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Mr. O'Hara : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the average unit costs for salaries and other recurrent expenditure categories (a) in further education institutions and (b) in sixth form colleges for the academic years 1988-89 and 1989-90 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar : Information on expenditure and per student spending is collected on a financial year basis. For the financial years 1988-89 and 1989-90, spending per student in further education institutions was as shown in the table. Information on actual spending in sixth form colleges was not collected separately.


Net institutional expenditure per full time |1988-89                                    |1989-90                                                                                

   equivalent student                                                                                                                                                           

                                            |£                                        |£                                                                                    

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Salaries and wages                          |2,360                                      |2,335                                                                                  

Other recurrent institutional costs         |500                                        |450                                                                                    

                                            |-------                                    |-------                                                                                

Total                                       |2,860                                      |2,785                                                                                  

Notes:                                                                                                                                                                          

1. The expenditure data used to derive these figures cover all                                                                                                                  

college-based recurrent spending including teaching and non-                                                                                                                    

teaching staff salaries, premises costs, equipment and supplies, less                                                                                                           

sales and other miscellaneous receipts but not tuition fees income.                                                                                                             

They exclude spending on central administration and support services                                                                                                            

such as transport, as well as all capital expenditure.                                                                                                                          

2. The figures are derived from LEAs' returns of their spending to the                                                                                                          

Department of the Environment and of their student enrolments to                                                                                                                

the Department of Education and Science.                                                                                                                                        

3. 1988-89 data include but 1989-90 data exclude students and                                                                                                                   

expenditure for establishments which transferred to the PCFC sector.                                                                                                            

Mr. O'Hara : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the average class size (a) in further education institutions and (b) in sixth form colleges for the academic years 1988-89 and 1989-90.

Mr. Eggar : The average class sizes were :


                                  |1988-89|1989-90        

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Further education institutions<1> |14.5   |14.7           

Sixth form colleges               |12.8   |12.6           

<1> Includes LEA maintained further education and         

tertiary colleges,                                        

Primary School Places

Mr. Ian Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment he has made of the methodology adopted by Surrey county council for forecasting future demand for primary school places carried out for their current age of transfer reorganisation proposals ; what are his Department's guidelines on the methodology to be used ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Fallon : The reorganisation proposals published by Surrey county council will be decided by my right hon. and learned Friend. As they are currently being considered, we cannot comment at this stage on any of the issues involved, including Surrey's forecasting methodology, as this could be held to have pre-judged our eventual decision.

The Department's guidelines on how authorities should approach the publication of statutory proposals are contained within circular 3/87 "Providing for Quality : The Pattern of Organisation to Age 19", a copy of which is available in the Library. Annex 2 provides guidelines on forecasting pupil numbers.

Special Needs Pupils

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many pupils in each local education authority are recorded on form SEN 2 as having statements of special educational need and attending maintained special schools ;

(2) how many pupils in each local education authority are recorded on form SEN 2 as having special educational needs and are attending maintained primary, middle and secondary schools ;

(3) how many pupils in each local education authority are recorded on form SEN 2 as having special educational needs and are attending non-maintained and independent special schools under arrangements made by the local education authority.

Mr. Fallon : Form SEN2 for 1991 asked LEAs to record information on the placements arranged for children for whom statements of special educational needs were newly made in 1990. Details as submitted by LEAs in respect of the placements made for these children at maintained special schools, ordinary schools, non-maintained special schools and independent schools are given in the table.


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Placements made for children with statements newly made in 1990                    

                        Maintained              Non-maintained                     

                       |ordinary   |special    |special    |independent            

                       |schools    |schools    |schools    |schools                

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Inner London Boroughs                                                              

City                   |0          |0          |0          |0                      

Camden                 |47         |56         |10         |0                      

Greenwich              |103        |111        |3          |0                      

Hackney                |49         |83         |11         |0                      

Hammersmith            |19         |30         |0          |2                      

Islington              |27         |61         |0          |0                      

Kensington             |16         |27         |4          |1                      

Lambeth                |112        |133        |0          |5                      

Lewisham               |13         |28         |2          |0                      

Southwark              |56         |69         |2          |0                      

Tower Hamlets          |17         |31         |2          |0                      

Wandsworth             |34         |23         |1          |12                     

Westminster            |42         |52         |0          |12                     

                                                                                   

