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Receptions into prison service establishments by offence, 1993<1>                                          
Offence                              |Immediate    |In default   |All          |Percentage in              
                                     |imprisonment |of payment                 |default of                 
                                                   |of a fine                  |payment of                 
                                                                               |a fine                     
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All offences                         |52,337       |22,583       |74,920       |30                         
                                                                                                           
Violence against the person          |7,537        |1,575        |9,112        |17                         
  Murder                             |214          |0            |214          |0                          
  Manslaughter                       |183          |0            |183          |0                          
  Other homicide and attempted                                                                             
  homicide                           |403          |5            |408          |1                          
  Wounding                           |4,826        |785          |5,611        |14                         
  Assaults                           |11,371       |612          |1,983        |31                         
  Cruelty to children                |46           |1            |47           |2                          
  Other offences of violence against                                                                       
  the person                         |494          |172          |666          |26                         
                                                                                                           
Sexual offences                      |1,849        |34           |1,883        |2                          
  Buggery and indecency between                                                                            
  males                              |179          |1            |180          |1                          
  Rape                               |428          |0            |428          |0                          
  Gross indecency with children      |223          |2            |225          |1                          
  Other sexual offences              |1,019        |31           |1,050        |3                          
                                                                                                           
Burglary                             |9,532        |1,673        |11,205       |15                         
                                                                                                           
Robbery                              |3,075        |59           |3,134        |2                          
                                                                                                           
Theft and handling                   |9,142        |4,431        |13,573       |33                         
  Taking and driving away            |2,178        |349          |2,527        |14                         
  Other thefts                       |5,228        |3,451        |8,679        |40                         
  Handling stolen goods              |1,736        |631          |2,367        |27                         
                                                                                                           
Fraud and forgery                    |1,790        |698          |2,488        |28                         
  Frauds                             |1,665        |659          |2,324        |28                         
  Forgery                            |125          |39           |164          |24                         
                                                                                                           
Drugs offences                       |3,126        |495          |3,621        |14                         
                                                                                                           
Other offences                       |12,255       |13,391       |25,646       |52                         
  Arson                              |430          |24           |454          |5                          
  Criminal damage                    |701          |1,842        |2,543        |72                         
  Immigration Act 1977               |7            |0            |7            |0                          
  In charge or driving under the                                                                           
  influence of drink or drugs        |1,665        |579          |2,244        |26                         
  Other motoring offences            |5,007        |7,210        |12,217       |59                         
                                                                                                           
Offences relating to prostitution    |19           |91           |110          |83                         
  Drunkenness                        |161          |526          |687          |77                         
  Vagrancy                           |28           |93           |121          |77                         
  Other                              |4,237        |3,026        |7,263        |42                         
                                                                                                           
Offence not recorded                 |4,031        |227          |4,258        |5                          
<1> Provisional figures.                                                                                   

Police Expenditure

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the expenditure (a) per officer, (b) per 100,000 population (i) in total, (ii) on vehicles, (iii) on buildings, and (iv) on communications by year for the last four years for the police forces in (1) Humberside, (2) North Yorkshire, (3) South Yorkshire and (4) West Yorkshire.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Total expenditure per officer and per 100,000 population is set out in the table. Separate totals for expenditure on vehicles, buildings and communications are not held centrally.


(a)  Total expenditure per officer, based on establishments at 1 April 
each year:                                                             
                |1990-91   |1991-92   |1992-93<1>|1993-94<2>           
                |(£)       |(£)       |(£)       |(£)                  
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Humberside      |35,572    |40,262    |42,798    |44,665               
North Yorkshire |35,100    |38,743    |43,288    |46,604               
South Yorkshire |33,935    |36,514    |41,229    |43,565               
West Yorkshire  |36,651    |40,671    |42,942    |46,306               

