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Sir Hector Monro : Levels of charge and decisions about discounts will be matters for the new water and sewerage authorities. Their charging schemes will be subject to consultation with and approval by the Customers Council.
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Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many job offers were reported by staff in his Department under the requirements of the rules on the acceptance of outside appointments in each of the last 10 years by (a) staff of grade 3 and above, (b) staff below grade 3, (c) staff in sections concerned with procurement or contract work, under section 15 of the rules of 1 February 1993 and (d) staff in other sections, under section 14; and how many of these reports were followed by an application to join the company concerned.
|Staff of |Staff below |Staff Employed in |Staff |Subsequent |or contract work |Sections ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1985 |- |1 |- |1 |1 1986 |1 |2 |- |3 |3 1987 |1 |2 |- |3 |2 1988 |- |1 |- |1 |1 1989 |- |3 |- |3 |2 1990 |- |4 |- |4 |3 1991 |- |3 |- |3 |3 1992 |4 |1 |- |5 |5 1993 |- |1 |- |1 |1 1994 |- |1 |- |1 |1
Mr. Forth : The guidance in the code should not give rise to additional costs : it reflects current good practice in identifying and assessing special educational needs and should result in the more effective and efficient use of existing funding. The Government have introduced new grant for education and training support in 1994-95 to help schools develop special educational needs policies in the light of the code of practice.
17. Mr. Hall : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children who will require additional learning support including those who will require statements as a result of the implementation of the code of practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs.
Mr. Forth : Paragraph 2 : 2 of the code of practice reflects the long-standing estimate that some 20 per cent. of pupils will have special educational needs at some stage of their school career. The purpose of the code of practice is to help ensure that these pupils' needs are appropriately met. Most children's needs will be met in mainstream schools without the making of a statement.
16. Mr. David Martin : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the response of the teacher unions and associations following the publication of the Dearing report on the national curriculum and testing.
Mr. Robin Squire : The Dearing report was broadly welcomed by the teacher associations. Following its publication in January, all but one of the associations called off their boycott of the national tests.
Mr. Robin Squire : My right hon. Friend published his proposals for a revised history curriculum on 9 May. Those proposals put British history at the heart of the curriculum. The proposals are the subject of a public consultation which will last until the end of July. Following the consultation, he proposes to make an order which will require schools to teach the new history curriculum from September 1995.
Mr. Robin Squire : The Department has received seven letters on the proposals for English since they were published for consultation on 9 May. The consultation is being managed by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and consultees have been asked to respond to
Column 473the authority rather than to the Department. The authority will be advising me on the outcome of the consultation later in the year.
19. Mr. John Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of young people achieved five or more GCSE passes at grades A to C last year ; and what was the equivalent figure for 1989.
28. Mr. Simpson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list in order the 10 local education authorities that provide the highest number of places for nursery education for the under-fives per head of population and the 10 which provide the lowest number ; and what plans he has for bringing the level of provision of the worst up to that of the best.
Mr. Robin Squire : The table shows the local education authority areas in England, which, in January 1993, had the highest and lowest participation rates for pupils under five in maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools. In addition, many children under five are taught in infant classes in primary schools ; these are not included in the figures given. Information about nursery places is not held centrally. My right hon. Friend has made it clear that we are looking at possible ways of extending the opportunities for children under five as resources allow and within our policy of promoting choice, diversity, quality and cost-effectiveness. This may thus incorporate all aspects of under-five provision and not simply be limited to maintained nursery schools and classes. We will announce our conclusions when we are ready to do so.
Percentage of children under five attending maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools January 1993 LEA |Percentage -------------------------------------- Newham |64 Walsall |60 Cleveland |57 Sandwell |57 Manchester |57 Merton |57 North Tyneside |55 Salford |54 Wolverhampton |54 South Tyneside |53 Tower Hamlets |53 Gloucestershire |0 Bromley |2 Somerset |3 Wiltshire |4 West Sussex |5 Hampshire |5 Norfolk |5 Kent |5 Dorset |5 Essex |6 Havering |6
Mr. Forth : My right hon. Friend has made it clear that he does not consider random selection to be an appropriate way of allocating school places. It is, however, for local education authorities to determine arrangements for admission to county and voluntary controlled schools. I understand that Lancashire LEA has decided to consult parents and others on a proposal that the use of random selection for admission to schools in Burnley and Ormskirk be discontinued.