Outer London Boroughs                                                              

Barking                |49         |14         |1          |1                      

Barnet                 |29         |48         |5          |1                      

Bexley                 |115        |66         |2          |19                     

Brent                  |15         |20         |0          |2                      

Bromley                |81         |35         |2          |7                      

Croydon                |46         |55         |1          |17                     

Ealing                 |17         |59         |13         |25                     

Enfield                |9          |6          |1          |3                      

Haringey               |34         |28         |2          |8                      

Harrow                 |59         |11         |0          |4                      

Havering               |81         |18         |4          |3                      

Hillingdon             |30         |28         |4          |11                     

Hounslow               |175        |56         |0          |4                      

Kingston-upon-Thames   |40         |25         |0          |3                      

Merton                 |49         |37         |0          |2                      

Newham                 |55         |43         |0          |1                      

Redbridge              |28         |46         |5          |3                      

Richmond-upon-Thames   |53         |14         |0          |1                      

Sutton                 |62         |28         |1          |2                      

Waltham Forest         |47         |49         |0          |1                      

                                                                                   

West Midlands                                                                      

Birmingham             |34         |259        |0          |11                     

Coventry               |15         |133        |0          |1                      

Dudley                 |42         |8          |1          |4                      

Sandwell               |6          |45         |0          |0                      

Solihull               |26         |93         |0          |0                      

Walsall                |89         |59         |1          |3                      

Wolverhampton          |78         |33         |0          |0                      

                                                                                   

Merseyside                                                                         

Knowsley               |57         |124        |4          |6                      

Liverpool              |68         |501        |17         |4                      

St. Helens             |75         |48         |11         |2                      

Sefton                 |70         |74         |2          |20                     

Wirral                 |47         |76         |3          |7                      

                                                                                   

Greater Manchester                                                                 

Bolton                 |43         |60         |5          |0                      

Bury                   |105        |29         |7          |0                      

Manchester             |14         |84         |8          |6                      

Oldham                 |158        |47         |0          |4                      

Rochdale               |68         |87         |0          |2                      

Salford                |40         |19         |1          |1                      

Stockport              |199        |44         |0          |1                      

Tameside               |62         |43         |0          |1                      

Trafford               |65         |56         |2          |1                      

Wigan                  |47         |253        |3          |0                      

                                                                                   

South Yorkshire                                                                    

Barnsley               |83         |9          |3          |0                      

Doncaster              |55         |90         |11         |6                      

Rotherham              |120        |113        |31         |0                      

Sheffield              |3          |122        |0          |0                      

                                                                                   

West Yorkshire                                                                     

Bradford               |38         |36         |1          |0                      

Calderdale             |43         |1          |1          |0                      

Kirklees               |171        |63         |1          |0                      

Leeds                  |249        |65         |0          |3                      

Wakefield              |23         |47         |2          |6                      

                                                                                   

Tyne and Wear                                                                      

Gateshead              |48         |34         |0          |2                      

Newcastle upon Tyne    |38         |58         |4          |2                      

North Tyneside         |97         |54         |1          |13                     

South Tyneside         |39         |31         |2          |2                      

Sunderland             |62         |74         |3          |0                      

                                                                                   

English counties                                                                   

Isles of Scilly        |0          |0          |0          |0                      

Avon                   |77         |241        |3          |12                     

Bedfordshire           |117        |135        |5          |7                      

Berkshire              |246        |245        |4          |2                      

Buckinghamshire        |403        |202        |23         |16                     

Cambridgeshire         |62         |48         |1          |0                      

Cheshire               |428        |112        |5          |6                      

Cleveland              |156        |173        |2          |6                      

Cornwall               |241        |2          |0          |2                      

Cumbria                |292        |21         |1          |1                      

Derbyshire             |646        |78         |0          |8                      

Devon                  |569        |188        |12         |19                     

Dorset                 |111        |134        |20         |9                      

Durham                 |67         |66         |12         |2                      

East Sussex            |48         |149        |21         |19                     

Essex                  |263        |263        |8          |20                     

Gloucestershire        |141        |125        |3          |8                      

Hampshire              |589        |379        |41         |13                     

Hereford and Worcester |149        |194        |7          |11                     

Hertfordshire          |181        |341        |8          |44                     

Humberside             |89         |97         |5          |5                      

Isle of Wight          |25         |19         |2          |0                      

Kent                   |413        |440        |27         |46                     

Lancashire             |640        |305        |39         |66                     

Leicestershire         |271        |175        |4          |4                      

Lincolnshire           |417        |216        |16         |16                     

Norfolk                |400        |83         |5          |11                     

North Yorkshire        |221        |75         |8          |6                      

Northamptonshire       |91         |121        |0          |4                      

Northumberland         |153        |3          |3          |2                      

Nottinghamshire        |45         |157        |0          |6                      

Oxfordshire            |47         |83         |4          |3                      

Shropshire             |366        |59         |1          |1                      

Somerset               |89         |52         |12         |16                     

Staffordshire          |196        |326        |2          |5                      

Suffolk                |344        |58         |5          |4                      

Surrey                 |203        |189        |29         |5                      

Warwickshire           |85         |145        |6          |9                      

West Sussex            |63         |159        |25         |18                     

Wiltshire              |536        |63         |7          |37                     

Note. Figures are provisional.                                                     

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils in each local education authority attend non- maintained and independent schools for the purposes of special educational treatment.

