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RUC and Army Raids

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) in how many homes in Northern Ireland raided by the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Army weapons have been discovered during the last 12 months ;

(2) how many homes in Northern Ireland have been raided by the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Army in search of weapons during the last 12 months.

Mr. Ian Stewart [holding answers 23 February 1989] : I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh (Mr. Mallon) on 2 March 1989 at column 310-11.

EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

Cambridge University Veterinary School

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what savings it is estimated will arise from the closure of the Cambridge university veterinary school.

Mr. Jackson : The rationalisation recommendations of the University Grants Committee's review of veterinary education, currently out for consultation, do not envisage net savings. The intention is to strengthen existing national provision by making yet more effective use of existing resources.

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received regarding the proposed closure of the Cambridge university veterinary school.

Mr. Jackson : I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave the hon. Member for St. Helens South (Mr. Bermingham) on 6 March at column 397.


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Veterinary Students

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many veterinary students from abroad came to (a) study and (b) work in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

Mr. Jackson : The total number of full-time and sandwich veterinary science students with overseas domicile in universities in Great Britain in each of the last five years, is :


              |Undergraduate|Postgraduate               

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1983          |41           |112                        

1984          |51           |117                        

1985          |61           |126                        

1986          |77           |134                        

1987          |92           |142                        

While students "see practice" as part of their veterinary courses, they may actually practice only after qualification and subsequent registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Advertising

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest figure for the estimated spending in 1988-89 by his Department on (a) television advertising, (b) radio advertising, (c) newspaper advertising and (d) other promotional material ; and what is the 1989-90 budget for each of these categories of spending.

Mrs. Rumbold : The latest figures for estimated spending by the Department on advertising, publicity and publications for the current financial year (1988-89) are as follows :


                                                         |£                  

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

Television                                               |nil                

Radio                                                    |40,000             

Newspapers (including magazines and directories)         |475,000            

Other expenditure (publications,videos,exhibitions etc.) |3,400,000          

Figures for 1989-90 are not finalised.

Privatisation

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total sum paid out in fees to outside organisations in the furtherance of privatisation by his Department in 1979-80 and each year to date ; and what is the estimate for 1989-90.

Mrs. Rumbold : In the privatisation of the National Seed Development Organisation and some of the assets of the Plant Breeding Institute, the fees and other sale expenses totalled about £0.6 million, as stated in the published appropriation account for class XII, vote 13 for 1987-88. This is the only privatisation conducted by this Department in the period referred to.

Management Consultants

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the total fees paid out by his Department to management consultants in 1979-80 and each year to date ; and what is the estimate for the current year.


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Mrs. Rumbold : The information requested is as follows :


Year      |£                  

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

1984-85   |<1>40,000          

1985-86   |17,500             

1986-87   |23,200             

1987-88   |255,413            

1988-89   |<1>76,251          

<1>Estimated.                 

Note:                         

Information for earlier years 

could only be provided at a   

disproportionate cost.        

Press and Public Relations

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the latest figures for the number of staff presently employed, and the full complement of staff, including vacant posts, in the press and public relations office of his Department ; and what is the proposed complement for 1989-90.

Mrs. Rumbold : The information requested is as follows :


Grade                     |Staff in post     |Present complement|1989-90 complement                   

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Grade 5 (Assistant                                                                                    

 Secretary)               |1                 |1                 |1                                    

Grade 5 (Chief                                                                                        

 Information Officer)     |-                 |1                 |1                                    

Personal Secretary        |1                 |2                 |2                                    

Grade 7 (Principal                                                                                    

 Information Officer)     |2                 |2                 |2                                    

Senior Information                                                                                    

 Officer                  |5                 |6                 |6                                    

Information Officer       |12                |12                |12                                   

Assistant Information                                                                                 

 Officer                  |-                 |1                 |1                                    

Graphics Officer (Higher) |1                 |1                 |1                                    

Graphics Officer (Lower)  |5                 |5                 |5                                    

Senior Executive Officer  |1                 |-                 |-                                    

Executive Officer         |2                 |2                 |2                                    

Administrative Officer    |6                 |5                 |5                                    

Administrative Assistant  |3                 |3                 |3                                    

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

Totals                    |39                |41                |41                                   

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the latest figures for the number of staff presently employed, and the full complement of staff including vacant posts, by grade, in the statistical divisions in his Department ; if he will differentiate between staff in statistical posts and staff in administrative posts ; and if he will give the staffing complements by grade, and differentiated between statistical and administrative posts, proposed for 1989-90.

