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The main feature is that the cash and credit rates remain unchanged. In other words, the scheme rolls over from 1993-94 with indexation of the other elements in the Scheme.

In reaching my decision I have taken into account the submissions made to me by the Government-appointed members of the Levy Board and by the Bookmakers' Committee, together with other submissions, including those from the British Horseracing Board, on which the Board members and the Committee were afforded the opportunity to comment.

The cash yield from the Scheme will depend on the leviable betting turnover. I have taken as my starting point an estimated £4,358 million in 1993-94. It seems unlikely that there will be no growth in turnover in 1994-95. Representations have been made in regard to the possible adverse effect of the National Lottery on betting turnover, but I doubt whether the National Lottery will have a significant effect in 1994- 95.

In all the circumstances, my view is that the needs of racing justify a yield in the range of £50 million-£53 million and that such a yield is within the capacity of bookmakers to pay.

It is a long accepted principle that I should take into consideration bookmakers' capacity to pay I have given careful consideration to the arguments put to me in this regard. The scheme which I have determined does not increase the cash or credit rates payable by the bookmakers. This reflects my view that an increase in rates is not necessary to meet racing's current needs nor could it be justified. Furthermore, the first slice of turnover on which a fixed fee is charged has been increased in line with inflation. The bookmakers have put forward arguments for a reduction in the cash rate. I am not convinced that in the present circumstances any such reduction is justified.

In reaching this view on the cash rate, I have had regard to the bookmakers' contention that falling profitability is a factor which should be taken into account in determining their capacity to pay the Levy. I am not convinced that the position has been reached where any erosion of profit margins is such that it impacts significantly on the bookmakers' capacity to pay the Levy. My attention has been drawn to the structure of the scheme whereby the larger bookmakers are, in affect, subsidising the smaller concerns with detrimental effects on the profits to be made from additional turnover. However, the way the scheme is structured in order to benefit the smaller bookmakers is a matter of choice by the Bookmakers' Committee. Nor am I convinced that the overall effect of the Scheme is such that there would be a real effect on capacity to pay the Levy at unchanged rates in the coming year.

I have been asked whether falling profit margins are a matter which should be taken into consideration in setting the Levy. I could not accept the argument that it is completely irrelevant to the question of "capacity to pay". On the other hand, the fact that some bookmakers may not recover the costs of the Levy in full from punters is not an argument in itself for reducing cash rates. The levy is a liability on the bookmaker, and it is up to him how he chooses to meet that obligation. In my view, however, it is reasonable to expect the Horserace Betting Levy Board, in discussing future schemes, to have regard to the likely effect of the Levy, amongst other factors, on the ability of bookmakers to manage their businesses effectively. As a matter of general principal, it seems to me very much more preferable that disputes over the Levy should be settled without reference to me. There are matters which most intimately concern the horseracing industry and bookmakers and should, given goodwill, be capable of resolution between them. I should be greatly concerned about any tendency for requests for my determination of the levy to become the norm rather than the exception. Were this to happen, I should want seriously to consider alternative proposals for settling Levy disputes.

Octopus

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy that no species of octopus other than octopus vulgaris should be used for scientific procedures in Great Britain which might cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.

Mr. Charles Wardle [holding answer 8 March 1994] : No. The Animal Procedures Committee considered in 1993 whether cephalopods were sufficiently sentient to justify extension to them of the protection for laboratory


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animals provided by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. My right hon. and learned Friend accepted the majority view of the committee that octopus vulgaris alone might meet this test.

ENVIRONMENT

Management Systems

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much his Department's computer-aided facilities management systems cost ; from whom they were purchased ; how many person hours were required to commission them ; what the estimated and actual saving has been from their operation ; and to what extent the use of such systems accounts for the apparent rise in theft noted in his answer to the hon. and learned Member for Fife, North-East (Mr. Campbell) of 17 February, Official Report, column 973.

Mr. Baldry : My Department does not operate computer-aided facilities management systems as such, although, as in other parts of the Department, computers are used by those employed in facilities management as part of their day-to-day work. There is no reason to suppose any link between this and the number of thefts from the Department.

Fuel Economy

Sir Cranley Onslow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he has taken to encourage other Government Departments to economise in the use of fuel ; and with what results.

Mr. Atkins : Energy management in individual Government Departments is a matter for the Ministers responsible for those Departments. My Department provides information on good practice and monitors the progress of Departments towards the target of improving energy efficiency by 15 per cent. over the five years to 1995-96. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State also reviews progress at meetings of Green Ministers, which he chairs. Results for 1992-93 were given in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Clappison) on 20 October 1993, Official Report, columns 256-59, and updated energy expenditure information was provided in answer to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on 20 January 1994, Official Report, columns 829-30.

Advice and guidance is made available to all Departments through regular meetings and correspondence and through technical literature, videos and seminars. Current initiatives include encouraging Departments to take advantage of opportunities for using contract energy management and to examine the scope for combined heat and power.

