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GCSE

Mr Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secondary school students sat GCSE examinations in (a) vocational subjects and (b) academic subjects in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010. [50486]

Mr Gibb: The information shown in the table below covers all pupils at the end of key stage 4 in all secondary schools.

    Number of pupils in secondary schools who sat GCSE examinations in:

Number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 Vocational qualifications Academic qualifications

2009

634,496

126,575

618,729

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2010

639,744

103,299

622,787

Source: School and College Performance tables.

Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children (a) in receipt of free school meals, (b) with a statement of special educational need, (c) from a Black and ethnic minority community and (d) looked after by a local authority received a place in a grammar school in each of the last five years. [52256]

Mr Gibb: The Department does not collect information on the placement of pupils. Pupils in national curriculum year 7 have been used in this answer, except for looked after children where children aged 11 have been used.

Information on the characteristics of these pupils is shown in the tables.

State-funded secondary schools (1, 2) and grammar schools: characteristics of national curriculum year 7 pupils, as at January each year, 2006 to 2010 , England
  National curriculum year group 7
  All pupils (3) Pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (4)

Number of pupils attending state-funded secondary schools (1, 2) Of which: number of pupils attending grammar schools % of pupils attending grammar schools (6) Number of pupils attending state-funded secondary schools (1, 2) Of which: number of pupils attending grammar schools % of pupils attending grammar schools (6)

2006

569,255

21,895

3.8

93,840

490

0.5

2007

557,350

21,775

3.9

89,695

485

0.5

2008

552,325

21,805

3.9

88,210

465

0.5

2009

562,810

22,035

3.9

92,990

555

0.6

2010

549,725

22,070

4.0

96,680

610

0.6

  National curriculum year group 7
  Pupils with a statement of SEN (3) Pupils of Black ethnicity (3, 5)

Number of pupils attending state-funded secondary schools (1, 2) Of which: number of pupils attending grammar schools % of pupils attending grammar schools (6) Number of pupils attending state-funded secondary schools (1, 2) Of which: number of pupils attending grammar schools % of pupils attending grammar schools (6)

2006

13,055

50

0.4

21,760

350

1.6

2007

12,140

40

0.3

23,045

390

1.7

2008

11,495

45

0.4

24,015

440

1.8

2009

11,670

65

0.5

25,100

545

2.2

2010

11,370

70

0.6

24,610

560

2.3

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes city technology colleges and academies. (3) Excludes dual registrations. (4) Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (5) Black ethnicity comprises Black African, Black Caribbean and Any Other Black background. (6 )Number of pupils attending grammar schools expressed as a percentage of pupils attending state-funded secondary schools. Source: School Census and EduBase

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Children who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 31 March, aged 11 (1, 2, 3 ) , 2006 to 2010, England
  Children aged 11 (3)

Number of children looked after continuously for 12 months (4) Number of children looked after continuously for 12 months attending grammar schools (2) % of children looked after continuously for 12 months attending grammar schools (5)

2006

3,000

10

0.3

2007

3,000

10

0.4

2008

2,800

10

0.4

2009

2,800

20

0.7

2010

2,700

10

0.4

(1) Children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March excluding those children in respite care. (2) Children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March, who were matched to their School Census record via the National Pupil Database. (3) Age at 31 August each year, i.e. at the start of the school year. (4) All children who have been looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March each year. (5) Children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March attending grammar schools expressed as a percentage of all children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March. Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise. Source: CLA-NPD matched data and EduBase

City Challenge Programme

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Greater Manchester Challenge, (b) London Challenge and (c) Black Country Challenge; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each (i) report and (ii) assessment prepared for his Department on the effectiveness of these projects. [51284]

Mr Gibb: Last year, the Secretary of State approved an evaluation of the City Challenge programme, to enable its effectiveness to be assessed. This will report towards the end of the 2011 and copies will be placed in the House Libraries. Our initial view, however, is that, while the programme has been effective in helping to raise school standards it was expensive and adopted an approach that was too centralised.

The recent Schools White Paper: ‘The Importance of Teaching’ set out our view that the primary responsibility for school improvement should rest with schools. The wider system should be designed so that our best schools and leaders can take on greater responsibility, leading improvement work across the system. We are putting the building blocks of a self improving school system in place, increasing the numbers of Teaching Schools and National and Local Leaders of Education and intervening only where schools are under-performing.

Literacy: Teaching Methods

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many respondents there were to his Department's consultation on the phonics test; and how many respondents were (a) in favour and (b) against the proposals. [52150]

Mr Gibb: There were 1,071 responses to the public consultation on the Year 1 phonics screening check.

We did not ask whether respondents were in favour of, or against, the proposals as a whole. Instead, we asked more detailed questions about the different elements

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of the proposed phonics check. The statistics on the responses to the consultation questions have been published as part of the Government's response to the consultation, which is available at the following link:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/teachingstyles/phonics/a0075951/year1phonicsresponse

Music

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the In-Harmony music pilots in (a) Liverpool, (b) London and (c) Norwich; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each (i) report and (ii) assessment prepared for his Department on the effectiveness of these pilots. [51282]

Mr Gibb: The final evaluation reports for the three In-Harmony projects in Liverpool, London and Norwich will be published later this year and a copy will be placed in the House Libraries. Ofsted has visited the Liverpool In-Harmony pilot and found that participation has been beneficial for the pupils' personal and social development, as well as for their general educational attainment. The Henley Review of Music Education published in February 2011 commented that the music pilots have delivered life-changing experiences for the children involved which others may wish to learn from.

