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Local Councils (Statistics)

Mr. French : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give in tabular form for (a) the London borough of Tower Hamlets, (b) the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, (c) the London borough of Sutton, (d) Calderdale Metropolitan district council and (e) Stockport Metropolitan district council (i) which councils are nuclear-free zones, (ii) which councils, acting as a local education authority, employ staff to teach peace studies as part of the curriculum, (iii) what is the estimated number of homeless people in the district for the most recent month for which figures are available, (iv) what is the number of empty council homes at the end of the most recent month for which figures are available and (vi) whether they have a declared policy of providing the funding for law centres.

Mr. Gummer [holding answer 13 February 1989] : The information available on homelessness relates to the number of households for which authorities have accepted

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responsibility to secure accommodation under the homelessness provision of the 1985 Housing Act. This information is as follows :

                     |Number of households|in quarter ending                        
Tower Hamlets        |332                 |March 1988                               
Richmond             |89                  |September 1988                           
Sutton               |105                 |September 1988                           
Calderdale           |56                  |September 1988                           
Stockport            |120                 |September 1988                           

The numbers of empty council dwellings at the first of April 1988 are as follows :

                    |Number of dwellings                    
Tower Hamlets       |2,526                                  
Richmond            |154                                    
Sutton              |110                                    
Calderdale          |448                                    
Stockport           |452                                    

Information is not held centrally on authorities which have declared themselves to be nuclear free zones, or which employ staff to teach peace studies as part of the curriculum, or which have a declared policy of providing funding for law centres.

Homeless Families

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the comparative public sector revenue costs of housing homeless families in (a) Greater London and (b) in English non- metropolitan areas by (i) providing them with newly built council dwellings, (ii) providing them with council dwellings newly acquired from the private sector and improved for letting, and (iii) providing them with bed and breakfast accommodation ; and if he will publish these figures on a comparable basis with those published in his replies to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on 16 January, Official Report, columns 331-32 and on 4 March 1987, Official Report, column 639.

Mr. Trippier [holding answer 16 February 1989] : Estimates for 1987-88 are as follows :

[NL]                             |£          
New build                  |8,200|5,000      
Acquisition and renovation |8,200|5,500      
Bed and breakfast          |40   |15         
1. The estimates for new build and for       
acquisition and renovation show the total    
first year costs to local authorities of the 
accommodation shown;                         
2. Estimates of average new build and        
renovation costs were derived from           
information provided by local authorities in 
housing subsidy and can show significant     
variation from authority to authority and    
year to year reflecting differences in the   
mix of work undertaken;                      
3. The bed and breakfast figures are gross   
costs per household day and are based on     
returns to CIPFA from those local            
authorities providing information on both    
gross expenditure on bed and breakfast and   
the number of household days of bed and      
breakfast provided.                          

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Schools (Surplus Places)

Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what he estimates to be the number of surplus places in Oxfordshire for (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools ; and the cost of such places.

Mr. Butcher : Information about the number of surplus places in individual local education authorities is not held centrally.

Parental Rights

Mr. Hunter : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a further statement detailing existing parental rights with regard to out of catchment area exceptional admissions to primary and secondary schools.

Mr. Butcher : Under section 6 of the Education Act 1980, parents have the right to express a preference as to the school at which they want their child to be educated, and that preference has to be met if the child is eligible and there is a place available at the school of the parents' choice. These rights exist irrespective of whether the parents live in a defined area, although pupils living near the school are sometimes given priority if there are more applicants than available places.

Special Boarding Schools

Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what advice he has received from the working party considering the future of Inner London education authority special boarding schools ; and what steps he proposes to take to consult the parents concerned before reaching a final decision.

Mrs. Rumbold : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 22 February 1989 to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey).


Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what appeal procedure exists for teachers whose school-based examination syllabus is rejected by the GCSE board ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold : It is entirely a matter for individual Examining Groups to determine which syllabuses they offer. All GCSE syllabuses must conform to national criteria. Syllabuses in subjects for which there are specific criteria must also be approved by the School Examinations and Assessment Council. SEAC will always indicate necessary modifications in cases where it withholds approval.

