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OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

Third World (Education)

Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are his Departments' responsibilities for the financial support and furtherance of education on Third world development issues in schools, universities and through the media ; and in what specific ways those responsibilities are currently being discharged.

Mr. Chris Patten : The Overseas Development Administration has no direct responsibility for the furtherance of education on Third world development issues in schools and universities in Britain. However, under its public information programme the Overseas Development Administration disseminates a wide range of material on development issues to schools, universities, the media and interested organisations and groups.


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As part of this programme we are providing annual grants to the Centre for World Development Education and the Scottish Education and Action for Development of £125,000 and £6,000 respectively. I also agreed last year to contribute £70,000 to the Council of Europe's north-south interdependence campaign. Many groups, including local development education centres, have been able to use these funds.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Veterinary Products Committee

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to receive the advice of the Veterinary Products Committee concerning the possible licensing of bovine somatotropin.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The committee offers advice whenever appropriate but it will not make a final recommendation until it has received and assessed all pertinent information, including the data being generated in the current field trials and the conclusions of the Community's committee on veterinary medicinal products. I cannot forecast when this might be.

Mr. John Evans : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received concerning veterinary products undergoing licensing considerations by the Veterinary Products Committee.

Mr. Donald Thompson : I frequently receive such representations from non-members, other individuals and organisations representing the consumer, trade and other interests, and sometimes from applicant companies.

Research and Development

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a further statement about the future of agricultural research and development.

Mr. Ryder : The Government's position is well known. We will continue to fund strategic and public good research while looking to industry to take on support for near market research, which is work which offers the prospect of commercial application or exploitation as product, process or system with a reasonable time scale.

Agricultural Wages Board

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on why grooms who are working on establishments which are both equestrian centres and farms are not covered by Agricultural Wages Board orders.

Mr. Ryder : The orders made by the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales apply only to workers in agriculture as defined in the Agricultural Wages Act 1984. The definition relates to activities carried out by the worker rather than to the type of establishment.

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will consider extending the Agricultural Wages Board order to cover private gardeners, estate workers, gamekeepers and equestrian workers.


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Mr. Ryder : I have no plans to extend the scope of the Agricultural Wages Board.

Horses

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any plans to re-classify the horse as an agricultural animal.

Mr. Donald Thompson : No. The horse is treated as an agricultural animal when it is used for the purpose of farming of land.

Contaminated Beef

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what response he has had from the Irish Government concerning the import of contaminated beef.

Mr. Donald Thompson : Irish veterinary authorities have now confirmed that they have reviewed procedures at the Republic's export- approved meat plants and are satisfied that Community rules are being observed. In addition, they have issued instructions to veterinary inspection staff that in future all carcases exported to the United Kingdom should be from good quality cows and should be able to withstand a journey of three to four days and the temperature fluctuations which occur when parts of a consignment are unloaded at different destinations.

I welcome those assurances. The Irish Government are as anxious as we are that consignments of meat from the Republic should reach their destinations in the United Kingdom in first class condition.

Laying Flocks (Zoonoses Order)

Mr. Colin Shepherd : To ask the Minister fo Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements he intends to make in respect of laying flocks subject to notices served under the Zoonoses Order 1975.

Mr. MacGregor : I shall very shortly be making an order under section 29 of the Animal Health Act 1981 to provide where necessary for the compulsory slaughter of laying flocks in which salmonella has been confirmed. Compensation will be paid as required under the provisions of the Act.

Milk

Dr. Glyn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to ensure that all milk, including goats' milk, is subject to hygiene control testing.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The production and processing of cows milk is already subject to strict controls, and new tests were introduced on 1 January 1989. As a result, the United Kingdom has been granted step 2 status under the heat treated milk directive and this means that we can apply the same high standards to imported milk. I set out the position on goats milk in the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Bar (Mr. Rooker) on 8 February.


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TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Merseyside Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Alton : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to meet the chairman of the Merseyside chamber of commerce.

Mr. Atkins : I do not at present have any plans to meet the chairman of the Merseyside chamber of commerce but such a meeting could well be accommodated within a future visit to Liverpool

Exchange Rate

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what advice his Department is giving to export industries concerning the exchange rate of the £ sterling.