Marsham Street

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has of (a) previous land use, (b) contaminants present, (c) clean-up work completed and (d) health risks present regarding the site of his Department's offices at Marsham street ; and how he came by this information.

Mr. Baldry : Before the existing buildings were constructed in the 1960s, the site was occupied by a


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mixture of domestic and commercial users, the largest of which was a coal gas works. Consultants have advised that the site's previous use as a gas works may have led to some soil contamination. However, much of the contamination in the soil is likely to have been removed when the deep basements of the current building were evacuated. The building fabric itself protects the current occupants from any risks of contamination. This information is based on advice from consultants looking at the planning and development potential of the 2 Marsham street site.

Local Authority Tenants

Mrs. Lait : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to lay regulations to give force to the new right to manage for local authority tenants.

Sir George Young : I have today laid before Parliament the Housing (Right to Manage) Regulations 1994 which will come into force on 1 April. The regulations implement our citizens charter commitment to give local authority tenants'organisations a statutory right to manage their own homes.

Seventy-four tenant management organisations are already managing their own housing under the present voluntary arrangements, and reaping the benefits of greater cost control, local accountability and responsive services. The right to manage will put those benefits within the grasp of any properly constituted and representative tenants' organisation. I expect to see many more TMOs managing their housing over the next few years.

Mr. Clappison : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans the Government have to require local authorities to provide better information on their housing management performance to tenants.

Sir George Young : I am pleased to announce that today the Department has issued to all local housing authorities a revised "Reports to Tenants Determination"together with an explanatory circular. This determination sets out the information that local authorities must provide to their tenants each year on their housing management performance. I am placing copies in the Library. The publication of the new determination follows a review of the existing reports to tenants regime, in consultation with the local authority associations and others, in the light of recent research on the operation of the regime since the first reports were published in 1991. I hope that the new reports will be more relevant to tenants' needs. This citizens charter initiative will help tenants to judge how well their council is managing its housing stock on the basis of reports written in clear and simple language.

From 1994-95 authorities will be required to report on housing stock, allocations, management costs, rents and repairs. Authorities will be encouraged to set targets for their performance to set the required information on the broader context of their housing strategies, current and future, and to provide information broken down to estate level as far as possible.

Land Searches

Mr. Spring : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to bring forward proposals for statutory time limits within which local authorities must answer standard inquiries by home buyers ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Gummer : My Department has today published proposals for new statutory arrangements for local authorities' handling of search inquiries made by people buying and selling property. These proposals are set out in a consultation paper entitled "A Statutory Scheme for Local Authority Land Searches", copies of which have been placed in the Library. The proposed new arrangements include new powers for local authorities to provide a one- stop service on standard search inquiries, a duty on local authorities to respond to these inquiries within 10 working days, and refunds of some or all of the fee if the local authority fails to respond within the time limit.

Contaminated Land

Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress there has been on the review of the arrangements for dealing with contaminated land which was announced on 24 March 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang : I have been asked to reply.

I have today issued on wide circulation our proposals for the clean up and control of contaminated land. The consultation paper recognises that liability for past pollution is complicated and there are no easy solutions.

Interested organisations and individuals have provided helpful views which have been useful in identifying the key issues and options. The consultation paper gives all interested parties an opportunity to comment on the preliminary conclusions.

The consultation paper makes clear our support for a "suitable for use" approach to dealing with contaminated land. This means that contaminated land should be treated to deal with unacceptable actual or perceived threats to health, safety or the environment, taking into account the actual or intended use of the site. Where practicable, it should be kept in, or brought back into, beneficial use. This will help us to minimise pressures on greenfield sites. The consultation paper invites comments by 26 May, and any views expressed will be taken into account before final conclusions are reached. I have placed a copy in the Libraries of the House. A parallel, but separate, consultation exercise is already under way in England and Wales.

SCOTLAND

Training

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list, in 1993-94 prices and cash terms, the total amount spent from public funds on training for Scotland in each year since 1989-90, the expected outturn in 1993-94 and the plans for 1994-95.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 10 March 1994] : Training expenditure in Scotland was not recorded separately in the years prior to 1991-92. Since then, resources have been made available as part of the grant-in-aid of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support the training programmes administered by these bodies. The following table provides details :


$

£ million                           

            |Cash   |1993-94        

                    |prices         

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

1991-92     |227.985|244.431        

1992-93     |218.122|225.211        

<1>1993-94  |204.420|204.420        

<2>1994-95  |207.486|199.506        

<1>Estimated.                       

<2>Plans.                           

Cornton Vale Prison

Dr. Godman To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to close Cornton Vale prison and disperse its prisoners to local, mixed prisons ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 9 March 1994] : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Scottish Prison Service under its chief executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 11 March 1994 :

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton has asked me to reply to your Question about what plans there are to close Cornton Vale Prison and disperse its prisoners to local, mixed prisons.

