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The Education (Governors of New Grant- maintained Schools) Regulations 1994 ;

consultation paper on arrangements for calculating annual maintenance grant for self-governing (grant-maintained) schools ; two consultation papers on the development of a Common Funding Formula for funding self-governing (grant-maintained) schools ; The Education (School Inspection) (No. 2) Regulations 1993 ; Circular 17/93 : Schools Requiring Special Measures ;

The Education (Schools Conducted by Education Associations) Regulations 1993 ;

The Education (Grant-maintained Schools) (Loans) Regulations 1993 ;

The Education (Special Schools Conducted by Education Associations) 1994 ;

The Education (Schools Conducted by Education Associations) (Initial Articles of Government) (Amendment) Regulations 1994. Schools-- miscellaneous

The Education Assets Board (Transfers under the Education Reform Act 1988) (Amendment) Regulations 1993 ;

draft Circular : School Transport ;

draft Circular on local authority Education Committees ; draft guidance on Safety in Outdoor Education ;

draft Circular : the Use of School Premises and the Incorporation of Governing Bodies of LEA-maintained schools ;

draft Circular : Proceeds of Sale of Assets Taken into Account when Building Grant is paid to Voluntary-aided and Special Agreement Schools ;

two draft Circulars on sex education ;

School Attendance (Policy and Practice on the Categorisation of Absence) ;

draft regulations on money following the permanently excluded pupil ;

draft regulations and Order on imposing time limits on exclusions procedures ;

draft regulations on Pupil Referral Units.

Teachers and Teacher Training :

The Government's Proposals for the Reform of Initial Teacher Training ;

draft Circular : The Initial Training of Primary School Teachers ; Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No. 2) Order, with School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 1993 and draft Circular on School teachers' Pay and Conditions of Employment ;

Education (Teachers) (Amendment) Regulations ;

Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) Order 1994 ; Science and Maths : a consultation paper on the supply and demand of newly qualified young people ;

draft Circular : the physical and mental fitness to teach of teachers and entrants to initial teacher training.

Further Education

consultation document on arrangements for publication by colleges of information about students' achievements and career routes ; draft Charter for Further Education.

Higher Education

draft Charter for Higher Education ;

Proposals for the reform of student unions :

Consultation Note 1 : Core Services

Consultation Note 2 : Code of Practice for Campus Student Unions. European Union

EC Commission Green Paper on the European Dimension of Education.


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OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

Angola

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current position with regard to the supply of humanitarian aid to Angola ; which British-based relief organisations are working there ; and if they are able to continue their work with reasonable security.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : We have now allocated almost £20 million of humanitarian aid to Angola since the United Nations international appeal in June 1993. This includes our share of comparable EC aid. Several British based non-governmental organisations--NGOs--including Save the Children Fund, CARE, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Concern and OXFAM are active in Angola and doing a very good job. We are providing £2 million of our assistance through NGOs. In spite of continued fighting in some parts of Angola, the NGOs are expanding their operations in relative safety. We are monitoring the situation closely.

Somalia

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he proposes to appoint a non-governmental organisations co-ordinator in Somaliland.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The ODA's non-governmental organisations liaison and support officer was appointed on 28 March. He is currently in Addis Ababa undertaking a briefing programme prior to moving to Hargeisa.


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HEALTH

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list by regional health authority how many people have died each year from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in each of the past five years ; (2) if she will list by regional health authority the dates and locations of each death from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease over the past five years, and the respective date on which her Department's Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease surveillance units were first notified of each suspected case ; and if she will set out the reasons for notification not being provided earlier in those cases where notification had not been given before death.

Mr. Sackville : Table 1 shows deaths from definite and probable Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease--CJD--in England and Wales from 1989 to 1993 by regional health authority. This includes sporadic, familial and iatrogenic CJD, but excludes the small number of cases of Gerstmann-Straussler syndrome.

Dates and locations of death have not been given. CJD is a very rare disease, and this information could make it possible to identify individual patients.

Reporting of CJD cases before death started in May 1990 when the CJD unit was established. Figures are given in table 2. The unit does not collect information about why some cases are reported after death.


