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Drug Trafficking

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been convicted under the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The information available centrally, which may be incomplete, indicates that one person was convicted in 1987 under the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986. In addition, in 1987 3,160 persons were convicted of drug trafficking offences under section 4(3) and 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Information for 1988 is not yet available.

Cosmetics (Tests on Animals)

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list in the Official Report the total number of (a) guinea pigs, (b) mice, (c) rabbits, (d) hamsters and (e) dogs used in cosmetic testing in each of the past five years.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The information requested is contained in table 2 (cosmetics and toiletries) of the annual "Statistics of Experiments on Living Animals, Great Britain" for the years 1983-86 inclusive (Cm. 9311, 9574, 9839 and Cm. 187), and in table 3 (cosmetics and toiletries) of "Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain, 1987" (Cm. 515). Before 1987, hamsters were included in the classification "other rodents". Copies of all these publications are in the Library.

Passports

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he will provide extra staff for the Liverpool passport office to clear the current backlog of applications ;

(2) if he will provide extra staff to ensure that people telephoning the Liverpool passport office have their calls answered.

Mr. Renton : Yes. Additional staff have been employed to help deal with the backlog, and the telephone system has


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been improved to increase the number of incoming calls that can be handled. A system of free two-year extensions to the life of expired passports is being introduced to help relieve the immediate problem.

Police Numbers

Sir Charles Morrison : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police there were per 1,000 members of the population in 1959 and 1988.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The information, based on establishments of forces in England and Wales on 31 December 1988, is as follows :


Year                      |Police officers per 1,000                          

                          |of population                                      

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1959                      |1.73                                               

1988                      |2.46                                               

Albany Prison

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long Mr. Dean Miles (2672) has been held in the segregation unit at Albany prison ; whether there is any intention of charging him with any criminal offence ; and for what reason he is held there.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Mr. Miles was removed from the segregation unit at Albany prison on 3 May, when he was transferred to Wandsworth prison. It is for the prosecuting authorities to decide whether Mr. Miles will be charged with any criminal offence.

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been held in the segregation unit at Albany prison for (a) three months or more, (b) four months or more, (c) five months or more and (d) six months or more.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : During the past 12 months, the following numbers of prisoners at Albany have been removed from association with other prisoners in their own interests or in the interests of good order and discipline :


Period                         |Number       

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  (a) for three to four months |8            

  (b) for four to five months  |2            

  (c) for five to six months   |2            

  (d) for six months or more   |Nil          

Of these, one prisoner at present in the segregation unit has been held there for just over three months.

Police (Exchange of Information)

Mr. Gorst : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what general guidance has been given to chief officers of police by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, on the subject of the exchange of information on criminal cases on a police-to-police basis.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Home Office circular 17/1989, issued in February, provides guidance to the police on communication with police forces abroad. I have arranged for a copy to be placed in the Library.


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INFORM

Mr. Wilshire : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make it his policy, when reviewing grant-aid for INFORM, to refuse further funds if there is evidence of material supporting cults and material produced by cults being supplied to inquiriers without the source being disclosed ; (2) if he will make it his policy, when reviewing grant- aid to INFORM, to refuse further funds if there is evidence of active support of cults by its members ;

(3) if he will make it his policy, when reviewing grant-aid for INFORM, to refuse further funds if there is evidence of its members accepting hospitality from cults ;

(4) what restrictions regarding involvement with cults were placed on its members when agreeing to grant-aid INFORM.

Mr. Hurd : The grant paid to INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements) is to assist it in its work of providing impartial information about cults. No formal conditions relating to INFORM's operational methods have been attached to the payment of the grant. INFORM tells me that it has such contact with cults as is necessary to enable it to carry out its functions as a research and information network ; such contacts may include accepting hospitality, but INFORM will accept no money from the cults and no members of the Governors or staff may be members of a cult. I do not therefore propose to introduce any formal conditions at this stage, but I shall continue to keep INFORM's performance under review.

Computers

Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will indicate the functions of the Home Office large major enquiry system.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The Home Office large major enquiry system is a computer system which was developed to assist the police service in the investigation of major crimes. A typical system consists of three modules : an index of names, addresses, telephones, vehicles categories and sequences of events ; a document and action management system ; a free text retrieval and typing system.

Information can be exchanged between systems in different forces by means of tape transfer. The Home Office has set up a central facility which forces can use if an investigation outgrows the capacity of a force system.