There are no plans to close Cornton Vale Prison nor to disperse its prisoners to local, mixed prisons. Some consideration has been given to the possibility of providing open prison opportunities for women prisoners elsewhere but the practical difficulties are such that it is not in prospect at present.

DEFENCE

Desert Storm Syndrome

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information in the form of oral testimony or written submission his Department has provided to the scientific panel established by the United States Defence Department to investigate the Desert Storm syndrome effects on allied service men who served in the Gulf war.

Mr. Hanley : My Department has been invited to provide information to two of the scientific panels established by the United States authorities to investigate the alleged Desert Storm syndrome. One is the defence science board task force on Gulf war health effects and the other the committee to review the health consequences of service during the Persian Gulf war.

My Department has provided both oral and written information confirming that there were no detections of chemical agents during the Gulf conflict and no evidence that British troops were exposed to such agents.

A written note on United Kingdom experience of the alleged Desert Storm syndrome was also provided to the committee which confirms our previously announced findings that there is no clinical evidence that members of the British armed forces are suffering from any unexplained medical condition peculiar to their service in the Gulf.


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F15E Noise Trial

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will send the hon. Member for Don Valley a copy of the report on the results of the F15E noise trial when it becomes available.

Mr. Hanley : I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 9 February, Official Report, column 357.

Homosexuality

Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provisions exist at present for the welfare advice and counselling of members of the armed services dismissed as a result of their homosexuality ; what plans he has to improve such provision ; and what discussions he has held with the organisation Rank Outsiders about this issue.

Mr. Hanley : Service personnel awaiting administrative discharge or dismissal as a result of their homosexuality may continue to avail themselves of the welfare facilities provided for members of the armed forces. My Department has not held any discussions with the organisation Rank Outsiders but wrote early last year in response to two letters from Rank Outsiders.

Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to bring forward proposals for changes to the armed services regulations to enshrine the commitment no longer to prosecute members of the forces on grounds of their homosexuality.

Mr. Hanley : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 1 December, Official Report, column 610.

Defence Export Services Organisation

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Byers) on 3 March, Official Report, column 873, if representatives of foreign Governments have been consulted as part of the planned appointment of the head of the United Defence Export Services Organisation.

Mr. Aitken : No.

9 Squadron

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ground crew there were attached to 9 Squadron of the RAF in (a) 1980, (b) 1985 and (c) 1990 ; and what is planned for 1995.

Mr. Hanley : The information for 1980 and 1985 is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The integral ground crew establishment for 9 Squadron as at 1 April 1990 was 154 posts. The forecast for 1 April 1995 is 134.

Yugoslavia

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 4 March, Official Report, column 943, if he will state the reasons for the decision to increase the number of the mortar- locating troops by an additional 10 personnel ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Hanley : The increase was made to increase the troop's operational effectiveness.

EDUCATION

Pupil Exclusion

Mr. Whittingdale : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils have been expelled from secondary schools for drug abuse in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Forth : Figures for each of the last 10 years are not available. 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. Eighty-one exclusions in year one and 179 in year two were reported to relate at least partly to drug or solvent misuse. These figures were not disaggregated between primary and secondary schools.

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to collate and publish on a regular basis the figures on exclusion from school.

Mr. Forth : The Department monitored permanent exclusions at maintained schools over a two-year period starting with summer term 1990 under the national exclusions reporting system to inform the review of the operation of exclusion procedures under the Education (No. 2) Act 1986. Following that review, the Education Act 1993 made significant changes to the law on exclusions which come into effect in September 1994. In the light of experience of the operation of the new procedures the Secretary of State will consider whether any further monitoring of permanent exclusions is necessary.

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department is doing to encourage schools to use the exclusion of pupils as a last resort rather than a routine sanction.


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Mr. Forth : A draft circular on exclusions was issued for consultation recently as part of the "Pupils with Problems" package. It makes clear that exclusion should be used sparingly and always as a last resort in response to serious breaches of a school's behaviour policy or of the criminal law. The final version of the circular will be issued in May to all schools.

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the advice given to parents whose children face exclusion from school.

Mr. Forth : None. This is a matter for individual LEAs and schools in the light of the requirements of the Education (No. 2) Act 1986. Many schools and LEAs issue leaflets to parents explaining the exclusion process and their rights.

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to give excluded pupils the right to appeal against their exclusion.

Mr. Forth : Pupils--or parents, if the pupil is under 18--already have a right of appeal under the Education (No. 2) Act 1986 against permanent exclusion.

Education Expenditure

Mr. Jopling : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish a table giving the percentage of current expenditure being devoted to education for each shire county in England, both before and after mandatory student awards ; what percentage of the education expenditure is spent on education administration and other non-school expenditure ; and what percentage is allocated to the schools, for each shire county.

Mr. Robin Squire : The provisional figures for 1992-93 for the shire counties are as shown in the table.


