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Departmental Expenditure (Newsprint)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure of his Department was on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in 2002. [90544]

Mr. Charles Clarke: During the 2001–02 financial year the Department spent £294,000 on the purchase of books, newspapers, magazines and periodicals. This figure includes expenditure incurred before some functions transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions and other departments. It is not possible to separate costs further without disproportionate cost.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the distribution of his Department's wholetime equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to him, in each Government office region and nation of the UK (a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. [90478]

Mr. Stephen Twigg : I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 15 January 2003, Official Report, column 609W.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in (a) the Department and (b) each of the agencies it sponsors; and what the equivalent figures were for 1997. [90676]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 16 January 2003, Official Report, column 697W.

Education Business Links

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role Education Business Links play in facilitating work-related learning placements with small and medium sized enterprises. [90929]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: Education/business links have an important role to play in providing experiences of the world of work for young people. We are providing £25 million in 2002–03 to promote closer links between schools and business. Education/business links organisations work with many small and medium sized enterprises to provide opportunities for work-related learning for young people, including work experience placements undertaken by 95 per cent. of pupils at Key Stage 4.

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In addition, through our "Increased Flexibility for 14–16 Year Olds" programme, we are making available £38 million which will create over 30,000 part-time placements per annum in 2002–04. This programme will give many young people at Key Stage 4 the chance to pursue vocational courses in colleges, with training providers and with employers. Early indications are that education/business links organisations and small and medium sized enterprises are involved in the local delivery of the programme.

Ethical Banking

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what contracts have been concluded as a result of the Government's commitment to support ethical banking. [89949]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Government believe it is important for consumers to have choice in financial products, including the availability of 'ethical' products. However, it would not be appropriate for the Government to exclusively support the development of one specific group of financial service providers. It is for individual consumers to decide the attributes they most value from their financial services and for financial services firms to be transparent about their use of funds and investments.

External Consultants

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost to his Department was of the use of external consultants in 2002. [90506]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: For 2001–02 £5.7 million 1 was spent on administrative consultancy costs and for 2002–03 £2 million has been spent to date. This figure excludes programme consultancy costs which are currently not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. From April 2003 arrangements will be made to collect centrally expenditure information for programme consultancy costs.

Fair Trade

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what fair trade criteria he sets when deciding upon what suppliers to use. [89916]

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Mr. Stephen Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided by the Chief Secretary on 9 December 2002, Official report, column 92W which read as follows.

In line with Government procurement policy the evaluation of tenders is based on value for money considerations having due regard to propriety and regularity. The use of fair trade products was given due consideration alongside other requirements during the recent catering service procurement with a subsequent clause included within the contract requiring that, wherever possible, fair trade beverages are offered for sale in all DfES Head Office restaurants.

Job Sharing

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the extent of job sharing in his Department. [90867]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Department promotes and supports the use of a range of flexible working patterns including job sharing, to enable staff to balance home and work responsibilities. Flexible working options for staff include part-time work, a flexi-time system, compressed hours, part-year working and home working. Internal vacancies in the Department are open to all staff, irrespective of their working arrangements or pattern of work. Applicants for external vacancies are also invited to apply on a full time, part time or job share basis.

The Department does not keep a record of the number of people specifically employed on job share contracts. 12.5 per cent. (569) of staff are employed under a range of part-time work patterns.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2003, ref. 89323, if he will give details of each ministerial visit during 2002 on departmental business to (a) Belgium, (b) France, (c) Slovakia, (d) Italy, (e) Australia and (f) the United States, including (i) the purpose of the visit, (ii) the Ministers involved, (iii) the number of officials accompanying the Minister, (iv) the number of advisers accompanying the Minister and (v) the cost of the visit. [90443]

Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 13 January 2003]: The Government publish an annual list of Cabinet Ministers' visits overseas costing more than £500, and

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the annual cost of all Ministers' visitsoverseas. For details of visits overseas during the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002, I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 24 July 2002, Official Report, column 1375W. Similar details for 2002–03 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the current financial year.

Post-16 Funding

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is for school sixth form and college access funds for (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04. [87956]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 19 December 2002]: The Department for Education and Skills has allocated £129.38m in 2002–03 for Learner Support Funds (access funds) and £159.68m in 2003–2004.

Funding is distributed via the Learning & Skills Council to colleges, external institutions, school and college sixth forms in the further education sector.

