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Mr. Wakeham : In the latest two quarters for which information is available (April to June and July to September 1989) the response rates of projects in England and Wales providing statistical returns to Neighbourhood Energy Action were both over 99 per cent.
Mr. Wakeham : All community insulation projects operating under employment training are contracted to undertake a "standard job" to a specification provided by Neighbourhood Energy Action. In addition, that organisation with the support of the Energy Efficiency Office, is continuing to develop certified training for the benefit of both project staff and trainees.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list all the schemes for gas-fired power stations which are known to his Department giving in each case details of the progress of applications for consent to build and operate them and the names of the organisations concerned.
Mr. Wakeham : Not all gas-fired projects known to my Department are in the public domain, and I must respect the wish for commercial confidentiality where it exists. The projects that have been made public, and the consents that I have so far given are :
Company |Project |Consents received ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lakeland Power |Roosecote |Gas burn consent Thames Power |Barking |Gas burn consent Hawker Siddeley |Corby |Gas burn consent |Peterborough |Gas burn consent Lasmo/Ranger |South Denes |Gas burn consent British Sugar |Brigg |-- Shell |Shellhaven |-- ICI/Enron |Wilton |-- Sheffield Heat & Power |Sheffield |-- CEGB |Killingholme (A) |Gas burn consent |Little Barford |Gas burn consent |Killingholm |Gas burn consent |(PowerGen) |Rye House |Gas burn consent
The stations planned by the CEGB would require capital investment approval in addition to consents from me under section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909. I
Column 474shall reach decisions in due course. I cannot comment on the position on other consents or authorisations which may be required for these stations from other authorities.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact on employment in the mining industry of the proposed gas-fired power station at Killingholme.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what effect the European Community directive prohibiting the use of national gas for power generation is likely to have on gas-fired power station proposals in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Wakeham : The use of gas for power generation is not prohibited by EEC directive 75/404 ; rather, its use has to meet certain criteria. The Government assess gas-powered generation project proposals against the criteria in the directive, such as the thermal efficiency and environmental impact of the plant.
Mr. Wakeham : My Department makes no such estimates ; decisions on fossil fuel choice are matters for the industry. Mechanistic scenarios, which are not to be construed as estimates, illustrating the technical options which may be available to curtail emissions of the greenhouse gases from the United Kingdom are however contained in my Department's paper "An evaluation of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and measures to ameliorate them", a copy of which is in the Library of the House. Section 2 of chapter 5 deals with alternative fossil-fuelled power generation.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what is his Department's estimate of the likely increase in gas-fired generating capacity in the United Kingdom in each year to 1995 ; (2) what is his Department's estimate of the likely percentage of electricity to be generated by gas-fired power stations in each year to 1995.
Mr. Wakeham : The CEGB has submitted two applications for my consent under section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909 to construct combined cycle gas turbine power stations at Killingholme. My officials are currently discussing a number of points relevant to my consideration of the applications with the CEGB, the relevant local planning authorities and other Government Departments. I will announce my decisions on the two applications when I am ready to do so.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what financial resources will be made available to the Director General of Electricity Supply to promote energy efficiency and electricity conservation measures.
Mr. Baldry : The Office of Electricity Regulation will be financed by vote with its costs covered through licence fees. It will be for the director general to assess the resources he needs and to manage those resources in the most appropriate way to meet his statutory duties.
Close links are being established between his office and the Energy Efficiency Office to ensure that they both complement and reinforce one another's work in the important area of energy efficiency.
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Oxford, East, Official Report, 18 December, columns 36-40, if he will publish the numbers of students on which his calculations are based for each year from 1990 to 2027.
Mr. Jackson : The table gives estimates of the numbers of students eligible for loans from 1990-91 to 2000-01 inclusive. The basis is the United Kingdom. The figures in annex E of the White Paper rest on a series of assumptions, one being that numbers remain constant after the end of the century. This assumption also applies to the revised estimates of costs and savings.
