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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's budget was allocated directly by his Department and not devolved to schools or local authorities in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (200981)

The proportion of DCSF's budget allocated directly by the Department and not devolved to schools or local authorities in 2007-08 is 18 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) most recent annual budget, (b) purpose and (c) staff complement is of each of his Department's (i) advisory bodies, (ii) tribunals and (iii) corporations. (201182)

The following answer outlines the (a) most recent annual budget, (b) purpose and (c) staff complement of the each of the Department's (i) advisory bodies, (ii) corporations and (iii) tribunals.

(i) Advisory Bodies

Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy

(a) The annual net budget is £0.4 million.

(b) The Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy provides advice to Government and monitors the success of its strategy towards reducing the rate of teenage conceptions, with the specific aim of halving the rate of conceptions among under 18s by 2010, and increasing the participation of teenage parents in education, employment and training to reduce risk of their long-term social exclusion.

(c) The body does not employ any staff.

Teachers' TV board of governors

(a) Net annual budget is £0.2 million.

(b) The Board provides open accountability about the plans and performance of Teachers TV to the channel's audience, stakeholders and to the public. The Board upholds the editorial independence of Teachers TV; ensures that the channel supplier adopts the best practices of a UK public service broadcaster; incentivises the supplier to fulfil the Departments strategic aims; holds the supplier to account for the public funds it receives via an annual performance review; monitors the contractual relationship with the supplier and ensures that Teachers TV develops so that it meets the needs of its audience.

(c) The board currently employs 1.9 Staff FTE.

Children's Plan Expert Group

(a) Net annual budget is £0.1 million.

(b) There are three expert groups (ages 0-7, 8-13, and 14-19) whose remit will be to look at services and policies affecting children, young people and families and to make recommendations to the Secretary of State on how best to deliver his long-term objectives to:

Improve the health and well-being of children and young people

Safeguard the young and vulnerable

Close the gap in educational achievement between those from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers

‘Raise our game’ on raising standards

Increase post-16 participation and attainment

Increase the number of children and young people on the path to success

(c) There were five staff employed for three months of the year

Information Standards Board

(a) Net annual budget for £0.01 million.

(b) The Information Standards Board (ISB) for education, skills and children's services in England is the system-wide authority for all information and data standards. Its mission is to facilitate information sharing across the system; agree information standards to aid front line delivery; improve efficiency, reduce costs and minimise bureaucracy. The ISB is designated as an Internal Advisory Committee, but has ministerial authority to make recommendations and approve decisions on behalf of the system.

(c) The board does not employ staff

Talent Taskforce

(a) The net annual budget is £1.84 million.

(b) The Talent and Enterprise Taskforce is based in the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) but reports through to the cross-government Talent and Enterprise Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister underlining his personal commitment to the talent agenda. Central to the role of the Taskforce is promoting the imperative to unlock talent. The projects we undertake should aim to provide vehicles to communicate and bring that narrative alive. There is already a great wealth of constructive activity happening. The Taskforce aim is to recognise and build on that. Though based in Government, the Taskforce is outward facing. Our goal is to engage a wide range of influential networks, organizations and individuals across the educational, business, community and voluntary sectors and to add value.

(c) The taskforce currently employs five Staff FTE.

National Council for Educational Excellence

(a) The net annual budget is £0.03 million.

(b) The National Council for Educational Excellence (NCEE) has a remit to provide advice to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families about strategy and measures to achieve world-class education performance for all children and young people from birth to age 19.

The Council is focused on providing advice and mobilising all sectors to provide the support to increase standards. Council members will act as advocates and champions to transform expectations and aspirations for the education system, and to rally the teaching profession, businesses, the third sector, universities and colleges, schools, and parents to raise standards year on year.

(c) The council employs four staff.

Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children

(a) The taskforce does not have a dedicated budget.

(b) In January 2007 Minister of State Jim Knight announced the setting up of a Home Access taskforce to advise Government of possible solutions for universal home access for all school age children in England. Representatives on the taskforce come from industry, the third sector and teaching profession. Working together in partnership with industry and the third sector is the only way we can hope to deliver and sustain universal access.

(c) The taskforce does not employ any staff.

(ii) Corporations

General Teachers Council of England

(a) Net annual budget of £0.7 million.

(b) The General Teaching Council for England is the independent professional body for teaching in England.

It works for children, through teachers, in the interests of the public. It is committed to making sure young people have the best possible standards of learning and achievement.

It keeps a register of qualified teachers in England and sets out and enforces standards for the teaching profession in the interests of the public.

It provides advice to government and other agencies on important issues that affect the quality of teaching and learning.

It works with teachers to make sure its advice is based on practical experience and reliable research.

It brings together teachers and other partners with an interest in the education service, including parents, governors and employers.

(c) The staff complement is 206.

(iii) Tribunals

Currently, the Department is not responsible for any tribunals.