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Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sums his Department has paid to British Aerospace and other United Kingdom defence contractors to make up the deficit in the Al Yamamah contract as a result of the reduction in the price of Saudi Arabian oil.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : It has been decided that additional welfare benefits will be made available for those service personnel deployed on ambulance duties who are on duty or confined to barracks on Christmas day, Boxing day or new year's day. Welfare funds will be specially supplemented by £15 per head to allow units to provide extra Christmas and new year fare and entertainment. These are not cash payments to individuals, as emergency duties are something that have to be accepted in service life, but an enhancement of welfare funds to enable some
Column 249additional comfort to be provided. In addition, each person will be allowed two extra free private telephone calls, and where service personnel are required to split their leave and make two journeys home, the cost of the second will be met.
Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether companies that are either partially or fully foreign owned will be allowed to bid for the management contract for the atomic weapons establishment.
Mr. Neubert [holding answer 11 December 1989] : Bids will be invited for the management contract at AWE from United Kingdom-based prime contractors who are also able to satisfy United Kingdom national security requirements.
Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total amount of overtime that has been paid out at the atomic weapons establishment sites at (a) Aldermaston, (b) Burghfield, (c) Cardiff and (d) Foulness in each year for the last 10 years.
AWE sites |£ million -------------------------------- Aldermaston |6.5 Burghfield |0.8 Cardiff |0.6 Foulness |0.5
Figures for previous years on the same basis are not readily available.
Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the budget for the compliance director at the atomic weapons establishment will be the responsibility of the chief executive of that establishment.
Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the safety division of the atomic weapons establishment will be retained after the introduction of private contractors at the atomic weapons establishment.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the accountancy firm advising the Government on the student loan scheme has at any time since June 1979 been (a) criticised by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors or (b) criticised by any disciplinary committee of the accountancy profession for lacking in professional conduct, efficiency or competence.
Mr. Jackson : The accountancy firm advising the CLSB and, subsequently, the Student Loans Company Limited was criticised by the Department of Trade and Industry inspectors in 1982 and 1983 and under the profession's disciplinary scheme in 1983. The accountancy firm advising the Government has not been criticised by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors ; a predecessor firm to the one advising the Government was criticised in 1983 under the accountancy profession's joint disciplinary scheme.
Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children with special educational needs are currently at schools (a) in the north-west and (b) in the Bolton education authority area ; and what is the cost to the authority of providing the special education which they need.
|North-West|Bolton ------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) Pupils in maintained special schools |15,209 |464 (ii) Pupils with statements of special educational needs in maintained ordinary schools |6,375 |124
Information on the cost of special education which relates directly to the above figures is not available centrally.
Mr. Neil Thorne : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many British universities have Korean language departments ; which they are ; and how many (a) first degree and (b) postgraduates they produced in 1988 ;
(2) how many British universities teach Korean subjects ; which universities they are ; and what are the subjects they teach.
Mr. Jackson : Several institutions offer oriental language and area studies, although none has a separate Korean department. The School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) offers Korean as half of a joint first degree and, like the university of Sheffield, offers Korean at post-graduate level and as a subsidiary subject in a first degree. Centrally available figures are not sufficiently disaggregated to show the number of such first or post-graduate degrees awarded.
Mr. Jackson : The 1988 survey of first destinations of graduates shows that 52,936 new first degree graduates of United Kingdom universities and polytechnics in England and Wales were recorded as entering United Kingdom
Column 251employment. Of these, 4,836 or 9 per cent. went into accountancy. Separate information from the 1987 labour force survey shows that 18 per cent. of all graduates employed in Great Britain were working in industry division "Banking, finance and insurance" which, includes accountancy.
Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers are employed by each local authority in England ; how many teachers are in receipt of an incentive allowance for each local authority in England ; what percentage this is of the total employed by each local authority ; and how many teachers in receipt of an incentive allowance in each local authority in England hold allowances that are (a) incentive A, (b) incentive B, (c) incentive C, (d) incentive D and (e) incentive E.
Mrs. Rumbold : No information is at present available about the number of teachers with incentive allowances in September 1989. The Government's present plans assume the award of 174,600 allowances to teachers in ordinary schools in September 1989. Of these 38 per cent. (66,000) are A allowances, 30 per cent. (52,900) Bs, 11.5 per cent. (20,000) Cs, 15 per cent. (26,000) Ds and 5.5 per cent. (9,500) Es. If allowances were awarded in line with the Government's assumptions some 40 per cent. of primary and over 55 per cent. of secondary teachers paid on the main scale in England and Wales will have been in receipt of an allowance this September. Information from various sources suggests that the number awarded in previous years has been broadly in line with the Government's assumptions.
