosedale Primary School

Flood recovery discussions

12 September 2008

Relate HQ

To learn more about Relate's work.

Jim Knight

4 June 2008

Serlby Park School

To promote The Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.

Toll Bar Primary School

The involvement and support of 2012 Olympics and Impact of flooding on the school

Campsmount Technology College

To learn more about the work done in fostering greater parental engagement


With reference to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report , column 302W we incorrectly stated that Ruth Kelly visited Doncaster on 5 May and 9 November 2004. This was in fact Charles Clarke.

Social Services: Kirklees

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the executive summary of the serious case review into the Karen Matthews case in Kirklees. [316198]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 8 February 2010]: Preparation of serious case reviews and publication of related executive summaries are matters for Local Safeguarding Children Boards, acting in accordance with statutory guidance. I understand that the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board has undertaken a serious case review into the case mentioned and will publish the executive summary as soon as it is able.


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Special Educational Needs: Suffolk

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with special educational needs in Suffolk have been educated outside that county in each year since 1997; and what the cost was to the local education authority of that provision. [314872]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: It is not possible to provide all of the information requested on pupil numbers and costs as it would involve disproportionate costs. Table 1 provides information on the amount spent by Suffolk local authority on fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad in the financial years 2000-01 to 2009-10. Information for earlier years is not available. Table 2 provides the number of pupils from Suffolk local authority educated in non-maintained special schools for the years 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Residency information for pupils attending independent schools is not collected. Information for years prior to 2003 is not available on a comparable basis.

Table 1: S52 Budget 2001-02 to 2009-10, Table 1 data as reported by local authorities, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad( 1) , Suffolk

Number

2000-01

3,794,410

2001-02

3,993,310

2002-03

4,387,950

2003-04

5,711,070

2004-05

6,077,850

2005-06

6,160,690

2006-07

6,390,000

2007-08

6,551,210

2008-09

6,902,410

2009-10

7,037,780

(1) Funding for schools outside of authority control. Therefore, this may be outside the geography of the LA or within the geographical boundary in the independent sector. Note: Figures are rounded to nearest £10.

Table 2: Number of pupils from Suffolk local authority educated in non-maintained special schools for the years 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Number of pupils with a statement of SEN educated outside the resident local authority

Resident l ocal a uthority 2003 2007 2008 2009

935

Suffolk

82

72

69

72


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