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Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Labour Force Survey (LFS) asks people of working age if they currently have any health problem or disability which limits the kind of paid work they can do. Estimates based on answers to this question will include people with short-term health problems and disabilities as well as those registered as disabled. LFS estimates for winter 1992-93, not seasonally adjusted, show that in Great Britain 38.2 per cent. of working age people with such health problems and disabilities were in employment. Of those who reported that their main health problem was with difficulty in seeing, 45.2 per cent. were in employment.


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Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the extent to which employers take account of the cost of special equipment in deciding whether to employ (a) blind workers or (b) people with other disabilities.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : An assessment of the extent to which employers take account of the cost of special equipment was published in the consultative document "Evaluation of Special Schemes for people with disabilities : Summary Paper", in November 1990. The paper provided details of employer responses to a question which asked whether they would have taken or kept their disabled employees on, without help from the special schemes for people with disabilities. The question was asked in relation to all disabled people, regardless of disability although one third were classified as totally blind. The following table shows employer responses with reference to the special aids to employment scheme :




Would you have taken/kept      

him/her on without help from   

the                            

scheme?'                       

Base-175                       

Response   |Per cent.          

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

Definitely |75                 

Possibly   |16                 

No         |9                  

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average cost of equipment given under the special aids to employment schemes (a) for all recipients and (b) for blind workers.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The average cost of equipment supplied under the special aids to employment scheme is (a) £906 for all recipients and (b) £1,373 for blind workers.

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has for the personal reader service scheme.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The assistance currently provided by the personal reader service will continue to be available under access to work from April 1994, and will be extended to include support beyond reading.

Employment Agency

Mr. Roger Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what were the main results of the work of the employment service as a next steps agency in 1992-93 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I am pleased to announce that the Employment Service achieved excellent results in 1992-93. It placed over 1.42 million unemployed people into jobs, of whom 24 per cent. had been out of work for six months or more. It also exceeded its targets for paying benefit accurately and promptly to those entitled to it. The Chief Executive of the Employment Service has provided my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State with the annual report and accounts for 1992-93. Copies have been placed in the Library today.


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NATIONAL HERITAGE

Football

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what visits have been made by Ministers in his Department since April 1992 to (i) Premier League football grounds and (ii) Football League grounds.

Mr. Brooke : Ministers have made official visits to one Premier League and two Football League grounds since April 1992.

Angling

Sir Cranley Onslow : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heriage what grants from public funds have been made to the sport of angling since April 1991.

Mr. Brooke : Most of my Department's funding for sport is made through the Sports Council. In 1991-92 it paid grant of £71,749 to angling bodies, including £20,660 to the National Angling Council which was disbanded at the end of that year. In 1992-93 grant paid by the Sports Council to angling's remaining governing bodies was £46, 800.

PRIME MINISTER

Foreign Heads of State (Visits)

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Prime Minster whether the itinerary of a foreign head of state on an official visit to the United Kingdom is set by Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 13 July 1993] : For an official visit to Britain by a foreign head of state the itinerary is agreed between the British Government and the visitor.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Tourism

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department invested in marketing and promoting Northern Ireland as a tourist destination during 1991 and 1992 ; how much his Department intends to have spent on marketing and promotion by the end of the current financial year ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins : Funded by the Government, the Northern Ireland tourist board has spent the following amounts (excluding salary and wages costs) on the marketing and promotion of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination :


         |£000's           

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

1990-91  |2,797            

1991-92  |1,821            

1992-93  |3,515            

1993-94  |<1>3,410         

<1> Budget.                

Increased Government funding for tourism has enabled the tourist board to run a major television campaign in parts of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland in addition to its normal marketing activities.


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Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visitors to Northern Ireland in 1992 stated holiday as their main reason for visiting ; and what proportion of the total number of visitors that represented during the year.

Mr. Atkins : In 1992, 247,200 pure holiday visitors came to Northern Ireland. This represents 20 per cent. of the total visitors.

