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Mr. Marland : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile offenders were placed by local authorities last year in private residential homes or schools such as Bryn Melyn in Wales.
Information available centrally about the number of children and young people accommodated compulsorily by local authorities relates to the legislation under which they are held and not to offences committed or alleged.
The most recently held information relates to the period 14 October 1991 to 31 March 1992 and is based on valid information received from 90 local authorities. It is estimated that, in England, between 40 and 50 children or young people who were subject to a care order in criminal proceedings and between 30 and 40 who were on remand were accommodated compulsorily by local authorities in private residential homes or schools in this period.
Mr. Ray Powell : Following consultation between officials of the House and the Post Office, which had agreed to commission and bear the cost of new post boxes, advice was sought on their practicability and design from the relevant Committees of both Houses and professional advisers. The introduction of the new boxes followed a limited trial period and an exhibition in the Upper Waiting Hall.
Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will report progress regarding a policy on smoking in the Palace of Westminster.
Mr. Beith [holding answer 7 February 1994] : Following the reply that I gave to the hon. Member on this subject on 14 June last, the Commission has discussed policy on smoking in the House, and has concluded that this is a matter primarily for individual Departments of the House, for the relevant Domestic Select Committees, and for mutual agreement between the occupants of offices. The Library, Finance and Administration, and Refreshment Departments have taken action to formalise voluntary no smoking arrangements for their staff.
There has been no change in the arrangements which prohibit or curtail smoking in certain parts of the House used by Members. In addition, Rooms A, C and D of the Members' Library have been designated no smoking areas and the Catering Committee has agreed to the establishment of no smoking areas or arrangements in all Refreshment Department outlets.
In addition, the Refreshment Department has established, in consultation with relevant staff representatives, a mandatory no smoking policy to meet statutory requirements for its storage, production and service areas.
The Administration Committee has smoking policy on its agenda for consideration in the near future.
Mr. Newton : I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to him by my predecessor on 13 June 1989 at column 358 and 11 November 1991 at column 365, which give the information up to the end of Session 1990-91. During Sessions 1991-92 and 1992-93, departmental Select Committees published 109 reports and 58 special reports. One was debated on a substantive motion ; many others have been debated in other ways, including debates on Estimates days and other occasions when reports were cited on the Order Paper as relevant to proceedings in the House. Information on all such debates is published in the Select Committees section of the sessional returns.
Calendar |Sitting days|Non-sitting years |days<1> ---------------------------------------------------- 1974 |151 |<2>102 1975 |178 |75 1976 |190 |64 1977 |159 |94 1978 |170 |83 1979 |146 |<2>107 1980 |173 |81 1981 |177 |76 1982 |175 |78 1983 |154 |<2>99 1984 |171 |83 1985 |171 |82 1986 |166 |87 1987 |150 |<2>103 1988 |173 |81 1989 |176 |77 1990 |176 |77 1991 |165 |88 1992 |148 |<2>106 1993 |165 |88 Average |167 |87 <1>Weekends and bank holidays are assumed to account for 112 days each year. <2>General election year.
Mr. Newton : Five hundred and fifty one right hon. and hon. Members are currently drawing the new full parliamentary salary and 92 right hon. and hon. Members are drawing the new reduced parliamentary salary payable to Ministers and office holders, both of which came into force on 1 January 1994.
Course completed at |Average end of academic year 1992-93 |(mean) debt |outstanding |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commercial borrowing: <1>Younger students (aged 26 or less at start of course) |430 Student loans: <2>All students |440 <1>Source: Student Income and Expenditure Survey 1992-93 <2>Source: Student Loans Company
Information on average commercial borrowing by older students is not currently available : hence the two figures should not be added.
Mr. Boswell : United Kingdom grant-in-aid for 1993-94 for the running costs of the Student Loans Company is £16.105 millions. This includes contributions from the Scottish Office Education Department and the Department for Education, Northern Ireland.
Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the local education authorities which maintain sixth forms in schools and colleges of lesser size than the minimum recommended in the 1985 White Paper, "Better Schools", Cmnd 9469.
Barking and Dagenham
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hereford and Worcester
Isle of Wight
Kingston upon Thames
Newcastle upon Tyne