ILEA Dwellings

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has about the total number of dwellings in Greater London owned by the Inner London education authority which are unlawfully occupied.

Mrs. Rumbold : Information on this subject is not held by my Department.

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Rural Areas (Jobs)

Mr. Dewar : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many public sector jobs there were in rural areas in Scotland at the latest date for which figures are available ; and how many there were in 1979.

Mr. Rifkind : The information requested is not available.

Job Creation

Mr. Dewar : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs have been created in Scotland since 1983, how many of them are self- employed, how many are part-time ; and how many he estimates are in rural areas.

Mr. Rifkind : It is estimated that between September 1983 and September 1988 the civilian work force in employment in Scotland increased by 41,000. In this period the number of self-employed increased by 22,000 and the number of female part-time employees in employment increased by 52,000. These estimates may be revised when the results of the 1987 census of employment and the 1988 labour force survey become available. Comparable figures are not available for the self-employed working part-time and for male part-time employees in employment. It is not possible to provide comparable information for rural areas in Scotland.

Constituency Registers

Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the total number of people in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland listed on (a) the electoral registers for 1988-89, (b) the electoral registers for 1989-90 and (c) the poll tax registers for 1989-90

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The following table compares the numbers on the electoral registers published in February 1988 and February 1989. Information about the numbers on the community charges register in each constituency is not held centrally.

Constituency                       Number of electors                                                     
                                  |1988 electoral register|1989 electoral register                        
Aberdeen North                    |62,075                 |60,604                                         
Aberdeen South                    |60,323                 |58,947                                         
Angus East                        |61,643                 |61,899                                         
Argyll and Bute                   |48,912                 |48,695                                         
Ayr                               |67,063                 |66,545                                         
Banff and Buchan                  |63,054                 |62,830                                         
Caithness and Sutherland          |30,978                 |31,031                                         
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley  |56,708                 |56,338                                         
Central Fife                      |56,440                 |56,183                                         
Clackmannan                       |49,127                 |48,757                                         
Clydebank and Milngavie           |50,128                 |49,075                                         
Clydesdale                        |62,602                 |62,456                                         
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth           |46,392                 |46,345                                         
Cunninghame North                 |55,566                 |55,262                                         
Cunninghame South                 |50,414                 |49,931                                         
Dumbarton                         |59,369                 |58,328                                         
Dumfries                          |59,972                 |59,962                                         
Dundee East                       |61,221                 |60,394                                         
Dundee West                       |61,445                 |60,246                                         
Dunfermline East                  |51,008                 |50,894                                         
Dunfermline West                  |51,384                 |51,413                                         
East Kilbride                     |63,956                 |63,715                                         
East Lothian                      |65,542                 |66,108                                         
Eastwood                          |62,839                 |63,483                                         
Edinburgh Central                 |58,975                 |57,069                                         
Edinburgh East                    |48,745                 |47,802                                         
Edinburgh Leith                   |60,031                 |58,984                                         
Edinburgh Pentlands               |58,884                 |58,538                                         
Edinburgh South                   |64,026                 |62,452                                         
Edinburgh West                    |62,652                 |61,172                                         
Falkirk East                      |52,737                 |52,679                                         
Falkirk West                      |50,606                 |50,506                                         
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale      |53,621                 |53,481                                         
Glasgow Cathcart                  |48,767                 |47,702                                         
Glasgow Central                   |50,867                 |50,535                                         
Glasgow Garscadden                |46,916                 |44,931                                         
Glasgow Govan                     |50,190                 |48,908                                         
Glasgow Hillhead                  |57,704                 |56,718                                         
Glasgow Maryhill                  |52,039                 |50,589                                         
Glasgow Pollok                    |50,829                 |49,497                                         
Glasgow Provan                    |42,908                 |41,086                                         
Glasgow Rutherglen                |56,929                 |55,695                                         
Glasgow Shettleston               |53,883                 |53,254                                         
Glasgow Springburn                |50,489                 |48,785                                         
Gordon                            |75,228                 |75,537                                         
Greenock and Port Glasgow         |57,339                 |55,612                                         
Hamilton                          |63,167                 |62,688                                         
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber     |66,695                 |67,262                                         
Kilmarnock and Loudoun            |63,325                 |62,834                                         
Kincardine and Deeside            |64,398                 |64,432                                         
Kirkcaldy                         |53,823                 |53,626                                         
Linlithgow                        |60,584                 |61,135                                         
Livingston                        |58,008                 |59,533                                         
Midlothian                        |61,139                 |61,089                                         
Monklands East                    |50,271                 |49,533                                         
Monklands West                    |51,300                 |50,450                                         
Moray                             |63,206                 |62,840                                         
Motherwell North                  |58,331                 |57,971                                         
Motherwell South                  |52,599                 |51,704                                         
North East Fife                   |52,442                 |52,313                                         
North Tayside                     |54,582                 |54,367                                         
Orkney and Shetland               |31,180                 |31,115                                         
Paisley North                     |48,973                 |48,213                                         
Paisley South                     |50,403                 |49,595                                         
Perth and Kinross                 |63,957                 |64,505                                         
Renfrew West and Inverclyde       |57,025                 |57,234                                         
Ross, Cromarty and Skye           |52,278                 |53,062                                         
Roxburgh and Berwickshire         |43,631                 |43,484                                         
Stirling                          |58,715                 |58,387                                         
Strathkelvin and Bearsden         |63,296                 |62,706                                         
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale |38,438                 |38,773                                         
Western Isles                     |23,085                 |23,097                                         
                                  |----                   |----                                           
Total                             |3,967,377              |3,932,921                                      