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of the target numbers set out in the corporate plan 1992-95 by the Northern Ireland tourist board were achieved in 1992 in respect of (a) visits to friends and relatives, (b) holidays and (c) businesses ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins : The number of business visitors to Northern Ireland in 1992 achieved and significantly exceeded the target, with 380,000 visitors as against a target of 336,000. In a difficult year for international tourism and despite achieving a 6 per cent overall increase in visitors, which produced the fourth successive record year for Northern Ireland tourism, the other two targets were not reached.

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of tourists visiting Northern Ireland in 1992 also visited the Republic as a component part of their trip ; what proportion of those were from (a) EC countries, (b) the United States of America and (c) elsewhere ; and what was the average length of stay in both the north and the Republic.

Mr. Atkins : An estimated 21 per cent. of the visitors to Northern Ireland in 1992 also visited the Republic of Ireland. The form of the tourist data collected is such that the information requested about origin and length of stay is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total expenditure by Northern Ireland residents on (a) leisure day trips and (b) domestic vacations during 1992 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins : The total expenditure by Northern Ireland residents on domestic vacations in 1992 was £44.63 million. Expenditure on leisure day trips is not collected on a regular basis although experimental surveys are being pursued to assess methodology of collection and the value of such data.

Strategic Planning Unit

Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what work is carried out by the strategic planning unit in the Department of Economic Development.

Mr. Atkins : The unit, which includes the Department's economists and statisticians, has responsibilities which include the provision of strategic advice on all aspects of economic development policy, policy evaluation, economic research and the collation and interpretation of statistics.


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EDUCATION

Small Businesses

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the achievements of (a) his policies and (b) his Department in helping small businesses over the last 12 months as against the previous 12 months ; and if he will publish the performance indicators by which his Department monitors those achievements and the statistical results of such monitoring.

Mr. Boswell : The Government continue to place a high priority on helping businesses, through improvements to the business climate, through deregulation and through specific programmes of support and assistance.

Measures operated by the Department to assist small business include encouragement of small firms to tender for its contracts ; each contract also includes a requirement to ensure sub-contractors are paid promptly.

The Department monitors both the number and value of its contracts let to small firms. In the first four months of 1993-94, 43 per cent. of contracts were placed with such firms (28 per cent. by value) ; the corresponding figures for the previous 12 months are 39 per cent. and 29 per cent.

Open University (Tuition Fees)

Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students studying with the Open University have had their tuition fees grant-aided by North Yorkshire county council in each of the last five years.

Mr. Boswell : This information is not collected centrally. Under the Education Act 1962, it is entirely for local education authorities to determine how much to spend on discretionary awards and which students to support.

Elton Report

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement outlining the progress made to date by his Department on implementing the recommendations of the Elton report.

Mr. Forth : The report of the committee of inquiry into discipline in schools chaired by Lord Elton was published in March 1989 and copies were sent by the Department to all schools and local education authorities in England. The report contained recommendations not only to the Government, but also to local education authorities, governing bodies, head teachers, teacher training institutions and other bodies. For its part, the Department has :

supported through education support grants (ESG) 24 LEA projects designed to improve support services for the most difficult pupils (expenditure of £7.3 million over a three year period ending March 1993) ;

supported through ESG 31 projects designed to improve school attendance (£7.4 million over a three-year period ending March 1993). Similar projects to a value of some £9.6 million are being supported in 71 LEAs under the grants for education support and training (GEST) scheme 1993 -94 ;

monitored permanent exclusions at maintained schools over a two-year period, starting with summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system (NERS). The key findings from the two-year exercise were published on 23 April 1993 ;

supported research at Sheffield university designed to


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identify good practice in relation to discipline in inner-city schools and further work on the evaluation of intervention strategies used to combat bullying ;

required that all initial teacher training courses should include separate, compulsory elements of practical training in how to manage pupil behaviour, and that these skills should be a key factor in assessing a student's performance and competence to teach.

Youth Services

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to impose a statutory obligation on local authorities to develop youth services.

Mr. Boswell : Local education authorities already have a duty under section 41 of the Education Act 1944 as substituted by section 11 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 to secure provision for further education. Further education is defined as including vocational training, social physical and recreational training and organised leisure time occupation. Section 53 of the 1944 Act also provides that the facilities provided by an LEA for primary, secondary and further education must include adequate faclities for recreation, social and physical training.

