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Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils from secondary school went on to take A-levels in (a) the North West region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St. Helens and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Miliband: The precise information requested is not available. As the National Pupil Database is developed further, this type of analysis will be possible. As a proxy, the following tables show (i) the number of 17-year-old students who took at least one A level in
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pupils in secondary schools in (a) the North West region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St. Helens LEA and (d) England, two years before each of the years shown in (i).
|c||St. Helens LEA||759||823||777||803||867||882||1,022|
Figures for 2003 are provisional
|c||St. Helens LEA||2,210||2,193||2,200||2,256||2,195||2,088||2,237|
Although the exact information required is not currently available, a rough approximation can be obtained by dividing the number of 17-year-old A level students by the number of 15-year-old pupils two years before. It should be noted however that this is not based on data which tracks the same pupils over time.
|200304 (to date)||2,937|
In addition to expenditure from this central budget, expenditure from budgets allocated to individual programmes will also include spend on publicity and marketing related activity. It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to separately identify all such expenditure. However, it is possible to identify separately expenditure on advertising, and this is as follows:
|200304 (to date)||11,210|
Information on expenditure by agencies and non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally.
Margaret Hodge: The Government have proposed a number of measures which will improve the support and protection available to the children and non-abusive partner of a violent parent. These were set out in our consultation paper "Safety and Justice: The Government's Proposals on Domestic Violence" and include:
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improving the support available to children and young people affected by domestic violence, both for the benefit of the children and young people themselves and to relieve pressures on their parents;
providing help for victims of domestic violence as early as possible, and making sure that the civil and criminal law offer the maximum protection to all victims, children and adults, to prevent the violence recurring;
providing advice and information to victims on how to get access to support services and legal protection;
ensuring an effective police response when victims report domestic violence and ensuring that victims are not deterred by the way they will be treated at any stage of the judicial process;
improving the sharing of information so that child and adult victims are better protected and supported;
increasing the full range of accommodation options, including supporting people to stay in their own home. Children can particularly suffer by moving away from their friends, school, pets and other familiar surroundings;
helping victims who have ended or left a violent relationship to rebuild their lives; and
raising awareness about domestic violence among the general public and key professionals;
providing access to specialist services. Being a victim of, or witnessing, domestic violence can have a long-term negative impact on children's behaviour, health and educational outcomes. The Green Paper sets out how the Government will seek to ensure specialist provision is available so that all children achieve and are in good physical and mental health;
strengthening child protection arrangements. The Green Paper sets out proposals for changes to arrangements for safeguarding children, which we hope will lead to a better response to the needs of vulnerable children including those affected by domestic violence;
improving information sharing will ensure that difficulties are picked up earlier and acted upon in a coherent way. We are consulting on the best way to use information about families and parents in such cases to build a complete picture of the risks to the child;
improving both universal and targeted support for parents. Such support will be appropriate and non-stigmatising. It will help parents in supporting their children and the universal support in particular will be a gateway to more specialist services, for example, support for families affected by domestic violence; and
improving maternity services. 30 per cent. of domestic violence cases start during pregnancy and existing violence often escalates during it. Through the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services the Government are piloting routine antenatal questioning for domestic violence by midwives.
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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) primary education, (b) secondary education, (c) tertiary education and (d) further education in the north west in each year since 1992. 
|pre-Primary||Primary||pre-Primary & Primary||Secondary|
1. North West includes the following LEAs:
Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens, Sefton, Wirral, Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Cheshire, Halton, Warrington, Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Cumbria.
2. Net Current Expenditure includes expenditure within schools and also that incurred centrally by the LEA's.
3. Cash term figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.
4. Expenditure was not distinguished between pre-primary and primary sectors until the inception of the Section 52 outturn statement in 19992000.
5. Data is as reported by LEAs.
6. Data is drawn from the DfES Section 52 outturn statements from 19992000 onwards and the ODPM's RO1 statement previously.
1. Tertiary Education funding is not reported separately from Further Education funding.
2. 1992/93 funding allocation was from LEAs.
3. 1993/94 was a 16 month allocation from 1 April 1993 to July 1994 (first year of funding from the FEFC).
4. From 1 August 1994 funding was allocated from 1 August 31 July.
5. Cash terms data reported.
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