(b) Total expenditure per 100,000 population, based on mid-year                       
population figures:                                                                   
                |1990-91      |1991-92      |1992-93<1>   |1993-94<2><3>              
                |(£000's)     |(£000's)     |(£000's)     |(£000's)                   
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Humberside      |8,311        |9,245        |9,880        |10,312                     
North Yorkshire |6,807        |7,566        |8,490        |9,140                      
South Yorkshire |7,850        |8,466        |9,583        |10,126                     
West Yorkshire  |9,347        |10,395       |10,859       |11,709                     
<1>Using estimated expenditure for 1992-93.                                           
<2>Using budgeted expenditure for 1993-94.                                            
<3>Based on mid-1992 population figures. 1993 figures not yet available.              

Arrests and Prosecutions

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the number of (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions, (i) per officer and (ii) per 100,000 population by year for the last four years in the police authority areas covering (1) Humberside, (2) north Yorkshire, (3) south Yorkshire and (4) west Yorkshire.

Mr. Maclean : The readily available information is given in the table.


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Arrests and prosecutions per officer and per 100,000 population               
                   Arrests-all             Prosecutions-indictable            
                   offences                                                   
                                           offices only                       
                  |Per officer|Per 100,000|Per officer|Per 100,000            
                              |population             |population             
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1989                                                                          
  Humberside      |18         |4,182      |4          |916                    
  North Yorkshire |12         |2,458      |4          |737                    
  South Yorkshire |13         |3,088      |4          |983                    
  West Yorkshire  |15         |3,803      |4          |1,001                  
                                                                              
1990                                                                          
  Humberside      |18         |4,212      |4          |913                    
  North Yorkshire |14         |2,800      |4          |819                    
  South Yorkshire |15         |3,396      |4          |998                    
  West Yorkshire  |16         |4,073      |4          |1,056                  
                                                                              
1991                                                                          
  Humberside      |18         |4,172      |4          |924                    
  North Yorkshire |15         |2,882      |4          |864                    
  South Yorkshire |15         |3,527      |4          |1,034                  
  West Yorkshire  |16         |4,148      |4          |1,108                  
                                                                              
1992                                                                          
  Humberside      |17         |4,026      |4          |907                    
  North Yorkshire |16         |3,201      |5          |909                    
  South Yorkshire |15         |3,556      |4          |999                    
  West Yorkshire  |16         |4,046      |5          |1,288                  

Police Capital Programmes

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the capital programmes by year for the last four years for the police authority areas covering (a) Humberside, (b) north Yorkshire, (c) south Yorkshire and (d) west Yorkshire.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Total capital allocations for the forces concerned were :


Capital allocation |1990-91           |1991-92           |1992-93           |1993-94                              
                   |£ million         |£ million         |£ million         |£ million                            
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Humberside         |1.567             |3.293             |2.839             |2.811                                
North Yorkshire    |1.119             |1.989             |1.970             |1.905                                
South Yorkshire    |4.081             |3.525             |4.737             |4.112                                
West Yorkshire     |8.646             |14.627            |14.951            |8.469                                

Bail (Reoffenders)

Mr. Streeter : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were charged with criminal offences committed while already on bail in Plymouth in 1993.

Mr. Maclean : The information is not available centrally.

Fraudulent Trading

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful fraudulent trading convictions were obtained in each of the last five years, excluding those obtained by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mr. Maclean : Court proceedings information held centrally on fraud cases cannot separately identify whether an offence was one of fraudulent trading.

West Midlands Probation Service

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what considerations underlay the reduction of the funding to the West Midlands probation service ; what estimate he has made of this on the Shard End drive training project in Birmingham ; and what facilities for projects alternative to the Shard End drive project exist in the west midlands.

Mr. Maclean : There has been no such reduction in funding. The West Midlands probation service's revenue


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grant for 1994-95 is 5.4 per cent. higher than in 1993-94 and the funds allocated to it from the probation supervision grants scheme are 46 per cent. higher. The Shard End drive project has previously been funded under the scheme. It is for the West Midlands probation service to decide, in preparing its plans for partnerships with the independent sector, which individual projects to continue to support.