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Table 1                                                            

Deaths from definite and probable CJD                              

1989 to 1993                                                       

(England and Wales)                                                

Region            |1989  |1990  |1991  |1992  |1993  |Total        

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North East Thames |2     |3     |2     |2     |-     |9            

North West Thames |2     |-     |2     |3     |2     |9            

South East Thames |4     |2     |2     |1     |-     |9            

South West Thames |1     |2     |2     |1     |1     |7            

North Western     |2     |1     |3     |6     |3     |15           

Mersey            |4     |-     |-     |4     |-     |8            

South Western     |1     |2     |1     |4     |4     |12           

Northern          |1     |1     |1     |5     |2     |10           

West Midlands     |1     |1     |3     |4     |1     |10           

Yorkshire         |1     |3     |3     |1     |1     |9            

Trent             |2     |2     |1     |2     |2     |9            

Oxford            |1     |3     |4     |-     |3     |11           

East Anglian      |-     |2     |-     |3     |1     |6            

Wessex            |1     |-     |2     |2     |3     |8            

Wales             |1     |2     |2     |5     |2     |11           

Special HAs       |-     |2     |3     |1     |1     |7            

                                                                   

Total             |24    |26    |31    |44    |26    |151          


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Table 2                                                               

Notification of definite and probable CJD                             

May 1990 to 1993                                                      

(England and Wales)                                                   

                      |1990<1>|1991   |1992   |1993   |Totals         

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Notified before death                                                 

1-10 days             |5      |11     |4      |6                      

11-20 days            |1      |3      |11     |3                      

> 21 days             |3      |4      |14     |7                      

                                                                      

Total                 |9      |18     |29     |16     |72             

Notified after death  |6      |13     |15     |10     |44             

                                                                      

Total number of cases |15     |31     |44     |26     |116            

<1> May to December.                                                  

NHS Nursing Staff

Mr. Sims : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the numbers of unqualified NHS nursing staff joining the NHS in each year since 1990, who were (a) joining directly after completing full-time education, (b) aged under 21 years, (c) joining from other NHS units, (d) joining from other care sector employment, (e) joining from other employment, (f) joining from non-activity in the labour market and (g) joining from unemployment.

Mr. Sackville : I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 21 June 1993 at columns 29-31 for the latest available information.


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Midwives

Mr. Sims : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the numbers of qualified or midwifery staff joining the NHS in each year since 1990, who (a) were newly qualifying student nurses with employed status, (b) were newly qualifying Project 2000 students, (c) were registered nurses entering the NHS after a period of non-employment, (d) joined NHS units directly after being employed by another NHS unit and (e) joined NHS units directly after being employed in other nursing, such as general practitioner nursing, nursing homes and independent hospitals etc.

Mr. Sackville : The information available is shown in the table.


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                                                  |1990    |1991    |1992    |<3>1993          

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a. Newly qualified student nurses with                                                         

  employed status                        |Numbers |n/a     |n/a     |<1>1,610|<1>5,480         

                                         |WTE     |n/a     |n/a     |<1>6,260|<1>5,690         

                                                                                               

b. Newly qualified project 2000 students |Numbers |n/a     |n/a     |<1>-    |<1>-             

                                         |WTE     |n/a     |n/a     |<1>-    |<1>-             

                                                                                               

c. Registered nurses entering the NHS                                                          

  after a period of unemployment         |Numbers |n/a     |n/a     |2,050   |1,490            

                                         |WTE     |n/a     |n/a     |1,530   |1,220            

                                                                                               

d. Joined NHS units directly after being                                                       

  employed by another NHS Unit           |Numbers |21,600  |18,490  |<2>-    |<2>-             

                                         |WTE     |n/a     |n/a     |<2>-    |<2>-             

                                                                                               

e. Joined NHS units directly after being                                                       

employed in nursing                      |Numbers |6,790   |5,350   |n/a     |n/a              

                                         |WTE     |n/a     |n/a     |n/a     |n/a              

All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.                                                     

<1> It is not possible to separately identify newly qualified staff previously with employed   

status from those who had been Project 2000 students.                                          

<2> It is not possible to identify these staff due to definitional problems regarding          

transfers. Figures appear inflated due to the recording (in some regions) of movements within  

the regions.                                                                                   

<3> Where provided numbers for 1993 are based on returns from 11 regions, whole time           

equivalents are based on returns from 12.                                                      

Figures for 1992 are based on returns from 12 regions.