These provisions cover the youth service and it is for individual authorities to decide how they fulfil their duty.

Pupil Exclusions

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish figures showing the number of pupil exclusions in (a) the primary sector and (b) the secondary sector within each local education authority in England in each year since 1987 ; and what has been the percentage of excluded pupils within the general school population in each local authority area in each year.

Mr. Forth : Information on fixed term and indefinite exclusions has not been collected centrally. Information on permanent exclusions from maintained schools in England was collected by the Department over a two year period, starting with summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system (NERS). The results of the survey were published on 23 April 1993 and showed that a total of 6, 743 permanent exclusions had been reported with 2,910 in year one and 3,833 in year two. Exclusions in the primary phase accounted for 13 per cent. of the total in year one and 14 per cent. in year two. The information was gathered for purposes of national aggregation and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the figures by area because of assurances given as to confidentiality.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many ballots in England on grant-maintained status have resulted in participation rates (a) above 79 per cent., (b) between 70 and 79 per cent., (c) between 60 and 69 per cent., (d) between 50 and 59 per cent. and (e) below 50 per cent.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information requested is as follows, correct as of 21 July.


Participation rates                    |Number of ballots                      

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

80 per cent. or over                   |126                                    

70 per cent. to less than 80 per cent. |294                                    

60 per cent. to less than 70 per cent. |456                                    

50 per cent. to less than 60 per cent. |332                                    

Less than 50 per cent.                 |33                                     

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 1992, Official Report, column 478, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in England are or have been eligible to apply for grant- maintained status ; how many in each case have held ballots under section 61 of the Education Act 1988 ; how many ballots in each case resulted in votes to seek grant-maintained status, and how many of these have been


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subject to section 12 or 13 notices ; and how many ballots in each case resulted in votes against seeking grant- maintained status.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information requested is listed in the table. Column 2 gives the total number of maintained schools in each LEA in January 1992 (other than special schools and nurseries). Column 5 gives the number of schools which were subject to section 12 or 13 proposals when they published proposals for self-governing (GM) status. Information on schools subject to section 12 or 13 proposals which have voted against self -governing (GM) status, or which have voted in favour of self-governing (GM) status but not yet published proposals is not held centrally.


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Table of the SG(GM) Voting Patterns by Local Education Authority                                                                 

Primary Schools (As at 21 July 1993)                                                                                             

LEA                  |Total Number of  |Number of ballots|Number of ballots|Number of "yes"  |Number of ballots                  

                     |schools in LEA<1>|held             |that resulted in |votes subject to |that resulted in                   

                     |(LEA or SG(GM))                    |"yes" votes      |Section 12 or 13 |"no" votes                         

                                                                           |notices                                              

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201 Corporation of                                                                                                               

  London             |1                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

202 Camden           |41               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

203 Greenwich        |77               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

204 Hackney          |70               |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

205 Hammersmith      |39               |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

206 Islington        |57               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

207 Kensington       |27               |2                |2                |-                |-                                  

208 Lambeth          |78               |3                |3                |-                |-                                  

209 Lewisham         |74               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

210 Southwark        |77               |3                |3                |-                |-                                  

211 Tower Hamlets    |73               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

212 Wandsworth       |70               |5                |3                |1                |2                                  

213 Westminster      |42               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

301 Barking          |54               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

302 Barnet           |89               |5                |2                |-                |3                                  

303 Bexley           |67               |3                |2                |-                |1                                  

304 Brent            |65               |2                |2                |1                |-                                  

305 Bromley          |78               |4                |3                |-                |1                                  

306 Croydon          |99               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

307 Ealing           |92               |4                |4                |2                |-                                  

308 Enfield          |69               |3                |1                |-                |2                                  

309 Haringey         |77               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

310 Harrow           |53               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

311 Havering         |74               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

312 Hillingdon       |73               |11               |11               |-                |-                                  

313 Hounslow         |63               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

314 Kingston on                                                                                                                  

  Thames             |36               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

315 Merton           |49               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

316 Newham           |67               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

317 Redbridge        |56               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

318 Richmond on                                                                                                                  

  Thames             |40               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

