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Winstanley College (sixth form)

St. John Rigby Roman Catholic Sixth Form College (VA)

Wiltshire

Lackham College

New College

Salisbury College of Art and Design

Chippenham Technical College

Salisbury College of Technology

Swindon College

Trowbridge College

Wirral

Wirral Metropolitan College

Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Wolverhampton

Bilston Community College

Wulfrun College of Further Education

Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Anthony Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are his plans for capital grant expenditure for grant- maintained schools for the financial year 1992-93.

Mr. Eggar : The planned level of capital expenditure on grant- maintained schools in 1992-93 is £28.5 million.

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.


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I 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.


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George'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.


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Named Project Capital allocations for grant-maintained schools in 1992-93                                                                                                                               

All figures are in £000s                                                                                                                                                                                

School                                            |Project                                          |Total project                                                                                      

                                                                                                    |allocation                                                                                         

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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                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                        


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HOME DEPARTMENT

Drugs (Prison Searches)

2. Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison searches in the last 12 months resulted in drugs finds ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold : During the year ending 31 December 1991 all methods of searching resulted in 683 drug equipment finds and 2,654 drug finds in prison service establishments in England and Wales.

Carl Bridgewater

8. Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the police report into the prosecutions for the murder of Carl Bridgewater.

15. Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Merseyside police to complete their inquiry into the Carl Bridgewater case.

21. Mr. Livingstone : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Merseyside police to complete their inquiry into the Carl Bridgewater case.

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.

Children's Rights Convention

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.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Asylum Bill is consistent with the provisions relating to refugees at article 22 of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.

Prison Service (Industrial Relations)

16. Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Prison Officers Association to discuss industrial relations in the Prison Service.

Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend last met the Prison Officers Association on 16 September 1991. I met its representatives on 7 November.

Asylum

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.


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Bail Offenders

18. Mr. Alexander : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce his conclusions following the review of the recent studies of offending on bail.

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.

Vehicle Security

19. Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to ban the sale of car skeleton keys to the general public.

Mr. John Patten : My right hon. Friend has no plans at present to ban or control the sale of skeleton car keys.

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.

Derek Bentley

20. Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of his review of the conviction of Derek Bentley.

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.

Prisons

22. Mr. Skinner : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons he has visited in the period since he became Home Secretary.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : I have visited 24 prison service establishments in England and Wales, and four prisons overseas.

Crime Prevention

23. Mr. O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are his plans to update crime prevention schemes ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. 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.

Criminal Activity

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.

Prison Building

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.

Mrs. Rumbold : In 1992 nearly 5,000 new prison places are expected to come into use, 3,840 at new prisons and a further 1,014 at existing prison establishments.

Police Cells

26. Mr. Carr : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being held on remand in police stations in Lancashire.

Mrs. Rumbold : Today, there were 91 prisoners held in police cells in the Lancashire police area.

Firemen

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.

Humberside Police

28. Mr. Michael Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present establishment of the Humberside police force.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The authorised establishment of the Humberside police is 2,025, an increase of 86 officers since


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the 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.

Asylum Seekers

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.

Murder Statistics

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                

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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.

Immigration

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.

Prisoners (Medical Checks)

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.

Ports Records

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.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The suspect index alerts the immigration officer to take action in respect of an


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individual 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. Peter Lloyd : The Home Office suspect index is not computerised and the information contained in it is not received in computerised form.

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.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : No.

Criminal Intelligence

Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of his plans to computerise fully those regional criminal intelligence


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offices 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.

Police National Computer

Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the sub-categories, and the size, of each index on the new police national computer.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The databases on the new police national computer are as follows :


                                    |Entries              

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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.

Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where the information stored on the extremist crime index of PNC1 is now held.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information is being retained on PNC1 for the time being.

European Police Co-operation

Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress was made at the Maastricht EC summit in the area of EC police co-operation.


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