The service has decided to invite applications from any interested organisation in the area to run drive training activities in future. The response will show the service what alternative facilities are or might be available.

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 2 February, Official Report, column 704, if he will provide occupancy figures for each probation and bail hostel in the west midlands for each of the last four quarters for which figures are available after discounting those beds in hostels which are not available due to refurbishment under the non-availability was approved by his Department.

Mr. Maclean : The West Midlands probation service has provided the following occupancy figures, which exclude places taken out of use for refurbishment. In most cases the Home Office approval for temporary withdrawal of places was not sought or required.


Location        |<1>Per cent.|<2>Per cent.|<3>Per cent.|<4>Per cent.             
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Carpenter House |91          |96          |83          |78                       
Bilston         |96          |81          |88          |88                       
Stoke Green     |89          |72          |64          |81                       
Welford House   |69          |72          |67          |74                       
Crowley House   |55          |48          |57          |60                       
Marshall House  |89          |90          |91          |92                       
Sycamore Lodge  |80          |79          |73          |84                       
Stonnal Road    |n/a         |n/a         |81          |88                       
<1>January to March 1993.                                                        
<2>April to June 1993.                                                           
<3>July to September 1993.                                                       
<4>October to December 1993.                                                     
Note: Stonnel Road re-opened in May and the first complete quarterly             
figures available are April to June. Elliott House did not open until            
November 1993.                                                                   

Fines (Non-payment)

Ms Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of remanded or sentenced women received into custody in (a) Great Britain and (b) the west midlands for each quarter for the last five years for non-payment of fines imposed for not possessing a television licence.


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Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Lynne Jones, dated 9 March 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking if he will list the number of remanded or sentenced women received into custody in (a) Great Britain and (b) the West Midlands for each quarter for the last five years for non-payment of fines imposed for not possessing a television licence.

The available information is for England and Wales, 1991-93 and is given in the attached table. No females were held on remand for this offence during the period 1991 to 1993. No information is available for the period before 1991 as the offence of non-payment of fines for not possessing a television licence was not separately identified in the prison statistics.


Females received for non-payment of fine imposed for    
not possessing a                                        
television licence                                      
Quarter       |From all     |From a court               
              |courts sen-  |sentencing in              
              |tencing in   |the west                   
              |England and  |Midlands                   
              |Wales<1>                                 
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All 1993      |292          |19                         
1st           |70           |3                          
2nd           |61           |1                          
3rd           |83           |7                          
4th           |78           |8                          
                                                        
All 1992      |163          |5                          
1st           |41           |1                          
2nd           |33           |-                          
3rd           |47           |2                          
4th           |42           |2                          
                                                        
All 1991      |136          |2                          
1st           |18           |-                          
2nd           |43           |2                          
3rd           |26           |-                          
4th           |49           |-                          
<1> Includes those from the west Midlands.              

Immigration Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he estimates are in the United Kingdom illegally and how many have been here for more than five years ; how many adults have children ; and how many are self-sufficient in terms of housing and income.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Comprehensive information on the number of persons who have entered illegally or are in the United Kingdom in breach of the conditions imposed on their leave to enter or remain here is not available.

Moorlands Prison (Escape)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement in respect of the escape from Moorlands prison by remand prisoner, Craig Weekly ; and if he has been recaptured ;

(2) to which prison Craig Weekly, remand prisoner, escaped from Moorlands prison, will be sent when recaptured.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for these matters has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.


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Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 9 March 1994 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Questions about the escape of Craig Weekly from Moorland prison, whether he has been recaptured and the prison to which he will be sent when recaptured.

Craig Weekly escaped from Moorland prison on the afternoon of Saturday 5 February 1994. Mr. Weekly has been recaptured and is being held in Perth prison in Scotland pending the results of police investigations into whether there will be any criminal charges arising from his actions whilst unlawfully at large. Once any such charges have been dealt with he will be returned to Moorland prison to face a discipline adjudication resulting from his escape and to await any further court appearances.