319 Sutton           |42               |3                |3                |-                |-                                  

320 Waltham Forest   |61               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

330 Birmingham       |337              |10               |5                |-                |5                                  

331 Coventry         |110              |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

332 Dudley           |83               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

333 Sandwell         |112              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

334 Solihull         |70               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

335 Walsall          |106              |3                |2                |-                |1                                  

336 Wolverhampton    |103              |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

340 Knowsley         |64               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

341 Liverpool        |186              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

342 St. Helens       |73               |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

343 Sefon            |94               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

344 Wirral           |106              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

350 Bolton           |107              |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

351 Bury             |72               |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

352 Manchester       |174              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

353 Oldham           |101              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

354 Rochdale         |76               |5                |4                |-                |1                                  

355 Salford          |89               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

356 Stockport        |110              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

357 Tameside         |83               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

358 Trafford         |78               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

359 Wigan            |124              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

370 Barnsley         |98               |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

371 Doncaster        |127              |4                |3                |2                |1                                  

372 Rotherham        |116              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

373 Sheffield        |181              |14               |12               |5                |2                                  

380 Bradford         |165              |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

381 Calderdale       |94               |3                |3                |-                |-                                  

382 Kirklees         |161              |2                |-                |-                |2                                  

383 Leeds            |224              |3                |1                |-                |2                                  

384 Wakefield        |131              |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

390 Gateshead        |85               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

391 Newcastle        |85               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

392 North Tyne       |62               |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

393 South Tyne       |61               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

394 Sunderland       |106              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

420 Isles of Scilly  |4                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

901 Avon             |369              |4                |-                |-                |4                                  

902 Bedfordshire     |218              |3                |3                |-                |-                                  

903 Berkshire        |275              |9                |7                |-                |2                                  

904 Buckinghamshire  |287              |8                |6                |-                |2                                  

905 Cambridge        |264              |9                |7                |-                |2                                  

906 Cheshire         |460              |7                |5                |3                |2                                  

907 Cleveland        |202              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

908 Cornwall         |250              |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

909 Cumbria          |312              |19               |17               |-                |2                                  

910 Derbyshire       |450              |13               |7                |-                |6                                  

911 Devon            |444              |5                |2                |1                |3                                  

912 Dorset           |199              |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

913 Durham           |297              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

914 East Sussex      |218              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

915 Essex            |579              |69               |65               |-                |4                                  

916 Gloucestershire  |264              |10               |9                |-                |1                                  

917 Hampshire        |581              |20               |18               |7                |2                                  

918 Hereford and                                                                                                                 

  Worcester          |288              |2                |-                |-                |2                                  

919 Hertfordshire    |440              |11               |8                |-                |3                                  

920 Humberside       |354              |5                |3                |-                |2                                  

921 Isle of Wight    |46               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

922 Kent             |575              |22               |20               |2                |2                                  

923 Lancashire       |601              |3                |2                |-                |1                                  

924 Leicester        |331              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

925 Lincolnshire     |293              |27               |24               |-                |3                                  

926 Norfolk          |398              |18               |14               |-                |4                                  

927 North Yorkshire  |395              |2                |-                |-                |2                                  

928 Northamptonshire |270              |13               |10               |-                |3                                  

929 Northumberland   |143              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

930 Nottinghamshire  |423              |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

931 Oxfordshire      |240              |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

932 Shropshire       |216              |3                |3                |2                |-                                  

933 Somerset         |233              |4                |2                |-                |2                                  

934 Staffordshire    |412              |2                |2                |-                |-                                  

935 Suffolk          |255              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

936 Surrey           |373              |19               |17               |8                |2                                  

937 Warwickshire     |244              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

938 West Sussex      |244              |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

939 Wiltshire        |295              |12               |10               |-                |2                                  

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

Totals               |18,926           |438              |348              |39               |90                                 

<1> January 1992 totals.                                                                                                         


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Table of the SG(GM) Voting Patterns by Local Education Authority                                                                

Secondary Schools (As at 21 July 1993)                                                                                          

LEA                 |Total Number of  |Number of ballots|Number of ballots|Number of "yes"  |Number of ballots                  

                    |schools in LEA<1>|held             |that resulted in |votes subject to |that resulted in                   

                    |(LEA or SG(GM))                    |"yes" votes      |Section 12 or 13 |"no" votes                         

