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Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made a cost-benefit assessment of the merits of extending the Dinner Money module to all primary schools using the SIMS register software. 
Mr Gibb: The Department does not generally assess individual software applications such as SIMS in schools. It is for schools and local authorities to decide which products, including software of this type, best suit their needs. They are best placed to procure such products based on their particular circumstances.
However, we are always interested to hear about new developments in technology and to support value for money and good compatibility (interoperability) between operating systems such as SIMS and other systems.
On 13 December 2010, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove) announced 2011-12 allocations of capital funding for local authorities and schools. This included that open academies will continue to be eligible for devolved
formula capital funds on the same basis as maintained schools, and that there will be a centrally retained capital fund for academy maintenance needs. From 2012-13, allocations will be informed by the capital review which the Secretary of State announced on 5 July 2010, and which will be published in due course.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of trainee
teachers retook the compulsory (a) numeracy and (b) literacy test (i) once, (ii) twice and (iii) three times or more in each of the last five years. 
Mr Gibb: The available information is given in the following table and relates to the number of trainees who passed their skills tests after one, two or more than two attempts between 2004/05 and 2008/09.
|Number and percentage of candidates taking tests by number of attempts years: 2004/05 to 2008/09. Coverage: England|
Numbers have been individually rounded to nearest 10 and may not sum.