Mr. Fallon : The table sets out the number of pupils in each authority who were attending non-maintained and independent schools in Janaury 1991 for the purposes of special educational treatment.





                       |Number<1> of     |Number<1> of                       

                       |pupils<2> at     |pupils<2> at                       

                       |non-maintained   |independent                        

                       |special schools  |schools receiving                  

                                         |special educa-                     

                                         |tional treatment                   

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City                   |0                |0                                  

Camden                 |31               |2                                  

Greenwich              |2                |33                                 

Hackney                |10               |29                                 

Hammersmith            |20               |11                                 

Islington              |9                |17                                 

Kensington             |10               |6                                  

Lambeth                |37               |0                                  

Lewisham               |15               |22                                 

Southwark              |4                |28                                 

Tower Hamlets          |0                |0                                  

Wandsworth             |13               |43                                 

Westminster            |4                |31                                 

Barking                |16               |9                                  

Barnet                 |45               |59                                 

Bexley                 |44               |63                                 

Brent                  |32               |47                                 

Bromley                |46               |44                                 

Croydon                |37               |139                                

Ealing                 |81               |104                                

Enfield                |22               |47                                 

Haringey               |19               |49                                 

Harrow                 |61               |6                                  

Havering               |36               |26                                 

Hillingdon             |34               |71                                 

Hounslow               |25               |43                                 

Kingston-upon-Thames   |15               |66                                 

Merton                 |12               |32                                 

Newham                 |22               |16                                 

Redbridge              |68               |35                                 

Richmond-upon-Thames   |4                |22                                 

Sutton                 |14               |51                                 

Waltham Forest         |14               |8                                  

Birmingham             |25               |70                                 

Coventry               |14               |13                                 

Dudley                 |12               |29                                 

Sandwell               |19               |10                                 

Solihull               |2                |30                                 

Walsall                |9                |10                                 

Wolverhampton          |6                |25                                 

Knowsley               |17               |12                                 

Liverpool              |77               |12                                 

St. Helens             |66               |19                                 

Sefton                 |46               |73                                 

Wirral                 |59               |63                                 

Bolton                 |50               |8                                  

Bury                   |46               |1                                  

Manchester             |91               |19                                 

Oldham                 |39               |0                                  

Rochdale               |17               |23                                 

Salford                |8                |8                                  

Stockport              |51               |58                                 

Tameside               |17               |0                                  

Trafford               |33               |16                                 

Wigan                  |115              |35                                 

Barnsley               |18               |0                                  

Doncaster              |46               |17                                 

Rotherham              |121              |0                                  

Sheffield              |2                |8                                  

Bradford               |42               |0                                  

Calderdale             |9                |19                                 

Kirklees               |47               |14                                 

Leeds                  |3                |11                                 

Wakefield              |49               |39                                 

Gateshead              |33               |14                                 

Newcastle-upon-Tyne    |37               |15                                 

North Tyneside         |24               |40                                 

South Tyneside         |26               |18                                 

Sunderland             |48               |8                                  

Isles of Scilly        |1                |18                                 

Avon                   |18               |190                                

Bedfordshire           |61               |85                                 

Berkshire              |152              |96                                 

Buckinghamshire        |67               |123                                

Cambridge              |0                |64                                 

Cheshire               |188              |91                                 

Cleveland              |40               |36                                 

Cornwall               |19               |66                                 

Cumbria                |38               |49                                 

Derbyshire             |79               |47                                 

Devon                  |178              |155                                

Dorset                 |175              |44                                 

Durham                 |30               |73                                 

East Sussex            |0                |0                                  

Essex                  |175              |286                                

Gloucestershire        |90               |33                                 

Hampshire              |276              |283                                

Hereford and Worcester |50               |67                                 

Hertfordshire          |47               |253                                

Humberside             |68               |41                                 

Isle of Wight          |34               |3                                  

Kent                   |279              |347                                

Lancashire             |233              |220                                

Leicestershire         |25               |46                                 

Lincolnshire           |32               |135                                

Norfolk                |41               |85                                 

North Yorkshire        |83               |54                                 

Northamptonshire       |34               |61                                 

Northumberland         |37               |13                                 

Nottinghamshire        |53               |90                                 

Oxfordshire            |52               |33                                 

Shropshire             |23               |24                                 

Somerset               |70               |76                                 

Staffordshire          |8                |39                                 

Suffolk                |68               |105                                

Surrey                 |198              |83                                 

Warwickshire           |63               |50                                 

West Sussex            |195              |109                                

Wiltshire              |106              |211                                

                                                                             

Total for England      |5,512            |5,780                              

<1> As recorded in returns to the Department of Education and                

Science.                                                                     

<2> Pupils aged five and over (as at 31 August 1990) for whom the            

local education authority was paying full tuition fees.                      