Deportation

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what were the numbers and costs of deportations in each of the past three years and the numbers and costs of the enforced deportations in those years when those deported had not been convicted of a criminal offence ;

(2) how many of those deported in 1991, 1992 and in 1993 were in family units of more than one person.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Information on the numbers of people removed from the United Kingdom under the deportation process is given in the table. The other information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


People removed from the United Kingdom under the deportation process       
                                       |1991    |1992    |1993             
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Total people removed under deportation                                     
  process<1>                           |2,616   |2,583   |<3>2,254         
of which, a deportation order was                                          
  enforced<2>, excluding deportation                                       
  action following a court                                                 
  recommendation                       |256     |399     |<3>449           
<1> Including persons who departed voluntarily, but excluding illegal      
entrants removed. In total, some 6,100 people were removed as              
illegal entrants or under the deportation process in 1993.                 
<2> That is excluding voluntary and supervised departures.                 
<3> Provisional figure.                                                    

Prison Education

Mr. Don Foster : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the expenditure by each local education authority in respect of classes in prisons,detention centres or community homes with education for each year since 1989 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Payments made to local education authorities for the provision of education in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales since 1 April 1989 are as follows :


          |£ million          
------------------------------
1989-90   |20.2               
1990-91   |24.1               
1991-92   |26.0               
1992-93   |28.2               
1993-94   |<1>8.6             
<1> Estimated.                

The payments in 1993-94 reflect the changeover this year to direct provision through further education colleges


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and other providers, rather than through local education authorities, consequent upon the provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

Expenditure on education classes in community homes falls within the departmental responsibilities of the Department of the Environment. Details of such expenditure, and of payments made to individual local education authorities, are not held centrally and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

Animal Experimentation

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of quail used in scientific procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 during 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The information is not available. Changes which are being introduced to the system for the collection of the annual statistics of scientific procedures will make it possible from 1995 onwards to distinguish between different types of birds used in experiments.

Absences from Prison

Mr. Nicholls : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances those convicted of rape and other serious crimes are permitted to enjoy periods of absence from prison for social reasons.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Patrick Nicholls, dated 9 March 1994 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the circumstances in which those convicted of rape and other serious crimes are permitted to enjoy periods of absence from prison.

Under Prison Rule 6, prison governors have powers to allow temporary release to sentenced prisoners. Temporary release may be granted to a prisoner under Prison Rule 6(2) "for any special purpose or to enable him to engage in employment, to receive instruction or training or to assist him in the transition from prison life to freedom". Temporary release is not, however, available to unconvicted and convicted unsentenced prisoners ; sentenced prisoners who are remanded on further charges ; persons detained under the Immigration Act 1971 ; prisoners who are subject to extradition proceedings ; prisoners who are considered to be mentally ill or suffering from mental disorder or have been committed to prison as a place of safety ; and prisoners who are in Category A or on the escape list.

Before temporary release may be granted, governors must be satisfied that a prisoner can be trusted both to abstain from crime during a period of temporary release and to return to prison afterwards. In addition, governors are required to consult headquarters before temporary release may be granted to certain categories of prisoners. These include prisoners serving 10 years or more and not within 12 months of release and prisoners convicted at any time of a serious sexual offence.

A review of the present arrangements has recently been undertaken. The conclusions and recommendations are now being considered.

Crime (Street Lighting)

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued as to the appropriate level of street lighting for inner-city areas for the purposes of combatting crime.


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Mr. Key : Guidance has been published by the British Standards Institution, in BS5489 part 3 : 1994 : "Code of practice for lighting for subsidiary roads and associated pedestrian areas". A copy is in the Library. This standard classifies the lighting requirements for three categories of crime risk. The responsibility for lighting is with the appropriate local authority.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

Aid Statistics

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the value in sterling of overseas aid forecast to be made in the current financial year for (a) famine relief, (b) other aid to improve immediate human conditions, (c) technical aid and assistance, (d) infrastructural projects, (e) debt relief, or assistance with prior contractual commitments and (f) consultancy ; and if he will list figures within these categories by countries or regions of the world.