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                       |1             |2             |3             |4                            

1992-93                |Percentage of |Percentage of |Percentage of |Percentage of                

                       |total local   |total local   |education     |education                    

                       |authority     |authority     |expenditure on|expenditure                  

                       |expenditure on|expenditure on|administration|allocated to                 

                       |education     |education less|and other     |schools                      

                                      |mandatory     |non-school                                  

                                      |awards        |expenditure                                 

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

Avon                   |59.9          |52.9          |26.2          |73.8                         

Bedfordshire           |62.2          |55.9          |23.3          |76.7                         

Berkshire              |57.4          |51.2          |25.9          |74.1                         

Buckinghamshire        |62.7          |54.5          |29.5          |70.5                         

Cambridgeshire         |62.2          |54.8          |25.1          |74.9                         

Cheshire               |62.9          |54.7          |28.4          |71.6                         

Cleveland              |n/a           |n/a           |n/a           |n/a                          

Cornwall               |58.8          |51.4          |28.2          |71.8                         

Cumbria                |57.3          |53.0          |26.5          |73.5                         

Derbyshire             |62.6          |56.6          |25.3          |74.7                         

Devon                  |57.5          |49.8          |28.6          |71.4                         

Dorset                 |57.5          |50.0          |31.6          |68.4                         

Durham                 |61.7          |56.4          |24.4          |75.6                         

East Sussex            |56.4          |49.0          |26.5          |73.5                         

Essex                  |59.3          |53.1          |24.3          |75.7                         

Gloucestershire        |59.0          |51.0          |30.9          |69.1                         

Hampshire              |62.7          |55.5          |26.8          |73.2                         

Hereford and Worcester |61.5          |53.6          |26.5          |73.5                         

Hertfordshire          |65.3          |56.9          |28.0          |72.0                         

Humberside             |58.7          |53.7          |22.8          |77.2                         

Isle of Wight          |59.7          |53.1          |29.3          |70.7                         

Kent                   |54.9          |48.3          |24.8          |75.2                         

Lancashire             |n/a           |n/a           |n/a           |n/a                          

Leicestershire         |60.8          |53.7          |26.9          |73.1                         

Lincolnshire           |58.9          |51.8          |27.9          |72.1                         

Norfolk                |59.2          |53.2          |25.3          |74.7                         

North Yorkshire        |62.2          |53.6          |28.2          |71.8                         

Northamptonshire       |56.3          |49.9          |27.4          |72.6                         

Northumberland         |64.9          |58.1          |21.8          |78.2                         

Nottinghamshire        |59.2          |53.6          |22.8          |77.2                         

Oxfordshire            |59.9          |51.8          |29.9          |70.1                         

Shropshire             |62.9          |56.1          |24.8          |75.2                         

Somerset               |61.4          |53.9          |30.8          |69.2                         

Staffordshire          |61.7          |55.3          |18.0          |82.0                         

Suffolk                |62.4          |56.3          |24.2          |75.8                         

Surrey                 |59.5          |49.8          |31.8          |68.2                         

Warwickshire           |62.2          |53.0          |30.7          |69.3                         

West Sussex            |59.8          |52.0          |25.9          |74.1                         

Wiltshire              |60.9          |54.5          |30.0          |70.0                         

Notes to table:                                                                                   

1. Column 1 presents net current expenditure on education as a percentage of the total local      

authority current expenditure.                                                                    

2. Column 2 presents column 1 minus Mandatory Awards  expenditure.                                

3. Column 3 presents the percentage of net current education expenditure on service strategy,     

management and administration, inspectors and advisory services, other support costs and direct   

expenditure on colleges, adult and other continuing education, youth and other community          

services.                                                                                         

4. Column 4 presents the percentage of net current education expenditure spent directly on        

nursery/primary,secondary and special schools.                                                    

5. n/a indicates that returns of expenditure are not yetavailable. All figures are provisional    

and subject to further checking.                                                                  

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

Mr. Robin Squire : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the right hon. Member for Doncaster, Central (Sir H. Walker) on Wednesday 9 March, Official Report, columns 238-40.


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Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Jopling : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the numbers and percentages of (a) schools and (b) children at (i) primary and (ii) secondary levels who are in grant-maintained establishments for each shire county in England, both inclusive and exclusive of those in the private sector.

Mr. Robin Squire : The tables show numbers and percentages of grant- maintained schools and pupils in such schools in the 40 shire local education authorities.