Medical Negligence Claims

Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the value of medical negligence claims involving national health service bodies for each year since 1990 in each medical specialty.

Dr. Mawhinney : This information is not available centrally.

Invalidity Benefit Tribunals

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has given to family health service authorities or advice to general practitioners (a) who are requested to produce reports for invalidity benefit tribunals and (b) regarding charging patients for medical reports to be submitted to invalidity benefit tribunals.

Dr. Mawhinney : None.


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Special Hospitals

Mr. Spellar : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement regarding the management of the special hospitals at Rampton and Broadmoor.

Mr. Bowis : The special hospitals are each managed by a hospital management team, headed by a general manager. The general managers report to the Special Hospitals Service Authority, which is accountable to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Leeds General Infirmary

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on the waiting list at the Leeds general infirmary on 1 March 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Dr. Mawhinney : Information on waiting lists for in-patient and day case treatment by national health service trust is given in "Hospital Waiting List Statistics : England", copies of which are available in the Library. It is published twice yearly with figures for March and


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September. Figures for March 1994 have not yet been published. Information on waiting times to first out-patient appointment is not yet collected.

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many complaints were made by patients in relation to the treatment and care received at the Leeds general infirmary in 1991, 1992 and 1993 ;

(2) what was the total number of cancelled operations in the Leeds general infirmary since March 1993.

Mr. Sackville : These are matters for the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals national health service trust. The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. Tony Clegg, chairman of the trust, for details.

Ambulance Response Times

Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the proportion of ambulance calls to which a response time of (a) 19 minutes and (b) eight minutes has been achieved in each ambulance service area, for each of the last five years, giving the proportion for previous constituent areas where appropriate.

Mr. Sackville : The information requested may be found in the Library in the booklets of summary information on patient transport services published by the Department of Health statistics division.

Child Migrants

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost of placing and maintaining British child migrants during each year between 1964 and 1967.

Mr. Bowis : The information required was not collected centrally.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation she has made of the adequacy of current grant aid to the Child Migrants Trust.

Mr. Bowis : The Child Migrants Trust applied to the Department for a core grant in October 1993. An official subsequently visited the trust and evaluated their finances. The Department has recently awarded a grant of £30,000 per year for the next three financial years 1994-95 to 1996- 97.

Nursing Homes (Fees)

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the relatives of nursing home residents may reclaim fees paid in advance if the resident dies ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Bowis : The ability to reclaim fees will depend on the terms of the contract for the provision of nursing home care. This is a matter for negotiation between the home owner and whoever pays for the resident's care. It is not for the Government to specify the terms for payment of fees.

National Health Service Management Executive (Regional Outposts)

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the dates and locations for the first board meetings of each of the eight regional outposts of the national health service management executive ; and if the meetings will be held in public.


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Dr. Mawhinney : The regional offices of the national health service executive do not have boards.

Redundancy Payments

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list for each year since 1990 the expenditure on gross redundancy payments for each health authority and national health service trust in England.

Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 29 March 1994] : Figures for redundancy payments for trusts are available only for 1991-92 and 1992-93. The information is shown in tables that will be placed in the Library. It should be noted that the figures for 1992-93 are only provisional and have not yet been validated. They are, therefore, not wholly reliable.

