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Mr. Robin Squire : The law does not specify statutory minimum periods to be devoted to the teaching of individual religions. Section 8(3) of the Education Reform Act 1988 requires a locally agreed syllabus to
"reflect the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain".
A syllabus which contained only Christianity for a whole key stage would not fully meet this requirement, but this does not mean that each of the principal religions must be taught in equal depth or at each key stage. In the syllabus as a whole and at each key stage, the relative content devoted to Christianity should predominate. The precise balance between Christianity and other religions in an individual syllabus is for the local agreed syllabus conference to decide in the light of the legal requirements, and taking into account both the local and national position.
Mr. Alison : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to ensure that the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority consults parents on their proposals for national model syllabuses for religious education.
Mr. Robin Squire : The School Curriculum and Assessment Authority consulted the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations as part of its wide consultation on the draft model syllabuses, published in January. Final versions of the models will be published in July.
Mr. Alison : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish details of the representations he has received expressing concern about proposals by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority in relation to compulsory religious education, in respect of the teaching of non-Christian faiths to primary age school children.
Mr. Robin Squire : My right hon. Friend has received about 200 letters on that subject. The number of religions in addition to Christianity that should be covered during the primary phase was one of the issues on which the
Column 486School Curriculum and Assessment Authority specifically sought comments during consultation on its model syllabuses for religious education. The authority is considering the results of that consultation and will publish final versions of the models in July.
Mr. Robin Squire : The national curriculum is the focus for teaching and learning in schools. Ecological questions are addressed through subjects such as science, technology and geography. My right hon. Friend's priority is to revise the national curriculum requirements, and he has no plans to publish additional guidance on ecological matters specifically.
Mr. Forth : Circular 11/87 has been superseded by circular 5/94 which explains the provisions of the Education Act 1993 in relation to sex education in maintained schools in England, and offers guidance to local education authorities and schools on
implementation. Circular 5/94 sets out schools' legal obligations, including the requirement that sex education must encourage due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life and contains a summary of the law on sexual behaviour.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the grant-maintained and voluntary aided schools in Essex that applied to become technology colleges and set out for each of the schools for which an application was approved (a) the specific, quantifiable performance indicators, set out by the school in support of its application, which were used as a basis for determining the approval of the application, (b) the value of the additional grants that the technology college will receive from the Department for Education, or other sources of public funds, by way of the initial capital grant, enhanced capital formula allocation, and additional revenue funding and (c) the value of the financial contribution to be made by sponsors from industry and commerce to the initial establishment of the technology college and to the annual cost of its operations.
Mr. Robin Squire : Three schools in Essex have submitted full applications to become technology colleges and have been approved to operate as technology colleges from 1 September 1994. They are Chalvedon school, Basildon ; the Philip Morant school, Colchester ; and Saffron Walden high school, Saffron Walden. Other schools are at varying stages in preparing their applications.
Each approved technology college's plan includes one or more targets relating to increased curriculum provision in the specialist subjects of technology, science and mathematics ; one or more targets relating to increased
Column 487take-up of such provision ; and one or more targets relating to improved test and examination attainment in these subjects. Each has been invited to submit a bid for a capital project which involves a capital grant of up to £100,000 ; and a bid for additional annual grant, at the rate of £60 per pupil in 1994-95, for support, equipment and training for the teaching of technology, science and mathematics.
Each of the three schools has been pledged sponsorship from industry and commerce of some £100,000 to be made available in the school's first year of operation as a technology college. Additional contributions from sponsors to the annual cost of operation of a technology college are a matter for the schools and their sponsors.
Mr. Pope : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the impact of the reduction in section 11 expenditure on access to, and participation in, the national curriculum of children from ethnic minorities in Brent, Hackney, Redbridge, Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cleveland, Hertfordshire, Birmingham, Lancashire and Wolverhampton.