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Table A: Schools and pupils in the shire counties inEngland                                        

Maintained primary schools                                                                         

                      |1         |2         |3         |4         |5         |6                    

LEA                   |Total     |Total     |Per cent  |Total     |Total     |Per cent             

                      |number    |number    |GMS in LEA|number    |number    |GM pupils            

                      |schools   |GM schools           |pupils    |GM pupils                       

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Isles of Scilly       |4         |0         |0.0       |174       |0         |0.0                  

Avon                  |369       |0         |0.0       |79,059    |0         |0.0                  

Bedfordshire          |218       |3         |1.4       |42,138    |708       |1.7                  

Berkshire             |273       |7         |2.6       |60,613    |2,371     |3.9                  

Buckinghamshire       |287       |6         |2.1       |61,601    |2,262     |3.7                  

Cambridgeshire        |264       |6         |2.3       |58,427    |1,912     |3.3                  

Cheshire              |446       |3         |0.7       |88,694    |418       |0.5                  

Cleveland             |203       |0         |0.0       |65,058    |0         |0.0                  

Cornwall              |248       |0         |0.0       |40,128    |0         |0.0                  

Cumbria               |309       |10        |3.2       |42,663    |1,628     |3.8                  

Derbyshire            |450       |7         |1.6       |84,037    |1,775     |2.1                  

Devon                 |440       |1         |0.2       |79,424    |285       |0.4                  

Dorset                |201       |1         |0.5       |44,782    |415       |0.9                  

Durham                |297       |0         |0.0       |55,779    |0         |0.0                  

East Sussex           |218       |0         |0.0       |50,300    |0         |0.0                  

Essex                 |580       |55        |9.5       |122,010   |14,287    |11.7                 

Gloucestershire       |262       |5         |1.9       |42,887    |1,366     |3.2                  

Hampshire             |579       |13        |2.2       |129,822   |3,927     |3.0                  

Hereford andWorcester |288       |0         |0.0       |47,895    |0         |0.0                  

Hertfordshire         |433       |5         |1.2       |82,844    |908       |1.1                  

Humberside            |353       |2         |0.6       |84,426    |335       |0.4                  

Isle of Wight         |46        |0         |0.0       |7,232     |0         |0.0                  

Kent                  |572       |15        |2.6       |126,005   |4,227     |3.4                  

Lancashire            |600       |1         |0.2       |128,579   |283       |0.2                  

Leicestershire        |333       |0         |0.0       |79,549    |0         |0.0                  

Lincolnshire          |293       |20        |6.8       |48,946    |5,663     |11.6                 

Norfolk               |396       |11        |2.8       |62,086    |2,520     |4.1                  

North Yorkshire       |395       |0         |0.0       |58,165    |0         |0.0                  

Northamptonshire      |269       |9         |3.3       |50,185    |3,072     |6.1                  

Northumberland        |144       |0         |0.0       |21,566    |0         |0.0                  

Nottinghamshire       |424       |0         |0.0       |91,370    |0         |0.0                  

Oxfordshire           |238       |1         |0.4       |39,886    |81        |0.2                  

Shropshire            |215       |1         |0.5       |35,410    |307       |0.9                  

Somerset              |229       |1         |0.4       |35,343    |232       |0.7                  

Staffordshire         |409       |1         |0.2       |92,355    |32        |0.0                  

Suffolk               |255       |0         |0.0       |43,420    |0         |0.0                  

Surrey                |372       |9         |2.4       |76,491    |1,863     |2.4                  

Warwickshire          |244       |0         |0.0       |45,715    |0         |0.0                  

West Sussex           |246       |0         |0.0       |51,813    |0         |0.0                  

Wiltshire             |293       |6         |2.0       |47,063    |1,544     |3.3                  

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

Totals                |12,695    |199       |1.6       |2,503,940 |52,421    |2.1                  


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Table B: Maintained secondary schools                                                               

                       |1         |2         |3         |4         |5         |6                    

LEA                    |Total     |Total     |Per cent  |Total     |Total     |Per cent.            

                       |number    |number    |GMS in LEA|number    |number    |GM pupils            

                       |schools   |GM schools           |pupils    |GM pupils                       

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Isles of Scilly        |1         |0         |0.0       |108       |0         |0.0                  

Avon                   |60        |2         |3.3       |53,946    |1,569     |2.9                  

Bedfordshire           |71        |10        |14.1      |43,813    |8,568     |19.6                 

Berkshire              |59        |10        |16.9      |46,298    |7,389     |16.0                 

Buckinghamshire        |45        |9         |20.0      |36,011    |9,123     |25.3                 

Cambridgeshire         |44        |16        |36.4      |40,247    |15,109    |37.5                 

Cheshire               |69        |3         |4.3       |62,810    |2,395     |3.8                  

Cleveland              |44        |0         |0.0       |35,560    |0         |0.0                  

Cornwall               |31        |0         |0.0       |28,965    |0         |0.0                  

Cumbria                |43        |11        |25.6      |30,702    |7,988     |26.0                 

Derbyshire             |61        |14        |23.0      |57,061    |15,275    |26.8                 

Devon                  |64        |6         |9.4       |57,479    |4,571     |8.0                  

Dorset                 |56        |9         |16.1      |40,345    |8,813     |21.8                 

Durham                 |43        |0         |0.0       |37,068    |0         |0.0                  

East Sussex            |34        |0         |0.0       |33,201    |0         |0.0                  

Essex                  |105       |63        |60.0      |94,951    |60,897    |64.4                 