DEFENCE

Defence Export Services Organisation

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the staff of the Defence Export Services Organisation are seconded from industry ; and what their functions in the organisation are.

Mr. Sainsbury : There are four members of staff within the Defence Export Services Organisation who have been seconded from industry. (a) The Head of Defence Export Services is responsible for undertaking all necessary actions within Whitehall and in our relations with other governments to encourage and promote the sale of British defence equipment overseas where these offer the prospect of benefits commensurate with the risks involved.


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(b) The strategic planning officer is directly responsible to the Head of Defence Export Services for developing, co-ordinating and monitoring the Defence Export Services Organisation's planning activity and for providing aid, advice and assistance to British industry on strategic planning and on the long-term geographic opportunities in the world defence market.

(c) The post of international finance adviser exists to enhance the expertise of the Defence Export Services Organisation in the field of international credit arrangements for defence exports and thus contributes to the range of support provided by the Defence Export Services Organisation to overseas sales by the British defence industry.

(d) The business development adviser's central task is to advise the Defence Export Services Organisation on the methods of identifying and exploiting new opportunities for defence export business.

Women Staff

Mr. Janner : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the two women in grades 1 to 4 are in grades 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Mr. Sainsbury : There is one woman in the Ministry of Defence at grade 3.

Teachers

Mr. Ken Hargreaves : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has any plans to introduce formal union recognition arrangements for locally entered teachers employed on British bases in Germany ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sainsbury : Any claim that a union or staff association might make for formal recognition would be considered in the light of the Ministry of Defence's normal policy and criteria.

Junior Leaders

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his policy on junior leaders who seek a discharge from the armed forces (a) during their period of service and (b) upon attaining their 18th birthday ; and if he has any plans to review this policy.

Mr. Neubert : Junior leaders have the right to claim their discharge free of cost at any time after 28 days and before the end of six months after joining for duty at their training units. If discharge is not claimed during this period, junior leaders are required to serve for a minimum of six years after their 18th birthdays. However, on reaching the age of 18, they are given the option to reduce their engagements to three years.

Former junior leaders can apply for premature voluntary release on payment after completing three years service with their adult units. However, those who reduce their commitment to three years will not normally be released until they have honoured their reduced commitment in full.

There are no plans at present to review this policy, which reflects both the requirement for stability in manning the Army and the need to ensure a return on the high costs of initial training.


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HMS Cardiff

Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the weapons carried on HMS Cardiff on her forthcoming courtesy visit to Cardiff.

Mr. Hamilton : It is not our practice to disclose the weapons carried on individual HM ships at specific times and locations.

Naval Accidents

Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has for dealing with an accident involving any naval nuclear weapons in the course of non-operational activities including courtesy calls ; and what specific arrangements apply to the port of Cardiff.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Bow and Poplar (Ms. Gordon) on 10 May at column 476.


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University Students

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many students at UMIST and University college London are on courses sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.

Mr. Sainsbury : The MOD does not sponsor courses at either university, although it does fund the chair of naval architecture at University college, London, and provides the professor and his supporting academic staff.

Advertising

Mr. Grocott : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide as much information as possible about his Department's expenditure on commercial television advertising, without breaching commercial confidentiality, over each of the past five years.

Mr. Neubert : Annual expenditure on television advertising over the past five years is as follows :


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                         |1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89        

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Royal Navy/Royal Marines |Nil    |0.044  |0.005  |0.0005 |0.0005         

Army                     |0.100  |0.500  |0.450  |0.5330 |2.8000         

Royal Air Force          |Nil    |Nil    |Nil    |Nil    |Nil            

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

Total £ Million          |0.100  |0.544  |0.455  |0.5335 |2.8005         

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Divorce Notifications

Ms. Richardson : To ask the Attorney-General if he intends to take any action to prevent divorce notifications in newspapers containing the reasons for a divorce ; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General : To provide protection against divorces being granted where the facts required by law do not exist, Parliament provided in section 9 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 that any person may show why a decree nisi of divorce should not be made absolute. To that end, the evidence and facts pleaded in support of a divorce petition are available to the public either through a hearing in open court or by allowing them to examine the certificate of the decree nisi and the filed evidence. Although the press are restricted in what they may report by the Judicial Proceedings (Regulation of Reports) Act 1926, they may among other things, report the names and addresses of the parties and the statutory facts on which the petition relies. Given the policy underlying section 9, it would not be appropriate to impose any greater restriction upon what the press may publish. The Law Commission is, however, reviewing the law relating to the grant of divorce and the Lord Chancellor has made arrangements for this matter to be drawn to its attention.

