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Pupils: Numbers

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils enrolled in schools in England have been living in the UK for less than two years; and if he will make a statement. (273139)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what school roll projections were made for (a) primary pupils and (b) secondary schools in (i) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, (ii) the London Borough of Newham, (iii) the City of Westminster, (iv) Manchester City Council, (v) Birmingham City Council and (vi) Liverpool City Council for each year since 1997; and how many pupils were recorded on school rolls for (A) primary and (B) secondary schools in each such local authority area in each such year. (275997)

[holding answer 15 May 2009]: The Department collects information on current and projected future pupil numbers annually from local authorities, as part of the surplus places survey. The earliest figures available relate to 2003, and the most recent to 2008.

Tables showing the number of pupils on roll and pupil projections for primary and secondary schools that were provided by each of the authorities listed between 2003 and 2008 have been placed in the House Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has conducted on the likely effects on school roll projections in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools of changes in levels of immigration. (276000)

[holding answer 15 May 2009]: National pupil projections take account of several factors, including actual pupil numbers derived from the School Census, expected trends in participation for children outside statutory school ages, and the latest population projections produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The population projections include assumptions about future levels of fertility, mortality and migration. Details of these assumptions are published on the ONS website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_population/PT129_Long_term_assumptions.pdf