Mrs. Rumbold : The information requested is as follows :


                             |Staff in post     |Present complement|1989-90 complement                   

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Statistical posts                                                                                        

Grade 3 (Director of                                                                                     

 Statistics)                 |1                 |1                 |1                                    

Grade 5 (Chief                                                                                           

 Statistician)               |2                 |2                 |2                                    

Grade 7 (Statistician)       |9                 |10                |10                                   

Senior Assistant                                                                                         

 Statistician                |2                 |2                 |4                                    

Assistant Statistician       |4                 |4                 |4                                    

                                                                                                         

Administrative and technical posts                                                                       

Grade 6                      |1                 |1                 |1                                    

Senior Executive Officer     |1                 |1                 |1                                    

Senior Executive Officer                                                                                 

 (Tech.)<1>                  |3                 |3                 |3                                    

Higher Executive Officer     |12                |12                |12                                   

Higher Executive Officer                                                                                 

 (Tech.)<1>                  |8                 |8                 |8                                    

Executive Officer            |19                |19                |19                                   

Executive Officer (Tech.)<1> |<2>20             |17                |17                                   

Administrative Officer       |22                |23                |22                                   

Administrative Assistant     |10                |11                |9                                    

Personal Secretary           |4                 |4                 |4                                    

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

  Totals                     |118               |118               |117                                  

<1> Technical staff undertake data processing.                                                           

<2> Including three supernumerary staff.                                                                 

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest figure for (a) the estimated expenditure by his Department on press and public relations during 1988-89, and (b) the budget for 1989-90.

Mrs. Rumbold : The latest estimated expenditure for the current financial year on press, public relations and departmental publications, including staff costs, is £4.9 million. Figures for 1989-90 are not finalised.

Drama

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has for drama as an educational tool in the national curriculum for children in (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) high/secondary schools.

Mrs. Rumbold : Drama has an important part to play both as an element contributing to various national curriculum subjects and as a non- foundation subject in its own right. It is included in the terms of reference of the national curriculum English working group in connection with dramatic works of literature and as a medium for the development of a range of oral skills. These aspects will be taken into account in the development of the relevant national curriculum statutory orders.

Health Education

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans to amend the national curriculum to include health education ; and if he will make a statement about the role of health education in all schools.

Mr. Butcher : Health education has been identified by the Government as an important cross-curricular theme to be covered within the national curriculum. When the order for national curriculum science is laid this will include explicit requirements for pupils to cover relevant aspects of health education. Other foundation subjects will cover different aspects of health education, as appropriate. My right hon. Friend has also asked the National Curriculum Council to advise him on the place and content of personal and social education, including health education, within the curriculum as a whole. The council has been asked to submit a progress report on its work by the end of March.

Down's Syndrome

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has


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concerning centres which are currently undertaking research into the therapeutic and remedial treatment of Down's syndrome.

Mr. Jackson : The Medical Research Council is currently funding five centres where research of relevance to the therapeutic and remedial treatment of Down's syndrome is being carried out. The details are as follows :

Centre and project title

MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh

Consequences of chromosome abnormalities in the newborn : the Edinburgh Longitudinal Study.

MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London

Development of cognitive abilities of the mentally retarded. MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, London

(1) Camberwell Mental Retardation Case Registers.

(2) Evaluation of the rundown of a mental handicap hospital and of the alternative services provided.

Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh

(1) An investigation of differences in cognitive development in Down's syndrome and normal infants.

(2) Early learning and development in infants with mental handicap.

Department of Psychology, Institute of Education, London Special abilities in gifted and handicapped children.

In addition, university departments and medical schools and regional health authorities support a range of basic research, from public funds, which may be relevant to the therapeutic and remedial treatment of Down's syndrome.