Crown Prosecution Service

Mr. John Morris : To ask the Attorney-General how many staff have joined the Crown prosecution service in the last six months who were formerly magistrates' clerks.


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The Attorney-General : During the latest available six month period, from 1 November 1988 to 30 April 1989, 38 staff commenced employment with the Crown prosecution service having previously been magistrates' clerks.

THE ARTS

National Museums and Galleries

60. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Minister for the Arts what information he has on the state of repair of the buildings of the national museums and galleries.

Mr. Luce : The national museums and galleries which I sponsor provide information on the state of their buildings in their corporate plans which are updated each year and which I and my officials discuss with them.

61. Dr. Marek : To ask the Minister for the Arts what information he has on staffing costs as a percentage of total running costs in the national galleries and museums.

Mr. Luce : As an average, staffing costs for national museums and galleries represented 73 per cent. of total running costs for the year 1988 -89.

65. Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Minister for the Arts what information he has on the education budgets of the national galleries and museums.

Mr. Luce : Education is very much a part of the function of the national museums and galleries and one to which they attach great importance. Details of their activities are contained in their trustees' reports, which are publicly available.

69. Mr. Battle : To ask the Minister for the Arts when he last met the chairman of the Museums and Galleries Commission to discuss the acquisition, maintenance and staffing budgets of the national museums and galleries.


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Mr. Luce : I meet the chairman of the Museums and Galleries Commission quite frequently and on a wide range of subjects which have included matters raised in the commission's May 1988 report on the national museums.

70. Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Minister for the Arts what steps he will take to ensure that museums and galleries have adequate resources for structural maintenance to ensure adequate safeguarding of their collections.

Mr. Luce : I recognise this as a priority area and have made substantial increases in the provision for building and maintenance work at the national museums and galleries which I sponsor. The current year's provision of £48 million represents a 50 per cent. increase in real terms since 1979-80. Further increases will bring the figure to £55 million by 1991-92.

British Theatre Association Library

59. Mr. Andrew Mitchell : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will make a further statement on the rehousing of the British Theatre Association library.

Mr. Luce : I am pleased to say that the British Theatre Association has accepted the generous offer of Mr. Robert Holmes a'Court to provide both premises for the association in central London and financial backing to enable it to continue its operation on a firm basis. I was pleased to have been able to provide the association, through the British Library, with professional advice on its library operations, and I have contributed £25,000 towards its transitional costs.

Museums (Building and Maintenance Costs)

62. Mr. Knapman : To ask the Minister for the Arts what increase in provision has been made in the last four years for the building and maintenance costs of museums.

Mr. Luce : A number of changes have been made in the method of funding the building and maintenance programmes of the national museums and galleries in the last four years but, comparing like with like, there has been a 23 per cent. increase in cash terms in provision over this period.

Government Contribution

63. Mr. Baldry : To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the Government contribution to the arts in 1989, and what it was in 1979, in real terms.

Mr. Luce : In the financial year 1989-90, the central Government programme for the arts will be £439 million. The corresponding figure for 1979-80, at 1989-90 prices, is £316 million.

Tate Gallery

64. Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Minister for the Arts when he last met the Chairman of the Tate gallery to discuss its staffing cost and maintenance budget.

Mr. Luce : I meet the chairman from time to time to discuss matters of mutual interest. I look forward to meeting the chairman and director shortly to discuss the Tate gallery's future plans.


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Museums (Private Income)

66. Mr. Key : To ask the Minister for the Arts whether he will estimate the private income generated by museums in the last 12 months ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce : The national museums and galleries estimate that they will generate over £26 million in private income in 1989-90.

Tate Gallery of the North

67. Mr. Wareing : To ask the Minister for the Arts what information he has on staffing and on the acquisition budget available to the Tate gallery of the north in Liverpool.

Mr. Luce : There are 55 staff at the Tate gallery, Liverpool, 33 of whom are warders. The gallery does not operate a separate acquisition budget from that of the main Tate collection.

Northern Ballet

68. Mr. Devlin : To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the latest information he has on the funding of the Northern Ballet ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce : I refer my hon. Friend to the answer that I gave to my hon. Friend for Stockport (Mr. Favell) earlier today.