Mr. Robin Squire : Decisions on the funding of the education of their pupils, including those from ethnic minority groups, are primarily for individual schools and local education authorities. Maintained schools have a statutory duty to deliver the national curriculum as a basic entitlement for all pupils, whatever their background. My right hon. Friend will continue to monitor, through the Office of Standards in Education, the standard of educational provision in all maintained schools, including provision for those pupils for whom English is not their first language. Additional support for the latter category through section 11 grants and the single regeneration budget are matters for, respectively, my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Education in what circumstances it is his Department's practice, when issuing a public consultation document, to inform those consulted that their responses will be made public unless they explicitly ask for them to be kept confidential ; and if he will arrange for his Department to do so in all cases in future.
Ms Whalley : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what responses he has made to the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of the (i) fitting of seat belts to school mini-buses and for school journeys and (ii) the end of the three-to-a-seat rule.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he intends to take to reduce the delays arising in the translation of the Doctors and Dentists Review Body award, paid to doctors each year on 1 April, to clinical academic staff ;
(2) what steps he is taking to improve morale and career prospects within academic medicine in order to ensure the continued recruitment, retention and motivation of clinical academic staff of the necessary calibre ;
(3) what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical academic staff receive the same pay awards for 1994 as their national health service counterparts.
Mr. Boswell : The negotiation of pay awards for clinical academic staff is a matter for the university employers, not for my right hon. Friend. It is also for them as employers to decide how best to recruit, retain and motivate their clinical academic staff.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received, during the consultation period, following the application by the Bradford Muslim girls community high school to be granted voluntary aided status ; how many
representations (a) supported the application and (b) opposed the application ; what meetings his officials have had with representatives of the school to discuss the application ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire : My right hon. Friend has received no such representations. Officials are to meet representatives of the school on 20 June. On the question of a statement on the proposals, I refer the hon. Member for Bradford, West to replies I gave on 31 January, Official Report, column 522 and 23 May, Official Report, column 46.
Mr. Alan Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to promote progress in making schools and other places of learning accessible, on a reasonable basis, to disabled people.
Mr. Forth : The Education (Special Educational Needs) (Information) Regulations 1994 require schools to publish, by 1 August 1995, information about their SEN policies, including information about facilities which assist access by pupils who are disabled. Guidance as to how schools might address that requirement is set out in paragraphs 37-39 of circular 6/94-- "The Organisation of Special Educational Provision"--which draws attention to the desirability of a spectrum of mainstream schools being fully accessible to the disabled.
Regulations recently made under section 21 of the Education Act 1993 require local education authorities and the Funding Agency for Schools, where it has relevant planning responsibilities, to provide each other and the Secretary of State with information on access to schools for pupils in wheelchairs biennially starting in 1995. We have promoted, through guidance to the Further and the Higher Education Funding Councils, the development of provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Both the funding councils have in hand initiatives designed to improve access for these students.
Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many bids for training specialist teacher assistants his Department has received from (a) higher education institutions, (b) individual schools, (c) consortia of schools and (d) local education authorities.
|Number ------------------------------------------------ (a) higher education institutions |44 (b) individual schools |1 (c) consortia of schools |0 (d) local education authorities |24
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 section15 of the rules of 1February 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.
Mr. Forth : Detailed records of job offers reported and applications made by staff under the requirements of the business appointment rules have been maintained by the Department since 1990. The information requested is given in the table. Twelve of the 14 applications reported in 1990 and 1991 came from members of Her Majesty's inspectorate.
Job offers |Grades |Contract or |Other ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 1 |Grade 3 or above|No |Yes 8 |Below grade 3 |No |Yes All above reports were followed by applications to join the company concerned. 1991 5 |Below grade 3 |No |Yes Four of the above reports were followed by applications to join the company concerned. 1992 No record of any reported job offers. 1993 2 |Grade 3 or above|No |Yes Both of the above reports were followed by applications to join the company 1994 1 |Grade 3 or above|No |Yes The above report was followed by an application to join the company concerned.
Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education which circulars, orders or regulations set out in the timetable for Department of Education publications have not been published or made by the due date ; what was the due date in each case ; when was the date of publication or making of the order or regulation ; and, in respect of those still outstanding, when they are expected to be made.
Mr. Forth [holding answer 26 May 1994] : Legislation came into force on the dates originally anticipated in the Education Act 1993 irrespective of any slippage in publication of circulars or other publications. Publication dates for documents which missed the deadline set out in the "Education Act 1993 : Timetable of DFE publications" are as described in the list :
Title |Planned |Actual or expected -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Incorporation of Governing |November 1993 |15 December 1993 Bodies and Dual Use (circular) GM Schools: Acquisition, |November 1993 |31 December 1993 Transfer and Governance (circular) Local Management of |December 1993 |31 January 1994 Schools (circular) Provisions for under 5s |January 1994 |towards end of (circular) |summer 1994 Supply of School Places |March 1994 |summer 1994 (circular) (included "GM |(statutory schools: alteration and |provisions still discontinuance") |came into force on |1 April 1994) Effective Classroom Policies |April 1994 |27 May 1994 on Behaviour and Discipline (circular) Education of Pupils with |April 1994 |27 May 1994 Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (circular) Sex Education (circular) |April 1994 |6 May 1994 Time Limiting on Exclusions |April 1994 |27 May 1994 Procedures (circular) Exclusions: Money |April 1994 |end of June 1994 Following the Child (circular) Education otherwise than at |April 1994 |27 May 1994 School and Pupil Referral Units (circular) Education of Sick Children |April 1994 |27 May 1994 (circular) Education of Children looked |April 1994 |27 May 1994 after by LAs (circular)
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made as to the need for condoms to be supplied to prisoners known to be at risk of contracting or spreading the HIV virus.
Column 491Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Robert Maclennan, dated 14 June 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking what assessment he has made as to the need for condoms to be supplied to prisoners known to be at risk of contracting or spreading the HIV virus.
The Prison Service AIDS Advisory Committee has recently completed a review of all aspects of HIV in prisons including measures which need to be taken to prevent the spread of HIV infection amongst the prison population. The report of this review is now being considered. In addition the Prison Service has commissioned a study currently being carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry and the National AIDS Counselling Training Unit into risk behaviours amongst prisoners. The results of this study will be available in January 1995.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research is currently being conducted into the spread or prevalence of HIV and AIDS among prisoners ; and when he expects this research to be concluded.
Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Robert Maclennan, dated 14 June 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking what research is currently being conducted into the spread or prevalence of HIV and AIDS amongst prisoners.
A pilot feasibility study into the prevalence of HIV amongst prisoners has recently been completed. This study was an extension of the Public Health Laboratory Service's series of unlinked anonymised HIV prevalence studies being carried out elsewhere in the community. The aim of the study was to ascertain whether it was possible to persuade prisoners to provide anonymously a sample of saliva for HIV testing and to answer a short questionnaire to determine the possible route of transmission. It is hoped that the results of the study will be available shortly.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisons have (a) full-time and (b) part-time HIV counsellors ; and for how many hours each week, by institution.
Letter from R. Tilt to Mr. Robert Maclennan, dated 14 June 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about Prison Service HIV counsellors.
The Prison Service completed, in 1993, a programme of education and training of selected staff so as to provide in each establishment at least two centrally trained HIV counsellors. By the end of 1993, 200 prison staff had been trained in HIV counselling based on the World Health Organisation model for training in HIV counselling, as adapted by the Prison Service AIDS Advisory Committee for prisons in England and Wales. In addition, the Prison Service has 550 centrally trained HIV care and support officers. These officers, of whom there are also at least two in each establishment, have undergone a four day training course in HIV awareness. They are easily contacted by prison inmates who may have concerns about HIV, and who can then be referred to the internal HIV counsellors or external HIV counsellors if this is deemed necessary.
There are no full-time HIV prison counsellors. All Prison Service HIV counsellors and care and support officers combine
Column 492this work with other responsibilities--they are nurses, health care officers, discipline officers, psychologists, chaplains, probation officers, governors and prison medical officers.