Pupil Statistics

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many full-time pupils of all ages there are, for each local education authority in England, in maintained primary, middle and secondary schools.

Mr. Fallon : The numbers of full-time pupils of all ages, including pupils aged under five, in maintained primary, middle and secondary schools in each local education authority in England as at January 1991 are shown in the table.


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All full-time pupils in maintained primary, middle and secondary   

schools in each local education authority in England-January 1991  

                           |Primary  |Middle   |Secondary          

-------------------------------------------------------------------

201 City                   |202      |-        |-                  

202 Camden                 |9,482    |-        |9,891              

203 Greenwich              |18,322   |-        |13,470             

204 Hackney                |14,732   |-        |7,592              

205 Hammersmith and Fulham |8,154    |-        |6,050              

206 Islington              |13,421   |-        |7,223              

207 Kensington and Chelsea |5,922    |-        |3,539              

208 Lambeth                |17,283   |-        |5,955              

209 Lewisham               |17,725   |-        |11,428             

210 Southwark              |18,315   |-        |9,487              

211 Tower Hamlets          |18,134   |-        |10,751             

212 Wandsworth             |14,916   |-        |9,724              

213 Westminster            |8,535    |-        |7,043              

301 Barking                |13,479   |-        |8,673              

302 Barnet                 |21,097   |-        |17,953             

303 Bexley                 |17,007   |-        |14,048             

304 Brent                  |19,782   |-        |10,941             

305 Bromley                |19,300   |-        |15,414             

306 Croydon                |24,356   |-        |15,420             

307 Ealing                 |17,389   |7,320    |11,028             

308 Enfield                |20,765   |-        |15,958             

309 Haringey               |16,156   |-        |8,478              

310 Harrow                 |12,373   |5,470    |7,819              

311 Havering               |18,179   |-        |15,626             

312 Hillingdon             |16,599   |-        |12,911             

313 Hounslow               |16,735   |-        |12,743             

314 Kingston upon Thames   |8,701    |-        |7,135              

315 Merton                 |6,803    |6,061    |5,965              

316 Newham                 |20,340   |-        |13,040             

317 Redbridge              |16,908   |-        |13,484             

318 Richmond upon Thames   |8,724    |-        |6,977              

319 Sutton                 |10,986   |-        |10,365             

320 Waltham Forest         |16,877   |-        |11,780             

330 Birmingham             |97,329   |3,251    |62,589             

331 Coventry               |27,109   |-        |17,855             

332 Dudley                 |26,566   |307      |15,727             

333 Sandwell               |26,954   |-        |18,181             

334 Solihull               |17,234   |-        |13,774             

335 Walsall                |24,199   |-        |18,234             

336 Wolverhampton          |21,138   |-        |15,264             

340 Knowsley               |15,740   |-        |8,941              

341 Liverpool              |44,394   |-        |28,765             

342 St. Helens             |15,894   |-        |12,416             

343 Sefton                 |24,591   |-        |18,534             

344 Wirral                 |28,897   |-        |20,800             

350 Bolton                 |24,558   |-        |17,103             

351 Bury                   |15,162   |-        |10,163             

352 Manchester             |42,612   |-        |23,957             

353 Oldham                 |22,445   |-        |15,304             

354 Rochdale               |20,102   |-        |12,437             

355 Salford                |21,503   |-        |12,879             

356 Stockport              |23,746   |-        |17,333             

357 Tameside               |19,990   |-        |13,857             