Music: Finance

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated in respect of music education in each year for which figures are available; and how much funding it expects to allocate in each of the next five years. [52390]

Mr Gibb: The following table shows the standards fund allocations for music education in England from 2000-11 and the funding allocation for music education in 2011-12. We shall be setting out our vision for music education later this year, in a National Plan for Music Education. The plan will set out future funding allocations and a new funding mechanism from 2012-13.


£

2000-01

40,300,518

2001-02

50,060,500

2002-03

59,633,546

2003-04

61,049,563

2004-05

59,567,563

2005-06

61,053,563

2006-07

64,053,456

2007-08

82,562,725

2008-09

82,562,467

2009-10

82,562,467

2010-11

82,562,467

2011-12

(1)82,500,000

(1) Music Education Grant

National Curriculum Tests

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what arrangements his Department expects schools to make for children who are unable

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to undertake the 11-plus examination due to illness; [52170]

(2) what arrangements his Department expects schools to make for children whose education has been previously disrupted when conducting 11-plus examinations; [52171]

(3) what research his Department (a) has undertaken, (b) plans to undertake and (c) has evaluated on the emotional, psychological and social effects on children of their performance in the 11-plus examination. [52172]

Mr Gibb: The 11 plus, along with other tests to determine whether a child should be offered a place at a selective school, is not a statutory assessment. It is for the admission authorities of those remaining schools that are able to select, to set and administer any tests for entry, including any arrangements that they may wish to put in place for children who are unable to undertake tests due to illness or other disruption.

The Department has not conducted any research on the emotional, psychological and social effects on children who take the 11-plus examination. We have no plans for any research or evaluation.

Outward Grange Consultancy

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the salary of the head teacher of Outwood Grange School. [50504]

Mr Gibb: Information on teachers' salaries is published as part of the results of the School Workforce Census (SWF) which have been published in a Statistical First Release and is available on the Department's website:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000997/SFR62011.pdf

All schools, including academies, were required to supply data on many factors, including staff pay. Schools supply data at individual staff member level, and actual salary details for all teachers in maintained schools and academies are collected but are only published in £5,000 and £10,000 salary bands at national level.

The academy trust of Outwood Grange School like all academy trusts is required to publish annual accounts in accordance with the Companies Act 2006. In addition to this, the Charity Commission has published a Statement of Recommended Practice which clarifies how charities should prepare their accounts in order to reflect these legal requirements. This states that charities which are subject to a statutory audit should include a note in their accounts disclosing the number of employees whose pay was £60,000 or above, presented in £10,000 bandings. The Department expects academy trusts, as charitable companies, to comply with this.

Pupil Exclusions: Hertfordshire

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were excluded permanently from schools in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) St Albans constituency in each of the last five years. [52122]

Mr Gibb: The requested information is shown in the table.

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Maintained primary, state-funded secondary and special schools (1, 2, 3) :Number of permanent exclusions (4) 2004/05 - 2008/09 Hertfordshire local authority and St Albans parliamentary constituency
  Maintained primary, state-funded secondary and special schools (1, 2, 3)
  2004/05 2005/06 2006/07

Number of permanent exclusions Percentage of school population (5) Number of permanent exclusions Percentage of school population (5) Number of permanent exclusions Percentage of school population (5)

Hertfordshire

240

0.14

230

0.13

210

0.12

St Albans

20

0.10

20

0.10

20

0.10

Maintained primary, state-funded secondary and special schools (1, 2, 3)
  2007/08 2008/09

Number of permanent exclusions Percentage of school population (5) Number of permanent exclusions Percentage of school population (5)

Hertfordshire

130

0.11

80

0.05

St Albans

10

0.06

10

0.03

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies). (3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (4) Figures for the local authority are as confirmed by local authorities as part of the data checking exercise, figures for the constituency are as provided by schools. (5) The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) of pupils (excluding dually registered pupils). Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, Source: School Census

Schools: Pupils

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools are grant maintained; and which such schools had the (i) highest and (ii) lowest number of pupils in the latest period for which figures are available. [51194]

Mr Gibb: Grant maintained schools were abolished under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The last School Census to collect information on grant maintained schools was January 1999. The requested information as at January 1999 is shown in the table.

Grant maintained primary and secondary schools (1, 2) : Number of schools and the highest and lowest number of pupils (3) . As at January 1999 . I n England

Number of schools Of which: Number of grant maintained schools Highest number of pupils Lowest number of pupils

Primary

18,234

511

861

32

Secondary

3,560

668

2,361

50

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) From 1 September 1999, all previous categories of school, including grant-maintained, were replaced by four new categories, all maintained (or funded) by the local authority: Community, Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Voluntary Controlled. (3) Headcount of solely registered pupils. Source: School Census

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in each region he has visited since May 2010. [51620]

Tim Loughton: The Secretary of State for Education has visited 35 schools across England since May 2010; and the breakdown by region is as follows:

Region Number of schools visited

North East

5

North West

2

Yorkshire and the Humber

5

West Midlands

2

East Midlands

1

East

2

Greater London

18

South East

0

South West

0

Schools: Admissions

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authorities have indicated to his Department their support for the abolition of admissions forums. [51672]

Mr Gibb: We are not proposing the abolition of admission forums. Clause 34 of the Education Bill removes the requirement on local authorities to set up a forum, leaving it to local decision making whether they should be retained. We already know of a number of areas where the decision has been taken by the local authority and their local partners to keep the forum in place.

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his contribution of 24 November 2010, Official Report, column 284, on the Schools White Paper, what progress he has made on revising the School Admissions Code. [51759]

Mr Gibb: We will shortly launch a national consultation to allow parents, schools and other stakeholders to consider revised School Admissions and Appeals Codes.

