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Column 310Winstanley College (sixth form)
St. John Rigby Roman Catholic Sixth Form College (VA)
Salisbury College of Art and Design
Chippenham Technical College
Salisbury College of Technology
Wirral Metropolitan College
Birkenhead Sixth Form College
Bilston Community College
Wulfrun College of Further Education
Each grant-maintained school approved to begin by September 1992 is eligible to receive a formula based allocation to be used for small capital works and items of capital equipment. The formula will be £10,000 per school plus £20 per pupil. Schools becoming grant-maintained in September 1992 will be able to claim f the full year allocation. We have agreed allocations for named capital projects with a total value of £15.2 million to begin in 1992-93. Some projects are phased over two years. Of the 102 eligible schools 50 have received an allocation for a named capital project. Schools approved to become grant-maintained as from January and April 1992 have been invited to submit bids for capital projects by 27 January. There will be a further announcement for allocations to those schools in due course. Within the total, there are allocations totalling some £8 million (including £5 million to be spent in 1992-93) for projects at 18 schools which form part of the technology schools initiative which was launched on 4 December. These allocations will enable schools to enhance their provision for technology- related subjects and take forward the teaching of technology in the national curriculum. Four of these schools have been selected as particularly well placed to develop an innovative and committed approach to technology education and be awarded GM technology school status : Bournemouth school, Ecclesbourne school, Great Barr school and St. George's school, Sleaford.
The proposed allocation of £500,000 to St. George's school, Sleaford for a technology block is complemented by a sponsored donation of £250,000 from Mr. Reg Brealey, the school's chairman of governors, through a charitable trust set up for the benefit of the school.
Grant-maintained schools continue to show their energy and commitment. I am sure that these capital allocations will help the schools to realise their full potential. I particularly welcome the allocations for projects within the technology schools initiative which I launched on 4 December.
Column 311I shall look to the four schools named as leaders in the field of technology teaching. They will develop close and practical links with business and industry.
The sponsor investment from Mr. Brealey is very generous and an example that I hope others will follow. St.
Column 312George's school in Sleaford has been interested for some time in becoming a technology school and this project will enable it to become a leader and developer of good practice.
The following is a list of the named capital allocations.
Named Project Capital allocations for grant-maintained schools in 1992-93 All figures are in £000s School |Project |Total project |allocation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Technology Schools Initiative Beaconsfield High School |New Technology block and refurbishment |750 Bournemouth School |Rationalisation of Science and Technology facili-|546 | ties Bullers Wood School for Girls, |Technology block |375 Chislehurst Caistor Grammar School |Technology, Science and IT building |287 Dartford Grammar School |Technology and Science facilities |260 Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, Derby |Technology facilities |780 Great Barr School, Birmingham |Technology facilities |700 Kingswood School, Corby |Food Technology, Graphics and Technology |330 | Rooms Lancaster Royal Grammar School |Information Technology Centre |124 Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam, |Design and Technology extension and |700 Surrey | remodelling Northwood School |Technology block and conversion |400 Reading School |Science and Technology facilities |630 Rickmansworth School |Remodel and repair craft block |250 St. George's School, Sleaford |Technology Block |<1>500 Watford Grammar School for Boys |Conversions to Design and Technology Centre |180 Watford Grammar School for Girls |Design and Technology facilities |400 Westcliff High School for Boys |Technology block |280 Wolverhampton Girls High School |Phase I-Craft, Design and Technology |450 |------- |Total for Technology |7,942 Other Allocations Avon Valley School, Rugby |Roof repair |17 Baverstock School, Birmingham |Phase I-Building shell and Services |470 Beechen Cliff School, Avon |Sanitary, drainage, asbestos etc |160 Bingley Grammar School |Science Wing Extension |250 Bourne Abbey Primary |Classrooms and Medical facilities |160 Chalvedon School, Basildon |Re-cladding Middle School block |250 Clitheroe Royal Grammar School |Essential structural repairs |145 Collingwood School, Camberley, Surrey |Fabric repairs |50 Crossley Heath School, Halifax |Fire precaution work |210 Francis Bacon School St. Albans |Renewal of boilers and associated work |30 Graveney School, Wandsworth |Toilet refurbishment |100 Guildford County School |New Classroom Block |370 Hardley School, Southampton |Heating system repairs |130 Heckmondwike Grammar School |Repairs-old block |200 Highams Park School, Waltham Forest |Re-roof Technology workshops |29 Kingsley Park Middle School, |Asbestos, fire escapes and Technology |50 Northampton Lancaster Girls Grammar School |Upgrading of Toilets and Cloakroom |50 London Nautical School, Southwark |Upgrade Science Laboratory |150 Long Field High School, Melton |Re-roofing phase II |100 Mowbray Manor High School, West Midlands |Upgrade site to Health and Safety requirements |60 Oldfield School, Bath |Urgent fabric and structure work |50 Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham |Phase II of re-build |1,997 Queen Elizabeth's School for Boys, Barnet |Replace windows |50 Queensbury School, Dunstable |Fire safety provisions |40 Queensmead School, Hillingdon |Roofing |52 Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester |Boilers and controls for heating |68 St. Bartholomew's School, Newbury, |Health and Safety |155 Berks Stroud High School |Science Block |780 Thamesview School, Gravesend |Health and Safety |100 Vyners School, Hillingdon |Science and Technology Block |638 Wilmington Boys Grammar School, Kent |Boiler house renewal |145 Wilmington Girls Grammar School, Kent |New Science Laboratory |170 |------- Total other projects |7,226
Mr. John Patten : The Merseyside police are conducting a thorough investigation into the representations made about the case. Every effort will be made to complete the review as quickly as possible but I cannot say at this stage when the review will be completed.