Mr. Forth : The Government attach particular importance to regular school attendance. The tables published in November 1993 showed that significant amounts of valuable learning time were being lost due to unauthorised absence. Rates of unauthorised absence also varied widely between individual LEAs and schools. In order to obtain the full picture on pupil absence we are extending the publication requirement in 1994 to include authorised as well as unauthorised absence. The publication of absence data is an important part of a school's accountability to parents and the wider community.
Mr. Boswell : My right hon. Friend makes satisfactory arrangements to provide support through mandatory awards and student loans for most students domiciled in England and Wales on designated courses in higher education. Provision of support for other students in further and higher education is a matter for LEAs and other award-making bodies. Access funds are available for full-time students in particular financial difficulty.
Mr. Boswell : The Department has established a task group to co- ordinate work to promote and monitor the expansion of opportunities for private finance in education. We shall be publishing an information pack designed to encourage wider investment, and are reviewing the possibility of further action.
Mr. Forth : Schools have a statutory responsibility under section 1 of the Education Reform Act 1988 to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.
Column 476colleges are now encouraging 15 and 16-year- old school students to take A-levels in college rather than a school sixth form.
Mr. Boswell : The Department has received some representations from schoolteacher organisations and others about the general question of pupils transferring from schools to colleges in the FE sector. The Department has made it clear that we would expect pupils of compulsory school age to be admitted to FE colleges only exceptionally, where it was clearly justified in the individual case. The Department has also received representations from eight schools proposing that the requirement on schools to distribute information about local colleges to pupils in key stage 4 should be extended to include information about post-16 provision in neighbouring schools.
Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received regarding (a) parental choice and (b) appeal procedure in relation to (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools in each case ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire : A large number of representations are made to the Department each year about parental choice, school admissions and appeal procedures. Many are from individual parents seeking information or advice. Because of their varied nature, no record is kept of the total number of such approaches.
Mr. Boswell : The table below shows the number of first degree graduates from former universities Funding Council-funded universities, the Open university, former Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council-funded polytechnics--including Scottish central institutions--and FE and HE colleges in Great Britain in each of the last five academic years for which information is available.
d Thousands Academic year |1987-88 |1988-89 |1989-90 |1990-91 |1991-92 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Universities |69.2 |69.9 |72.3 |73.6 |78.3 Open University |6.5 |6.4 |6.5 |6.8 |7.2 Polytechnics |37.0 |38.6 |42.4 |48.7 |54.1 Colleges |13.4 |14.5 |13.8 |13.1 |16.3 |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- Total |126.1 |129.4 |134.9 |142.2 |155.9 Source: Statistical Bulletin July 1993 and provisional 1992 data (unpublished).
Column 476pupils. Schools need to work closely with a range of specialist support services which may be best placed to offer advice, information and counselling to individual school-age youngsters.
Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information he has received from the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority about the number and proportion of schools withdrawing from this year's key stage 2 pilot tests; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire : The School Curriculum and Assessment Authority received a very favourable response from schools invited to take part in its technical and special educational needs pilot. Some 638 schools initially agreed to take part; 84 schools have subsequently withdrawn.
There was also an invitation to all schools to request copies of the key stage 2 test papers. Around three-quarters did so. There was no need for these schools to report whether they administered the tests.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools conducted 14-plus examinations in English and other subjects this year; how many refused to do so; what number of pupils and teachers were involved in each case; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what information he has received from the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority about the proportion of schools at key stage 3 (a) administering SATs in 1994 and (b) reporting the results; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what information he has received from the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority about the number of schools at key stage 3, which have (a) completed all 1994 SATs, (b) completed some 1994 SATs, (c) completed no 1994 SATs and (d) reported the results, where SATs have been taken; and if he will make a statement. (3) what information he has received from the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority about the proportion of schools (a) administering this year's keystage 1 tests and (b) reporting the results ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire : It is too early to say how many and what proportion of schools have and have not administered the key stage 1 and 3 tests. Early indications are that there has been significantly more testing in schools than last year.
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the value of the assets transferred from the public to the private sector incurred in the process of the privatisation of the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre.
Mr. Robin Squire : The Grant-Maintained Schools Centre Ltd. has always been a private company, limited by guarantee. Until March 1994 it received grant from the Department for specific purposes. From 1 April 1994 the Grant Maintained Schools Foundation Ltd., a non-profit making company limited by guarantee, has taken over from the centre the activities relating to the provision of
Column 478factual information and advice to schools considering grant-maintained status ; and the foundation is now grant-aided by the Department. The Centre, as a private sector company, will be continuing its other activities on a purely commercial basis. No assets were transferred from the public to the private sector as a consequence of these changes.