Mr. Goodlad : It is estimated that in financial year 1993-94 bilateral expenditure on overseas aid will be as follows :


                      |Africa     |Asia, Latin|Other                  
                                  |America and                        
                                  |the oceans                         
                      |£ million  |£ million  |£ million              
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Food aid              |19         |-          |-                      
Emergency and refugee                                                 
  relief              |44         |35         |48                     
Debt relief           |15         |28         |-                      
Country programmes,                                                   
  including aid and                                                   
  trade provisions    |306        |378        |-                      

Provision for technical co-operation, infrastructure projects and consultancy is included in the country programmes.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the value in pound sterling of overseas aid forecast to be made in the calendar year 1993 by the European Commission for (a) famine relief, (b) other aid to improve immediate human conditions, (c) technical and financial assistance, (d) infrastructural projects, (e) debt relief or assistance with prior contractual commitments and (f) consultancy ; and if he will list figures within these categories by countries or regions of the world.

Mr. Goodlad : The European Community budget for 1993 includes provision for payments of up to the sums shown in the following table, at current exchange rates :


                                    |Total    |UK Share           
                                    |£ million|£ million          
------------------------------------------------------------------
Food Aid                            |444      |73                 
Humanitarian Aid                    |118      |19                 
Aid to Asia and Latin America       |276      |46                 
Aid to Mediterranean Countries      |265      |44                 
Other Aid Programmes (inc non-                                    
  Governmental Organisations)       |292      |48                 
Aid to Eastern Europe/former Soviet                               
  Union                             |539      |89                 
Emergency Aid Reserve               |163      |27                 
Aid for Scientific/Technological                                  
  Research for Developing                                         
  Countries                         |23       |4                  

In addition, in 1993 the European Commission made calls on member states for contributions totalling £1,253 million--United Kingdom share around £208 million--in respect of the European development fund which cover aid to Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The EDFs are not financed from the EC budget.

Figures are not available showing EC aid spending by the categories listed in the question.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what records the Government have of payments of aid made by United Kingdom-based charitable organisations to third world countries and the sources of funds for these aid payments ; (2) what is the value in pound sterling of overseas aid forecast to be made either in the current financial year or in the calendar year 1993 by United Kingdom- domiciled charitable organisations for (a) famine relief, (b) other aid to improve immediate human conditions, (c) technical aid and assistance, (d) infrastructural projects, (e) debt relief or assistance with prior contractual commitments and (f) consultancy ; and if he will list figures within these categories by countries or regions of the world.

Mr. Goodlad : The Government do not keep records of the overall expenditure by United Kingdom-based charitable organisations on overseas aid. Our records reflect only the grants which the Overseas Development Administration has made available to these organisations.

In 1992-93, the latest year for which figures are available, the Government provided over £147 million to non-governmental organisations of which £79 million was for development work and £68 million for humanitarian relief. A further breakdown of this expenditure into the categories requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Charitable organisations receive funds from a variety of sources including Government donors, the private sector and the general public.

Zimbabwe

Mr. Malone : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he has taken or proposes to take to ensure payment of Zimbabwe public service pensions to those eligible in this country ;

(2) if he will make representations to the Government of Zimbabwe regarding the payment of Zimbabwe public service pensions to those eligible in this country.

Mr. Goodlad : I am not aware of any current problems with payment. However, our high commission in Harare follows up any examples that come to light.

Consultants (Contracts)

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, by value for contracts with a value of over £100,000,contracts made by the Overseas Development Administration with firms of consultants over the last year, giving (a) the value of the contract, (b) the nature of the consultancy and (c) the domicile of the contractor.