13. Miss Lestor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the Asylum Bill meets the requirements of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.
17. Mr. Robert G. Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum status have replied to the offer of an initial interview in response to postal applications.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Since 1 November 1991 all persons applying for asylum from within the United Kingdom who have been unable to produce a passport have been requested to attend a short interview for identification purposes. During November and December, 2,350 persons were invited for interview and 471--20 per cent.--attended.
Mr. John Patten : We are examining carefully the evidence from the review, and considering, in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers and others, what further action might reduce offending by people released on bail. We will announce our conclusions as soon as we can.
Many people, such as locksmiths and garage owners, have a legitimate need for such keys. These devices are, however, often no more effective in gaining entry to locked vehicles than other more rudimentary tools, such as screwdrivers or shaped pieces of metal, and often require some skill on the part of the user to work effectively.
Inquiries made by the Home Office crime prevention centre and the Association of Chief Police Officers have found that there is no evidence of widespread misuse of skeleton car keys. In particular, the Association of Chief Police Officers has reported that these devices have not been found in the possession of offenders charged with either theft of or from a vehicle. We therefore see no need at present to consider legislating to control the possession, sale or advertising of skeleton keys. We shall, however, continue to monitor closely the sale and use of these devices. It should be noted that it is already a criminal offence, under section 25 of the Theft Act 1968, to carry skeleton keys for use in connection with any burglary or theft, and an offender is liable to imprisonment for up to three years.
Mr. John Patten : I have now received a report from the police which is receiving urgent considerations. I hope soon to be in a position to decide whether any action on my part is appropriate in this case.
Column 315Mr. John Patten : The Government issued updated guidance on setting up local crime prevention partnership schemes to the police, local authorities and others in 1990. Schemes such as neighbourhood watch and crime prevention panels have now reached record levels. In addition the safer cities programme was increased to 20 projects at the end of last year, and Crime Concern is involved in local crime reduction schemes in 11 areas. Under the drugs prevention initiative 20 local drugs prevention teams are being established to work closely with local communities in finding effective ways of preventing the spread of drugs misuse.
24. Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on the time lags involved before a drop in criminal activity by people in different age groups can be detected.
Mr. John Patten : The best available measure of criminal activity, by age group, is the number of persons cautioned by the police or found guilty by the courts. This information is published annually for each calendar year--figures for 1990 were published in Home Office statistical bulletin 31/91 on 16 December 1991.
25. Mr. John Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new prison places he expects will be available over the next 12 months as a result of his Department's prison building programme.
27. Mr. Colvin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firemen there are in England and Wales ; what proportion of these are retained firemen ; and what are the wage costs involved in each sector.
Mr. John Patten : On 1 January 1991 there were 49,729 firefighters employed by local authorities in England and Wales, of whom 14, 630--29.4 per cent. of the total, were retained firefighters. Estimated salary and wage costs for the financial year 1990-91 were £607.5 million for wholetime and £52.9 million for retained firefighters.
Column 316the Government first took office. My right hon. Friend announced on 28 November 1991 his approval for the establishment to be increased by a further nine police posts from 1 April 1992.
Mr. Bernie Grant : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what basis decisions to order detention of those declaring themselves asylum seekers at ports of entry are made ; (2) if he will provide a breakdown of the country of origin of those declaring themselves asylum seekers at ports of entry who were ordered to be detained in each of the years 1980 to 1990 ; (3) how many of those who declared themselves asylum seekers at ports of entry were ordered to be detained in each of the years since 1980, and what proportion of those seeking asylum at ports of entry this figure represented in each of those years.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Asylum seekers are detained only when the immigration service is not satisfied that they will comply with the terms of temporary admission. The other information requested by the hon. Member is not available centrally.
Mr. Bernie Grant : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 13 December, Official Report, column 585, which organisations submitted representations supporting the Government's planned changes to the law governing asylum ; and whether he will list the names of these organisations.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Amnesty International, the Bar Council, Charter '87, the Council on Tribunals, Justice and UNHCR expressed support for one or more of the Government's proposed changes to asylum procedures, while expressing concerns about others.
Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the Great Britain totals for each year since 1975 of (a) murders reported to the police, (b) convictions for murder and (c) convictions for murder which have been set aside in England and Wales.
Mr. John Patten : The total number of homicides reported to the police in England and Wales for each year since 1975 is included in table 4.1 of "Criminal Statistics England and Wales 1989" a copy of which is in the Library. Figures for the number of homicide offences where there was a conviction for murder are shown in table 4.7(b) of the same publication ; these figures take account of successful appeals against conviction.
The number of prisoners serving life sentences for murder in prison establishments in England and Wales whose appeal was upheld, who were given a free pardon or whose life sentence was remitted is shown for the period 1976 to 1990, by year of termination of the life sentence.
Year of |Successful |Free pardon/ termination |appeal |remission ---------------------------------------------------- 1976 |2 |0 1977 |4 |0 1978 |8 |0 1979 |4 |1 1980 |5 |0 1981 |3 |0 1982 |4 |1 1983 |0 |1 1984 |5 |1 1985 |7 |2 1986 |8 |1 1987 |5 |0 1988 |4 |0 1989 |12 |2 1990 |7 |0
The information in the table is not readily available for 1975 and data for 1991 are not yet complete.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the criteria for inclusion in the immigration service's (a) INDECS computer, (b) intelligence and investigation unit computer based at Harmondsworth and (c) HOLMES system.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The immigration and nationality department electronic computer system (INDECS) contains details of the immigration status of individuals given conditional leave to enter the United Kingdom on a non-permanent basis.
Information accepted for inclusion in the immigration service intelligence and investigation unit computer is that considered to be of long-term immigration interest.
The HOLMES system is no longer in operation.
Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what medical checks are followed and by whom on prisoners released from prison on the grounds of ill health before the completion of their sentence ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Rumbold : A decision to release a prisoner early on health grounds will be based inter alia on medical advice from the clinically responsible prison medical officer, usually following consultation with an appropriate specialist or specialists. The nature of the medical examinations carried out in such cases is a matter for the clinicians involved. It is also the medical officer's responsibility to make suitable arrangements with outside health agencies for post-release care.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the purpose of the port suspect books ; what sources of information are used to compile the books ; and which authorities have access to the information ;
(2) what is the purpose of the Home Office suspects index ; what sources of information are used to maintain the index ; which authorities have access to the information ; and how many people are listed on the index.
Column 318individual who might not be identified in the course of routine examination. Information is received from a number of official sources. The index is used by the immigration authorities in the common travel area. Currently there are some 10,000 entries.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the capacity of the computer on which the Home Office suspects index is kept ; and if it is linked to any other immigration service or police computers ;
(2) which categories of information held in the port suspect books are computerised.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the ports administration system has rendered redundant any other computer systems or manual information registers previously used at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover east.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The prototype computer system at Dover eastern docks will become redundant when the port administration system is installed there. The new system will also replace certain manual registers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover which record details of people who have been required to submit to further examination, or refused leave to enter, or detained under Immigration Act powers, or in respect of whom a liability has been notified under the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act 1987.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the capacity of the computer for the ports administration system ; what sources of information are used ; and what divisions of the immigration department and which other authorities have access to the system.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The port administration system comprises seven computers, each with disk storage capacity of 1,008 megabytes. It records information about passengers who are the subject of further examination, drawn mainly from interviews, and from documents in their possession. Access to the system is limited to members of the immigration service at the port where each computer is installed. In addition access to all the systems for maintenance purposes is available to a support team of immigration service officers at terminal 3, Heathrow airport, staff of the Home Office computer bureau at Bootle and authorised employees of the hardware contractors.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the ports administration system will be capable of fulfilling the information technology requirements of the 1990 European convention on asylum (the Dublin convention) and the 1991 draft convention on the crossing of external borders of the states of the European Communities.
Column 319offices not earmarked for closure ; what is the estimated cost of this programme ; and if there will be a direct interface between regional offices and the proposed national criminal intelligence service.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The five regional criminal intelligence offices not earmarked for closure will become part of the national criminal intelligence service which is to be established on 1 April 1992. Headquarters and regional offices will have direct access to the computer system being developed for the service. Until the specification for the system has been agreed, it is not possible to say what the cost is likely to be.
|Entries ---------------------------------------------------------- Vehicles (including stolen reports) |40,270,232 Persons |5,614,247 Convictions |4,036,366 Fingerprints |4,333,495 Stolen property |39,399 Police directories |3,542 The persons database includes: Disqualified drivers |273,760 Wanted/Missing persons |141,484
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the purpose of, and what information is held on, the police directories index of the new police national computer.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The index is a computerised version of the police manual which gives the name, address, postcode and telephone number of the force/station code used in PNC records. The index contains similar information for courts and also the codes for PNC terminals. The latter enables forces to send messages to PNC terminals in other forces.