Conditions attached to previous grant aid to the GMSC Ltd., and to current grants to the GMSF Ltd., require that the proceeds from the disposal of any assets which were purchased from public funds should be surrendered to the Exchequer.
Mr. Don Foster : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money was spent by his Department and the Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation (a) on literature designed to provide information on grant- maintained status, (b) on advertisements promoting the availability of such information and (c) on conferences for head teachers and governors in each month since May 1993.
Mr. Robin Squire : Figures for expenditure by the Department on these three areas of activity are not readily available on a month-by-month basis. Nor would they provide a reliable indication of activity in any particular month, because of time lags in the receipt of invoices and in payments.
The available data on the Department's spending on information about grant- maintained status is :
|1993-94 |<1>1994-95 |£ |£ ---------------------------------------------- Publications |297,913 |38,495 Advertising |207,000 |- Conferences |309,492 |34,532 <1>To end May.
The Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation started operations on 1 April. By the end of May it had not incurred any expenditure on publications, advertising or conferences.
Mr. Don Foster : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many opt-out ballots were held in each month since May 1993 ; how many schools voted to become grant-maintained ; and how many voted to remain with the local education authority in each month.
Parental ballots on grant-maintained status |Number of |Number of |Number of ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1993 May |77 |56 |21 June |80 |55 |25 July |46 |33 |13 August |11 |9 |2 September |9 |3 |6 October |16 |13 |3 November |36 |22 |14 December |40 |28 |12 1994 January |18 |16 |2 February |30 |16 |14 March |39 |23 |16 April |26 |12 |14 May |23 |9 |14
Mr. Robin Squire : The information is not held centrally. Circular 6/93, which gives guidance on admission arrangements, underlines the Secretary of State's view that it is not appropriate to determine admission by lot in the event that a school is oversubscribed.
Ms Estelle Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) personal and (b) professional specifications need to be met by shortlisted applicants for the post of chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency.
Mr. Robin Squire : The published advertisement for the chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency sets out the general requirements of the post. The decision as to which candidates should be placed on the shortlist will be based on an assessment by executive search consultants of the relevant personal qualities and experience of individual applications.
Ms Estelle Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money has been budgeted for the retention of a recruitment agency to advise on the appointments of (a) a chief executive and (b) other members of the Teacher Training Agency.
We do not intend to use a recruitment agency to assist with the appointment of the remaining members of the board.
(2) when he intends to issue guidelines to local education authorities about minimum staffing levels for educational psychology services based on the Warnock report recommendations of 1978 ; (3) what measures he will take to reduce waiting lists for children to be seen by educational psychologists.
Mr. Forth : I refer the hon. Member to the replies that I gave to him on 19 and 24 May Official Report, columns 547 and 138 respectively. My right hon. Friend has seen no evidence to suggest that there are unacceptable delays for children waiting to be seen by educational psychologists. Local education authorities are responsible for determining the staffing levels of their educational psychology services in order to fulfil their statutory
responsibilities. The number of educational psychologists has increased by 31 per cent. since 1985.
Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many complaints by parents about schools have been investigated by the local government ombudsman in each of the last five years ; and how many of those complaints concerned (a) maintained or local authority-maintained schools, (b) voluntary aided and (c) grant-maintained schools.
Mr. Robin Squire : This information is not held by the Department. The annual report of the local government ombudsmen for 1992-93 notes that 19 investigation reports in that year concerned education.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list for each of the last five years the cost to public funds of consultancy work provided by (a) KPMG Peat Marwick, (b) Touche Ross, (c) Price Waterhouse, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) CSL, (f) Prime, (g) Basis, (h) Theodore Goddard, (i) Dibb Lupton Broomhead, (j) Capita and (k) Shreeveport to his Department ; and if he will list any other firms which have provided consultancy work and the costs to public funds for each of the last five years.