Mr. Goodlad : All consultancies let by the Overseas Development Administration in this financial year with a value of over £100,000 have been made with contractors with a business domicile in the United Kingdom. A list of such contracts has been placed in the Library of the House.


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EDUCATION

Sex Education

Dr. Spink : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he expects to publish final guidance relating to the proposed circular on sex education in schools ;

(2) what guidance will be given in the new sex education circular to ensure that homosexuality as the norm is not promoted in schools ;

(3) what guidance will be given in the new circular on sex education to protect the young from homosexual proselytism ; (4) what guidance will be given in the new sex education circular to ensure that schools teach their pupils the basic facts of the law as it relates to sexual activity.

Mr. Forth : My right hon. Friend hopes to issue the final version of the circular on sex education in schools in April. He is carefully considering the views expressed in the consultations on the draft circular, including those on the matters mentioned by my hon. Friend. The draft circular suggested that schools should be aware of the requirements of the law, and that pupils should be taught about the values and knowledge needed to enable them to behave responsibly and morally.

Nursery Education

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the value of and the contribution his Department makes to promote (a) nursery education and (b) pre-school play groups.

Mr. Robin Squire : Good nursery education and playgroup provision both contribute to the Government's policy of promoting choice, diversity, quality and cost-effectiveness of pre-school provision in the public and private sectors. One half of three and four-year-olds attend maintained nursery and primary schools, and two fifths attend playgroups. In addition to the funding by local education authorities of pre-school provision,my Department makes grants to a number of national bodies concerned with developing such provision, including the Pre-School Playgroups Association, the British Association for Early Childhood Education, and the National Children's Bureau.

Schools, Gloucestershire

Mr. Clifton-Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list those schools in Gloucestershire whose status has changed from a grammar school to a comprehensive school in the last 20 years, together with the date of the change.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information is not available in the form requested. The Department's records indicate that in 1975 there were 11 grammar schools in Gloucestershire ; now there are seven.

Performance League Tables

Mr. Amess : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on what form performance league tables will take this year and the probable date of publication.


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Mr. Robin Squire : On 21 February my right hon. Friend launched the consultation on the content, format and distribution of the 1994 school and college performance tables. He proposed that two sets of tables should again be published, covering secondary schools and institutions catering for students in the 16 to 18 age group. The secondary tables would include data on authorised absence, together with data on unauthorised absence published for the first time in 1993, and information on the length of the taught week. The tables would also contain extra information on vocational qualifications. As in previous years, they would be published in November.

Freephone and Freepost

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the use of freephone and freepost facilities currently being operated by his Department ; how much these facilities are costing ; for what purposes these facilities are being used ; and how much his Department has spent on operating freephone and freepost facilities in each financial year since 1979.

Mr. Forth : Freephone and freepost facilities are currently being operated by the Department for the following activities :

A self-governing--GM--schools information line which offers an information pack about GM schools. Estimated cost £20,830 ; Requests for copies of the further and higher education charters. Estimated cost £38,123 ; and

Requests for copies of the leaflet "National School Tests in 1994". Costs are unavailable as the campaign has not yet finished. In 1993, a freephone was available to answer inquiries about GM schools and freephone and freepost were available to request copies of the leaflet on national curriculum testing "How is Your Child Doing at Schoool?" Costs amount to some £29,963.

In earlier years the Department has not directly arranged freephone and freepost facilities. The Central Office of Information has managed campaigns which have included freepost and freepost facilities on behalf of the Department. Figures for these costs are not available from the COI as they would incur disproportionate costs.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Enright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the salary of the chairman of the Grant Maintained Schools Mutual.

Mr. Robin Squire : This is a matter for the Grant Maintained Schools Mutual.

Mr. Enright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what is the total cost of insurance for grant-maintained schools ; (2) how many grant-maintained schools are insured by (a) Sun Alliance and (b) Legal and General.

Mr. Robin Squire : This information is not held centrally.

Mr. Enright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what advice is given to grant-maintained schools on insurance by the Grant Maintained Schools Mutual and the Funding Agency for Schools.