                                                                          |notices                                              

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201 Corporation of                                                                                                              

  London            |-                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

202 Camden          |11               |3                |2                |-                |1                                  

203 Greenwich       |15               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

204 Hackney         |10               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

205 Hammersmith     |9                |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

206 Islington       |9                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

207 Kensington      |4                |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

208 Lambeth         |10               |5                |5                |-                |-                                  

209 Lewisham        |14               |2                |-                |-                |2                                  

210 Southwark       |15               |5                |5                |1                |-                                  

211 Tower Hamlets   |14               |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

212 Wandsworth      |10               |8                |7                |1                |1                                  

213 Westminster     |8                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

301 Barking         |8                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

302 Barnet          |20               |11               |10               |1                |1                                  

303 Bexley          |17               |5                |4                |-                |1                                  

304 Brent           |14               |11               |9                |2                |2                                  

305 Bromley         |17               |13               |12               |1                |1                                  

306 Croydon         |20               |8                |6                |-                |2                                  

307 Ealing          |13               |8                |6                |6                |2                                  

308 Enfield         |17               |6                |5                |-                |1                                  

309 Haringey        |9                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

310 Harrow          |10               |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

311 Havering        |18               |5                |4                |-                |1                                  

312 Hillingdon      |17               |15               |14               |2                |1                                  

313 Hounslow        |14               |2                |2                |-                |-                                  

314 Kingston on                                                                                                                 

  Thames            |10               |4                |4                |-                |-                                  

315 Merton          |11               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

316 Newham          |14               |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

317 Redbridge       |14               |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

318 Richmond on                                                                                                                 

  Thames            |8                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