The closure of psychiatric hospitals in connection with the "Care in the Community" programme and management restructuring throughout the national health service, as a result of the national health service reforms, are the main reasons for the increase in redundancy payments. This has delivered valuable savings and led to greater efficiency in the NHS, resulting in greater numbers of in-patient admissions.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Occupied Territories

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what were the major conclusions of the Palestinian -Israeli talks held in Cairo last week ; and what British contribution is planned as a result ;

(2) if he will make a statement on the agreement between the PLO and Israeli Government about the deployment of a Palestinian police force in the occupied territories ; what provision was made for the deployment of an observer team ; what is its mandate ; what is its national make-up ; and what British offers of assistance were made.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave to his written questions on this subject on 12 April, Official Report, columns 14-16.

Iran (Dissidents)

Mr. Anthony Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has made to the recent parliamentary human rights group reprt on alleged involvement by Iranian Government officials in the assassination of Iranian dissidents overseas ; and what steps he is taking to raise the matter at the United Nations Security Council.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I have written to the chairman of the parliamentary human rights group, Lord Avebury. We and our European partners drafted and co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, adopted on 9 March 1994, expressing concern at continuing reports of Iranian involvement in terrorism. The resolution urged the Government of Iran to

"refrain from activities such as those mentioned in the report of the Special Representative against members of the Iranian opposition living abroad and to cooperate wholeheartedly with the authorities of other countries in investigating and punishing offences reported by them".


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Burundi

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on developments in respect of the Organisation of African Unity proposal to send a peace-keeping force to Burundi.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The first elements of the OAU observer mission have arrived in Burundi. On 6 April east African Heads of State and the Organisation of African Unity Secretary-General met in Dar es Salaam. They reaffirmed the vital role of the OAU in restoring confidence in Burundi and called for the strengthening of its engagement. We very much hope that despite the tragic death of President Ntaryamira the process of national reconciliation will continue.

Angola

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the current position in the peace talks in Angola.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The peace talks in Lusaka have been stalled for the last month over the issue of UNITA's participation in Government. However, we understand that the gap between the two parties is narrow. The United Nations Secretary-General has urged both the Government and UNITA to show the flexibility needed finally to reach a comprehensive settlement.

Iraq

Mr. Livingstone : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to urge for a review of the sanctions on Iraq and their effects on the civilian population of Iraq.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Sanctions are reviewed every 60 days by the Security Council. At the latest--the 18th--sanctions review on 18 March, the Security Council concluded that there were no grounds for lifting sanctions.

Our quarrel is with the regime, not the long-suffering Iraqi people. Responsibility for the hardship of the civilian population lies with Saddam Hussein.

Macedonia

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the EU intends to take to counteract the Greek blockade of Macedonia.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The European Commission announced on 6 April that it would institute infraction proceedings against Greece in the European Court of Justice on 13 April if by that date Greece had not revoked its decision to deny the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia access to the port of Salonika. We support this decision.

Human Rights

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have recently been taken to improve the resources open to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which had its annual session from January to March 1994, is adequately funded from within the UN regular budget.

Sudan

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek assurances from the Sudan Government that the Nuba mountains area will now be accessible to international non- governmental organisations following the IGADD--Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development--meeting in Nairobi on 17 March.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The sub-committee established at the recent IGADD talks to implement the declaration of principles allowing free access of relief supplies and humanitarian assistance began work on 6 April. Representatives from the UN-sponsored Operation Life-Line are expected to participate. We shall be closely monitoring the committee's progress in advance of the next high-level IGADD talks in mid-May.

North Korea

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if North Korea has yet agreed to International Atomic Energy Agency inspections of all seven nuclear facilities in the country.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : On 15 February, North Korea agreed to the IAEA's requirements for inspection at each of its seven declared nuclear facilities. However, on 21 March, the IAEA director general stated that the inspections, carried out between 3 and 14 March, had not permitted the agency to conclude that nuclear material had not been diverted for military use in North Korea since February 1993. Agency inspectors had not been allowed to carry out previously agreed inspection activities at one of the facilities. On 31 March, the president of the UN Security Council issued a statement calling on North Korea to comply fully with its safeguards agreement.

Mercenaries

Ms Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) of 28 January, Official Report, column 468, on the possible recruitment of United Kingdom mercenaries by the Azeri Government, when he expects his investigations to be completed ; and what further information he has received.


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