Incentive Funding

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Minister for the Arts what return from the private sector has been achieved as a result of his incentive funding scheme.

Mr. Luce : I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) earlier today.

CIVIL SERVICE

Ministers' Private Secretaries

75. Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service, pursuant to his oral answer of 24 April to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, Official Report, column 654, what representations he has received from the First Division Association concerning pressures on Ministers' private secretaries (a) to sanction the release of official information other than by conventional means and (b) to seek means to avoid parliamentary scrutiny of ministerial actions.

Mr. Luce : None, Sir.

Morale

76. Mr. Allen : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service if he will meet the general secretary of the NUCPS to discuss Civil Service morale.

Mr. Luce : I have no plans at present to meet the NUCPS.

Agency Employees

Mr. Tim Smith : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service how many civil servants are employed in the Civil Service agencies announced so far.


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Mr. Luce : There are just over 6,000 staff working in the five agencies which we have already established. A further 36 activities, including three in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, have been announced as candidates. These cover nearly 200,000 civil servants or about a third of the Civil Service.


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SCOTLAND

Assessment of Achievement--Twists in the Numbers Game"

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department's library has a copy of "Assessment of Achievement--Twists in the Numbers Game" published in the Times Educational Supplement Scotland on 21 April ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 15 May 1989] : Yes. The assessment of achievement programme's central support unit at the Scottish Council for Research in Education, which is responsible for the sampling design and analysis of results for the 1988 assessment of achievement programme methematics project, responded in a letter to the Times Educational Supplement Scotland of 28 April 1989 rejecting the claims of bias made in the article on 21 April and emphasising, contrary to what the article suggests, that the definition of the population tested was identical for 1983 and 1988. Moreover, in The Scotsman of 25 April 1989, the director of the Scottish Council for Research in Education stated :

"It would be nonsense in our view to say that there has been no drop in performance".

The article to which the hon. Member refers is an unwarranted attack on the independence and integrity of reputable research organisations with proven expertise in


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assessment and testing. The author appears to misunderstand entirely the objectives and functions of the assessment of achievement programme.

The hon. Member, as reported in The Scotsman and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland casts aspersions on the work, reputation and uprightness of The Northern college of education and The Scottish Council for Research in Education. The facts of the situation are that the whole of the research process in the assessment of achievement programme--the design and conduct of the survey, the sampling of pupils, the administration of the tests, the marking of the tests and the analysis of the results contained in the published report--was carried out by the Northern college and the Scottish Council for Research in Education. The published report is the work of these independent institutions ; it was right to alert both parents and the education community to the interim findings and to make them publicly available as soon as was practicable.

Central Institutions and Colleges of Education

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give at constant prices the Department's grant towards recurrent expenditure paid to each central institution and college of education for each of the years 1978-79 to 1988-89, inclusive.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information for the central institutions and colleges of education funded by the Scottish Education Department is set out in the tables :


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Scottish Central Institutions: Recurrent grants (£ million)<11>                                                                                                  

                             |1978-79   |1979-80   |1980-81   |1981-82   |<1>1982-83|1983-84   |1984-85   |1985-86   |1986-87   |1987-88   |1988-89              

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Dundee Institute of                                                                                                                                              

  Technology                 |4.235     |4.184     |4.903     |4.378     |5.476     |5.607     |5.742     |<2>5.813  |<2>6.235  |<2>6.462  |6.733                

Duncan of Jordanstone                                                                                                                                            

  College of Art             |3.019     |2.846     |3.214     |3.032     |3.517     |3.606     |3.558     |3.525     |3.582     |3.625     |3.671                

Edinburgh College of Art     |3.002     |3.098     |3.551     |3.532     |3.796     |4.053     |4.018     |4.008     |4.076     |4.055     |4.100                

Glasgow College of                                                                                                                                               

  Technology<3>              |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |<2>5.496  |<2>11.147 |<2>11.477 |11.959               

Glasgow School of Art        |2.742     |2.746     |3.201     |3.200     |3.571     |3.624     |3.666     |3.632     |3.751     |<2>3.847  |3.686                

Leith Nautical College<4>    |1.860     |1.916     |2.230     |2.111     |2.163     |2.204     |1.999     |1.877     |1.897     |0.554     |-                    