United Kingdom numbers eligible for loans Year |(000s) --------------------- 1990 |569.2 1991 |582.2 1992 |584.6 1993 |580.6 1994 |576.4 1995 |574.3 1996 |581.6 1997 |600.0 1998 |625.7 1999 |645.1 2000 |655.5
Mr. Hannam : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans to revise the guidelines to local education authorities concerning administration of the disabled students allowance ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Jackson : As I indicated in the reply that I gave to my right hon. Friend on 19 December 1989 at columns 219-20, guidance is normally issued to local education authorities following the revision of the mandatory awards regulations. My right hon. Friend will consider later this year what if any new guidance is needed on the disabled students' allowance, after he has reviewed the contents of the regulations in the light of representations received.
Mr. Norris : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Epping Forest of 29 November, Official Report, columns 261-2, if he will break down the information in (a) and (b) on closures and significant changes of character of secondary schools by the categories (i) to (v) which he has applied in the case of enlarged schools under (c) .
Mr. Alan Howarth : The information is given in the table. Figures in respect of school closures are for the total number of schools approved for closure in a given year ; the equivalent figures in my answer of 29 November were net of new schools established as a result of amalgamations. Disaggregated figures by gender before 1988 are not available.
Calendar Year |1985 |1986 |1987 |1988 |<1>1989 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Number of maintained secondary schools approved for closure |106 |117 |107 |92 |94 (i) girls' schools |n.a. |n.a. |n.a. |7 |9 (ii) boys' schools |n.a. |n.a. |n.a. |9 |7 (iii) mixed schools |n.a. |n.a. |n.a. |76 |78 (iv) voluntary schools |18 |33 |23 |18 |7 (v) county schools |88 |84 |84 |74 |87 Number of maintained secondary schools for which proposals were approved for significant change of character |31 |75 |18 |35 |37 (i) girls' schools |1 |- |- |2 |3 (ii) boys' schools |1 |1 |3 |1 |2 (iii) mixed schools |29 |74 |15 |32 |32 (iv) voluntary schools |2 |3 |2 |5 |5 (v) county schools |29 |72 |16 |30 |32 <1> To 31 October 1989.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The names of the single sex maintained and non- maintained schools that have closed in 1985 and onwards are given in the table. The table includes maintained schools that have been closed following the approval of statutory proposals ; in some cases for the purpose of amalgamation.
The table is not fully up to date as some replies from local education authorities are still awaited confirming closures in 1989.
Independent schools are shown in the education authority in which they are situated.
Local education authority |School name ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Girls Schools Closed since 1985 Barnet |Southaw Girls Bexley |Sidcup Girls School Bromley |Ravensbourne School for Girls |Rock Hill School for Girls |Beckenham Convent School Croydon |Lady Edridge Girls High |Selhurst Girls High School |Purley Girls High School Ealing |St. Annes Convent School Harrow |White Gate Senior School for Girls Newham |London School of Islamics Waltham Forest |Connaught High School for Girls |Leyton Manor High School for Girls |Warwick High School for Girls |Leyton Senior High Schools for Girls |Walthamstow Senior High School for | Girls Birmingham |Erdington School |Longmeadow School Coventry |Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic | Secondary School for Girls Wolverhampton |Ely House Girls School Knowsley |Knowsley St. Gregorys Roman Catholic | Girls Comprehensive Liverpool |St. Teresas Roman Catholic Junior Girls |Stanley Park Girls County | Comprehensive |Aigburth Vale Girls County | Comprehensive |Childwall Valley Girls County | Comprehensive |Liverpool Institute Girls High School |Queen Marys Girls County | Comprehensive |Allerton Priory St. Helens |Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High | School |Notre Dame Roman Catholic High Sefton |St. Augustines Roman Catholic High Wirral |Bebington Secondary School for Girls |Oxley School |The Marian Roman Catholic High |Avalon High School |Hoylake Coaching Centre Manchester |The Hollies Roman Catholic High | School for Girls |St. Josephs Roman Catholic High | School