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Primary Education

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the datasets on road distance to a primary school for lower layer super output areas provided by the Department for Education and Skills to assist in the compilation of the Index of Deprivation in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (203144)

The Department does not hold the requested information. The ‘road distance to primary school’ indicators used in the calculation of the 2004 and 2007 Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) were calculated on behalf of colleagues in Communities and Local Government by the Social Disadvantage Research Centre, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford. The indicator used in the calculation of the 2004 Indices, based on information for the academic year 2001/02, is available on the Neighbourhood Statistics website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/neighbourhood-statistics.asp. I understand that colleagues in Communities and Local Government are seeking the relevant permissions to enable them to publish the underlying indicators of the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007 at lower super output area level, including those in the geographical barriers sub-domain. It is my understanding that a copy of these indicators will be placed in the Library of the House.

Further information about the underlying indicators used in the calculation of the 2004 and 2007 Indices of Multiple Deprivation is available at the Neighbourhood Statistics and Communities and Local Government websites

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/indiciesdeprivation07.