HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 cc486-8W
Mr. Swire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places there were in Devon Local Education Authority(a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) grammar schools in each of the last seven years. [165016]

Alan Johnson

The available information shown in the table relates to the number of pupils in maintained primary and secondary schools and grammar schools rather than total number of school places.

Alan Johnson

The School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) does not have a specific budget. Its costs are borne within the overall total budget for the Office of Manpower Economics. The estimated resource budget for the work of the STRB in 2003–04, including members' costs and consultancy and survey work was about £840,00 and this includes Secretariat administration costs, including pay, of £384,000. The STRB is supported by a Secretariat of 7.8 people within the Office of Manpower Economics.

The Music and Dance Scheme Advisory Group (MDSAG) does not have a resource budget. The Group's members are unpaid and only receive expenses for attendance at meetings. These amounted to some £6,000 in 2003–04. The MDSAG is serviced by two officials from the Department of Education and Skills as part of their duties in administering the Music and Dance Scheme.