for Girls Stockport |Priestnall School Trafford |Urmston Grammar for Girls |Stretford Grammar for Girls Sheffield |Islamia Girls High School Bradford |Tinakori Towers School Calderdale |The Princess Mary School |Brighouse Girls Grammar School Kirklees |Hyrstlands Community Home |Waverley School |Batley Muslim Girls High School Leeds |Springfield Park Community Home |West Park Girls High |Notre Dame High School Newcastle upon Tyne |The Silverhill School Inner London |Wandsworth Ensham |Greenwich Park |Wandsworth Mayfield |St. Veronicas Roman Catholic Secondary |Battersea Notre Dame High School |Wandsworth Convent of the Holy | Family |Sternhold College |Hugh Jones Tutor |Elvaston House School |Northcote Lodge Berkshire |Reading Westwood Comprehensive Reading Alfred Sutton Girls | Comprehensive Buckinghamshire |Chesham the Lowndes Secondary | School for Girls |Amersham Brudenell Secondary for | Girls Cambridgeshire |Wisbech Queens Girls Comprehensive Cumbria |Askham Church of England School |Carleton Hill School Devon |Plymouth Stoke Damerec High School | for Girls |Plymouth Public High School for Girls |Plymouth Salisbury Road Girls | Secondary School |Withycombe House School Dorset |Ashley Cross County Modern for Girls |Oakmead County Secondary for Girls |Queensmount School |St. Marys Gate School East Sussex |Charters Towers School |St. Michaels Convent Girls School Essex |Westborough High School for Girls |Belfairs High School Girls |Eastwood High School for Girls |Gainsborough Lodge School Gloucestershire |Colwell School for Girls |Cheltenham Pates Grammar School for | Girls Hampshire |Winchester Danemark Comprehensive |Manor Girls Comprehensive |Queens Mead School Hereford and Worcester |Hallow Park School Hertfordshire |Stevenage Girls School |St. Angelas Roman Catholic Girls |Christs Hospital School |Poles Convent FCJ |Rosary Priory High School |Rosary Priory Preparatory School |Chorley Wood College for the Blind |Hertfordshire College of Higher | Education Humberside |Fifth Avenue Junior High Girls |St. Mary High |Rise Hall School Kent |Margate Lausanne Secondary School | for Girls |Malling House School |Nonington College Lancashire |Clitheroe Grammar for Girls |Lindenhurst College Leicestershire |Morcott Hall School |Windsor Classical Dance Centre Norfolk |Kings Lynn St. James Junior Girls |Londsdale School |St. Georges School North Yorkshire |Mill Mount Girls Grammar |Queen Annes Girls Grammar |Burton Stone Secondary Modern |St. Margaret Clitherow Roman | Catholic Secondary Modern Northamptonshire |Croft Lodge School |Irchester Arkwright School Somerset |Kingsbury School Staffordshire |St. Josephs Convent School Surrey |Sunbury St. Teresas Roman Catholic Warwickshire |Rugby Dunsmore School for Girls West Sussex |Convent of the Family School |Summerlea School |Springfield Park School |Hatchlands School |Summerfold School Local education authority |School name Boys Schools Closed since 1985 Barnet |Holmewood Preparatory School |Haynes School Bexley |Parklands School Brent |St. Benedicts Community Home Bromley |Ravensbourne School for Boys |Kentwood School for Boys Croydon |Norbury Manor Boys High |Selhust Boys High School |Purley Boys High School Enfield |St. Ignatius College |St. Ignatius College Lower School Haringey |The Somerset School Harrow |Harrow High School Hillingdon |Park Place School Kingston-upon-Thames |Arundel House School Redbridge |London School of Islamics Sutton |Cheam CE Junior Boys |Glastonbury High School for Boys |Wilsons School Waltham Forest |George Mitchell High School for Boys |Norlington High School for Boys |Warwick High School for Boys |Leyton Senior High |Sir George Monoux Senior High for | Boys Birmingham |Alderlea School |Selly Oak School Coventry |Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic | Secondary School for Boys Walsall |Druids Heath Community Home |The Queslett School Wolverhampton |Nordley Special School Knowsley |Knowsley St. Kevins Roman Catholic | Boys Comprehensive Liverpool |Anfield County Comprehensive |Alsop Boys County Comprehensive |Collegiate Boys County Comprehensive |Liverpool Institute Boys High School |Hillfoot Hey Boys County | Comprehensive St. Helens |Campion Roman Catholic High School |West Park Roman Catholic High | School Sefton |Bishops Court School Wirral |Bebington Secondary School for Boys |The Henry Meoles School |Bishop Challoner Roman Catholic | High |The Leas School Manchester |Rosehill Observation