Schools: Asbestos

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance his Department issues on the level of exposure to asbestos of (a) school staff and (b) school children below which (i) individuals exposed and (ii) parents of children exposed need not be informed; [51916]

(2) what guidance his Department issues to local authorities and schools on the level of exposure to asbestos that constitutes a significant risk to (a) school staff and (b) school children; [51917]

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(3) what guidance his Department issues on the minimum level of exposure to (a) amosite, (b) crocidolite and (c) chrysotile which poses a significant long-term risk to (i) school staff and (ii) school children; [51969]

(4) what his policy is on referring schools and local education authorities to the Health and Safety Executive guidance LAC 5/19 following a release of asbestos fibres in a school. [51970]

Mr Gibb: The Control of Asbestos Regulations and the Codes of Practice published by HSE do not differentiate between the risks at different levels of exposure to asbestos fibres. No exposure level is deemed to be safe. The Regulations and Codes of Practice require all reasonable steps to be taken to manage asbestos to prevent exposure to all types of asbestos fibres, and cover school buildings. Therefore no guidance is currently issued by the Department on the level of exposure to asbestos that constitutes a risk to school staff and children.

The Department has however asked the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Partnerships for Schools to produce a website to develop the awareness among key personnel of their responsibilities in relation to asbestos in schools. The intended users of the website are head teachers, governors, teachers, support staff; and those local authority officers identified as duty holders under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The objectives of the website are to ensure that all these groups are aware of their responsibilities and of the risks if asbestos is not managed properly.

In the event of asbestos fibres being found, the school or local authority should refer to HSE guidance note Local Authority Circular 5/19 “The level of risk from occupational exposure to asbestos: guidance for HSE and LA staff when responding to enquiries”.

Schools: Contracts

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many contracts his Department has awarded to Challenge Leadership relating to school improvement. [50461]

Tim Loughton: The Department's central contract records show that the Department has not recorded a contract with Challenge Leadership relating to school improvement. A search of the Department's finance system shows that the Department did not make any payments to Challenge Leadership between November 2009 and March 2011.

Schools: Finance

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) grants and (b) funding streams for schools are not included in the definition of core funding; and what their total value was in the financial year 2010-11. [35861]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 24 January 2011]: The following table shows the grants or funding streams for 2010-11 that have not been transferred into main school funding, through the Dedicated Schools Grant, in 2011-12.

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Non-frontline schools grants/funding streams
£ million

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12

Music Grant(1)

82.5

82.5

77.0

Assessment for Learning

50.0

Playing For Success

13.1

13.0

Prospectus and Common Application Process

1.7

1.7

School Travel Advisers

6.9

6.9

School Improvement Partners

23.6

24.2

Secondary National Strategy—Behaviour and Attendance

13.8

13.8

Primary National Strategy—Central Co-ordination

30.0

30.0

Secondary National Strategy—Central Co-ordination

30.0

30.0

Extended Schools Start Up Costs

171.9

70.7

Flexible 14-19 Partnerships Funding

14.5

14.5

School Intervention

15.0

15.0

General Duty on Sustainable Travel to School(2)

4.0

4.0

School Development Grant

168.3

168.3

Extended Rights for Free Travelt(2)

19.7

28.9

38.0

Designated Teacher Funding

3.3

3.3

Choice Advisers

5.6

5.6

Education Health Partnerships

21.3

13.2

National Challenge

52.2

45.7

City Challenge

28.4

13.2

Targeted Improvement Grant

32.5

16.1

Total

730.3

650.6

115.0

(1) Music Grant is paid to authorities via the Federation of Music Services (FMS) in 2011-12. (2) A single funding stream for Extended Rights and General Duty on Sustainable Travel (total £38 million) is available through the Local Service Support Grant in 2011-12, which is paid and administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Schools: Milton Kenyes

Mark Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children receiving free school meals in maintained schools in Milton Keynes council area achieved five GCSEs at grade A* to C in the latest period for which figures are available. [51757]

Mr Gibb: The latest available figures were published in table 5 of the Statistical First Release “GCSE and Equivalent Attainment by Pupil Characteristics in England, 2009/10” at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000977/index.shtml

In 2009/10, at the end of Key Stage 4, 297 pupils in state-funded schools in Milton Keynes were eligible for free school meals. 56% of these pupils achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalents at grade A* to C.

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Schools: Transport

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column 57W, on schools: transport, whether his Department's review of school transport will include transport provision for 16 to 19 year olds. [51662]

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column 57W, on schools: transport, whether the review of school transport will include transport provision for 16 to 19 year olds. [51721]

Mr Gibb: The main focus of the review will be to work with local authorities to identify and share best practice and how efficiency savings made by some local authorities can be replicated more widely. We intend to consider all aspects of school transport but will also examine what practice exists for post-16 provision.

Social Services: Children

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vulnerable children in Bassetlaw he estimates are not currently assigned a social worker. [51852]

Tim Loughton: The Government does not collect data on the numbers of vulnerable children assigned social workers. There is not a standard definition of vulnerable children and where those data are collected, that is done on an upper tier local authority area basis. The Department published statistics on 30 November 2010 on “Children In Need in England, including their characteristics and further information on children who were the subject of a child protection plan” for the period 2009-10. Those statistics can be found at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000970/index.shtml

and show that in the year ending 31 March 2010 Nottinghamshire county council received 9,736 referrals of concern about a child's welfare. They completed 5,173 initial assessments to determine whether each of those children where children in need under the Children Act 1989, and 631 children became subject to a child protection plan during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. Government statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010) sets out that, “The initial assessment should be led by a qualified and experienced social worker who is supervised by a highly experienced and qualified social work manager”. The full guidance can be found at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationdetail/page1/DCSF-00305-2010

Further details at district council level may be available from Nottinghamshire county council.

