|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people in local authority care obtained one or more A-levels in (a) Wigan, (b) the North West and (c) England in each of the last five years. 
Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people in local authority care were awarded five A* to C grades at GCSE in (a) Wigan, (b) the North West and (c) England in each of the last five years. 
Tim Loughton: The number of children looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 30 September achieving five or more A*-C grades at GCSE or any GNVQ equivalent in each year from 2005-09 can be found in the following Statistical First Releases (SFRs):
|Statistical First Releases|
These figures are based on the OC2 return which, up to 2008, collected information on Key Stage 4 attainment in GCSE and GNVQ equivalents only. As of November/December 2010, attainment of looked after children will be reported on in a new SFR based on data matched from the National Pupil Database (NPD) to the Children Looked After database (based on the SSDA903 return). This matched dataset will allow us to report on Key Stage 4 attainment of looked after children at GCSE or any equivalent level, bringing the figures into line with those for all children.
In 2009, figures were also collected in the OC2 return on Key Stage 4 attainment at GCSE or any equivalent. These figures were collected on a voluntary basis, with data returned by 127 of 152 LAs. The figures can be found in the following SFR:
|Statistical First Releases|
Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he and his Ministerial colleagues have had with (a) local authorities and (b) other stakeholders on the future of ContactPoint. 
Tim Loughton: We have confirmed with local authorities and other partners our firm intention to end the ContactPoint database as soon as practicable. Both coalition partners' manifestos included a clear commitment to scrap ContactPoint, to fulfil a longstanding policy commitment, discussed with a wide range of interested organisations in recent years. We have consistently opposed a database, which contains details about all children in England, accessed by hundreds of thousands of people and signalled our opposition in debates on the original legislation in the 2004 Children Act.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the savings to be made as a result of his Department's decision to end the ContactPoint database in each of the next five financial years. 
Tim Loughton: We have made clear our firm intention to end the ContactPoint database as soon as practicable. As we do so, we intend to consider the scope for a more proportionate approach to protecting the most vulnerable children. We shall make a further announcement shortly. The impact on the Department's existing expenditure plans will be determined in the light of those decisions.
|Grade 5||Grade 6||Grade 7||Higher executive officer||Executive o fficer||Executive a ssistant|
Tim Loughton: Under the arrangements inherited from Ministers in the previous Government, the current interim arrangements for the Department for Education are (a) five cars and (b) five drivers allocated to Departmental Ministers. This is supplemented by the use of pool cars as needed.
"the number of Ministers with allocated cars and drivers will be kept to a minimum, taking into account security and other relevant considerations. Other Ministers will be entitled to use cars from the Government Car Service Pool as needed".
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) political appointments and
(b) other personal appointments he has made since his appointment; and at what estimated annual cost to the public purse. 
Mr Gibb [holding answer 21 June 2010]: This is a matter for the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) who operate the education maintenance allowance for the Department for Education. Peter Lauener, the YPLA's chief executive, will write to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what grants in what amounts his Department has made to local authorities in 2010-11; and whether each such grant is ring-fenced for a specific purpose. 
Mr Gibb [holding answer 7 June 2010]: Details including the amounts of the grants that the Department for Education will be making available to local authorities in 2010-11 are set out in the following table. The table also sets out which grants will be ringfenced.
|Specific Revenue and Capital Grants: 2010/11|
|Revenue Grants||£ million|
|(1) Ring-fenced for 2010/11.|
Figures will be updated shortly to take account of the latest pupil numbers.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|