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Schools Mutual is a matter for the mutual. No advice has been given by the Funding Agency for Schools as it does not become operational until 1 April 1994.

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the total budget for each grant-maintained junior, infant and secondary school for Sunderland City education authority and Wandsworth education authority.

Mr. Robin Squire : The total budgets for the 1993-94 financial year are as follows :


Wandsworth education authority                         
                                   |£                  
-------------------------------------------------------
Primary schools                                        
Ethelburga Primary School          |439,828            
Hillbrook Primary School           |925,909            
                                                       
Secondary schools                                      
Burntwood School                   |4,487,358          
Elliott School                     |3,870,951          
Graveney School                    |5,244,434          
John Paul II Roman Catholic School |1,633,050          
Salesian College                   |1,653,473          
Southfields School                 |3,645,574          

The amounts shown for total budget include annual maintenance grant, special purpose grants for restructuring, development, premises, VAT, transitional grant, section 11 grant and capital grants payable to the schools in 1993-94.

There are currently no grant-maintained schools in the Sunderland metropolitan borough education authority area.

Pupil Costs

Sir Harold Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the unit cost per pupil in each local education authority for 1992-93 for (a) nursery-primary and (b) secondary pupils.

Mr. Robin Squire : The provisional figures for recurrent spending per pupil in local education authority maintained schools in 1992-93, for those LEAs who have submitted returns of their expenditure, are as shown in the following table.