Mr. Hanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his written answer of 22 November, Official Report, column 5, whether he now proposes to guarantee the obligations of the Student Loans Company Limited as described in the departmental minute laid before the House on that date.
Mr. John MacGregor : A departmental minute was laid before the House on 22 November, describing the contingent liability which would arise if I were to guarantee the obligations of the Student Loans Company Limited under an agreement to lease and a lease on premises in Glasgow. That minute has now been before the House for 14 sitting days. Right hon. and hon. Members expressed an objection to the minute, in early-day motion 55, dated 23 November. The hon. Member for Blackburn has explained the nature of that objection during debates in Standing Committee B. I have considered his arguments. I am now satisfied that it is right in principle to seek to locate the Student Loans Company Limited in Glasgow, on the assumption that a suitable lease can be negotiated. If, therefore, I am asked by a landlord to guarantee the obligations of Student Loans Company Limited under an agreement to lease and a lease, and if I am satisfied that it would be appropriate to do so, I shall give such a guarantee.
Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on capital expenditure on schools and further education establishments in 1990-91, including the voluntary aided sector.
Mr. MacGregor : Local education authorities have today been informed of their annual capital guidelines for 1990-91, and of the allocations for capital spending by the governors of voluntary-aided and special agreement schools in their areas. These figures amount to a big increase in local authorities' borrowing power for education capital expenditure and in grant for the governors of voluntary aided schools.
Annual capital guidelines (ACGs) for education under the new system of local authority finance will total £485 million compared with allocations of £352 million in 1989-90 under the old system ; £410 million is available for schools, £65 million for further and higher education and £10 million for other educational services. In 1988-89 allocations for schools totalled £318 million and those for colleges totalled £34 million while allocations for other educational services were included on the larger "other services" block distributed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. Within the schools sector I have given priority to new projects designed to :
provide new school places in areas of population growth implement cost- effective schemes to remove surplus places and continue remedying deficiencies in existing school buildings. I have therefore distributed £76.5 million to allow more new projects to be added to the special programme of school improvements started two years ago. This represents a four and a half times increase over the sum so distributed last year.
Within the further and higher education sector I have given priority to new major building projects, where the ACGs allow for nearly 90 per cent. of local authorities' requirements. Allocations for minor works and for equipment each exceed £6 million. The ACGs are not grants and do not themselves give authorities the power to borrow money for capital purposes. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment will issue credit approvals to each authority which will give authorisation to borrow. ACGs include a small element in respect of spending from capital receipts on top of the spending that can be financed by borrowing. In addition authorities will be able to spend further sums from capital receipts and from their revenue budgets if they so choose. Local authority expenditure, including that on loan charges resulting from capital expenditure, is assisted by central Government through revenue support grant.
I am also announcing increased allocations for spending on building projects by the governors of aided and special agreement schools. I have authorised 59 new starts for major projects with first year costs in 1990- 91 totalling £12.9 million, and minor work totalling £5.4 million, an increase in new work overall of 17 per cent. on last year. In addition, I have accepted more than twice as many projects as last year on to the design list to enable detailed costed plans to be drawn up. I pay direct grant aid on this work of 85 per cent.
Column 253Lists of annual capital guidelines and allocations to individual local authorities, together with lists of major new projects at voluntary aided schools accepted for a start in 1990-91, are as follows :