319 Sutton          |14               |8                |8                |-                |-                                  

320 Waltham Forest  |16               |2                |2                |-                |-                                  

330 Birmingham      |79               |24               |17               |-                |7                                  

331 Coventry        |19               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

332 Dudley          |22               |9                |7                |1                |2                                  

333 Sandwell        |23               |3                |1                |1                |2                                  

334 Solihull        |14               |2                |1                |-                |1                                  

335 Walsall         |22               |11               |7                |-                |4                                  

336 Wolverhampton   |20               |6                |5                |2                |1                                  

340 Knowsley        |11               |3                |1                |-                |2                                  

341 Liverpool       |36               |4                |3                |-                |1                                  

342 St. Helens      |12               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

343 Sefton          |22               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

344 Wirral          |22               |4                |2                |-                |2                                  

350 Bolton          |16               |3                |3                |1                |-                                  

351 Bury            |14               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

352 Manchester      |28               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

353 Oldham          |15               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

354 Rochdale        |14               |3                |1                |-                |2                                  

355 Salford         |18               |4                |1                |-                |3                                  

356 Stockport       |14               |2                |-                |-                |2                                  

357 Tameside        |18               |5                |3                |1                |2                                  

358 Trafford        |16               |6                |4                |-                |2                                  

359 Wigan           |22               |1                |1                |1                |-                                  

370 Barnsley        |15               |2                |-                |-                |2                                  

371 Doncaster       |34               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

372 Rotherham       |17               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

373 Sheffield       |32               |7                |5                |2                |2                                  

380 Bradford        |87               |8                |6                |-                |2                                  

381 Calderdale      |17               |7                |6                |2                |1                                  

382 Kirklees        |36               |5                |3                |1                |2                                  

383 Leeds           |97               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

384 Wakefield       |38               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

390 Gateshead       |13               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

391 Newcastle       |22               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

392 North Tyne      |27               |3                |2                |1                |1                                  

393 South Tyne      |11               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

394 Sunderland      |17               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

420 Isles of Scilly |1                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

901 Avon            |60               |4                |2                |1                |2                                  

902 Bedfordshire    |71               |16               |10               |1                |6                                  

903 Berkshire       |59               |12               |10               |1                |2                                  

904 Buckinghamshire |45               |11               |10               |-                |1                                  

905 Cambridge       |44               |25               |17               |1                |8                                  

906 Cheshire        |69               |11               |4                |2                |7                                  

907 Cleveland       |44               |3                |-                |-                |3                                  

908 Cornwall        |31               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

909 Cumbria         |43               |13               |13               |4                |-                                  

910 Derbyshire      |61               |22               |14               |1                |8                                  

911 Devon           |69               |9                |6                |-                |3                                  

912 Dorset          |59               |14               |13               |4                |1                                  

913 Durham          |44               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

914 East Sussex     |34               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

915 Essex           |105              |72               |69               |1                |3                                  

916 Gloucestershire |42               |33               |27               |2                |6                                  

917 Hampshire       |94               |20               |17               |2                |3                                  

918 Hereford and                                                                                                                

  Worcester         |76               |7                |5                |-                |2                                  

919 Hertfordshire   |88               |27               |22               |2                |5                                  

920 Humberside      |60               |3                |-                |-                |3                                  

921 Isle of Wight   |21               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

922 Kent            |138              |70               |66               |10               |4                                  

923 Lancashire      |107              |16               |9                |1                |7                                  

924 Leicester       |79               |9                |5                |1                |4                                  

925 Lincolnshire    |63               |27               |27               |2                |-                                  

926 Norfolk         |52               |16               |12               |-                |4                                  

927 North Yo2                                                                                                                   

932 Shropshire      |36               |6                |6                |1                |-                                  

933 Somerset        |39               |1                |1                |-                |-                                  

934 Staffordshire   |85               |10               |5                |-                |5                                  

935 Suffolk         |77               |1                |-                |-                |1                                  

936 Surrey          |51               |13               |13               |2                |-                                  

937 Warwickshire    |36               |9                |8                |1                |1                                  

938 West Sussex     |41               |3                |-                |-                |3                                  

939 Wiltshire       |44               |20               |15               |-                |5                                  

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

Totals              |3,731            |803              |615              |73               |188                                

<1> January 1992 totals excluding 6th Form Colleges.                                                                            

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many ballots in England under section 61 of the Education Reforms Act 1988, where a simple majority of parents voted in favour of seeking grant- maintained status, the proportion of such parents was (a) above 69 per cent., (b) between 60 and 69 per cent., (c) between 50 and 59 per cent., (d) between 40 and 49 per cent., (e) between 30 and 39 per cent. and (f) below 30 per cent. of the number of parents eligible to vote.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information requested is as follows, correct as of 21 July.


H

Percentage of                       |Number of ballots                  

eligible parents                                                        

voting "yes"                                                            

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70 per cent. or over                |104                                

60 per cent.-less than 70 per cent. |138                                

50 per cent.-less than 60 per cent. |242                                

40 per cent.-less than 50 per cent. |287                                

30 per cent.-less than 40 per cent. |167                                

less than 30 per cent.              |25                                 


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Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list those grant-maintained schools which have been required to repay any or all of any grant under section 79 of the Education Reform Act 1988.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, by local education authority, those grant-maintained schools for which the final budgets for the financial year 1993-94 were below the value of the proposed final annual maintenance grant, in each case stating (a) the proposed final AMG and (b) the final AMG.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information requested is given in the table.


GM AMG-1993-94                                                                            

School                           |Proposed final AMG|Final AMG                            

                                 |£                 |£                                    

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Barnet                                                                                    

Queen Elizabeth's GM School For                                                           

  Boys                           |2,685,434         |2,675,943                            

                                                                                          

Bedfordshire                                                                              

Thomas Whitehead CE School       |326,490           |318,337                              

Manshead CE Upper School         |1,819,281         |1,804,759                            

                                                                                          

Berkshire                                                                                 

Southlands School                |1,388,715         |1,336,886                            

Desborough Comprehensive                                                                  

  School                         |2,374,578         |2,326,426                            

Whitelocke Infant and Nursery                                                             

  School                         |268,260           |267,466                              

                                                                                          

Bexley                                                                                    

St. Columba's RC Boys School     |1,728,391         |1,598,267                            

St. Mary and St. Joseph's School |1,604,686         |1,522,403                            

                                                                                          

Bolton                                                                                    

George Tomlinson School          |1,502,743         |1,340,663                            

                                                                                          