and Assessment | Centre |St. Marks Roman Catholic High | School for Boys |St. Pius Roman Catholic High School | for Boys |De La Salle College of Education Salford |The Bezalel High School Stockport |Stockport School Trafford |Stretford Grammar for Boys |Urmston Grammar for Boys Wigan |Worthington Burtholme Hostel Sheffield |Limb Lane School (Family Shirecliffe | House) Calderdale |The Heath School |Hipperholme Grammar School |Rastrick Grammar School Leeds |Moor Grange Boys High |St. Michaels Roman Catholic College |Harewood Bridge House School Newcastle upon Tyne |Condercum House School |Eastview School |Castledene School |Kenton Lodge School Sunderland |Washington Hall School |Milton Hall School Inner London |Lambeth Henry Thornton |Wandsworth School |Wandsworth Spencer Park |Wandsworth Sir Walter St. Johns | School |Wandsworth Clapham College |Hammersmith London Oratory Roman | Catholic |Wandsworth John Griffiths Roman | Catholic Secondary |St. Josephs Academy Pre-Prep School |St. Vedast Independent School for | Boys |Life Christian School |St. Aloysius Junior School |Edward Rudolf Memorial Special | School |Heathermount School |Shephall Manor School |Nathaniel Heckford School |Winceby House School |London School of Nautical Cookery Berkshire |Reading Stoneham Comprehensive |Reading Alfred Sutton Boys | Comprehensive |Reading Collegiate School Buckinghamshire |Amersham The Raans Secondary | School for Boys |Cestreham Secondary Boys School |Beckets Senior School |Beckets Preparatory School |Divine Mercy College Cambridgeshire |Wisbech Queens Boy Comprehensive Cheshire |Torpenhow School Derbyshire |Fernilee Infant |Frank Merifield School Devon |Forde Park Community Home |Plymouth Sutton High School for Boys |Plymouth Public High School for Boys |Plymouth Widey High School for Boys |Plymouth Prince Rock Boys Secondary | School |Brunel School |Montpelier School |Heathercombe Brake School |Dawlish College |Heanton School |Russell College (Family Dennington | College) |Ward House School |Lupton House School |St. Pauls College |Swallow Cliff School |Morice School Dorset |Seldown County Secondary Boys |Oakmead County Secondary School | for Boys |Stinsford School Durham |Redworth Hall Residential School East Sussex |Central Boys Club |Strickland House School |Great Sanders School |Rotherfield Hall Essex |Eastwood High School for Boys |Fairfax High School for Boys |Belfairs High School for Boys |Copford College Gloucestershire |Cheltenham Grammar School for Boys |Whitefriars School |Badgeworth Court School |Dowdeswell Court School |Washbournes Place School |Advicenna College Hampshire |Winchester Montgomery of Alamein | Boys Comprehensive |Heron Wood Boys Comprehensive |Drayton Manor School |Oakmore School |Mile End House School |Ark Family Units |Kinloss School Hereford and Worcester |Cathedral Preparatory School |Cotsbrook School |Bodenham Manor School Hertfordshire |Bushey Grange Park |St. Michaels Roman Catholic Boys Humberside |Castle Howard Community Home |Hull Grammar School |Endike Junior High Boys |Riley High Boys |Marist College Boys School Kent |Margate St. Johns Church of England | Secondary School for Boys |Winchester House School |Foxbush School |St. Vincent School Lancashire |Upholland College Lincolnshire |Holbeach Eastfields Hostel Norfolk |Kings Lynn St. James Junior Boys |Duncan Hall School North Yorkshire |Nunthorpe Boys Grammar |St. Georges Roman Catholic | Secondary Modern |Ingmanthorpe Hall School Nottinghamshire |St. Hughs College Oxfordshire |Smith Hospital School Salop |Apley Park School |Castle Hill School Somerset |King Alfred School |Barwick House School |Midelney Place School Staffordshire |Needwood School for the Partially | Hearing Suffolk |Nowton Court School |The Development Centre Surrey |Sunbury Cardinal Godfrey Roman | Catholic |Allen House School Warwickshire |Rugby Dunsmore School for Boys West Sussex |Fernden School |Goring Hall School |St. Johns College |Pennfold School |Dalesdown School Wiltshire |St. Probus School
Mr. Norris : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a table to show such information as he has to hand from the schemes for local management of schools submitted for his approval by local education authorities under the headings (a) the value of the general schools budget, (b) the value of the mandatory exceptions, (c) the value of the aggregate schools budget, (d) (b) as a percentage of (a) and (e) (c) as a percentage of (a) .