Mr. Alan Clark : Our consistent advice to exporters has been that they should consider protecting themselves against the risk of exchange rate fluctuation and to consult experts, primarily the banks, about the best way of doing this.

East Midlands Business Survey

Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has received a copy of the east midlands business survey and its analysis for the prospects of the textile industry ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins : I am aware of the survey's conclusion that the textile and clothing industry is optimistic about employment prospects over the next six months notwithstanding the survey's findings that the industry has performed less well than other sectors in the last six months.

Regional Assistance

Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will provide the figures for spending on regional selective assistance and regional development grants for the north west of England for each year from 1978-79 to the present and estimated figures for 1989- 90, 1990-91, and 1991-92 in cash at 1987-88 prices ;

(2) what is the total estimated expenditure on regional development grants and regional selective assistance in the north west of England for each of the years 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91.

Mr. Atkins : Gross expenditure at current and constant (1987-88) prices on regional development grant (RDG) and regional selective assistance (RSA) in the north west region in the financial years 1978-89 to 1988-89 is shown in the table. Figures for RDG and RSA provision in future years are not available at the regional level.


Expenditure at constant (       

1987-88) prices                 

        |RSA<1> |RDG<2>         

--------------------------------

1978-79 |82.3   |132.0          

1979-80 |40.9   |103.0          

1980-81 |28.6   |156.6          

1981-82 |19.7   |193.5          

1982-83 |23.0   |122.5          

1983-84 |16.4   |100.0          

1984-85 |15.7   |91.6           

1985-86 |13.8   |67.6           

1986-87 |19.4   |106.6          

1987-88 |19.6   |45.7           

1988-89 |<3>14.1|<3>35.5        

<1> Expenditure on RSA          

industrial and training grants  

only. Figures for the business  

improvement services and        

exchange risk guarantee schemes 

are not available at the        

regional level.                 

<2> RDG figures incorporate     

expenditure under the original  

and revised schemes.            

<3> To end-December 1988 and    

provisional.                    

Table file CW890210.010 not available

Church Organisations (Meetings)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list for 1988 and 1989 to date the contacts his Department has had with church organisations on rural area matters ; what were the subjects for discussion in each case ; and what meetings are planned in the near future.

Mr. Atkins : I am not aware of any such contacts.

South Africa (Investment)

Mr. Caborn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if his Department has received any request for guidance from, or supplied any advice to, RTZ plc concerning the Government's voluntary ban on new investment in South Africa, in the light of RTZ's recent acquisition of BP's mineral division.

Mr. Alan Clark [holding answer 9 February 1989] : Contacts between this Department and United Kingdom companies are treated as commercial-in-confidence. The Office of Fair Trading is at an early stage in its consideration of the RTZ corporation's proposed acquisition of certain of BP's mineral interests and will report to the Secretary of State in due course.

Export Licences

Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many licences for the export of leg-irons, shackles and gallows were granted during 1988 ; and what were the destinations of goods to which licences were given.

Mr. Alan Clark [holding answer 9 February 1989] : It is our general policy not to issue licences for the export of leg-irons, shackles and gallows. No licences for such equipment were issued during 1988.


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SCOTLAND

Public Appeals

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will specify each donation which his Department has made in response to public appeals for financial assistance during each financial year since 1979-80.

Mr. Rifkind : Donations were made as follows :


                                                    |1988-89        

                                                    |£              

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Scottish Television's Telethon Trust-in response to                 

   the Telethon '88 Appeal.                         |120,000        

Lockerbie Air Disaster Appeal Fund.                 |150,000        

Local Authority Housing

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the numbers of local authority housing stock, by district council area, as at (a) 1 April 1979 and (b) 30 September 1988.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is set out in the table. The figures are taken from different sources and may not be strictly comparable. Estimates for authorities which failed to submit returns have been included.


