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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
from using mobiles phones for non-essential calls since they are more likely than adults to be vulnerable to any unrecognised health risks.
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.
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
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.
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. 
|Name||Date(s) of visit||Place(s) of visit/ meetings held||Topic discussed/purpose of visit|
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. 
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.
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. 
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|
|(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|
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