Unit Cost Net Institutional Expenditure Per Pupil    
1992-93                                              
                       |Nursery/ |Secondary          
                       |Primary                      
                       |£        |£                  
-----------------------------------------------------
Corporation of London  |3,058    |0                  
Camden                 |1,873    |2,558              
Greenwich              |n/a      |n/a                
Hackney                |n/a      |n/a                
Hammersmith and Fulham |2,153    |2,926              
Islington              |n/a      |n/a                
Kensington and Chelsea |2,018    |2,900              
Lambeth                |n/a      |n/a                
Lewisham               |1,727    |2,311              
Southwark              |1,765    |2,353              
Tower Hamlets          |n/a      |n/a                
Wandsworth             |2,078    |3,133              
City of Westminster    |n/a      |n/a                
Barking                |1,630    |2,303              
Barnet                 |1,813    |2,615              
Bexley                 |1,395    |2,122              
Brent                  |1,461    |2,258              
Bromley                |1,471    |2,311              
Croydon                |1,586    |2,265              
Ealing                 |n/a      |n/a                
Enfield                |1,564    |2,249              
Haringey               |n/a      |n/a                
Harrow                 |n/a      |n/a                
Havering               |1,472    |2,254              
Hillingdon             |1,622    |2,734              
Hounslow               |n/a      |n/a                
Kingston-upon-Thames   |n/a      |n/a                
Merton                 |n/a      |n/a                
Newham                 |n/a      |n/a                
Redbridge              |1,553    |2,220              
Richmond-upon-Thames   |1,683    |2,222              
Sutton                 |1,509    |2,079              
Waltham Forest         |1,511    |2,388              
Birmingham             |1,440    |2,417              
Coventry               |n/a      |n/a                
Dudley                 |1,489    |2,072              
Sandwell               |1,467    |2,307              
Solihull               |1,475    |2,066              
Walsall                |1,384    |2,189              
Wolverhampton          |1,476    |2,309              
Knowsley               |1,412    |2,271              
Liverpool              |1,521    |2,469              
St. Helens             |1,314    |2,160              
Sefton                 |1,363    |2,074              
Wirral                 |1,387    |2,340              
Bolton                 |n/a      |n/a                
Bury                   |n/a      |n/a                
Manchester             |1,451    |2,358              
Oldham                 |1,721    |2,401              
Rochdale               |1,352    |2,162              
Salford                |1,339    |2,113              
Stockport              |1,419    |2,195              
Tameside               |1,443    |2,213              
Trafford               |n/a      |n/a                
Wigan                  |1,338    |2,179              
Barnsley               |1,427    |2,096              
Doncaster              |1,318    |1,978              
Rotherham              |1,561    |2,220              
Sheffield              |1,594    |2,176              
Bradford               |1,651    |1,822              
Calderdale             |1,469    |2,061              
Kirklees               |1,392    |2,097              
Leeds                  |n/a      |n/a                
Wakefield              |n/a      |n/a                
Gateshead              |1,627    |2,222              
Newcastle-upon-Tyne    |1,635    |2,051              
North Tyneside         |n/a      |n/a                
South Tyneside         |1,386    |2,104              
Sunderland             |1,427    |2,094              
Avon                   |1,430    |2,186              
Bedfordshire           |1,491    |2,103              
Berkshire              |1,482    |2,158              
Buckinghamshire        |1,509    |2,184              
Cambridgeshire         |1,496    |2,170              
Cheshire               |1,321    |2,072              
Cleveland              |n/a      |n/a                
Cornwall               |1,421    |2,035              
Cumbria                |1,558    |2,286              
Derbyshire             |1,463    |2,224              
Devon                  |1,455    |2,099              
Dorset                 |1,392    |2,037              
Durham                 |1,519    |2,083              
East Sussex            |1,485    |2,187              
Essex                  |n/a      |n/a                
Gloucestershire        |1,555    |2,144              
Hampshire              |1,427    |2,143              
Hereford and Worcester |1,448    |1,977              
Hertfordshire          |1,497    |2,110              
Humberside             |1,449    |2,145              
Isle of Wight          |1,462    |2,009              
Kent                   |1,300    |1,909              
Lancashire             |n/a      |n/a                
Leicestershire         |1,453    |2,258              
Lincolnshire           |1,348    |2,049              
Norfolk                |1,450    |2,100              
North Yorkshire        |1,479    |2,146              
Northamptonshire       |1,343    |2,039              
Northumberland         |1,461    |1,918              
Nottinghamshire        |1,479    |2,271              
Oxfordshire            |1,574    |2,039              
Shropshire             |1,513    |2,443              
Somerset               |1,435    |2,133              
Staffordshire          |1,430    |2,040              
Suffolk                |n/a      |n/a                
Surrey                 |1,532    |2,274              
Warwickshire           |1,395    |2,126              
West Sussex            |1,433    |2,157              
Wiltshire              |1,549    |2,140              
Notes:                                               
1. Figures are derived from local education          
authorities' returns of                              
their net institutional expenditure to the           
Department of the Environment                        
and of their pupil numbers to the Department for     
Education. The                                       
expenditure figures are provisional and are subject  
to final checking by the                             
Department of Environment and the Department for     
Education.                                           
2. Net institutional expenditure covers the direct   
costs in schools of                                  
salaries and wages, premises and certain supplies    
and services. It does not                            
include the costs of school meals, home to school    
transport, LEA central                               
administration, and financing costs of capital       
expenditure. The figure also                         
includes unspent balances held by schools at the     
year end under local                                 
management of schools schemes.                       

EMPLOYMENT

Statistical Accuracy

Mr. Callaghan : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what changes he plans to improve the accuracy of employment statistics.

Miss Widdecombe : We are satisfied with the accuracy of the unemployment claimant count. Nevertheless, we have introduced a number of major improvements over the last two years, including bringing out the labour force survey quarterly as opposed to annually, and the first full census of employers for 12 years. Work is in hand to deliver more timely employment statistics on completion of the interdepartmental business register in 1995. The Department will continue to assess the need for further improvements.

Freephone and Freepost

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the use of freephone and freepost facilities currently being operated by his Department ; how much these facilities are costing ; for what purposes these facilities are being used ; and how much his Department has spent on operating freephone and freepost facilities in each financial year since 1979.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information on the use and costs of these services is not held centrally for the Department as a whole.


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