Bradford                                                                                  

Bingley Grammar School           |2,107,250         |2,078,799                            

Oakbank School                   |2,463,211         |2,391,363                            

                                                                                          

Cambridgeshire                                                                            

Bassingbourn Village College     |902,676           |858,366                              

Gamlingay Village College        |415,101           |412,435                              

The Queen's School, Wisbech      |3,067,674         |3,024,982                            

Sawtry Village College           |1,354,921         |1,291,906                            

Wheatfields Junior School        |505,856           |498,875                              

The King's School, Peterborough  |1,834,790         |1,782,920                            

Jack Hunt School                 |3,071,177         |3,011,650                            

Longsands Community College      |2,834,472         |2,813,248                            

Sawston Village College          |2,339,941         |2,315,722                            

                                                                                          

Derbyshire                                                                                

The Merrill Community School     |2,296,888         |2,142,353                            

John Port School                 |3,466,400         |3,455,267                            

Murray Park Community School     |2,020,900         |1,961,579                            

Noel Baker School                |2,772,186         |2,691,008                            

Repton Primary School            |286,568           |272,386                              

                                                                                          

Dudley                                                                                    

Old Swinford Hospital School     |1,353,932         |1,333,690                            

                                                                                          

Essex                                                                                     

Beauchamps School, Wickford      |1,632,598         |1,500,912                            

King Edward VI Girls School,                                                              

  Chelmsford                     |1,668,285         |1,645,444                            

King Harold School               |1,654,751         |1,611,949                            

North Crescent Primary School    |331,361           |309,353                              

Rickstones School                |1,354,346         |1,304,412                            

Torells Comprehensive School     |1,348,562         |1,323,256                            

The Appleton School              |2,403,831         |2,351,509                            

The Hedley Walter School         |2,039,499         |1,914,949                            

Westcliff High School For Girls  |1,979,784         |1,963,536                            

Belfairs Community College       |2,668,155         |2,601,882                            

Northwick Park County Infant                                                              

  School                         |331,619           |329,561                              

The Eastwood School              |1,772,834         |1,748,207                            

                                                                                          

Hampshire                                                                                 

Abbotswood Middle School         |844,731           |826,691                              

Bay House Grant-maintained                                                                

  School                         |3,276,655         |3,203,364                            

Blackfield Middle School         |586,385           |578,966                              

                                                                                          

Hertfordshire                                                                             

Parmiters School                 |2,333,813         |2,322,198                            

Christ Church CE JMI School,                                                              

  Chorley                        |319,139           |311,975                              

Hertingfordbury School           |244,250           |240,010                              

Bushey Hall School               |2,571,885         |2,397,349                            

                                                                                          

Hillingdon                                                                                

Hayes Manor School               |1,747,694         |1,727,799                            

Mellow Lane School               |2,372,797         |2,318,510                            

Northwood School                 |2,278,887         |2,201,048                            

Swakeleys School                 |1,856,814         |1,833,869                            

Vyners School                    |2,161,804         |2,004,307                            

                                                                                          

Hounslow                                                                                  

Gumley House Convent School      |2,251,140         |2,220,884                            

                                                                                          

Kent                                                                                      

Thamesview School                |2,280,985         |2,254,247                            

Oakwood Park Grammar School      |1,077,926         |1,005,749                            

Sir Roger Manwood's School       |1,505,123         |1,451,715                            

Mascalls School                  |2,868,192         |2,848,129                            

Meopham School                   |986,030           |935,095                              

The Wildernesse School           |1,456,554         |1,389,844                            

Oldborough Manor High School     |1,537,167         |1,535,140                            

                                                                                          

Kingston                                                                                  

Richard Challoner School         |1,569,710         |1,534,475                            

Tiffin School                    |2,369,820         |2,258,964                            

                                                                                          

Lincolnshire                                                                              

Skegness Grammar School          |1,505,727         |1,482,438                            

The Kings School, Grantham       |1,916,942         |1,891,740                            

Carre's Grammar School           |1,091,103         |1,078,102                            

Yarborough High School           |2,415,986         |2,364,073                            

North Kesteven School            |2,648,988         |2,586,321                            

Robert Pattinson School          |2,444,092         |2,415,355                            

Ancaster High School             |1,267,502         |1,262,259                            

William Farr CE School           |1,735,540         |1,679,426                            

Gleed Girls School               |1,208,925         |1,130,082                            

Monks' Dyke School               |1,504,824         |1,504,382                            

Lacey Gardens Junior School      |592,816           |587,612                              

                                                                                          