Public Bodies

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the present appointees of the (a) Centre for Information on Language Teaching, (b) Construction Industry Training Board, (c) Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, (d) Equal Opportunities Commission, (e) Funding Agency for Schools, (f) Further Education Funding Council, (g) Further Education Funding Council Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Committee, (h) Higher Education Funding Council for England, (i) Investors in People UK, (j) Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, (k) REMPLOY, (l) National Advisory Council on Employment of People with Disabilities, (m) National Disability Council and (n) Teacher Training Agency. [90987]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is as follows:

Current Teacher Training Agency—Board Members

Executive Members
Sir Professor Clive BoothChair
Dr. John CraterDirector and Chief Executive Edgehill College of FE
Carole EvansRetired Primary Head
Professor David ReynoldsDept of Education Loughborough University
Maggie SempleChief Exec: The Experience Corp
Professor Eileen BakerPrincipal and Chief Exec, Bishop Grosseteste College
Prof Barbara Mac GilchristDean of ITT, ULIE
David KershawHead Coundon Court School and Community College
Victoria NyeDirector, Association of Unit Trusts and Investments Funds
Christopher BakerFreelance Consultant
Non Executive Member
Ralph TabbererChief Executive TTA

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Investors in People UK—Board Members

Tim Melville-RossChair
Hans ReismannScotland
Sheila DruryWales
Geraldine KeeganNorthern Ireland
Martin HenryCBI-SMEs
Samantha GemmellSmall Business Council
Michael StarkLSC
Lord Tom SawyerEx Gen Sec Labour Party
Sue ThomasRedwood
Garry HawkesAccord PLC
Ed SweeneyTU-UNIFI
Norman McLeanNational Mentoring Consortium
Hugh TryDfES interests
Janice ShinerDfES Assessor
Stephen MarstonDfES Assessor
Ruth SpellmanliPUK
John RhodesDTI (Observer)

Centre for Information on Language Training—Board of Governors

Mr. Stephen JonesChair
Mr. Jim Beale
Mr. Richard Bunker
Mr. Jonathan DayHead of Languages, The Lord Grey School, Milton Keynes
Mr. Peter Downes
Ms Anne FarrenRichmond LEA
Mr. Colin Flint QBE
Mr. Terry LambDepartment of Educational Studies, The University of Sheffield
Mr. Ian A. Lamont QBERector, Alva Academy
Dr. Peter Lehmann CBEEnergy Saving Trust
Mr. Anthony LunchManaging Director, Business Link
Mr. Hugh Morgan-WilliamsCanford Audio plc
Dr. Susan PricePro-Vice Chancellor, University of East London
Mr. Mike ShortBarclay School, Stevenage
Professor Eric Sunderland
Mr. Peter ThompsonBusiness in the Community

Higher Education Funding Council for England—Board Members

In April 2001 the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) replaced the Further Education Funding Council. Current members of the LSC National Council are as folows.

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Bryan SandersonChair
John HarwoodChief Executive
Chris BanksChief Executive, Big Thoughts Ltd.
Vincent WattsChair, East of England Regional Development Agency
Jane Drabble QBEFormer Director of Education, BBC
Imtiaz FarookhiChief Executive, National House Building Council
Professor Bob Fryer CBEChief Executive, National Health Service University
John MerryDeputy Leader, Salford City Council
John MonksGeneral Secretary, Trade Union Congress
Lynne MorrisPrincipal, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham
Sir George SweeneyPrincipal, Knowsley Community College, Merseyside
Alexandra BurslemVice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Giles ClarkeChair and Chief Executive ATL Telecom
Digby JonesDirector General, Confederation of British Industry
Shirley CramerChief Executive, Dyslexia Institute

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board—Board Members

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Qualifications and Curriculum Authority—Board Members
Sir Anthony GreenerChair
Ian McAllisterDeputy Chair
Ken BostonChief Executive QCA
Anne DukeHeadteacher, Southwater County Infant School
Jenny FittonPrincipal, Taunton's College
Ed GouldMaster, Marlborough College
Terry MorganChief Executive, Tube lines
Dennis RichardsHeadteacher, St. Aiden's C of E High School
Ray ShostakDirector of Children, Schools and Families Service
Nick StuartVice President, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Ted WraggSchool of Education, Exeter University

The Funding Agency for Schools

The Funding Agency for Schools was responsible for grant payments to Grant Maintained Schools, and associated planning issues. Following the reversion of GM schools into the LEA sector in 1999, the agency (which was a Non-Departmental Public Body) was wound up on 1 November 1999 under s.132 of the School Standards and Framework Act.

The Department for Education and Skills does not have responsibility for the following organisations:

REMPLOYDepartment for Work and Pensions
National advisory Council on Employment of People with Disabilities Department for Work and Pensions
National Disability CouncilDepartment for Work and Pensions
Equal Opportunities Commission Department of Trade and IndustryDepartment of Trade and Industry

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