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Rating Reform

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will introduce regulations to restrict the sale, copying or inspection of the electoral register when the electoral registrar obtains information from the poll tax registers.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : No. The considerations governing the sale, copying and inspection of the electoral register have not altered since the present policy was reviewed in 1985-86. The Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 1986 already forbid the supply of data which is not required to be published in the register itself.

Local Government and Housing Bill

Mr. McTaggart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any information on the number of people who will be affected by the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Bill relating to political officers who are currently serving councillors.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : This information is not held centrally.

New Towns

Mr. Ingram : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, pursuant to his answer of 1 February, Official Report, column 317, to the hon. Member for East Kilbride, he will give the updated list of bodies and organisations which have responded to the consultation document "The Scottish New Towns--Maintaining the Momentum."

Mr. Lang : I am pleased to note that over 100 bodies and organisations have responded to the consultation document. The comprehensive list requested by the hon. Member for East Kilbride is as follows :

Abronhill Community Council (Cumbernauld)

Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston Enterprise Trust

Ayrshire and Arran Health Board

Ayrshire Chamber of Industries

Barclay and Cameron Way Residents Association (Livingston) Bathgate Area Support for Enterprise Ltd (BASE)

Beckman Industrial Ltd

Bellsquarry Community Council (Livingston)

Broomlands and Bourtreehill Residents Association

Busby East Church

Calderwood Community Council

Church of Scotland Department of Ministry and Mission

City of Glasgow

Coleman Ballantine Architects, Glasgow

Collydean Residents/Tenants Association (Glenrothes)

Condorrat Community Council (Cumbernauld)

Craigshill Initiative (Livingston)

Crofthead Farm Community Centre

Cumbernauld Business Associations

Cumbernauld Citizens Advice Bureau

Cumbernauld Development Corporation

Cumbernauld and District Trades Council

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Constituency Association Scottish National Party

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Constituency Labour Party

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Enterprise Trust

Cumbernauld Ministers' Fraternal

Cumbernauld Theatre Trust Ltd

Cunninghame District Council

Deans Community High School (Livingston)

Deans and District Labour Party (Livingston)

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