Gloucestershire        |42        |24        |57.1      |32,592    |19,806    |60.8                 

Hampshire              |94        |17        |18.1      |76,216    |14,614    |19.2                 

Hereford and Worcester |76        |5         |6.6       |46,846    |3,558     |7.6                  

Hertfordshire          |88        |20        |22.7      |67,063    |17,833    |26.6                 

Humberside             |60        |0         |0.0       |55,202    |0         |0.0                  

Isle of Wight          |21        |0         |0.0       |10,294    |0         |0.0                  

Kent                   |135       |57        |42.2      |100,813   |45,695    |45.6                 

Lancashire             |107       |8         |7.5       |82,152    |6,593     |8.0                  

Leicestershire         |79        |5         |6.3       |58,809    |3,222     |5.5                  

Lincolnshire           |63        |24        |38.1      |36,951    |16,323    |44.2                 

Norfolk                |52        |12        |23.1      |40,181    |8,608     |21.4                 

North Yorkshire        |59        |0         |0.0       |43,107    |0         |0.0                  

Northamptonshire       |64        |12        |18.8      |44,356    |9,197     |20.7                 

Northumberland         |61        |1         |1.6       |29,102    |632       |2.2                  

Nottinghamshire        |83        |3         |3.6       |62,607    |1,831     |2.9                  

Oxfordshire            |44        |0         |0.0       |34,189    |0         |0.0                  

Shropshire             |36        |5         |13.9      |24,707    |3,540     |14.3                 

Somerset               |39        |1         |2.6       |27,598    |398       |1.4                  

Staffordshire          |85        |5         |5.9       |68,344    |4,298     |6.3                  

Suffolk                |77        |0         |0.0       |47,215    |0         |0.0                  

Surrey                 |51        |13        |25.5      |38,877    |9,915     |25.5                 

Warwickshire           |38        |8         |21.1      |24,657    |4,669     |18.9                 

West Sussex            |41        |0         |0.0       |39,154    |0         |0.0                  

Wiltshire              |44        |13        |29.5      |33,696    |10,905    |32.4                 

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

Totals                 |2,369     |386       |16.3      |1,823,023 |323,604   |17.8                 


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Table C: All schools                                                                         

                       |1        |2        |3        |4        |5        |6                  

LEA                    |Total    |Total    |Per cent.|Total    |Total    |Per cent.          