Local Authority dwelling stock, Scotland                                       

                         |31 March 1979    |30 September 1988                  

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Local Authority Total    |900,644          |808,521                            

Berwickshire             |2,861            |2,455                              

Ettrick and Lauderdale   |4,998            |4,010                              

Roxburgh<2>              |6,272            |5,450                              

Tweeddale<2>             |1,629            |1,470                              

Clackmannan              |9,671            |8,568                              

Falkirk<1>               |33,572           |29,413                             

Stirling<1>              |13,131           |11,825                             

Annandale and Eskdale<1> |4,939            |4,821                              

Nithsdale                |8,365            |7,360                              

Stewartry                |2,519            |2,308                              

Wigtown                  |4,705            |4,256                              

Dunfermline              |23,143           |19,141                             

Kirkcaldy<2>             |26,850           |22,973                             

North East Fife<1>       |7,831            |6,475                              

Aberdeen                 |38,680           |36,869                             

Banff and Buchan         |12,552           |11,446                             

Gordon                   |6,111            |5,444                              

Kincardine and Deeside   |3,613            |3,532                              

Moray                    |10,556           |10,035                             

Badenoch and Strathspey  |1,048            |1,046                              

Caithness<2>             |4,250            |3,800                              

Inverness                |7,013            |6,469                              

Lochaber                 |3,350            |2,893                              

Nairn                    |1,115            |1,064                              

Ross and Cromarty        |6,181            |6,078                              

Skye and Lochalsh<2>     |684              |780                                

Sutherland               |1,706            |1,702                              

East Lothian             |16,274           |13,919                             

Edinburgh                |57,478           |49,237                             

Midlothian               |13,032           |10,868                             

West Lothian             |22,525           |19,985                             

Argyll and Bute          |8,205            |7,852                              

Bearsden and Milngavie   |1,895            |1,715                              

Clydebank<2>             |12,413           |11,030                             

Clydesdale               |9,634            |9,215                              

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth  |4,356            |4,035                              

Cumnock and Doon Valley  |10,327           |9,445                              

Cunninghame              |23,536           |21,332                             

Dumbarton                |13,174           |11,817                             

East Kilbride            |1,622            |1,282                              

Eastwood                 |2,038            |1,731                              

Glasgow                  |180,209          |160,309                            

Hamilton                 |22,822           |21,562                             

Inverclyde               |20,071           |17,945                             

Kilmarnock and Loudoun   |18,226           |16,187                             

Kyle and Carrick         |18,398           |16,011                             

Monklands                |28,716           |27,251                             

Motherwell               |40,209           |37,117                             

Renfrew                  |39,645           |36,325                             

Strathkelvin             |10,893           |9,426                              

Angus                    |14,513           |12,640                             

Dundee                   |40,479           |37,842                             

Perth and Kinross        |16,343           |14,355                             

Orkney Islands<2>        |1,432            |1,416                              

Shetland Islands         |2,475            |2,578                              

Western Isles<1>         |2,359            |2,411                              

Source: 1979-SDD S1 returns.                                                   

Source: 1988-SDD rent returns.                                                 

<1> Estimated figure-District return outstanding for 1979.                     

<2> Estimated figure-District return outstanding for 1988.                     

Cattle Semen

Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on his future intentions with regard to the proposals to deregulate the supply of cattle semem to farms in Scotland.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 1 February 1989] : In July 1988 the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland invited interested organisations to comment on proposals for changing the regulations governing the sale and supply of cattle semen for artificial insemination. These paralleled similar consultations being undertaken in England and Wales.

Seven responses were received by the Department. In addition, representations were made to my noble Friend the Minister of State by 10 hon. Members. Further discussions have taken place with a number of interested parties. The views expressed are currently being considered.

Hill Lambs (Radioactivity)

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what further tests of hill lambs for radioactivity resulting from Chernobyl have been taken in the past year ; what have been the results ; and what action he is taking as a result.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 30 January 1989] : Information on the level of radioactivity in sheep in Scotland resulting from the Chernobyl accident is published on a regular basis by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. The measured levels of radiocaesium in live sheep tested in 1988 in those areas in which restrictions on the movement and slaughter of sheep are in force range from 53 becquerels per kilogram to 3,683 becquerels per kilogram. Readings taken from sheep in slaughterhouses throughout Scotland in 1988 range from 2 becquerels per kilogram to 145 becquerels per kilogram. The mark and release arrangements ensure that sheep which may be contaminated to levels above the 1,000 becquerels per kilogram safety level may not be removed from the restricted areas unless they are painted the appropriate colour and that such sheep may not be slaughtered unless they are marked with a tag to show that they are below this level. Monitoring


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and the related restrictions are designed to protect the public from the risk of eating sheep meat contaminated to an unacceptably high level and they will continue until it has been demonstrated that there is no longer any cause for concern in this respect.