358 Trafford               |17,597   |-        |10,731             

359 Wigan                  |27,650   |-        |20,548             

370 Barnsley               |18,412   |-        |12,123             

371 Doncaster              |21,136   |9,554    |15,217             

372 Rotherham              |22,109   |-        |17,539             

373 Sheffield              |32,469   |7,636    |23,845             

380 Bradford               |33,740   |23,685   |20,210             

381 Calderdale             |17,799   |-        |12,519             

382 Kirklees               |31,549   |3,322    |22,713             

383 Leeds                  |46,935   |16,611   |34,468             

384 Wakefield              |22,006   |7,269    |15,881             

390 Gateshead              |16,478   |-        |11,529             

391 Newcastle upon Tyne    |20,490   |3,312    |13,189             

392 North Tyneside         |13,760   |5,461    |9,268              

393 South Tyneside         |13,869   |-        |8,798              

394 Sunderland             |27,463   |-        |18,245             

420 Isles of Scilly        |170      |-        |112                

901 Avon                   |74,040   |-        |52,513             

902 Bedfordshire           |35,921   |17,104   |26,507             

903 Berkshire              |52,519   |5,186    |42,839             

904 Buckinghamshire        |41,408   |15,686   |33,306             

905 Cambridgeshire         |55,930   |168      |39,831             

906 Cheshire               |83,207   |-        |63,195             

907 Cleveland              |55,223   |-        |38,784             

908 Cornwall               |36,350   |-        |28,416             

909 Cumbria                |40,126   |-        |30,370             

910 Derbyshire             |74,595   |-        |55,570             

911 Devon                  |71,017   |3,736    |54,215             

912 Dorset                 |35,783   |11,137   |30,588             

913 Durham                 |51,341   |-        |36,386             

914 East Sussex            |44,746   |-        |33,689             

915 Essex                  |118,566  |-        |96,169             

916 Gloucestershire        |41,521   |-        |31,658             

917 Hampshire              |102,463  |21,366   |82,259             

918 Hereford and Worcester |43,697   |15,027   |34,196             

919 Hertfordshire          |73,713   |3,111    |61,618             

920 Humberside             |74,505   |-        |57,522             

921 Isle of Wight          |6,772    |5,268    |4,862              

922 Kent                   |116,672  |4,128    |92,468             

923 Lancashire             |122,442  |-        |82,332             

924 Leicestershire         |74,220   |5,273    |53,907             

925 Lincolnshire           |46,540   |-        |35,321             

926 Norfolk                |42,056   |16,475   |39,690             

927 North Yorkshire        |52,867   |378      |42,354             

928 Northamptonshire       |46,805   |9,402    |34,018             

929 Northumberland         |18,357   |14,878   |13,306             

930 Nottinghamshire        |76,473   |2,710    |59,332             

931 Oxfordshire            |37,044   |4,092    |28,775             

932 Shropshire             |32,545   |-        |26,538             

933 Somerset               |33,839   |4,152    |23,266             

934 Staffordshire          |86,935   |6,580    |60,634             

935 Suffolk                |39,336   |16,043   |30,287             

936 Surrey                 |45,213   |27,017   |42,172             

937 Warwickshire           |29,008   |14,432   |24,511             

938 West Sussex            |41,723   |9,687    |37,641             

939 Wiltshire              |43,561   |1,231    |31,293             

                           |-------  |-------  |-------            

England                    |3,630,573|333,526  |2,671,297          

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many full-time pupils of all ages there are in maintained special schools in each local education authority in England.

Mr. Fallon : The numbers of full-time pupils of all ages, including pupils aged under five, in maintained special schools in each local education authority in England as at January 1991 are shown in the table.