                       |number   |number GM|GMS in   |number   |number GM|GM pupils          

                       |schools  |schools  |LEA      |pupils   |pupils                       

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

Isle of Scilly         |5        |0        |0.0      |282      |0        |0.0                

Avon                   |524      |2        |0.4      |151,664  |1,569    |1.0                

Bedfordshire           |334      |13       |3.9      |95,048   |9,276    |9.8                

Berkshire              |433      |17       |3.9      |128,493  |9,760    |7.6                

Buckinghamshire        |395      |15       |3.8      |108,659  |11,385   |10.5               

Cambridgeshire         |356      |22       |6.2      |107,607  |17,021   |15.8               

Cheshire               |577      |6        |1.0      |162,217  |2,813    |1.7                

Cleveland              |271      |0        |0.0      |104,718  |0        |0.0                

Cornwall               |302      |0        |0.0      |72,407   |0        |0.0                

Cumbria                |387      |21       |5.4      |77,872   |9,616    |12.3               

Derbyshire             |577      |21       |3.6      |149,862  |17,050   |11.4               

Devon                  |607      |7        |1.2      |151,459  |4,856    |3.2                

Dorset                 |315      |10       |3.2      |95,282   |9,228    |9.7                

Durham                 |388      |0        |0.0      |99,214   |0        |0.0                

East Sussex            |343      |0        |0.0      |98,284   |0        |0.0                

Essex                  |785      |118      |15.0     |231,780  |75,184   |32.4               

Gloucestershire        |355      |29       |8.2      |85,011   |21,172   |24.9               

Hampshire              |816      |30       |3.7      |230,973  |18,541   |8.0                

Hereford and Worcester |432      |5        |1.2      |107,726  |3,558    |3.3                

Hertfordshire          |630      |25       |4.0      |172,273  |18,741   |10.9               

Humberside             |451      |2        |0.4      |145,645  |335      |0.2                

Isle of Wight          |74       |0        |0.0      |19,005   |0        |0.0                

Kent                   |836      |72       |8.6      |251,211  |50,192   |20.0               

Lancashire             |823      |9        |1.1      |227,866  |6,876    |3.0                

Leicestershire         |460      |5        |1.1      |148,013  |3,222    |2.2                

Lincolnshire           |401      |44       |11.0     |91,813   |21,986   |23.9               

Norfolk                |501      |23       |4.6      |110,573  |11,128   |10.1               

North Yorkshire        |524      |0        |0.0      |112,214  |0        |0.0                

Northamptonshire       |386      |21       |5.4      |103,060  |12,269   |11.9               

Northumberland         |224      |1        |0.4      |52,155   |632      |1.2                

Nottinghamshire        |580      |3        |0.5      |163,363  |1,831    |1.1                

Oxordshire             |375      |1        |0.3      |89,774   |81       |0.1                

Shropshire             |294      |6        |2.0      |67,169   |3,847    |5.7                

Somerset               |313      |2        |0.6      |73,260   |630      |0.9                

Staffordshire          |574      |6        |1.0      |170,542  |4,330    |2.5                

Suffolk                |380      |0        |0.0      |100,542  |0        |0.0                

Surrey                 |591      |22       |3.7      |153,063  |11,778   |7.7                

Warwickshire           |328      |8        |2.4      |79,107   |4,669    |5.9                

West Sussex            |363      |0        |0.0      |104,485  |0        |0.0                

Wiltshire              |378      |19       |5.0      |87,914   |12,449   |14.2               

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

Totals                 |17,683   |585      |3.3      |4,781,323|376,025  |7.9                

Footnotes to the tables.                                                                     

1. The figures for total schools and pupils are estimates derived from the Department for    

Education's January 1993 Schools' Census.                                                    

2. The figures for numbers of pupils are based on a headcount of full-time and part-time     

pupils.                                                                                      

3. The numbers of grant-maintained schools are the totals operating in January 1994.         

4. Table A (maintained primary sector) and table B(maintained secondary sector) exclude      

figures for special and indpendent schools. The data on these schools held by the Department 

cannot be divided into primary'and seconedary'.                                              

5. Table A and table B include middle deemed primary and middle deemed secondary schools     

respectively.                                                                                

6. Table B excludes sixth form colleges as these institutions are now part of the further    

education sector.                                                                            

7. Table C includes maintained nursery, primary,secondary and special schools, and           

non-maintained special and independent schools.                                              

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many appeals by parents against admission decisions by

grant-maintained schools were considered by his Department for each school since the establishment of the grant-maintained sector ; (2) how many members of his Department are involved in considering appeals against admission decisions by grant-maintained schools and what is the total annual cost ; and what plans he has to increase the number of staff involved.

Mr. Robin Squire : All admissions authorities, including the governing bodies of grant-maintained schools, are required to give parents the right to appeal to an independent committee. Where such an appeal is unsuccessful, parents may appeal to my right hon. Friend. That right of appeal applies to parents for all schools, both


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LEA and grant-maintained. No record is kept of the number of appeals that are made to him ; in many cases an approach takes the form of an inquiry to the Department or of a request for advice. Most are handled by staff in the Department's territorial teams as part of their normal duties. There are no plans on that account to increase the number of staff in post.

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what are the links between Sun Alliance and the Grant-maintained Schools Mutual Insurance Co. ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robin Squire : This is largely a matter for the Grant Maintained Schools Mutual although we understand that Sun Alliance acts in a reinsurance capacity.

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what grant aid is estimated will be received by (a) the


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Grant Maintained Schools Centre, (b) the Grant-maintained Schools Foundation and (c) the Grant-maintained Schools Trust in 1993-94 ; and what amounts are projected for 1994-95.

Mr. Robin Squire : In 1993-94, grant of up to £794,000 has been made available for the Grant Maintained Schools Centre Ltd. Neither the Grant Maintained Schools Foundation nor the Grant Maintained Schools Trust is in receipt of government grant.

The directors of the Grant Maintained Schools Centre Ltd. intend to restructure the organisation with effect from April 1994. Their intention is that the provision of information to schools considering grant maintained status should be handled by a new company, the Grant Maintained Schools Foundation Ltd. We understand that the present Grant Maintained Schools Foundation will change its name to the Grant Maintained Schools Charitable Trust.

The Department is currently considering an application for grant-aid for the new Grant Maintained Schools Foundation Ltd. for 1994-95. We have not received, and do


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not expect, grant applications for 1994-95 from the Grant Maintained Schools Centre Ltd. or the Grant Maintained Schools Charitable Trust.

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many grant-maintained schools have insurance policies with Sun Alliance or its subsidiaries.

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

Special Needs

Mr. Jopling : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will give the numbers and percentages of (a) all, (b) primary and (c) secondary school children who have been statemented for each shire county in England ; and what is the national average.

Mr. Forth : Information on children for whom statements of special educational needs were being maintained in January 1993 in the shire counties and in England is shown in the table. Also included is information on the numbers of pupils with statements attending maintained primary and secondary schools.