Miss Hoey : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children have not been receiving full in-school education since the start of the 1989 autumn term in (a) Vauxhall constituency, (b) Lambeth, (c) the Inner London area, (d) the Greater London area and (e) nationally.
Mrs. Rumbold : The particular data requested are not all available to the Department. At the beginning of the 1989 autumn term, some 200 primary pupils in the area of the Inner London education authority, including about 100 in Lambeth, were sent home from school because of the shortage of teaching staff. The authority was able to recruit more teachers during the term and all these pupils returned to school. Other pupils, on a rotation basis, have been sent home for short spells. The authority is continuing to monitor the situation, and is keeping the Department informed.
Column 484The Department does not have equivalent information in respect of the other London boroughs or other parts of the country.
Mr. Alan Howarth : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Amos) on 14 November 1989 at column 235. In addition, the teaching as a career unit will be assisting in a Londonwide recruitment campaign in collaboration with the ILEA and the London boroughs. My right hon. Friend has also asked the interim advisory committee to look at measures to improve supply in areas where vacancy rates are highest--particularly in Inner London.
Mr. Alan Howarth : Statistics of graduates entering teaching and of the total number of graduates can not readily be compiled on a common basis, so a precise calculation of the first as a percentage of the second is not possible. The table provides the best approximation that can be made from the available data.
(thousands) |<1>(1) |<2>(2) |Ratio of (1) |to (2) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1978 |11.9 |- |- 1979 |15.1 |- |- 1980 |15.0 |79.8 |0.19 1981 |12.8 |82.9 |0.15 1982 |11.3 |86.9 |0.13 1983 |11.8 |91.7 |0.13 1984 |11.6 |97.4 |0.12 1985 |10.2 |99.3 |0.10 1986 |10.4 |102.1 |0.10 1987 |10.7 |104.0 |0.10 1988 |- |106.2 |- 1989 |- |107.5 |- <1> Graduates newly entering full-time service in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England and Wales in the 12 months ending 31 March of the year shown. <2> First degree United Kingdom domiciled graduates from institutions in England and Wales in the previous academic year ( including the Open University). (Figures include an element of estimation).
Miss Hoey : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the total numbers of teachers leaving the profession each year for the last 10 years, indicating whether the reason was (a) retirement and (b) entering a new profession.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The number of teachers leaving full-time service in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available is as follows :
Year ending 31 March All figures in thousands |Number --------------------- 1978 |29.8 1979 |32.7 1980 |34.5 1981 |33.5 1982 |30.8 1983 |29.4 1984 |29.6 1985 |31.1 1986 |31.2 1987 |29.0
Information on the nature of these departures is available only for the last two years, and even then does not provide a complete breakdown of destinations. The available data are :
Year ending 31 March |1986 |1987 |per cent.|per cent. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Percentage of teachers leaving full-time service in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England who: transferred to other service, full or part-time, in the maintained sector in England or Wales<1> |15 |17 transferred to teaching outside the maintained sector<1> |4 |4 retired or died |34 |30 others |47 |49 <1> The Department's "Database of Teacher Records" does not provide complete coverage of the non-maintained sector nor of part-time service within the maintained sector, so these figures may be slightly understated (with the "others" correspondingly overstated).