Special Educational Needs

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Special Educational Needs Green Paper, ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’, what steps he plans to take to enable people with

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profound and multiple learning disabilities to participate in further education; and if he will make a statement. [51274]

Sarah Teather: The Green Paper, ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability—A consultation’, includes proposals for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and support to participate in further education. We welcome the views of young people, colleges and others as we decide on the best way to do this. The consultation period runs until 30 June 2011 and we will publish our plans later this year when we have considered the responses received.

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase the number of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities who participate in further education; and if he will make a statement. [51275]

Mr Gibb: The Green Paper ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’ includes proposals for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and support to participate in further education. We welcome the views of young people, colleges and others as we decide on the best way to do this. The consultation period runs until 30 June 2011 and we will publish our plans later this year when we have considered the responses received.

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to provide incentives for specialist colleges to partner with non-specialist further education colleges to improve the quality and provision of education for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement. [51360]

Mr Gibb: As set out in the Green Paper ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’, we will consider how best to encourage partnership working between independent specialist colleges, special schools and non-specialist further education colleges. This will help spread knowledge, improve expertise, build capacity, and share delivery arrangements so that colleges and training providers can respond effectively to the needs of students, employers and communities.

We will listen to the views of young people, colleges and others as we decide on the best way to do this and question 19 of the Green Paper consultation invites responses to this issue. The consultation period runs until 30 June 2011 and we will publish our plans later this year when we have considered the responses received.

Special Educational Needs: Free Schools

Laura Sandys: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to allocate funding for the establishment of free schools for children with special educational needs. [50933]

Mr Gibb: We invited groups to develop proposals to establish Free Schools on 18 June 2010, including those wanting to establish special Free Schools catering for children with special educational needs. The recent Green Paper, “Support and aspiration: a new approach to

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special educational needs and disability”, published on 9 March set out that the first special free schools will open in September 2012 catering for those with statements of special educational needs. Funding will be provided for such schools and, as every free school is different, the costs will vary between projects.

Students: Transport

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change local authority duties relating to 16 to 19 transport under the Education Act 1996 following the introduction of his Department's bursary scheme for 16 to 19 year-olds in education. [51722]

Mr Gibb: The Government have no plans to amend local authorities' statutory duties relating to post-16 transport arrangements. The 16-19 Bursary Fund, which we announced on 28 March 2011, will give schools, colleges and training providers the flexibility to make payments to support students' transport costs. This does not replace the statutory duty that local authorities have to make sure that no young person in their area is prevented from attending education post 16 because of a lack of transport.

Teachers: Merseyside

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of newly qualified teachers in Merseyside without a permanent job at the end of their training in the latest period for which figures are available; and what his estimate is of the average length of time between teachers, being made redundant and their next permanent post in the latest period for which figures are available. [52508]

Mr Gibb: The information requested is not collected centrally. The data that most closely relate to the question are collected by the Training and Development Agency.

Training and Development Agency figures show, for 2008/09 (the latest available), that of the 1,070 teachers gaining Qualified Teacher Status through providers based in Merseyside, 75.2% were in a teaching post six months later. This compares with 80.9% for England.

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teacher training places there were in Merseyside in the latest period for which figures are available. [52522]

Mr Gibb: There are two teacher training providers located in the Merseyside area. These are Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University. There are also a number of providers who are located just outside, but which contribute to the employment of teachers in the area. The allocations of new entrant places for these providers in 2011/12 are given in the table.

Allocations for 2011/12 Secondary Primary

Liverpool Hope University

267

473

Liverpool John Moores University

276

87

Edge Hill University

584

622

University of Chester

102

158

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Merseyside and Cheshire GTP Partnership (EBITT)

28

22

North West and Lancashire GTP Consortium (EBITT)

70

23

Kingsbridge Education Improvement Partnership GTP (EBITT)

7

9

University of Chester (EBITT)

26

30

Key: EBITT = Employment-based initial teacher training Source: Training and Development Agency for School

Vocational Guidance

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, columns 1052-3W, on vocational guidance, how many meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and officials in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implementation of the all-age careers service since November 2010; on which date each such meeting took place; and at what level each such meeting was conducted. [52440]

Mr Gibb: The Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills established a formal project board and advisory group to consider the implementation of the all-age careers service. Both are chaired jointly by the responsible deputy director from each Department. The project board met on 24 November 2010, 21 January 2011, 22 February 2011 and 25 March 2011. The advisory group met on 17 December 2010, 28 January 2011 and 10 March 2011.

Voluntary Organisations: Grants

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which voluntary and community sector grants will provide (a) revenue funding for the organisations involved and (b) funding for specific projects; and which projects have been funded in each category. [51676]

Sarah Teather: On 25 February 2011, the Department announced which voluntary organisations had been successful in their bids for funding from our Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grant worth around £60 million each year in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The VCS grant has been allocated according to activities offered under specific grant themes, these are:

1. Families and Relationship support

2. Early Years and Childcare

3. Special Educational Needs and Disability

4. Children in Care

5. Child Protection and Safeguarding

6. Young People.

In addition, ‘Strategic Partner’ grants have been established to ensure Government get advice about issues affecting VCS organisations and to help capacity building of the sector, in particular smaller organisations, through transition. The themes for strategic partner grants are:

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Family Services

Early Years and Childcare

SEN and Disability

Young People

Overarching children, young people and families.

