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Schools: Biometrics

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that schools are aware of the proposed new guidelines on the collection of biometric data in schools. (127377)

[holding answer 13 March 2007]: The guidance will be available on both the Becta and the Department's teachernet websites and sent as a link to all primary and secondary schools in England as part of the Department's fortnightly e-mail communications with schools.

Thousands

Under 19

Adult

All ages

April 2000 to July 2001

Basic skills

16

50

67

Key skills

75

10

86

GCSE

43

21

63

Total

134

81

216

August 2001 to July 2002

Basic skills

23

73

95

Key skills

91

12

103

GCSE

48

23

71

Total

161

108

270

August 2002 to July 2003

Basic skills

16

72

87

Key skills

80

13

93

GCSE

48

23

71

Total

144

107

251

August 2003 to July 2004

Basic skills

26

114

140

Key skills

117

36

153

GCSE

48

23

70

Total

191

173

363

August 2004 to July 2005

Basic skills

54

193

247

Key skills

188

86

274

GCSE

48

22

70

Total

290

301

591

August 2005 to July 2006

Basic skills

45

195

241

Key skills

145

99

244

GCSE

32

14

46

Total

222

308

530

Note:

Figures may not add up to totals due to rounding.

Source:

LSC's Individual Learner Record (ILR) and Employer Training Pilots (ETP) databases.

Table 2: Number1,2 of day care places for children under eight years of age by type of provider: LancashirePosition at 31 March each year: 1990 to 2002

Type of provider

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Day nurseries

9,900

4

8,800

9,600

10,900

4

Playgroups and pre-schools

8,200

4

6,600

6,600

6,500

4

Childminders

8,700

4

6,000

5,800

5,900

4

Out of school clubs

1,100

4

1,600

1,900

2,200

4

Holiday schemes3

1,500

4

900

700

600

4

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 places.

2 Data Source: Children's Day Care Facilities Survey.

3 From 1999, places were counted once for each school holiday. Before 1999, places were counted once each year.

4 Not available.