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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 19 December 1991

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Divorce

Mr. Andrew Bowden : To ask the Attorney-General what response he has made to the Law Society memorandum on maintenance and capital provision on divorce.

The Attorney-General : The Government have in hand a staged review of the family justice system, and will ensure that the Law Society's recommendations are taken into account as the review considers the areas of law concerned. The society's recommendations include proposals in relation to a formula for calculating child maintenance, which were considered during the passage of the Child Support Bill. Also included are proposals for a system of pension-splitting on divorce, which raise matters of pension law, which is a subject currently under review by the Department of Social Security.

Magistrates, Newcastle

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Attorney-General if he will name the members of the Newcastle magistrates advisory committee on appointments to the Newcastle upon Tyne bench.

The Attorney-General : The names of the members of the Lord Chancellor's advisory committee for Newcastle upon Tyne are-- Miss E. D. Barraclough

Mr. J. Burn

Mr. J. L. Curry

Miss A. F. Irwin

Mrs. L. M. Kennedy

Mrs. F. F. Southern

Miss J. R. Straker

Mr. D. I. Williams

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Attorney-General what priority he gives to ensuring an even representation of all geographic areas in Newcastle upon Tyne upon the magistrates bench.

The Attorney-General : The Lord Chancellor expects all his advisory committees to put forward candidates who are suitable for appointment. Subject to this, he requires them to seek to achieve a bench which is broadly representative of the community it serves. To this end, he expects them to take into account geographical and other factors.


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EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

Adult Education

Dame Elaine Kellet-Bowman : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the names and locations of each adult education centre, other than colleges of further education, funded by local education authorities.

Mr. Eggar : It is not possible to give names and locations of adult education centres. Much further education for adults is not run within a specific centre. It may be provided as an adult education service run in a variety of locations and using a combination of premises, such as purpose- built centres, school premises, church halls and FE college premises.

Dame Elaine Kellet-Bowman : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local education authorities which are currently funding colleges of adult education.

Mr. Eggar : Local education authorities may provide further education for adults by way of separate centres or as integral provision within further education colleges. The most recently available expenditure information submitted by LEAs indicates that the following authorities provided further education for adults in separate adult centres or in adult education centres conducted separately on the premises of further education colleges : ILEA

Barking

Bexley

Brent

Bromley

Croydon

Ealing

Enfield

Havering

Hillingdon

Kingston Upon Thames

Merton

Redbridge

Richmond Upon Thames

Sutton

Waltham Forest

Birmingham

Coventry

Dudley

Sandwell

Solihull

Walsall

Wolverhampton

Knowsley

Liverpool

Sefton

Bury

Oldham

Rochdale

Salford

Stockport

Wigan

Barnsley

Doncaster

Calderdale

Kirklees

Leeds

Newcastle Upon Tyne

South Tyneside

Sunderland

Isles of Scilly

Avon

Bedfordshire

Berkshire


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Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

Cleveland

Cornwall

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon

Dorset

Durham

East Sussex

Essex

Gloucestershire

Hampshire

Hereford and Worcester

Humberside

Isle of Wight

Kent

Lancashire

Lincolnshire

Norfolk

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Shropshire

Somerset

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

Warwickshire

West Sussex

Wiltshire

EC Directives

Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list all directives from the European Community issued since May 1979 which are (a) now active in the field of education and (b) under consideration.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : There are two current EC directives of significance to the field of education agreed since May 1979 : the Council directive of 21 December 1988 on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years' duration ; and the Council directive of 28 June 1990 on the right of residence for students which falls to be implemented by 30 June 1992. A proposal for a Council directive on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training which would complement directive 89/48/EC is currently under negotiation.

Unemployed People

Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance his Department gives to schools regarding offers of voluntary assistance from unemployed people with relevant skills, as a means of helping them to find employment.

Mr. Eggar : None. The use of voluntary help in schools is a matter for local management.


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