THE ARTS

Consultants

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Minister for the Arts whether he will publish a table showing the names of all management and arts consultants commissioned by (a) the Office of Arts and Libraries, and (b) the Arts Council giving their fees, in each of the past two years.

Mr. Luce [holding answer 7 February 1989] : I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 19 May 1988 at column 566 and the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) on 14 July 1988 at column 328 .

In respect of the Arts Council, I am unable to add further to the answer that I gave the hon. Member on 11 May 1988 at column 126 .

NATIONAL FINANCE

Gross Domestic Product

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the average annual percentage change in GDP(E), at 1985 prices, per head of the United Kingdom working population, including both employed and unemployed people, from (a) 1959 to 1979 and (b) 1979 to 1987 inclusive.

Mr. Major : Between 1959 and 1979 the annual average percentage change in GDP(E), measured at constant factor cost, per head of the United Kingdom work force was 2.1 per cent. Between 1979 and 1987 the average annual percentage change was 1.0 per cent. Over both of these periods whole economy productivity rose on average by 2.1 per cent. a year.

Strip Searches

Ms. Richardson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many strip searches were made of females at Customs during each month of 1988, giving the number of persons involved ; what dutiable items or unlawful imports were discovered in any search ; in how many cases persons who were asked to undergo a strip search asked for review of that request by a justice of the peace or senior customs officer ; how many of those who sought such review were subsequently strip searched and how many were not ; on how many occasions persons declined to be strip searched before such review and after such review ; and what was the outcome in each case.

Mr. Lilley : Customs set up central records on search of person in July 1987 but these records do not identify separately searches of men and women.

For the period 1 July 1987 to 31 March 1988 (the latest period for which figures are available) the number of persons strip searched was 16,023. Drugs were recovered in 586 instances, dutiable goods in 180 instances and other prohibited or restricted goods in 57 instances. In addition


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there were 2,019 instances of smuggled goods found before the search and 119 afterwards (for example, concealed internally by smugglers but recovered only after the search).

Appeals against strip search to a justice of the peace or senior customs officer totalled 71, of which 17 were upheld. There are no recorded instances of persons declining to be searched once having exercised their appeal rights.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Departmental Staff (Child Care)

Ms. Richardson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what child care provision the Northern Ireland Office provides for pre- school age children of the Department's employees ; what child care provision, for school holiday or after-school care, is provided for employees' children aged five and over ; what plans there are for increasing provision in the next five years ; and how these are to be funded.

Mr. Ian Stewart : In accordance with the commitment in the circular "Equal Opportunities for Women in the Northern Ireland Civil Service" published May 1986, the Northern Ireland Civil Service has considered the provision of child care facilities and in particular workplace nurseries. It concluded that such nurseries could be provided only if there was a substantial injection of capital to meet start-up costs and a continuing subsidy from Government towards running costs. The use of public funds for this purpose has not so far been considered justifiable in relation to other needs.

However, the Northern Ireland Civil Service is anxious to assist staff in making other suitable child-minding arrangements and recently introduced a scheme to assist staff to find suitable registered childminders. In addition it is considering with the trade unions the provision of other facilities such as day care for pre-school age children, after-school care for older children, and holiday play schemes.


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The home Civil Service part of the Northern Ireland Office, which comprises about 180 staff divided between London and Belfast, does not provide child care facilities, but gives sympathetic consideration to the individual needs of staff with young children.

Social Security Transitional Payments

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the number of people receiving social security transitional payments under the schemes announced on 27 April 1988 and the likely expenditure in the current financial year.

Mr. Needham : At 17 December 1988, the latest date for which information is available, transitional payments were being made to some 5,665 beneficiaries. It is estimated that the total expenditure in the current financial year will be in the region of £1 million and this is being met by repayable advances from the civil contingencies fund pending parliamentary approval of a Supplementary Estimate.

EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

Colleges of Further Education

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the numbers of full-time and part-time teachers in each college of further education in Derbyshire for each year since 1979, together with the average number of hours worked by part-time teachers in each college.

Mrs. Rumbold : The following table gives the available figures for Derbyshire colleges of further education. It shows full-time teaching staff numbers and full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers of part-time teaching staff. Figures are not readily available for the period before the academic year 1983-84 and there are data for only a sample of Derbyshire colleges from 1983-84 to 1986-87.


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Full-time and part-time FTE teaching staff: Derbyshire colleges of FE                                                                                                                                

                                            Academic years                                                                                                                                           

                                            1983-84                     1984-85                     1985-86                     1986-87                     1987-88<1>                               

                                           |Full-time    |Part-time FTE|Full-time    |Part-time FTE|Full-time    |Part-time FTE|Full-time    |Part-time FTE|Full-time    |Part-time FTE              

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Chesterfield College of                                                                                                                                                                              

   Technology and Arts                     |209.5        |28.4         |264.4        |45.8         |263.1        |63.9         |n/a          |n/a          |249.0        |62.5                       

The North East                                                                                                                                                                                       

   Derbyshire College of Further Education |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |78.2         |33.9                       

The South East                                                                                                                                                                                       

   Derbyshire College                      |n/a          |n/a          |140.4        |39.2         |147.1        |61.4         |164.2        |0.0          |143.3        |48.3                       

High Peak College of                                                                                                                                                                                 

   Further Education                       |n/a          |n/a          |104.4        |34.1         |111.2        |23.5         |n/a          |n/a          |104.4        |24.7                       

Derbyshire College of                                                                                                                                                                                

   Further Education                       |n/a          |n/a          |320.4        |60.0         |325.8        |69.4         |341.4        |68.8         |352.6        |63.2                       

Derbyshire College of                                                                                                                                                                                

   Agriculture and Horticulture            |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |38.0         |3.9                        

Derbyshire College of                                                                                                                                                                                

   Higher Education                        |319.3        |14.4         |304.6        |13.7         |285.8        |15.9         |274.0        |23.3         |266.1        |23.1                       

<1> Provisional.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Source: annual monitoring survey.                                                                                                                                                                    


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Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of changes in the balance between full and part-time teaching in colleges of further education since 1979.

Mrs. Rumbold : The available data are listed below. The number of part-time lecturer hours worked in higher and further education in polytechnics and other LEA-maintained establishments in England has been converted to the full-time equivalent (fte) number of lecturers and is expressed in the table as a percentage of the total fte lecturer numbers.

Part-time lecturer fte numbers shown as a percentage of total fte lecturer numbers :


*

Academic year |Number                     

------------------------------------------

1980-81       |11.7                       

1981-82       |10.9                       

1982-83       |12.3                       

1983-84       |13.0                       

1984-85       |14.2                       

1985-86       |14.9                       

1986-87       |16.2                       

Source: Annual Monitoring Survey.         


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Pre-school Education

Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of those aged three and four years in each of the educational authorities in the north west of England in nurseries, pre- school playgroups or other forms of education (a) at the latest available date, (b) five years ago, (c) 10 years ago and (d) 15 years ago, expressed numerically and as a percentage of the age group ; what was the national average for these figures ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold : The total number of pupils under five and the percentage of the age group attending maintained nursery and primary schools in each local education authority in the North West and in England in January 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1988 is given in the following table. Information on pupils under five in playgroups is not available centrally.


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January each year                                                                                             

            1973                  1978                  1983                  1988                            

           |Pupils    |Percentage|Pupils    |Percentage|Pupils    |Percentage|Pupils    |Percentage           

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Cheshire   |7,049     |23        |8,521     |34        |8,236     |35        |12,787    |53                   

Lancashire |12,933    |31        |10,415    |29        |14,598    |43        |17,404    |48                   

Bolton     |3,716     |41        |4,424     |60        |4,345     |62        |5,054     |69                   

Bury       |1,190     |20        |2,005     |40        |1,998     |44        |2,492     |56                   

Manchester |8,181     |49        |7,952     |72        |7,395     |69        |9,112     |75                   

Oldham     |2,540     |33        |3,063     |49        |3,360     |56        |4,041     |65                   