Prisoners with HIV infection who are well, are expected to be seen by prison medical officers at least on a three monthly basis for full clinical and laboratory monitoring of their state of health. Prisoners with HIV infection may of course request to see a care and support officer, HIV counsellor and/or a prison medical officer whenever they feel this is necessary. It is not therefore possible to say how much HIV counselling by hours per week each prisoner with HIV infection receives.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made as to the suitability of the wing allocated for young offenders in HM prison Gloucester for offenders of this type.
Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Robert Maclennan, dated 14 June 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the suitability of the wing allocated for young offenders in Gloucester prison.
Gloucester prison is a local prison and may hold prisoners of all classifications, including young prisoners. The 81 cells in C wing, which now hold young prisoners were certified suitable for this purpose by the Area Manager.
Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 26 May 1994] : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from A. J. Butler to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 14 June 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about the average daily number of juveniles remanded into custody in (a) March and (b) April.
During both March and April provisional information indicates that on average five juveniles, aged 15 to 16, a day were received on remand into a Prison Service establishment in England and Wales.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the United Kingdom will have the discretion to admit a person whose name is on the persona non grata list envisaged in the draft regulation for a common visa list when there are strong compassionate or other reasons justifying admission.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Under article 12 of the draft external frontiers convention a member state would have discretion to admit a person who was on the joint list of inadmissible persons established under article 10 of the convention, on humanitarian grounds, in the national interest or by reason of international commitments. Entry given in such circumstances would, however, be restricted
Column 493solely to the territory of the member state concerned and there would be a duty to inform other member states of the decision taken.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an unemployed Irish national married to a non-European Economic Area spouse will be issued with a residence permit automatically, by virtue of rights to settle under the provisions of the common travel area.
Mr. Charles Wardle : No. Any application made by an Irish national for a residence permit under the provisions of EC law will be dealt with in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Order 1994, in the same way as an application from a national of any other European Economic Area state. However, Irish nationals will continue to be regarded as settled here under domestic immigration law.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the United Kingdom will have the discretion to refuse entry to a person who has been granted a European visa ; and what rights of appeal or redress will apply.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Under the draft external frontiers convention a person holding a uniform visa would not require a United Kingdom national visa to gain entry to the country, but possession of a uniform visa would not entitle the holder to admission. Refusal of admission to a person holding a uniform visa would not attract a right of appeal since uniform visas will be available only for short stays.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for primary legislation to remove the benefits of the common travel area residence status from Irish nationals whose legal basis for residence is held to be that of European Economic Area law.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people will know if their names have been placed on the persona non grata list envisaged in the draft regulation on a common visa list ; whether all countries will have common criteria for placing people on this list ; whether these criteria will be made public ; and in what circumstances names will be removed from the list.
Mr. Charles Wardle : A joint list of persons to be refused entry to member states of the European Union is provided for in article 10 of the draft external frontiers convention. Article 10.3 sets out the criteria for the inclusion of persons on the list. There has not yet been any agreement on the detailed rules for the application of these criteria, which remain a matter for discussion between member states. It may not be either practicable or in certain cases desirable to introduce an obligation to inform a person of his inclusion on the list. The text of the detailed rules referred to above is likely to fall within the criteria for deposit in both Houses in accordance with the scrutiny arrangements for title VI matters. It will be for individual member states to remove from the list names which they themselves have included, as circumstances change.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the Irish authorities about the proposal that Irish citizens with non-European Economic Area spouses will need to apply for residence permits in order that their spouses may benefit from EEA rights.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The Irish authorities have been kept closely informed of the provisions of the draft Immigration (European Economic Area) Order 1994 under which the non-EEA dependants of Irish nationals will benefit from EC rights of residence in the same way as the non-EEA dependants of other EEA nationals.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it will be his practice that non-European Economic Area national children and young people who are granted EEA family permits will continue to be entitled to them after they pass the age of 21 years, or cease to be dependent, and that they will be granted settlement along with the EEA family member on whom their rights depend.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Under the provisions of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Order 1994, non-EEA dependent children of EEA nationals who are exercising rights of residence in the United Kingdom may reside here on the same basis, irrespective of age. However, those children of EEA nationals who pass the age of 21 and cease to be dependent will need to qualify on their own account if they wish to remain in the United Kingdom, unless they have already been granted settlement in line with the EEA national on whom they were at the time dependent.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrant citizens of the European Union or persons purporting to be such there are in each of the past five years whose identify card or passport has been investigated either on the instigation of the immigration service or on the instigation of officials of his Department in order to establish the validity or genuineness of the document ; in how many cases such documents were considered to be genuine and applying to the applicant ; in how many cases it was concluded that this was not the case ; if he will break down the figure by nationality ; and in cases where the document was rejected, what right of appeal was offered to the applicant.