All full-time pupils in maintained special       

schools in each local                            

Education Authority in England-January 1991<1>   

                           |Full-time            

                           |pupils in            

                           |maintained           

                           |special              

                           |schools              

                           |Numbers              

-------------------------------------------------

201 City                   |-                    

202 Camden                 |371                  

203 Greenwich              |755                  

204 Hackney                |654                  

205 Hammersmith and Fulham |498                  

206 Islington              |322                  

207 Kensington and Chelsea |97                   

208 Lambeth                |906                  

209 Lewisham               |491                  

210 Southwark              |495                  

211 Tower Hamlets          |495                  

212 Wandsworth             |783                  

213 Westminster            |163                  

301 Barking                |162                  

302 Barnet                 |337                  

303 Bexley                 |269                  

304 Brent                  |370                  

305 Bromley                |372                  

306 Croydon                |497                  

307 Ealing                 |433                  

308 Enfield                |411                  

309 Haringey               |338                  

310 Harrow                 |222                  

311 Havering               |237                  

312 Hillingdon             |372                  

313 Hounslow               |424                  

314 Kingston upon Thames   |233                  

315 Merton                 |237                  

316 Newham                 |437                  

317 Redbridge              |372                  

318 Richmond upon Thames   |155                  

319 Sutton                 |291                  

320 Waltham Forest         |757                  

330 Birmingham             |2,889                

331 Coventry               |809                  

332 Dudley                 |570                  

333 Sandwell               |845                  

334 Solihull               |242                  

335 Walsall                |553                  

336 Wolverhampton          |498                  

340 Knowsley               |627                  

341 Liverpool              |1,558                

342 St. Helens             |478                  

343 Sefton                 |459                  

344 Wirral                 |719                  

350 Bolton                 |461                  

351 Bury                   |287                  

352 Manchester             |1,509                

353 Oldham                 |618                  

354 Rochdale               |528                  

355 Salford                |520                  

356 Stockport              |432                  

357 Tameside               |406                  

358 Trafford               |370                  

359 Wigan                  |809                  

370 Barnsley               |187                  

371 Doncaster              |717                  

372 Rotherham              |615                  

373 Sheffield              |854                  

380 Bradford               |873                  

381 Calderdale             |209                  

382 Kirklees               |644                  

383 Leeds                  |1,051                

384 Wakefield              |631                  

390 Gateshead              |374                  

391 Newcastle upon Tyne    |652                  

392 North Tyneside         |404                  

393 South Tyneside         |301                  

394 Sunderland             |656                  

420 Isles of Scilly        |-                    

901 Avon                   |1,993                

902 Bedfordshire           |1,086                

903 Berkshire              |1,518                

904 Buckinghamshire        |1,505                

905 Cambridgeshire         |954                  

906 Cheshire               |1,418                

907 Cleveland              |1,317                

908 Cornwall               |296                  

909 Cumbria                |348                  

910 Derbyshire             |1,284                

911 Devon                  |1,691                

912 Dorset                 |1,059                

913 Durham                 |1,045                

914 East Sussex            |1,330                

915 Essex                  |2,512                

916 Gloucestershire        |1,202                

917 Hampshire              |3,491                

918 Hereford and Worcester |1,271                

919 Hertfordshire          |1,820                

920 Humberside             |1,177                

921 Isle of Wight          |224                  

922 Kent                   |3,217                

923 Lancashire             |3,222                

924 Leicestershire         |1,069                

925 Lincolnshire           |1,135                

926 Norfolk                |859                  

927 North Yorkshire        |1,009                

928 Northamptonshire       |1,091                

929 Northumberland         |546                  

930 Nottinghamshire        |1,941                

931 Oxfordshire            |704                  

932 Shropshire             |518                  

933 Somerset               |589                  

934 Staffordshire          |2,083                

935 Suffolk                |697                  

936 Surrey                 |1,729                

937 Warwickshire           |1,263                

938 West Sussex            |1,206                

939 Wiltshire              |699                  

                                                 

England                    |89,429               

<1>Including pupils in maintained hospital       

schools.                                         

St. Fidelis School, Erith

Mr. Evennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will pay an official visit to St. Fidelis school in Erith to discuss the capital funding of the school and its proposed expansion.

Mr. Fallon : The capital funding of the proposed expansion project at St. Fidelis school will be one of the factors considered by my right hon. and learned Friend in his decision on proposals published by the governors, under section 13 of the 1980 Education Act, to enlarge the school significantly. It is not our practice to visit schools which are the subject of statutory proposals ; but if we did, it would not be possible to discuss any of the issues involved, as this could be held to have pre- judged our eventual decision on the proposals.

Religious Education

Mr. Alison : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the most recently available estimates for (a) the number of full- time teachers in county secondary schools who teach religious education and who have no post A-level qualification in RE, (b) the numbers of full-time teachers in county secondary schools who teach religious education and who have a post A-level qualification in RE and (c) the number of full-time county secondary teachers with a post A-level qualification in RE who are not teaching the subject.

Mr. Fallon : The information requested is not separately available for county secondary schools.

For all maintained secondary schools in England, the 1988 secondary school staffing survey showed that 14,500 full-time teachers were teaching religious education. Of


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these, 44 per cent. or 6,400 had a post A- level qualification in religious education. The remaining 56 per cent., or 8,100, who had no recorded post A-level qualification in the subject, were providing only 26 per cent. of all tuition periods in religious education. A further 6,900 full-time teachers with a post A-level qualification in religious education were not teaching the subject.

Mr. Alison : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local education authorities which have adopted agreed syllabuses for religious education since the commencement of the Education Reform Act 1988.

Mr. Eggar : The Department does not collect this information. We are aware, however, that some local education authorities have adopted new agreed syllabuses for religious education since 29 September 1988, including :

Bolton

Cornwall

Derbyshire

Ealing

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newham

North Tyneside

Oldham

Rotherham

I believe that other authorities are currently reviewing their syllabuses.