Column 1 |Column 2<1> |Column 3<2> Local Education Authority |£000s |£000s -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Barking and Dagenham |485 |1,940 Barnet |888 |912 Bexley |1,242 |437 Brent |687 |394 Bromley |1,684 |80 Croydon |1,061 |1,066 Ealing |889 |93 Enfield |1,315 |344 Haringey |1,132 |2,336 Harrow |1,073 |0 Havering |5,881 |357 Hillingdon |1,140 |232 Hounslow |539 |0 Kingston upon Thames |268 |26 Merton |3,608 |449 Newham |5,572 |0 Redbridge |1,577 |314 Richmond Upon Thames |1,390 |505 Sutton |2,974 |612 Waltham Forest |6,661 |0 City of London |0 |0 Camden |1,421 |1,097 Westminster |380 |110 Greenwich |3,849 |0 Hackney |2,605 |71 Hammersmith and Fulham |1,047 |452 Islington |1,079 |38 Kensington and Chelsea |2,145 |4,775 Lambeth |1,480 |411 Lewisham |1,232 |52 Southwark |5,429 |1,186 Wandsworth |1,677 |26 Tower Hamlets |7,778 |632 Birmingham |10,494 |1,172 Coventry |1,962 |453 Dudley |3,608 |632 Sandwell |1,647 |176 Solihull |1,511 |1,191 Walsall |1,369 |50 Wolverhampton |783 |0 Knowsley |2,080 |169 Liverpool |9,742 |4,487 St. Helens |5,066 |128 Sefton |4,176 |1,527 Wirral |3,354 |304 Bolton |802 |137 Bury |815 |641 Manchester |3,062 |744 Oldham |3,429 |184 Rochdale |4,078 |669 Salford |3,899 |327 Stockport |1,300 |472 Tameside |1,410 |20 Trafford |9,448 |292 Wigan |4,378 |699 Barnsley |1,883 |0 Donaster |860 |215 Rotherham |1,589 |0 Sheffield |2,428 |120 Bradford |9,731 |1,150 Calderdale |1,514 |204 Kirklees |1,216 |144 Leeds |2,562 |7,107 Wakefield |5,394 |145 Gateshead |1,082 |57 Newcastle upon Tyne |1,564 |597 North Tyneside |1,265 |835 South Tyneside |1,894 |51 Sunderland |1,883 |6 Isles of Scilly |221 |0 Avon |5,653 |2,311 Bedfordshire |2,409 |15 Berkshire |4,500 |438 Buckinghamshire |4,544 |763 Cambridgeshire |13,229 |58 Cheshire |5,814 |1,736 Cleveland |3,329 |0 Cornwall |6,522 |1,201 Cumbria |7,930 |654 Derbyshire |14,653 |1,132 Devon |12,984 |465 Dorset |3,853 |4,847 Durham |4,924 |277 East Sussex |8,613 |1,725 Essex |13,895 |529 Gloucestershire |7,917 |923 Hampshire |13,325 |3,664 Hereford and Worcester |6,248 |1,081 Hertfordshire |6,526 |202 Humberside |9,004 |508 Isle of Wight |1,912 |87 Kent |16,210 |2,756 Lancashire |18,524 |4,970 Leicestershire |11,154 |459 Lincolnshire |7,387 |125 Norfolk |2,880 |184 North Yorkshire |4,105 |69 Northamptonshire |6,182 |0 Northumberland |1,961 |194 Nottinghamshire |3,716 |1,036 Oxfordshire |3,751 |1,920 Shropshire |6,319 |120 Somerset |4,837 |1,562 Staffordshire |6,375 |1,068 Suffolk |7,921 |256 Surrey |3,718 |819 Warwickshire |1,507 |1,097 West Sussex |3,633 |2,527 Wiltshire |6,256 |767
Voluntary aided and special agreement schools 1990-91. Major named projects
LEA and schools
St. Mary's, Kilburn
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea
Sion Manning Roman Catholic
St. Agnes Roman Catholic Primary
St. Georges Church of England, Freezywater
St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary
Richmond upon Thames
Blue Coat School Church of England
St. John Fisher Roman Catholic
St. Aidan's Roman Catholic Primary, Huyton
St. John Almond
Column 255Much Woolton Roman Catholic Primary
Salesian (Savio) Phase IV
St. Luke's Roman Catholic Halsall
St. John Stone/Ainsdale Roman Catholic
Hatfield Travis Church of England
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Primary
Tyldesley Boothtown Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary Sunderland
St. Michael's Primary
Baildon Church of England
Christ the King Roman Catholic
Holy Family Roman Catholic
St. Francis Roman Catholic
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic
Holy Name Roman Catholic
Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic
St. Stephen's Church of England Primary
English Martyrs Roman Catholic, Reading
St. Paul's Roman Catholic Secondary
Westbrook Church of England
Marton Whitegate Church of England Primary
Prestbury Church of England Primary
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary, Barrow
Cuthbert Mayne Phase II
St. Clement and St. John Church of England
Bishop Wilson (New School) Springfield
Dovercourt All Saints Church of England
St. Mary Roman Catholic, Gloucester
Ann Cam Church of England Primary, Dymock
Hedge End Roman Catholic Primary (New School)
St. Anne's Roman Catholic Primary
Hereford and Worcester
Blessed Edward Oldcorne St. Paul's Church of England Primary, Hereford
St. Clement Danes, Chorley Wood
St. George's, Sheerness
Ashford St. Mary's Phase II
St. Helens Church of England Primary, Overton
St. Albans Roman Catholic, Blackburn
Christ Church Church of England, Lancaster
St. John's, Church of England Primary, Nelson
St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary, Mansfield
Blessed George Napier Roman Catholic
New Church of England School
St. Augustine's of Canterbury, Taunton
St. Thomas' Church of England Primary
St. Peter's Roman Catholic, Cobridge
St. James Church of England Middle
VOLUNTARILY AIDED AND SPECIAL AGREEMENT SCHOOLS DESIGN LIST 1990-91 LEA and Schools Bexley
St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Primary