Mr. Charles Wardle : This information is not available in the form requested. The table shows the number of falsified, counterfeit or fraudulently obtained EC documents and those used by impostors detected at United Kingdom ports and airports of entry in each of the last three years. The nationality shown is that which the holder of the document purported to be.
|1991 |1992 |1993 ----------------------------------------------- Belgium |54 |28 |45 Denmark |1 |2 |4 France |308 |386 |485 Germany |8 |3 |38 Greece |53 |31 |31 Ireland |2 |1 |Nil Italy |39 |37 |168 Luxembourg |Nil |Nil |Nil Netherlands |93 |79 |193 Portugal |190 |96 |143 Spain |16 |13 |12 United Kingdom |337 |310 |462 |-------|-------|------- Total |1,101 |986 |1,581
The same rights of appeal are available to a person in possession of a forged or falsified passport who is refused leave to enter the United Kingdom or removed as an illegal entrant as to those refused leave or removed in other circumstances.
Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date in March the number of prisoners in England and Wales being held three to a cell reached zero ; on what dates since then prisoners have been held three to a cell, and at which prisons ; and how many prisoners have been held three to a cell on each occasion.
Letter from D. Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 14 June 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about prisoners sharing three to a cell.
This information is submitted routinely by establishments on the last Friday of each month, and was collected exceptionally on 31 March 1994, the end of our financial year.
On Friday 25 March 1994 there were twenty-four prisoners sharing three to a cell designed for one at Leicester prison. On Thursday 31 March 1994 and Friday 29 April 1994 there were no prisoners sharing three to a cell designed for one.
Letter from D. Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 14 June 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of escapes from Group 4 escorts in the East Midlands and Humberside.
Column 496Between the commencement of the service on 5 April 1993 and 31 May 1994, there have been a total of 31 escapes, excluding 19 prisoners immediately recaptured. The Group 4 court escort and custody service covers work previously undertaken by both the prison and police services within the contract area. In the first year of operation Group 4 carried out a total of 100,656 prisoner movements and the escape statistics should be seen in that context.
Mr. Pope : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the budget allocations for section 11 grants for 1993-94 and 1994-95 ; if he will list the numbers of section 11 posts reported to his Department as having been made redundant ; and how many of those redundant posts were held by members of ethnic minorities in Brent, Hackney, Redbridge, Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cleveland, Hertfordshire, Birmingham, Lancashire and Wolverhampton.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Available information is shown in the table. Previously grant has been paid as a proportion of actual salary costs incurred. The first figure shows the amount of grant payable in relation to expenditure reported by the authority or institution as having been incurred during 1993-94. The second figure is the budget allocation which has been notified to the authority or institution in relation to its expenditure in 1994-95, under new arrangements for the payment of grant. The other two columns show numbers of posts of which formal notification had been received from an authority or institution by 10 June that, with effect from April 1994 or Septemberr 1994 respectively, they would no longer form part of a project attracting section 11 grant. Information is not held centrally as to particular arrangements for the management of a reduction in the number of posts, or as to the ethnic background of postholders.