Christian Worship

Mr. Alison : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list for each local education authority (a) the number and (b) the percentage of county schools granted total or partial exemption from the requirement to hold broadly Christian acts of worship.

Mr. Eggar : The information is not available in the form requested. I understand that, in the first year following the Education Reform Act 1988, 32 local education authorities reported that determinations had been granted in respect of one or more of their schools and that four LEAs have reported further determinations granted in the second year. I have requested some further analysis of the information which we have and will write to my hon. Friend in due course.

CD-ROM Technology

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he intends to offer financial assistance for CD-ROM applications for the blind and visually handicapped ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Fallon : Yes. My right hon. and learned Friend announced on 25 January a scheme to be jointly funded by the Department, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Open university to develop software to give blind and visually handicapped pupils full access to CD-ROM materials. The scheme is being managed by the National Council for Educational Technology.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he intends to offer further financial support for the CD-ROM application development scheme ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Fallon : Yes. As part of the Government's scheme to introduce and extend the curriculum use of CD-ROM


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technology in schools, the Department has invited the National Council for Educational Technology to commission the development of a number of new curriculum discs directly supporting the national curriculum. The Department is making £700,000 available towards the costs which will be shared with the disc developers and publishers.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

Disaster Relief Unit

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral answer of 10 February 1992, Official Report, column 665, if he will give details of the activities of the emergency aid department, showing in which way its work differs from that of the disaster relief unit which it replaced.

Mrs. Chalker : I announced the creation of the ODA's emergency aid department on 14 August 1991. A copy of the announcement has been placed in the Library.

The emergency aid department incorporates the relief work of the disaster unit and the refugee unit and now has an additional section to deal with the new disaster relief initiative, disaster preparedness and the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

Honduras

Mr. Jacques Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans for further assistance to the Government of Honduras.

Mrs. Chalker : We have agreed to convert the £5 million non- interest bearing loan 1980 to a grant. A formal agreement will be signed in due course with the Government of Honduras, waiving repayments over the period to 2011.

Population Control

Mr. Harris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution Her Majesty's Government will make to the United Nations fund for population activities in 1992.

Mrs. Chalker : We will contribute £9 million to the United Nations fund for population activities in 1992. This is a 20 per cent. increase on our 1991 contribution of £7.5 million, which in turn represented an increase of 25 per cent. over the 1990 contribution of £6 million. Britain will, therefore, have increased its core support to UNFPA by 50 per cent. over the last two years.

Britain's commitment to population as a development priority is very clear, and we aim to further increase the resources available for population assistance under the United Kingdom aid programme. UNFPA will continue to be a major recipient of this assistance.

Cambodia

Mr. Harris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution Her Majesty's Government have made to the World Food Programme appeal for internally displaced people in Cambodia.


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Mrs. Chalker : I approved a contribution of £250,000 to the World Food Programme, specifically for the needs of the internally displaced people in Cambodia.

Overseas Development (Report)

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will obtain for the library of his Department's Overseas Development Administration the report, "Justice Between Peoples-- Justice between Generations", published last December.

Mrs. Chalker [holding answer 17 February 1992] : An order for this report has been placed with its publisher, the Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) in Nairobi, and will be added to the library of the Overseas Development Administration in due course.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Mr. and Mrs. Orton Chirwa

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to make further

representations on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Orton Chirwa.

Mrs. Chalker : We will continue to raise the case of Orton and Vera Chirwa with the Malawian Government at every suitable opportunity until they are released.

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Malawi to discuss the continuing imprisonment of Mr. and Mrs. Chirwa ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Chalker : The Secretary of State has no plans to visit Malawi. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Mr. Jopling) on 13 February, column 605.

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the representations made by Her Majesty's Government to the Malawian Government concerning Mr. and Mrs. Orton Chirwa.

Mrs. Chalker : The Government made representations to the Malawian Government on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Chirwa in February and March 1984, October 1986, December 1987, July 1990, December 1991, January 1992--three times--and February 1992.

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department will support attempts by the hon. Member to seek to visit Mr. and Mrs. Orton Chirwa in prison in Malawi.

Mrs. Chalker : Any such visit would require the agreement of the Malawian Government. A response to a request by the EC and the United States Governments for access by the International Committee of the Red Cross to all Malawi's prisoners is currently awaited.

Chemical Weapons Organisation

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding the location of the seat of the


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international organisation to be established under the chemical weapons convention, currently under negotiation in Geneva.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : On 26 November 1991, the Dutch ambassador delivered to the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office an aide-me moire on The Hague's candidature to host the International Organisation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. On 3 February this year, the Austrian Foreign Minister gave a memorandum on Vienna's candidature to my hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Croatia

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to identify the source of the supplies of arms entering Croatia.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The United Nations Security Council has established a committee to monitor military equipment entering Yugoslavia and its former constituent republics in violation of Security Council resolution 713 of 25 September 1991.