Mr. Paul Scruton

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on his Department's letter to Mr. Paul Scruton, Secondary Examinations Council, 45 Notting Hill Gate, W11, of 9 February, designating him for transfer to the SEAC by parliamentary order effective from 7 March, in the light of the statement in the Official Report, 16 January, column 186.

Mrs. Rumbold : Under section 15 of the Education Reform Act 1988, my right hon. Friend designated for transfer to the School Examinations and Assessment Council all SEC staff who did not by resignation indicate their unwillingness to serve in suitable posts. Mr. Paul Scruton was duly transferred to a post in SEAC to which he was eminently suited.

Cancer Treatment (Animals)

Mr. Fearn : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to ensure the continuation of radiotheraphy cancer treatment for animals and the close collaboration with research work on human cancer in the event of the Cambridge university veterinary school closing.

Mr. Jackson : The Universities Funding Council will wish to take matters such as these into account in its decisions on the recommendations of the review of veterinary education, which is currently out for consultation.

Violence in Schools

Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish the report of the inquiry under the chairmanship of Lord Elton into violence in schools ; and if he will make a statement on its conclusions.


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Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to publish the report of the committee of inquiry into discipline in schools ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : I am arranging for the committee's report to be published today. Copies of the report are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament. I am grateful to Lord Elton and his colleagues for carrying out a thorough and wide-ranging inquiry.

The Government believe that immediate action should be taken to deal with indiscipline in schools and violence, wherever it occurs. It fully supports teachers in their efforts to establish good order in the classroom. It welcomes the contribution which the committee's report makes to solving these problems.

The Government have decided to act immediately on the following recommendations in the report :

I have accepted the committee's recommendation that in future all initial teacher training courses should include separate, compulsory elements of practical training in how to manage pupil behaviour, and that these skills should be a key factor in assessing a student's performance and competence to teach.

I propose to set a clear national standard for the amount of time which teacher trainers must spend in school, so as to ensure that they have sufficient recent practical experience. I shall take action forward through the review which I am conducting of the criteria for approval of initial teacher training courses.

Subject to the necessary consultation, I propose to accept the committee's recommendation that the management of pupil behaviour should become a national priority in the local education authority training grants scheme for in-service training of teachers in 1990-91.

I accept the committee's conclusion that the procedures for excluding pupils from school should be monitored closely. I propose to institute a monitoring scheme for two years, rather than the five years recommended in the report. I will require reports in all cases where a head teacher's decision to exclude a child from a school is overruled by either the governing body or the local education authority. At the same time I shall require full details of incidents leading to exclusions, so that we have a national picture. At the end of that period I shall decide on the future of the existing statutory provisions.

Subject to the necessary statutory consultations with the local authority associations, I propose to make an education support grant available to encourage local education authorities to work up coherent plans to address the problem of difficult pupils, whether on-site or off-site. I also propose to support through education support grants a programme to encourage local education authorities and schools to take positive action to tackle truancy. Both grants would be made available in 1990-91, and would be targeted on inner-city areas in the first instance.

I intend to require all local education authorities to introduce teacher appraisal schemes covering all their teachers within the next few years ; and I shall expect these schemes to pay close attention to classroom management.

I am asking the school management task force to act on the committee's recommendation that management training programmes for headteachers and other senior


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staff should give emphasis to the skills required to motivate and lead staff, and to manage institutional change.

The National Curriculum Council is already considering the place and content of personal and social education in the curriculum. I have asked the council to report progress to me by the end of March. The committee's recommendations are addressed not only to Government, but to local education authorities, teachers, governing bodies, parents, the police and others. I look to all those groups to play their part in responding to the report. In particular, I hope that governing bodies and schools will look hard at what they can do to win parents' active support and partnership for their policies on discipline. I hope they will find opportunities to emphasise to parents the key role which they play in promoting good discipline in schools through the example they set and the control and guidance they provide in the home.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales is considering similar action in Wales on those matters falling within his responsibilities.

Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when the inquiry into violence in schools was established ; when its report was received ; and what was the cost of the inquiry.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : I announced the establishment of the inquiry into discipline in schools on 18 March 1988, in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key) at column 687. The committee's report was received on 31 January. The cost of the inquiry is approximately £70,000. This includes the cost of the survey commissioned by the committee from Sheffield university but excludes the costs of publishing and distributing the committee's report.

ENERGY

Consumers (Consultation)

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what arrangements there are for consulting consumers on the work and decisions of his Department.

Mr. Parkinson : My Department has contact at both ministerial and official level with groups interested in energy matters and, when appropriate, initiates more formal consultations. There are no arrangements for routine consultation.

Unleaded Petrol

Mr. Warren : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will ascertain from the major oil companies why they are not prepared to ensure that their tied garages are supplied with unleaded petrol if they wish to sell it ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Morrison : The supply of unleaded petrol is a commercial decision for the oil companies. The number of garages selling unleaded petrol is growing steadily. The latest available figures, for the end of January, were a weekly conversion rate of over 200 garages and over 4,300 already converted.


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Statistical Staff

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give the latest figures for the number of staff presently employed, and the full complement of staff including vacant posts, by grade, in the statistical divisions in his Department ; if he will differentiate between staff in statistical posts and staff in administrative posts ; and if he will give the staffing complements by grade, and differentiated between statistical and administrative posts, proposed for 1989-90.

Mr. Parkinson : The table gives the latest figures for complement, staff in post and vacancies in the Department's economics and statistics division. No decisions have been made to change the complement for 1989-90.


Grade                          |Complement at 1 March    |Staff in post at 1 March |Vacancies at 1 March 1989                          

                               |1989                     |1989                                                                         

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

Statistical grades                                                                                                                     

Chief statistician             |1.0                      |1.0                      |-                                                  

Statistician                   |5.0                      |5.0                      |-                                                  

Senior assistant statistician/                                                                                                         

 assistant statistician        |1.0                      |1.0                      |-                                                  

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

Sub total                      |7.0                      |7.0                      |-                                                  

                                                                                                                                       

Economist grades                                                                                                                       

Senior economic adviser        |3.0                      |3.0                      |-                                                  

Economic adviser               |11.0                     |10.0                     |1.0                                                

Senior economic assistant/                                                                                                             

 economic assistant            |<1>6.0                   |5.0                      |1.0                                                

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

Sub total                      |20.0                     |18.0                     |2.0                                                

                                                                                                                                       

Administration grades                                                                                                                  

Grade 3                        |1.0                      |1.0                      |-                                                  

Grade 7                        |1.0                      |1.0                      |-                                                  

Senior executive officer       |5.0                      |4.0                      |1.0                                                

Higher executive officer       |7.0                      |7.0                      |-                                                  

Executive officer              |<1>14.0                  |12.0                     |2.0                                                

Administrative officer         |11.0                     |10.0                     |1.0                                                

Administrative assistant       |0.5                      |-                        |0.5                                                

Senior personal secretary      |1.0                      |1.0                      |-                                                  

Personal secretary             |4.0                      |4.0                      |-                                                  

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

Sub total                      |44.5                     |40.0                     |4.5                                                

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

Grand total                    |71.5                     |65.0                     |6.5                                                

<1> Includes supernumerary posts.                                                                                                      

Privatisation

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what was the total sum paid out in fees to outside organisation in the furtherance of privatisation by his Department in 1979-80 and each year to date ; and what is the estimate for 1989-90.

Mr. Parkinson : Total expenditure on fees paid to outside organisations in relation to the privatisation of Amersham Interntional, Britoil and Enterprise Oil could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. Fees paid to outside organisations in the case of the privatisation of British Gas and in the preparation for the privatisation of the electricity supply industry in England and Wales are :


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0

£ million                                       

            |British Gas|ESI                    

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

1985-86     |1.4        |-                      

1986-87     |162.4      |-                      

1987-88     |10.5       |0.8                    

<1>1988-89  |9.7        |6.0                    

<2>1989-90  |0.3        |27.0                   

<1> Estimated outturn.                          

<2> Current estimate.                           

Management Consultants

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what were the total fees paid out by his Department to management consultants in 1979-80 and each year to date ; and what is the estimate for the current year.