Napier Polytechnic of                                                                                                                                            

  Edinburgh<3>               |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |<2>6.920  |<2>15.830 |<2>16.166 |16.856               

Paisley College of                                                                                                                                               

  Technology<5>              |6.745     |6.543     |7.628     |7.583     |9.026     |9.400     |9.559     |<2>9.778  |<2>10.223 |<2>10.500 |10.751               

Queen's College Glasgow      |2.087     |2.053     |2.317     |2.216     |2.646     |2.771     |2.822     |2.899     |2.957     |2.991     |3.123                

Queen Margaret College       |2.879     |2,840     |3.420     |3.376     |3.948     |4.030     |3.989     |4.082     |4.125     |4.142     |4.259                

Robert Gordon's Institute of                                                                                                                                     

  Technology                 |7.211     |7.069     |8.039     |7.908     |9.743     |10.463    |10.355    |<2>10.678 |<2>11.262 |<2>12.097 |12.312               

Royal Scottish Academy of                                                                                                                                        

  Music and Drama            |1.439     |1.356     |1.574     |1.662     |1.703     |1.798     |1.820     |1.809     |1.884     |2.289     |2.479                

Scottish College of Textiles |1.297     |1.336     |1.540     |1.718     |1.983     |2.202     |2.470     |2.192     |2.281     |<2>2.287  |2.375                


Colleges of Education: Recurrent grants (£ million)<11>                                                                                                          

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Aberdeen College of                                                                                                                                              

  Education<9>               |4.168     |3.721     |3.770     |3.742     |3.812     |3.673     |3.558     |3.489     |3.344     |-         |-                    

Callendar Park College of                                                                                                                                        

  Education<6>               |1.744     |1.693     |1.490     |.667      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    

Craigie College of Education |1.735     |1.524     |1.505     |1.411     |1.443     |1.332     |1.346     |1.351     |1.421     |1.469     |1.628                

Craiglockhart College of                                                                                                                                         

  Education<7>               |1.196     |1.076     |1.187     |.507      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    

Dundee College of                                                                                                                                                

  Education<9>               |4.047     |3.470     |3.561     |3.338     |3.477     |3.362     |3.274     |3.305     |3.153     |-         |-                    

Dunfermline College of                                                                                                                                           

  Physical Education<10>     |1.917     |1.845     |2.025     |1.997     |2.105     |2.121     |2.045     |2.053     |2.053     |-         |-                    

Hamilton College of                                                                                                                                              

  Education<6>               |2.783     |2.420     |2.488     |1.175     |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    

Jordanhill College of                                                                                                                                            

  Education<8>               |10.283    |9.598     |10.368    |11.421    |13.002    |12.040    |11.832    |11.610    |11.749    |10.475    |10.271               

Moray House College of                                                                                                                                           

  Education                  |6.186     |5.469     |5.928     |6.123     |6.641     |6.247     |6.269     |5.984     |6.071     |7.647     |7.456                

Northern College of                                                                                                                                              

  Education                  |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |6.360     |6.339                

Notre Dame College of                                                                                                                                            

  Education<7>               |3.822     |3.162     |3.180     |1.617     |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    

St. Andrew's College of                                                                                                                                          

  Education                  |-         |-         |-         |2.146     |4.394     |4.266     |4.186     |4.077     |3.990     |3.844     |3.828                

<1> The change between 1981-82 and 1982-83 reflects the reduction in the standard tuition fees paid by home students.                                            

<2> Figures include grant allocated under the Switch to Technology Programme.                                                                                    

<3> Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh and Glasgow College of Technology joined the Central Institution Sector on 1 September 1985.                                 

<4> Leith Nautical College transferred to the local authority sector with effect from 1 August 1987.                                                             

<5> Excludes funding for Micro Electronics Educational Development Centre.                                                                                       

<6> College dissolved on 15 September 1981.                                                                                                                      

<7> Merged to form St. Andrew's College of Education on 15 September 1981.                                                                                       

<8> Includes funding for Jordanhill College School to 31 March 1987.                                                                                             

<9> Merged to form Northern College of Education on 1 April 1987.                                                                                                

<10> Merged with Moray House College of Education on 1 April 1987.                                                                                               

<11> The figures have been expressed at 1988-89 prices using the GDP deflator.                                                                                   

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of academic staff in each central institution and college of education for each of the years 1978-79 to 1988-89, inclusive.


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