I refer you to the press notice at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/pressnotices/a0074906/voluntary-and-community-organisations-awarded-60-million-grant

on the DfE website. Please note that final negotiations are still taking place and indicative amounts may vary slightly from the final amount awarded.

Successful VCS organisations
Organisation name/consortium lead Theme/strategic partner Amount offered 2011-12 (£) Amount offered 2012-13 (£)

4Children

2

350,000

350,000

4Children

2

390,000

300,000

4Children (Foundations for the Future)

SP EY and C

500,000

500,000

A National Voice

4

100,000

100,000

ACE Centre North

3

135,251

115,133

Action for Advocacy

4

50,000

50,000

Action for Children

1

735,000

670,000

Action for Prisoners' Families (APF)

1

100,000

100,000

Addaction

1

274,000

214,852

Addaction

6

413,264

282,592

Adfam

1

92,500

92,500

Alcohol Concern

1

177,000

220,000

Anna Freud Centre (The)

5

381,417

434,410

Asian Family Counselling Service

1

150,000

149,800

Autism Education Trust (AET)

3

652,469

555,441

Barnardo's

SP FS

1,119,663

1,142,221

Barnardo's

4

290,000

290,000

Barnardo's

5

518,316

879,360

Bolton Lads and Girls Club

6

355,041

294,278

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

4

299,000

299,000

Brook

5

139,631

100,181

Care for the Family (CFF)

1

300,000

200,000

Careers South West Ltd (Positive Transitions)

6

1,200,000

1,200,000

Catch22

6

1,500,000

1,454,121

Catch22

4

350,000

330,000

Centre for Separated Families (The)

1

240,000

180,000

Challenging Behaviour Foundation (The)

3

192,655

222,136

Child and Family Training Limited (C and FT)

5

145,483

153,437

Children and Families Across Borders

5

113,000

116,320

Children England (Kindle Plus Consortium)

SP OA

1,250,964

1,209,075

Children Our Ultimate Investment

6

254,000

234,000

Children's Legal Centre (The)

5

176,265

154,291

Children's Society (The)

1

243,726

267,535

Clubs for Young People

6

650,000

480,000

Communication Trust (1 CAN)

3

1,000,000

750,000

Contact a Family

1

216,525

203,298

Contact a Family

3

438,649

419,780

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ContinYou

2

400,000

386,000

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

SP SEND

749,642

695,650

CSV

5

158,672

132,507

CSV

1

402,423

375,423

Daycare Trust

2

300,000

300,000

Diana Award (The)

5

198,922

132,614

Dyslexia Action

3

750,000

600,000

Dyslexia-SpLD Trust

3

693,456

630,579

Early Education (British Association for Early Childhood Education)

2

131,374

108,040

Endeavour

6

312,868

230,691

Families Need Fathers

1

261,415

263,807

Family and Parenting Institute (The)

1

329,088

181,616

Family Delivery Team (Interface Associates UK)

1

960,097

933,375

Family Rights Group

4

93,000

93,000

Fatherhood Institute (The)

1

302,310

164,665

Fatherhood Institute (The)

5

310,890

166,476

Fostering Network (The)

4

78,000

79,000

Foyer Federation

6

500,000

353,519

Gingerbread

1

193,102

174,081

Groundwork UK

6

1,500,000

1,215,600

Home-Start UK (HSUK)

1

1,230,000

1,200,000

Home-Start UK (HSUK)

5

792,020

717,663

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

3

70,800

70,800

Institute of Wellbeing

1

450,000

400,000

KIDS

3

385,800

270,100

Kids Company

6

4,485,000

4,485,000

Kidscape

6

133,456

127,966

Lucy Faithfull Foundation(The)

5

210,519

222,911

MacIntyre

3

399,168

326,004

Marriage Care

1

690,269

616,475

Media Trust

6

400,000

375,000

Missing People

5

215,828

222,303

Movement for non-mobile children (Whizz Kidz) (The)

3

257,437

199,340

National Association for Special Education Needs (The)—Nasen

3

600,000

520,000

National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC)

1

160,000

160,000

National Autistic Society (The)

3

107,681

74,941

National Childminding Association

2

500,000

600,000

National Children's Bureau (NCB)

4

99,000

79,000

National Children's Bureau (NCB)

2

540,000

510,000

National Children's University

2

350,000

350,000

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services

SP YP

1,490,300

1,089,000

(NCVYS) (known as Catalyst)

2

500,000

500,000

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National Day Nurseries Association

3

196,292

155,496

National Deaf Children's Society (The)

2

137,300

119,800

National Education Trust

2

175,000

175,000

National Portage Association (NPA)

3

200,000

150,000

National Sensory Impaired Partnership

5

630,000

650,000

NSPCC (Safe Network)

1

921,250

724,500

One Plus One (OPO)

1

120,550

108,050

Parenting UK

1

698,688

603,392

Parentline Plus (Family Lives)

     

Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS)

1

150,000

150,000

Pen Green Children and Families and Research Centre

2

200,397

168,752

Place2Be (The)

1

221,815

240,939

Place2Be (The)

5

160,338

162,031

Pre-school Learning Alliance

2

865,000

930,000

Prince's Trust (and Fairbridge)

6

900,000

858,891

Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The)

1

500,000

500,000

Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT)

1

314,525

343,546

Project for Advocacy Counselling and Education (PACE)

1

153,853

157,206

QEDUK

6

113,521

106,767

Relate

1

1,850,403

1,711,630

Roma Support Group

1

86,387

65,431

Safe Ground

1

240,979

235,380

School Food Trust (The)

2

160,000

200,000

SCOPE

3

121,693

135,256

Shared Care Network

3

112,000

81,000

SHS (School-Home Support)