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Children with statements of special educational needs in the shire counties in England                                   

January 1993                                                                                                             

                        Children for whom           <1>Pupils with                                                       

                        a             statements in                                                                      

                                      maintained                                                                         

                        statement is                primary and                                                          

                        maintained                  secondary schools                                                    

                                                    Primary                     Secondary                                

LEA                    |<2>number    |<3>as a      |number       |as a         |number       |as a                       

                                     |percentage                 |percentage                 |percentage                 

                                     |of all pupils              |of pupils on               |of pupils on               

                                     |in schools                 |the register               |the register               

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

Avon                   |4,054        |2.7          |797          |1.0          |642          |1.2                        

Bedfordshire           |2,448        |2.5          |505          |1.2          |602          |1.3                        

Berkshire              |3,009        |2.3          |896          |1.5          |372          |0.8                        

Buckinghamshire        |3,793        |3.5          |927          |1.5          |761          |2.1                        

Cambridgeshire         |1,842        |1.7          |502          |0.9          |522          |1.2                        

Cheshire               |4,154        |2.5          |1,278        |1.4          |1,329        |2.0                        

Cleveland              |2,353        |2.2          |464          |0.7          |471          |1.2                        

Cornwall               |2,571        |3.5          |1,119        |2.8          |1,010        |3.4                        

Cumbria                |2,076        |2.6          |1,085        |2.5          |858          |2.7                        

Derbyshire             |4,066        |2.7          |1,274        |1.5          |1,664        |2.9                        

Devon                  |4,740        |3.1          |1,236        |1.6          |1,465        |2.5                        

Dorset                 |2,320        |2.4          |321          |0.7          |542          |1.3                        

Durham                 |2,133        |2.1          |624          |1.1          |349          |0.9                        

East Sussex            |2,200        |2.2          |350          |0.7          |320          |0.9                        

Essex                  |5,067        |2.1          |895          |0.7          |1,035        |1.0                        

Gloucestershire        |2,070        |2.4          |393          |0.9          |446          |1.4                        

Hampshire              |6,802        |2.8          |1,669        |1.3          |1,404        |1.6                        

Hereford and Worcester |1,676        |1.5          |285          |0.6          |342          |0.7                        

Hertfordshire          |4,145        |2.4          |988          |1.2          |914          |1.4                        

Humberside             |2,373        |1.6          |697          |0.8          |601          |1.0                        

Isles of Scilly        |1            |0.4          |0            |0.0          |1            |0.9                        

Isle of Wight          |391          |2.1          |50           |0.7          |85           |0.8                        

Kent                   |6,008        |2.4          |1,177        |0.9          |1,221        |1.2                        

Lancashire             |6,556        |2.8          |1,316        |1.0          |2,057        |2.4                        

Leicestershire         |N/a          |N/a          |1,023        |1.3          |761          |1.2                        

Lincolnshire           |2,810        |3.1          |618          |1.3          |814          |2.2                        

Norfolk                |3,060        |2.7          |1,104        |1.8          |1,055        |2.6                        

North Yorkshire        |2,193        |1.9          |617          |1.1          |616          |1.4                        

Northamptonshire       |1,983        |1.9          |391          |0.8          |346          |0.8                        

Northumberland         |1,200        |2.3          |231          |1.1          |328          |1.1                        

Nottinghamshire        |1,934        |1.2          |150          |0.2          |172          |0.3                        

Oxfordshire            |1,521        |1.7          |276          |0.7          |250          |0.7                        

Shropshire             |2,112        |3.0          |626          |1.8          |906          |3.4                        

Somerset               |1,594        |2.2          |359          |1.0          |477          |1.7                        

Staffordshire          |3,699        |2.2          |760          |0.8          |542          |0.8                        

Suffolk                |2,704        |2.7          |703          |1.6          |1,502        |3.2                        

Surrey                 |4,449        |2.8          |1,613        |2.1          |569          |1.3                        

Warwickshire           |1,458        |1.8          |319          |0.7          |223          |0.9                        

West Sussex            |1,930        |1.8          |384          |0.7          |332          |0.8                        

Wiltshire              |3,419        |3.9          |1,183        |2.5          |1,141        |3.4                        

England                |176,698      |2.3          |43,464       |1.0          |41,558       |1.4                        

<1>Derived from returns received from schools. Includes middle schools as deemed.                                        

<2>Derived from returns received by LEAs. Includes children in maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special        

schools; non-maintained special and independent schoolsand children being educated otherwise than in a school.           

<3>Divisor includes pupils in maintained nursery, primary,secondary and special schools and non-maintained special and   

independent schools.                                                                                                     

N/a-Information not available for Leicestershire LEA.                                                                    

EMPLOYMENT

Public Appointments

Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give details of the public appointments he is responsible for making in addition to those identified in "Public Bodies 1993", including non- executive agency and other departmental management boards.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has made appointments to the following bodies in addition to those listed in "Public Bodies 1993" :

--The National Advisory Council for Education and Training Targets (Appointments made jointly with my right hon. Friends, the Secretaries of State for Education and for Wales)

--The TEC Assessors Committee (Appointments made jointly with my right hon. Friend, the President of the Board of Trade)

--The Certification Officer for Trade Unions and Employers Associations

Appointments have also been made to :

--The Commissioner for Protection Against Unlawful Industrial Action

--Investors in People UK Ltd.

These will be included in the 1994 edition of "Public Bodies".


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