The "others" category in this table includes teachers leaving for alternative non-teaching employment, but also those withdrawing for family reasons. The sex and age distribution of these cases (more than half are women aged 25-39) suggests that the latter group are a substantial part of the whole.
Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether it is his policy that the 10 subjects of the national curriculum should take up approximately 70 per cent. of the school timetable and that the remaining 30 per cent. should be left for schools to use at their own discretion.
Mrs. Rumbold : Section 4(3) of the Education Reform Act makes it clear that it is for schools themselves to determine how much time should be devoted to the subjects of the national curriculum. I would expect that in key stages 1 to 3 schools will devote the great majority of curriculum time to the national curriculum subjects and to religious education, as they have done in the past. In key stage 4, I would expect that schools will offer some optional subjects outside the national curriculum.
Mr. Jackson : Some 130 people are likely to be employed by the Student Loans Company by December 1990. There will be some increase in numbers thereafter as the collections department staff are employed and take-up is known.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will estimate the cost to the Government of running the Student Loans Company for (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992, (d) 1993, (e) 1994 and (f) 1995.
Mr. Jackson : The Government have purchased the shares of the Student Loans Company Limited at a total cost of £10. The banks agreed to make a contribution of £500,000 towards the preparatory costs of the student loans scheme.
Mr. Nicholls : Since June 1987 the level of unemployment, seasonally adjusted, in the United Kingdom has fallen by 1,207,500 to 1,649,700 in November 1989 and is now at its lowest level for over nine years.
Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the rise in the number of people in employment in the last quarter ; and what were the comparable figures for other countries in the European Community.
Column 487force in employment in the United Kingdom rose by 82,000 (0.3 per cent.) to 26,033,000. Quarterly data are published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in respect of some European countries and data for recent quarters are shown in the following table :
European comparisons of civilian employment Seasonally adjusted Thousands Q4 1988 Q1 1989 Q2 1989 Changes Q1 1989 to Q2 1989 |Thousands |Percentage --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- United Kingdom |25,787 |25,951 |26,033 |82 |0.3 Germany |26,842 |27,011 |27,075 |64 |0.2 Italy |20,700 |20,695 |20,674 |-21 |-0.1 Spain |11,895 |12,053 |12,208 |155 |1.3 Portugal |4,322 |4,363 |n.a. |41 |0.9 France<1> |21,264 |n.a. |n.a. |n.a. |n.a. <1> Figures for France are unadjusted and are published only for the fourth quarter of each year. Source: "Quarterly Labour Force Statistics 3/1989" (OECD) except United Kingdom ( ED).
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any conveniently available figures for the (a) value, and (b) size of Department of Employment property being removed by the Property Services Agency ; and how much priority one Department of Employment property is not being renovated, owing to shortage of funds.
Responsibility for maintenance of the civil estate, under the property repayment system (PRS) arrangements, is shared between PSA and Departments. On 24 May 1989, Sir Gordon Manzie, the chief executive of the PSA, informed the Environment Committee that, at current funding levels, it should be possible to clear the backlog of priority maintenance work on the civil estate as a whole by 1995-96. There is, however, no readily available information relating the backlog to individual Department occupations.
Mr. Loyden : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many claimants have completed the UB671 since its inception ; and how many have been disallowed benefit as a result, for each quarter and by each standard region.
Mr. Loyden : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have participated in the 50-plus jobstart scheme in each of the pilot areas ; what was the average hourly pay earned by participants, excluding the £20 a week allowance, what was the average amount of hours worked per week by participants ; and how many participants remained in employment after the allowance had ceased.
Mr. Eggar : Between the start of the 50-plus Jobstart pilots on 26 June and 15 December 1989 a total of 61 people were accepted on the programme. The breakdown of the number of people on the programme and their average hours and wages by area is as follows :
Area |Participants|Average |Average hourly wage £ hours ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dudley and Sandwell |14 |2.00 |20.0 Leeds |27 |2.20 |18.7 London South |1 |2.00 |20.0 Lothian and Borders |19 |2.27 |17.4
Mr. Loyden : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average length of time between a claimant's referral for adjudication and an adjudication officer's decision on grounds of actively seeking work, by standard regions in Great Britain.