Firms listed in Other firms with Value of the question with whom whom contracts |column (b) (a) (b) (c) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1989 KPMG Peat Marwick: |£313,000 |BIS Ltd. |CMG Ltd |Coopers & Lybrand |Digitus |Fearnhart |Illston & Crowcroft |SCOLL Ltd |£242,000 1990 KPMG Peat Marwick: |£250,000 |BIS Ltd. Touche Ross: |£64,000 |ICL Ltd. Ernst & Young: |£35,000 |PE International |Butler Cox |Oracle Ltd. |Amtec Consulting |CMC Ltd. |CMG Ltd. |Coopers & Lybrand |FI Group |Henley Consultants |Hoskyns Ltd. |Intac Ltd. |Kinesis Computing |Lalcrest Ltd. |LBMS Ltd. |Oxford Computer Training |Radius Ltd. |RML Ltd. |SCOLL Ltd. |Tranrate Ltd. |Tunnock & Parish |Two B Ltd. |£609,000 1991 Touche Ross: |£169,000 |Sema Systems Price Waterhouse: |£60,000 |LBMS Ltd. CSL Ltd.: |£23,000 |PE International Ernst & Young: |£15,000 |Duhig Berry KPMG Peat Marwick: |£12,000 |Kinesis Computing |Admiral Ltd. |BIS Ltd. |Coopers & Lybrand |EIS Ltd. |Express Consultancy |Forvus Ltd. |Insight Consulting |Thorn EMI |WS Atkins |BBT Ltd. |Brown Associates |Dataflex |Howard Whiteside & Partners |Kinsley Lord |London University |Mcneil Robertson Partnership |Microsoft Ltd. |MSL Ltd. |MTA Ltd. |National Computing Centre |Neville Russell |Oracle Ltd. |Oxford Computer Training |PA Consulting |Poplar Consultants |Radius Ltd. |Research Machines Ltd. |Robson Rhodes |ROCC Computing Ltd. |SC Scicon |SCS Ltd. |Software Sciences |Sybase Ltd. |£1,214,000 1992 KPMG Peat Marwick: |£112,000 |BIS Ltd. Ernst & Young: |£51,000 |Insight Consulting CSL Ltd.: |£34,000 |Admiral Ltd. Touche Ross: |£25,000 |Aid To Industry Price Waterhouse: |£23,000 |Audit Consultancy & Training Shreeveport Ltd.: |£20,000 |BBT Ltd. |Central Office of Information |Coopers & Lybrand |Duhig Berry |Express Consultancy |Forvus Ltd. |Granada Computer Services |Kinesis Computing |MFT Computer Systems |MSL Ltd. |Oxford Computer Training |Oracle Ltd. |PE International |Richard Ellis |Saxton Bampfylde |Sema Systems |Thomas Henley Architects |£1,713,000 1993 KPMG Peat Marwick: |£124,000 |Ove Arup & Partners Touche Ross: |£91,000 |PA Consulting Price Waterhouse: |£89,000 |Arden Business Consultants Capita Ltd: |£26,000 |Express Consultancy CSL Ltd: |£14,000 |Uden Consulting Ltd. |AMP Systems |Barony Consulting |Beard Dove Ltd. |BIS Ltd. |BUPA Occupational Health |CMG Ltd. |Coopers & Lybrand |DEGW London |Ingres Ltd. |Kinesis Computing |Kingdom Technology |KPG Ltd. |Microsoft Ltd. |Morgan Harris Burrows |N. M. Rothschild |Oxford Computer Training |Trackit Systems |WS Atkins |£1,187,000
Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many education authorities and schools have established an independent honest broker service for parents and pupils, along the lines of that established by the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many lay members have been appointed to admissions and exclusions appeal committees in England and Wales from January 1994 under the provisions of the Education Act 1993.
Column 484constitution of appeal committees is the responsibility of the local education authorities in the case of county and controlled schools, and the governing bodies in the case of voluntary- aided, special agreement and self-governing--grant-maintained--schools. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales has responsibility for education matters in Wales.
Mr. Boswell : My right hon. Friend is considering what, if any, changes should be made to the administration of discretionary awards in the light of the report on discretionary award provision published by the Gulbenkian Foundation on 8April. Any plans to change the current arrangements would be announced to Parliament at the appropriate time.
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to discuss with the Department of Employment ways of making it possible for adults to study towards the improvement of their employment prospects.
Mr. Boswell : The Government's proposals for increasing participation in education and training were set out in the White Paper "Competitiveness : Helping Business to Win" published on 24May. The Department for Education has regular discussions with the Employment Department about matters of mutual interest, including access of adults to education and training to improve their employment prospects.
(2) what are the statutory requirements in respect of the teaching of non- Christian faiths by the age of 11 years.