Rochdale   |3,246     |46        |3,464     |57        |3,411     |57        |3,809     |62                   

Salford    |3,435     |38        |3,921     |61        |4,378     |78        |4,964     |85                   

Stockport  |2,834     |28        |3,259     |43        |3,013     |42        |3,277     |45                   

Tameside   |2,102     |28        |2,980     |49        |3,740     |69        |4,277     |75                   

Trafford   |1,782     |24        |784       |14        |875       |17        |1,175     |22                   

Wigan      |3,678     |31        |4,295     |46        |4,212     |53        |4,768     |59                   

Knowsley   |1,143     |16        |1,919     |36        |2,372     |46        |3,466     |70                   

Liverpool  |7,072     |40        |8,227     |65        |9,065     |76        |10,128    |83                   

St. Helens |2,062     |30        |2,846     |50        |2,473     |52        |2,917     |62                   

Sefton     |3,062     |31        |3,975     |53        |4,036     |59        |4,310     |61                   

Wirral     |2,536     |22        |3,876     |43        |3,898     |46        |4,312     |50                   

           |-------   |--        |-------   |--        |-------   |--        |-------   |--                   

England    |355,780   |24        |415,065   |35        |458,197   |40        |532,933   |45                   

The percentage figures are the number of children under five attending maintained nursery and primary schools expressed as a percentage of the estimated three and four-year-old population.

Languages (South Yorkshire)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list for each school in the county of South Yorkshire the foreign languages which are taught.

Mrs. Rumbold : The information is not available centrally.

Opting Out

Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what leaflets and booklets have been published by his Department on opting out for maintained schools ; what was their cost ; and by what means they were distributed.


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Mrs. Rumbold : The Department has published a booklet "School Governors : How To Become A Grant-Maintained School" and circular 10/88 "Education Reform Act 1988 : Grant-Maintained Schools". Copies were sent by post to the chairman of governors of all county and voluntary schools in England, local education authorities and other interested parties. The cost of printing and distribution was approximately £46,000.

Teacher Training Bursary Scheme

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students receive bursaries under the teacher training bursary scheme.

Mrs. Rumbold : A total of 2,405 students have received shortage subject bursaries in the current academic year 1988-89.

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many people qualifying under the teacher training bursary scheme are recorded as taking employment as school teachers.


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Mrs. Rumbold : Independent evaluation conducted by the university of Bath indicates that 88 per cent.--1,148--of those in receipt of trainee teacher bursaries in 1986-87 took up employment as school teachers.

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total cost of the teacher training bursary scheme for each year of operation ; and what is the cost in respect of those qualifying under the scheme who do not become school teachers.

Mrs. Rumbold : The total cost of the scheme for each of the two full academic years of its operation is £1.76 million for 1986-87, and £2.8 million for 1987-88. The cost in respect of those receiving the bursary who do not become school teachers is estimated to be £210,000 for those qualifying in 1987. Figures for those qualifying in 1988 are not yet available.

Student Numbers

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the number of (a) overseas students and (b) students over 25, excluding postgraduates, in higher education for each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Jackson : Readily available information for years 1979, 1983 and 1987 are shown in the following table.


First year full-time students in higher education   

in Great Britain                                    

Thousands                                           

                                 Academic year      

                                 beginning in       

                                |1979|1983|1987     

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Students from abroad            |28.0|24.8|32.8     

Undergraduates aged 25 and over |24.2|26.0|30.5     

Higher and Further Education (Places)

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is the total number of non-degree places for each of the last 10 years in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics and (iii) colleges of further education ;

(2) what is the total number of first degrees places for each of the last 10 years in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics and (iii) colleges of further education ;

(3) what was the total number of higher degree places for each of the last 10 years in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics, and (iii) colleges of further education.

Mr. Jackson : Information on the number of available places is not held centrally.

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds have secured a first degree placd in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics, and (iii) colleges of further education for each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Jackson : Readily available information for years 1979, 1983 and 1987 are shown in the following table.

Percentage of 18 to 24 year olds entering first degree courses, Great Britain

Academic year beginning in

1979 1983 1987

University 1.28 1.06 1.06

Polytechnics and colleges 0.67 0.83 0.86


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