Mr. Parkinson : The information requested is no longer available for the financial years 1979-80 and 1980-81 and is only available for 1981-82 to 1983-84 at disproportionate cost. The cost of administrative consultancies for 1984-85 onwards is as follows :


Financial year |Expenditure £                

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

1984-85        |53,328                       

1985-86        |31,209                       

1986-87        |30,101                       

1987-88        |35,451                       

<1>1988-89     |25,000                       

<1>Estimated                                 

Press and Public Relations

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what are the latest figures for the number of staff presently employed, and the full complement of staff, including vacant posts, in the press and public relations office of his Department ; and what is the proposed complement for 1989-90.

Mr. Parkinson : The staffing of my Department's press office, including the public inquiry point and support staff, is currently 13. There are no vacancies and no decisions have been made to change the complement for 1989-90.

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the latest figure for (a) the estimated expenditure by his Department on press and public relations during 1988-89 and (b) the budget for 1989-90.

Mr. Parkinson : The estimated expenditure for 1988-89 is £475,000. This figure includes :

(i) forecast expenditure by the press office ;

(ii) staff costs (salaries, accommodation and common services) for all permanent information service and support staff currently in post in the press office including the public inquiry point. Currently proposed expenditure for 1989-90 is £575,000.

Drinking Water

Mr. John Garrett : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether the drinking water supply in his Department's head office building meets the European Economic Community standard.

Mr. Parkinson : Water for the Department's head office building is supplied from a borehole and the quality does


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not meet the requirements of the EC directive. The premises are to be refurbished later this year and I understand that the water supply then will be taken from Thames water authority's public mains supply.

In the meantime, point of use filters have been installed to improve the quality of the drinking water.

Advertising

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the latest figure for the estimated spending in 1988-89 by his Department on (a) television advertising, (b) radio advertising, (c) newspaper advertising and (d) other promotional material ; and what is the 1989-90 budget for each of these categories of spending.

Mr. Parkinson : The latest estimates of expenditure by my Department in 1988-89 in the following areas are :


                                           |£ million          

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(a) Television advertising                 |nil                

(b) Radio advertising                      |<1>-               

(c) Press advertising including newspapers |2.4                

(d) Other promotional material             |1.3                

<1> £3,504 has been spent on radio advertising.                

Currently proposed expenditure for 1989-90 is :


                                           |£ million          

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

(a) Television advertising                 |nil                

(b) Radio advertising                      |nil                

(c) Press advertising including newspapers |0.5                

(d) Other promotional material             |0.7                

<1> Departmental expenditure on electricity privatisation will 

include expenditure on advertising although at present no      

decision has been taken on its size and timing.                

West Burton B

Mr. Ashton : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what communications he has received from (a) the Bassetlaw district council, (b) the Nottinghamshire county council and (c) the Central Electricity Generating Board on the fulfilment of planning conditions for the proposed West Burton B power station ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what factors are now preventing him announcing his permission for the construction of the West Burton B power station.

Mr. Michael Spicer : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave him on 3 November 1988 at column 713.

My Department has recently been advised by the Bassetlaw district council that agreement has now been reached, in principle, between the local planning authorities and the CEGB on the outstanding matters concerning the construction and operation of the station. My right hon. Friend will wish to receive confirmation of this, together with copies of the separate agreements between the councils and the CEGB, before proceeding with his consideration of the application.

Sulphurous Emissions

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will direct the Central Electricity Generating Board to continue to test systems for cleansing sulphurous emissions from large fossil-fuelled power stations ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Michael Spicer : In order to meet the requirements of the EC large combustion plant directive the Central Electricity Generating Board will wish to appraise both the technical and cost efficiency of various methods of reducing sulphur emissions. The type of process chosen for future plant as well as that retrofitted to existing power stations will be a matter for the commercial judgment of the CEGB and its successors.

Fiddlers Ferry

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will direct the Central Electricity Generating Board to fit a regenerative flue- gas desulphurisation system at Fiddlers Ferry power station ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Spicer : The Central Electricity Generating Board and its successors will decide the order in which large coal-fired power stations should be retrofitted and the type of flue-gas desulphurisation process to be used.


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