Norfolk                                                                                   

Acle High School                 |1,175,358         |1,144,641                            

Cromer High School               |1,285,699         |1,244,563                            

Great Yarmouth High School       |1,616,159         |1,585,705                            

St. Clements High School         |1,196,556         |1,170,746                            

West Flegg Middle School         |678,538           |660,604                              

Wymondham College                |2,341,738         |2,303,400                            

Gresham County Primary School    |175,466           |161,864                              

Heacham Middle School            |390,702           |363,868                              

Redgate Middle School,                                                                    

  Hunstanton                     |309,338           |289,155                              

                                                                                          

Northamptonshire                                                                          

Lodge Park School                |1,876,194         |1,810,351                            

Windmill Primary School          |617,400           |578,154                              

                                                                                          

Sandwell                                                                                  

Manor High School                |1,848,555         |1,789,513                            

                                                                                          

Sheffield                                                                                 

Clifford First School            |144,612           |120,602                              

                                                                                          

Southwark                                                                                 

London Nautical School           |1,495,297         |1,491,358                            

                                                                                          

Surrey                                                                                    

Gordon's School                  |787,666           |756,557                              

Hawkedale First School           |182,746           |161,194                              

Manor First School               |259,389           |240,411                              

Send CE First School             |243,980           |232,999                              

                                                                                          

Walsall                                                                                   

Shire Oak Community School       |1,459,790         |1,400,817                            

The Steetly School               |2,385,678         |2,321,781                            

                                                                                          

Warwickshire                                                                              

Avon Valley School               |730,195           |727,515                              

Ash Green School (Exhall)        |1,111,820         |1,103,673                            

Hartshill School                 |1,350,262         |1,346,854                            

Queen Elizabeth School                                                                    

  Atherstone                     |1,554,124         |1,552,689                            

Myton School                     |2,235,952         |2,226,965                            

Rugby High School For Girls      |1,230,469         |1,226,666                            

                                                                                          

Wiltshire                                                                                 

Highbury School                  |1,158,555         |1,093,707                            

Lavington School                 |<1>1,077,939      |1,056,388                            

<1>Updated from previous answer to exclude adjustments in respect of 1992-93.             

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, by local education authority, those schools which will be operating with grant-maintained status from September.

Mr. Robin Squire : The schools which have been approved for self- governing status as of 21 July, or which my right hon. Friend is minded to approve, and which will be operating as self-governing (GM) state schools in September are listed. Further applications with proposed start dates in September are still under consideration. Avon

Oldfield School

Beechen Cliff School

Barnet

Queen Elizabeth's GM School for Boys

Mill Hill Grant-Maintained High School

St. Mary's CE High School

Hendon School

Bedfordshire

Lea Manor High School and Community College

Crawley Green Grant Maintained Infant School

Holywell School

Thomas Whitehead CE School

Ashcroft High School

Queensbury School

Ashton St. Peters (VA) Lower School

Sharnbrook Upper School

Icknield High School

Manshead School

Stopsley High School and Community College

Wootton Upper School

Lincroft Middle School (Grant Maintained)

Berkshire

Herschel Grammar School

Slough Grammar School (Formerly Upton Grammar)

The Downs School

Denefield School

Priory School

Cippenham Middle School (Grant Maintained)

Reading School

Whitelocke Infant and Nursery School

Langley Grammr School

Desborough Comprehensive School

Holy Family RC School

Castleview Combined School

St. Bartholomew's School

Westgate School

Southlands School

Bexley

St. Columba's RC Boys School

St. Catherine's RC School for Girls

Bexley Erith Technical High School for Boys

St. Mary & St. Joseph's Grant Maintained School

Barnehurst Infant Grant-Maintained School

Barnehurst Junior Grant-Maintained School

Birmingham

Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

King Edward VI Handsworth School

Ninestiles School


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