1

500,000

500,000

Social Care Institute for Excellence

5

518,193

424,208

Spurgeons

1

350,000

350,000

Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (The)

1

699,000

657,000

Terrence Higgins Trust

6

207,664

214,603

Time for Families

1

150,000

150,000

Tomorrow's People

6

750,000

750,000

UK Youth

6

576,000

391,000

V, National Young Volunteers Service

6

800,000

769,904

Victoria Climbié Foundation UK (The)

5

168,880

167,280

Voice (Voice for the Child in Care)

4

75,000

75,000

Who Cares? Trust (The)

4

74,000

72,000

WomenCentre Ltd

5

155,400

160,800

YMCA Derbyshire

1

600,000

600,000

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YoungMinds

3

213,792

142,900

Note: The funding amounts are indicative. Year 1 funding is dependent on successful negotiations on detail of the grants and securing exemption for activity which is subject to the marketing and advertising efficiency controls. Year 2 amounts are dependent on successful delivery of agreed outcomes. Key to themes: 1. Families and Relationships 2. Early Years and Childcare 3. SEN and Disability 4. Children in Care 5. Child Protection and Safeguarding 6. Young People SP EY and C = Strategic Partner Early Years and Childcare SP FS = Strategic Partner Family Services SP SEND = Strategic Partner SEN and Disability SP YP = Strategic Partner Young People SP OA = Strategic Partner Over Arching children, young people and families

Young People's Learning Agency

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which of the statutory duties and powers held by the Young People's Learning Agency will (a) pass to his Department, (b) pass to the Education Funding Agency and (c) be abolished following the passage of the Education Bill; and if he will make a statement. [51730]

Mr Gibb: Subject to its successful passage, the Education Bill will abolish the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) and repeal all of its statutory duties and powers as set out in Part 3 and Schedule 3 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.

From April 2012, the YPLA's functions will become the responsibility of the Secretary of State and its funding functions will be administered by a new Education Funding Agency (EFA). The EFA will be established as an executive agency within the Department for Education. It will be responsible for calculating and distributing funding directly to all academies, free schools and providers of 16-19 education and training. The EFA will also distribute resources to local authorities for them to pass on, as now, to those primary and secondary schools that are not yet academies.

The Education Bill also sets out changes to provisions in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. It proposes that the YPLA's power to intervene in sixth form colleges and associated duties in respect of an intervention policy should be repealed, also with its power to appoint members to a sixth form college's governing body. The requirement for sixth form colleges to gain consent of the YPLA before they exercise their supplementary powers in relation to certain investments, borrowing and related matters should be removed. The Bill transfers to the Secretary of State the YPLA's powers in respect of instruments and articles of government of a new sixth form college and amendments to instruments and articles of existing colleges. It also transfers to the Secretary of State the YPLA's power to make payments to local authorities in relation to certain loan liabilities. The Secretary of State's duty to consult the YPLA before making an order dissolving a further education corporation or sixth form college should also be repealed.

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Young People's Learning Agency: Manpower

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Young People's Learning Agency staff work (a) full-time and (b) part-time on issues relating to the education and training of people in youth custody. [51731]

Mr Gibb: The YPLA has one full-time member of staff who operates as the national policy lead on issues relating to the education and training of young people in youth custody and nine regional leads who work on these issues on a part-time basis.

Treasury

Air Passenger Duty

Gregg McClymont: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an estimate of the amount of revenue which will be raised by bringing business jets into air passenger duty in each year to 2015-16. [52437]

Justine Greening: The Government's plans to extend air passenger duty (APD) to passengers aboard business jet flights are included in the Budget consultation document. Details of the new tax will be determined in light of the consultation responses; it is not therefore possible to accurately estimate revenues at the current time.

Bank Levy

Chris Leslie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Bank Levy rates for short-term chargeable liabilities and long-term chargeable equity and liabilities were chosen for the periods (a) 1 January 2011 to 28 February 2011, (b) 1 March 2011 to 30 April 2011, (c) 1 May 2011 to 31 December 2011 and (d) 1 January 2012 onwards. [51791]

Mr Gauke: An explanation of the rates set for the Bank Levy is included in the Tax Information and Impact Note published at Budget 2011, available at:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2011/tiin6123.htm

Bank Services: Children in Care

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much financial support he plans to provide to savings accounts for looked-after children in each of the next four financial years. [49491]

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether Government contributions to the proposed junior ISA for looked-after children are to be backdated to 3 January 2011; [49817]

(2) how much funding his Department will provide for the proposed junior independent savings account for looked-after children in each year between 2011-12 and 2014-15; [49371]

(3) what the proposed level of contribution from the public purse to the proposed junior individual savings account for looked-after children will be in its first year of operation. [49372]

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Tim Loughton [holding answer 28 March 2011]: I have been asked to reply.

On 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 834, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Government's intention to provide funding to enable looked-after children across the United Kingdom to benefit from the new tax free children's savings account known as the junior ISA.

We have already met representatives from Action for Children, Barnardo's and the Share Foundation. Over the coming months the Department for Education will be working with charities and other interested parties on the details of how the scheme will work, including the eligibility criteria and the level of Government contributions.

Banks: Iceland

John Mann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iceland on repayments from Icelandic banks to (a) local authorities and (b) individual depositors; [52146]

(2) what estimate he has made of the net cost to the economy of the collapse of Icelandic banks in 2008. [52147]

Mr Hoban: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations, overseas governments and ministries as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.

The local authorities are creditors in the administrations of the failed Icelandic banks. The timing and quantum of recoveries will be determined by the administrators.

Arrangements have been made for all eligible UK depositors in the Icelandic banks to be fully compensated by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and HM Treasury.