Mr. Loyden : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average length of time between a claimant's referral for adjudication and an adjudication officer's decision on grounds of refusal of employment by standard Great Britain regions.
Mr. Eggar : Information is not available in the precise form requested. However, the speed with which adjudication officers make decisions--that is, the time between their receiving a referral and reaching a decision--is monitored in a 5 per cent. sample of cases. The sample shows that for the three-month period ending 30 September 1989, the percentage of refusal of employment questions decided within four weeks of referral to an adjudication officer, for each employment service region, was as follows :
Refusal of employment |per cent. --------------------------------------------- Northern |100 Yorkshire and Humberside |73 East Midlands |65 Eastern |94 Southern |73 Western |75 West Midlands |92 South West |72 Wales |100 North West |81 Scotland |71
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what numbers of jobs there have been in (a) footwear and (b) textile industries for each year since 1979 ; and how many have been lost in each industry in 1989, by month.
Employees in the footwear and textile industries (SIC 80) Great Britain (thousands) |Footwear SIC|1989 monthly|Textiles SIC|1989 monthly group 451 |change |class 43 |change -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 1979 |68.8 |- |371.4 |- June 1980 |65.3 |- |324.8 |- June 1981 |58.8 |- |273.0 |- June 1982 |53.5 |- |256.2 |- June 1983 |51.4 |- |238.8 |- June 1984 |52.8 |- |233.5 |- June 1985 |51.1 |- |234.5 |- June 1986 |51.9 |- |238.2 |- June 1987 |50.8 |- |229.0 |- June 1988 |49.5 |- |231.0 |- December 1988 |48.9 |- |225.9 |- January 1989 |48.7 |-0.2 |223.3 |-2.6 February 1989 |48.2 |-0.5 |219.5 |-3.8 March 1989 |47.7 |-0.5 |218.6 |-0.9 April 1989 |47.2 |-0.5 |217.6 |-1.0 May 1989 |46.8 |-0.4 |216.5 |-1.0 June 1989 |46.6 |-0.2 |217.8 |1.3 July 1989 |46.4 |-0.2 |215.5 |-2.3 August 1989 |45.7 |-0.7 |215.7 |0.2 September 1989 |45.3 |-0.4 |218.1 |2.5 October 1989 |45.2 |-0.1 |217.0 |-1.1
Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of trainees in employment training for the most recent date for which information is available in Great Britain and in each of the standard regions, Scotland and Wales.
Mr. Nicholls [holding answer 21 December 1989] : The information is not available in the precise form requested. Information is available only for the eight Training Agency regions in England and for Scotland and Wales. The latest available figures of employment training filled places are given in the table.
Employment training Number in-training at 8 December 1989 Region |Numbers ------------------------------------------------ South East |14,300 London |21,400 South West |12,300 West Midlands |23,100 East Midlands and Eastern |16,900 Yorkshire and Humberside |25,600 North West |29,400 Northern |24,500 Wales |16,500 Scotland |26,400 Great Britain |<1>211,000 <1> Including a small number of trainees at Residential Training Colleges and other training providers not identified separately in the regional totals.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Prime Minister if she will initiate a review of all statements since 1979 made to the House by Ministers having responsibility for military and civil nuclear energy projects and programmes, to assess whether they require revision in the light of official information made public under the 30-year rule on 1 January 1990.
Mrs. Gorman : To ask the Prime Minister if she has any plans to meet the Heads of Government of (a) Bulgaria, (b) East Germany, and (c) Czechoslovakia, to discuss the creation of free markets in those countries.
The Prime Minister : I have no immediate plans to meet the Heads of Government of Bulgaria, East Germany or Czechoslovakia. I have no doubt that when I do meet them, economic reform will be high on the agenda.
The Prime Minister : We and other western Governments have kept in close contact with the Soviet authorities over developments in eastern Europe. This was one of the topics at my meeting with Mr. Shevardnadze on 19 December.