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration his Department has given to the question of sanctions against Croatia since recognition, in addition to those already in force against Yugoslavia.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : All aspects of our policy towards Croatia are under constant review.

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, during the normal process of discussions with the German Government in the last 14 days, the matter of Croatia has been raised ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Croatia is regularly discussed both bilaterally with our community partners and multilaterally under European political co- operation.

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department will take to ensure that the Government of Croatia adhere to every undertaking given to Her Majesty's Government and the European Community prior to the formal recognition of Croatia's independence.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : We have made it clear that the development of our relations with Croatia will depend on Croatia's fulfilling its undertakings on minorities' rights.

Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will obtain for his departmental library a copy of the Helsinki Watch report on Croatian attrocities against Serbs.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The report referred to has been ordered.

ENVIRONMENT

Countryside (Access)

3. Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to improve access to the countryside.


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Mr. Baldry : The rights of way network provides the means by which most people can visit and enjoy the countryside. We are strongly supporting the Countryside Commission in its work with local authorities to improve this network and to bring it all into good order by the year 2000. We have created incentives to landowners to provide greater opportunities for public access through the countryside stewardship scheme, and increased funds for the national park authorities to open up new areas for public enjoyment. We shall announce further measures shortly.

18. Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to improve access to the countryside.

Mr. Trippier : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies) earlier today by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment.

Environmental Policies

16. Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the application of environmental considerations to Government policy as a whole.

Mr. Heseltine : This Government have taken a world lead in integrating environmental policies across Departments. We have established two ministerial committees to develop and monitor environmental initiatives, created a "green" Minister in every Government Department and issued guidance which Departments must follow in assessing the environmental impacts of their policies and programmes. The environment remains high on the Government's agenda. We will continue to provide regular and full progress reports on the implementation of our commitments.

Ozone Layer

19. Mr. French : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent reports he has received about depletion of the ozone layer.

Mr. Trippier : Reports have been received from the European arctic stratospheric ozone experiment (EASOE) and from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These show large quantities of ozone-depleting chemicals present in the stratosphere, and low concentrations of ozone have been observed over mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere and in the tropics. It is not yet possible to say unequivocally that chemical depletion of ozone is taking place.

Carbon Tax

20. Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will report on progress made with his European Community counterparts on agreements on a Communitywide carbon tax.

Mr. Heseltine : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Hughes) on 17 December 1991, and to this morning's debate in European Standing Committee A.


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NRA Board of Directors

21. Dr Kim Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has held discussions with the chairman of the National Rivers Authority concerning the reorganisation of the National Rivers Authority's board of directors.

Mr. Baldry : I discuss board appointments with the chairman of the National Rivers Authority whenever there is a need.

Water Pollution

Mr. John Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many water pollution incidents were the subject of prosecutions in each of the last three years ; and what was the total amount levied in fines in each year.

Mr. Baldry : The numbers of successful prosecutions for pollution incidents in England and Wales, since the establishment of the National Rivers Authority, are shown, with the total fines imposed.


D

Period              |Total number of|Fines                          

                    |prosecutions   |(£000)                       

--------------------------------------------------------------------

1 September 1989 to                                                 

   31 August 1990   |395            |<1>1,316                       

1 September 1990 to                                                 

   31 August 1991   |559            |773                            

1 September 1991 to                                                 

   30 November 1991 |150            |264                            

<1> Includes £1 million for Shell UK prosecution.                 

Prosecution figures are based on the date of the court hearing. Further information is contained in the NRA's report "Water Pollution Incidents in England and Wales 1990", which was published on 27 January. Prosecutions prior to 1 September 1989 would have been brought by the water authorities and comprehensive information is not readily available.

Tidiness

Mr. Colin Shepherd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the progress of his measures to improve the tidiness of Britain.

Mr. Baldry : The message that is being received by my Department is that local authorities are responding positively to the new duty to keep their land clear of litter and to the other measures incorporated in part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. I am sure that this is having a positive impact on the cleanliness of streets, parks and other places.

Housebuilding

17. Mr. Hardy : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many houses were built by local authorities and by housing associations in 1991.

Sir George Young : Provisional estimates are that in England, in 1991, 14,600 dwellings were completed by housing associations and 7, 800 by local authorities. Housing associations are now the main providers of new subsidised housing : they also provide housing by acquisition, renovation, conversion and other means, and their total output is expected to rise to over 50,000 by 1993-94.


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