The failure of the Icelandic banks is part of the wider global financial crisis and is impossible to separate so the Government have made no separate assessment of the economic impact of this specific issue.

Contact details for the administrators in the various resolutions are available on the HM Treasury website:

http://hm-treasury.gov.uk/fin_stability_icelandic_resolution.htm

Banks: Loans

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to section 1 of Project Merlin—Banks' Statement, what discussions he and his officials have had with each banking institution subscribing to the statement on the effect on economic recovery of the interest rates at which the banking institutions will lend to small and medium-sized businesses engaged in real economy activity; and if he will make a statement. [52267]

Mr Hoban: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

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Budget March 2011

Alison McGovern: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to Budget 2011, page 75, if he will publish the evidential basis for the data in Chart A.1; [51653]

(2) with reference to Budget 2011, page 76, if he will publish the evidential basis for the data in Chart A.2; [51654]

(3) with reference to Budget 2011, page 78, if he will publish the evidential basis for the data in (a) Chart A.5 and (b) Chart A.4; [51655]

(4) with reference to Budget 2011, page 77, if he will publish the evidential basis for the data in Chart A.3. [51656]

Mr Gauke: Chart A. 1 is produced using table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication ‘The effects of taxes and benefits on household income, 2008/09’, published in June 2010.

For more information on the methodology, see:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/nojournal/Taxes_Benefits_0809.pdf

Charts A.2 and A.3 are produced using HM Treasury's tax and benefit microsimulation model, as described in paragraph A.14 of the Budget 2011 data sources document:

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/2011budget_datasources.pdf

Business Investment

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the sums to be invested in UK businesses directly attributable to the measures announced in the 2011 Budget in each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16. [51606]

Mr Gauke: The Office for Budget Responsibility stated in their June forecast that they expect the recovery to be supported by business investment, and that business investment growth will be strong in the next five years.

The aggregate effect of all the measures announced in Budget 2011 forms part of the OBR’s assessment of the economic outlook, but the impact of individual measures is not considered explicitly.

However, their forecast is underpinned by the Budget measures announced—for example, the reductions in the rate of corporation tax—that will help to reduce the cost of capital.

Capital Gains Tax

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the deadweight cost of proposed changes to (a) the enterprise investment scheme, (b) venture capital trusts and (c) capital gains tax entrepreneurs' relief announced in the 2011 Budget. [51540]

Mr Gauke: Estimates of the Exchequer impact of the proposed changes to (a) the enterprise investment scheme, (b) venture capital trusts and (c) capital gains tax entrepreneurs' relief were published at Budget in the policy costings document available at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/2011budget_policycostings.pdf

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The published static costings are the Exchequer impact before taking account of the behavioural effects as a result of these measures.

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals he expects to be affected by the increase in the capital gains tax entrepreneurs' relief lifetime limit in each year to 2015-16. [51542]

Mr Gauke: Budget 2011 announced that the lifetime limit on gains qualifying for capital gains tax (CGT) entrepreneurs' relief would be increased from £5 million to £10 million from 6 April 2011.

Further information can be found in the published Tax Information and Impact Note of the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document:

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/2011budget_taxation_overview.pdf

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new businesses he expects to be established as a result of the changes to (a) the enterprise investment scheme, (b) venture capital trusts and (c) capital gains tax entrepreneurs' relief announced in the 2011 Budget. [51543]

Mr Gauke: No such estimates have been made.

The numbers of companies qualifying under the EIS are published by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as National Statistics at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/ent_invest_scheme/table8-1.pdf

The numbers of VCTs are also published by HMRC as National Statistics at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/venture/table8-6.pdf

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional investment he expects to arise from changes to capital gains tax entrepreneurs’ relief announced in the March 2011 Budget (a) for businesses directly benefiting from the changes and (b) across the economy. [52536]

Mr Gauke: No such estimates have been made.

Child Benefit

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the effect on child benefit payments in real terms in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 of freezing such payments at the existing level. [51073]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 5 April 2011 ]: The following table shows the estimated average change per week per child as a result of freezing the rates of child benefit for the next three years rather than uprating by the change in the Consumer Prices Index. These estimates are based on the latest projections of CPI.

£

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Forecast change 1st child

0.65

1.55

2.05

Forecast change subsequent child

0.40

1.00

1.35

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To ensure support is better targeted at low-income families with children, the savings from the freeze in child benefit have been recycled into significant increases to the child tax credit. The child element of the child tax credit will be increased by £180 above indexation in 2011-12 and £110 above indexation in 2012-13. As a result, modelled tax and benefit reforms announced since Budget 2010 may have a small reduction in child poverty in 2011-12 and 2012-13; however given the uncertainty around these types of estimates, this change may not be statistically significant.

Child Care Tax Credit

Ian Lavery: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the likely annual loss of income to affected households attributable to the reduction in the childcare element of working tax credit in (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) Northumberland, (c) England and (d) Great Britain for individuals earning (i) up to £16,000, (ii) between £16,000 and £24,000, (iii) between £24,000 and £30,000, (iv) between £30,000 and £40,000, (v) between £40,000 and £50,000 and (vi) £50,000 and above in each of the next four financial years. [51354]

Mr Gauke: All households in which the childcare element of working tax credit is payable will see a fall in the support provided through the childcare element of working tax credit in the next four financial years.

However, the reduction of childcare support to 70% from 80% is part of a range of reforms to the tax credits system announced at the spending review, for example child tax credits increased £180 real size from April. There are interactions between the measures so estimating the impact of just one measure does not give a clear indication of the full impact on households.

The Government published estimates of the distributional impact of the whole package of announced tax and benefit measures which can be found at:

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/sr2010_annexb.pdf

This distributional analysis is not available at the geographical breakdowns requested.

Ms Buck: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families (a) nationally and (b) in London were in receipt of the childcare element of working tax credit and claiming for eligible childcare costs of more than (i) £100 per week for one child and (ii) £170 for two or more children in the latest period for which figures are available. [52511]

Mr Gauke: The following table shows the number of households (a) nationally (in the UK) and (b) in London that were benefiting from the childcare element of working tax credit by (i) more than £100 a week for one child or (ii) more than £170 a week for two or more children. This is as at December 2010.

Number of children Nationally (UK) London

One

74,860

14,970

Two or more

49,690

10,780

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This information is based on tax credits snapshot data. More information about these data can be found at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-dec2010.pdf

Companies

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the level of revenue accruing to the Exchequer as a result of companies moving profits outside the UK in response to the changes to controlled foreign company rules announced in the 2011 Budget. [51544]

Mr Gauke: The Exchequer impact of the CFC interim and full reforms was published at Budget 2011.

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/2011budget_policycostings.pdf

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2011/tiin6370.htm

Corporation Tax

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely level of corporation tax receipts in each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16 based on the economic and fiscal forecasts of the Office for Budget Responsibility in March 2011, before taking into account the corporation tax measures announced in the 2011 Budget. [52379]

Mr Gauke: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts of onshore corporation tax receipts before taking account of all the onshore corporation tax measures announced in Budget 2011 are as follows:


£ billion

2011-12

38.0

2012-13

40.7

2013-14

43.3

2014-15

45.4

2015-16

47.8

The OBR published its forecast of Corporation Tax receipts for 2010-11 to 2015-16, after taking account of the corporation tax measures announced in Budget 2011, as part of its ‘Economic and Fiscal Outlook’ document on 23 March 2011 (Table 4.7, page 103). A link to the full document is available here:

http://cdn.budgetresponsibility.independent.gov.uk/economic_and_fiscal_outlook_23032011.pdf

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely change to the level of business funding in each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16 as a result of the changes to the corporation tax package announced in the 2011 Budget. [52380]

Mr Gauke: A number of measures announced in the 2011 Budget are expected to have a positive effect on investment in businesses and the level of finance available to them.

The aggregate effect of the measures announced in Budget 2011 on business funding has not been estimated but the Exchequer impact of individual measures announced in the 2011 Budget is available here:

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http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/2011budget_policycostings.pdf

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of the reductions in corporation tax announced in the 2011 Budget on levels of economic growth in each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16. [52523]

Mr Gauke: In their March 2011 Economic and Fiscal Outlook the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) have forecast further increases in business investment from 2011 onwards.

The OBR have stated that the cost of capital is the fundamental determinant of business investment in the long-run. The additional corporate tax measures announced at Budget 2011 provide further reductions in the cost of capital for firms and will promote higher levels of business investment.

Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the level of business investment arising from implementation of the proposed changes to corporation tax announced in the 2011 Budget in each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16. [52525]

Mr Gauke: Reductions in corporation tax are central to the Government’s economic ambition to secure the most competitive tax system among the G20 group of countries.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) stated in their forecast for Budget 2011 that they expect the recovery to be supported by business investment, and that reductions in the rate of corporation tax underpin their forecast for strong business investment growth over the next five years.

The aggregate effect of all the measures announced in Budget 2011 forms part of the OBR’s overall assessment of the economic outlook, but the impacts of individual measures are not considered explicitly. However, their forecast is underpinned by Budget measures, and the June Budget 2010 reductions in the rate of corporation tax will reduce the cost of capital. The measures announced in Budget 2011will further lower capital costs and promote investment and economic growth.

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional fixed business investment as defined in table 3.7 of the Office for Budget Responsibility March 2011 Economic Outlook he expects to arise from the decrease in the main rate of corporation tax to (a) 26 per cent. in 2011-12, (b) 25 per cent. in 2012-13, (c) 24 per cent. in 2013-14 and (d) 23 per cent from 2014-15. [52534]

Mr Gauke: Reductions in corporation tax are central to the Government’s economic ambition to secure the most competitive tax system among the G20 group of countries.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) stated in their forecast for Budget 2011 that they expect the recovery to be supported by business investment and that reductions in the rate of corporation tax underpin their forecast for strong business investment growth over the next five years.

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The aggregate effect of all the measures announced in Budget 2011 forms part of the OBR’s overall assessment of the economic outlook, but the impacts of individual measures are not considered explicitly. However, their forecast is underpinned by Budget measures, and the June Budget 2010 reductions in the rate of corporation tax will reduce the cost of capital. The measures announced in Budget 2011 will further lower capital costs and promote investment and economic growth.

Mr Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional fixed business investment as defined in table 3.7 of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2011 Economic Outlook he expects to arise from the corporation tax changes announced in the March 2011 Budget in each year to 2014-15. [52535]

Mr Gauke: Reductions in corporation tax are central to the Government’s economic ambition to secure the most competitive tax system among the G20 group of countries .

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) stated in their forecast for Budget 2011 that they expect the recovery to be supported by business investment, and that reductions in the rate of corporation tax underpin their forecast for strong business investment growth over the next five years.

The aggregate effect of all the measures announced in Budget 2011 forms part of the OBR’s overall assessment of the economic outlook, but the impacts of individual measures are not considered explicitly. However, their forecast is underpinned by Budget measures, and the June Budget 2010 reductions in the rate of corporation tax will reduce the cost of capital. The measures announced in Budget 2011 will further lower capital costs and promote investment and economic growth.