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Child Care

Mr. Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what provision his Department makes for child care facilities for staff ; what is the extent of subsidy to nursery places and holiday play schemes ; if his Department (a) subscribes to Childcare Solutions and (b) makes child care vouchers available ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 7 July 1994] : The Scottish Office has its own on-site nursery at East Craigs, Edinburgh which is registered for 15 full-time places and operates on a mix of full and part-time attendance. Those using the facility meet its running costs with accommodation costs being met by my Department. The Scottish Office takes occupancy of a major new building at Victoria Quay, Leith in the autumn of 1995. Plans for this building include a 30-35 place nursery.

Staff in my Department can also place children in the central holiday playscheme in Edinburgh. The facilities are available to staff on a full repayment basis although my Department makes an annual contribution of around £500 to the playscheme to help with the cost of outings. Discussions are also taking place about access to a playscheme in the Glasgow area.

Additionally, my Department has several other ways in which it helps its staff with child care responsibilities, including special leave, paternity leave, flexible working patterns and career breaks. Although my Department does not subscribe to Childcare Solutions or make use of child care vouchers, it is shortly to introduce a scheme whereby staff can make claims for the reimbursement of reasonable and unavoidable child care costs incurred when the normal working pattern is disrupted.

Staff (Attitude Survey)

Mr. Radice : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what surveys of the views, opinions and attitudes of the staff of his Department have been carried out in the last two years ; and if he will place copies of the findings in the Library.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 7 July 1994] : As part of its commitment to achieving the Investors in People standard, the Scottish Office carried out an attitude survey of 20 per cent. of staff in August 1992.

Information on the key points emerging from the survey was distributed to all staff and a fuller executive summary was made available on request. I have arranged for copies of these documents to be placed in the Library of the House.

EDUCATION

Primary Schools (Inspections)

Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools, by local education authority, have been informed that they will have Ofsted inspections in the autumn term ; how many of them have been informed by Ofsted of the registered inspector


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appointed to carry out their inspection ; how many of them have been told by Ofsted that their inspection is deferred until the spring term of 1995 ; and how many of them have neither been informed of their registered inspector nor been told of deferment.

Mr. Robin Squire : This is a matter for Her Majesty's chief inspector of schools, who heads the independent Office for Standards in Education. I have asked Professor Sutherland to write to the hon. Member.

Running Costs

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will provide a table showing the running costs of his Department in each region for each year since 1987-88.

Mr. Robin Squire : In the years prior to 1993-94 HM inspectorate maintained small local offices in each region, but the Department as currently constituted does not operate a regional structure ; its headquarters functions are carried out in offices in London and Darlington. In 1993-94 the Department's running costs expenditure was split broadly 70 : 30 between the London and Darlington offices. Detailed information on the actual spend between each office for that and previous years could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The net administration costs for the Department in each year since 1987-88 were as follows :


        |£'000s         

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

1987-88 |58,594         

1988-89 |67,402         

1989-90 |74,501         

1990-91 |85,067         

1991-92 |102,414        

1992-93 |108,370        

1993-94 |88,370         

The 1993-94 figure is provisional and reflects changes in the machinery of Government.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what numbers and percentages of pupils attend grant-maintained secondary schools in England ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;

(2) what numbers and percentages of pupils attend grant-maintained schools in England ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;

(3) what numbers and percentages of secondary schools are grant-maintained in England ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;

(4) what number and percentage of schools are grant-maintained in England ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;

(5) what numbers and percentages of primary schools are grant-maintained in England ; and what are the figures in each local education authority.

Mr. Robin Squire : The information requested is set out in the tables.


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Table A: Number and percentage of pupils at grant-maintained schools                         

                         Primary             Secondary           Primary and                 

                                                      Secondary                              

LEA area               |Number   |Per cent.|Number   |Per cent.|Number   |Per cent.          

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Corporation of London  |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Camden                 |0        |0.0      |2,340    |22.3     |2,340    |11.1               

Greenwich              |239      |1.1      |0        |0.0      |239      |0.7                

Hackney                |87       |0.5      |0        |0.0      |87       |0.4                

Hammersmith            |0        |0.0      |1,229    |20.6     |1,229    |8.2                

Islington              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Kensington and Chelsea |530      |8.4      |629      |19.6     |1,159    |12.2               

Lambeth                |1,250    |6.6      |3,363    |53.0     |4,613    |18.2               

Lewisham               |361      |1.8      |0        |0.0      |361      |1.2                

Southwark              |1,265    |6.0      |2,765    |30.3     |4,030    |13.3               

Tower Hamlets          |0        |0.0      |907      |7.8      |907      |2.8                

Wandsworth             |515      |3.0      |6,487    |72.8     |7,002    |26.8               

Westminster            |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Barking                |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Barnet                 |776      |3.3      |9,836    |53.4     |10,612   |25.1               

Bexley                 |643      |3.5      |3,581    |24.9     |4,224    |12.8               

Brent                  |1,002    |4.5      |9,377    |75.7     |10,379   |30.0               

Bromley                |1,151    |5.6      |11,342   |68.0     |12,493   |33.6               

Croydon                |836      |3.2      |5,897    |40.5     |6,733    |16.5               

Ealing                 |1,217    |4.4      |4,905    |44.6     |6,122    |15.9               

Enfield                |149      |0.6      |5,576    |32.1     |5,725    |14.1               

Haringey               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Harrow                 |0        |0.0      |483      |6.1      |483      |1.8                

Havering               |0        |0.0      |3,813    |25.7     |3,813    |11.1               

Hillingdon             |2,602    |13.3     |11,467   |83.6     |14,069   |42.2               

Hounslow               |0        |0.0      |2,108    |15.0     |2,108    |6.3                

Kingston upon Thames   |191      |1.8      |2,859    |37.6     |3,050    |16.9               

Merton                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Newham                 |0        |0.0      |556      |4.1      |556      |1.4                

Redbridge              |0        |0.0      |1,113    |7.4      |1,113    |3.3                

Richmond upon Thames   |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sutton                 |799      |6.2      |6,591    |59.6     |7,390    |30.9               

Waltham Forest         |0        |0.0      |1,915    |17.3     |1,915    |6.2                

Birmingham             |1,717    |1.6      |14,621   |23.0     |16,338   |9.6                

Coventry               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Dudley                 |381      |1.4      |4,458    |25.4     |4,839    |10.6               

Sandwell               |0        |0.0      |658      |3.7      |658      |1.3                

Solihull               |454      |2.3      |0        |0.0      |454      |1.4                

Walsall                |561      |2.0      |5,557    |29.0     |6,118    |12.9               

Wolverhampton          |0        |0.0      |2,348    |14.9     |2,348    |5.7                

Knowsley               |0        |0.0      |719      |8.0      |719      |2.6                

Liverpool              |0        |0.0      |2,260    |7.6      |2,260    |2.8                

St. Helens             |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sefton                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Wirral                 |0        |0.0      |2,031    |9.8      |2,031    |3.9                

Bolton                 |364      |1.3      |2,755    |16.6     |3,119    |7.1                

Bury                   |223      |1.3      |0        |0.0      |223      |0.8                

Manchester             |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Oldham                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Rochdale               |1,115    |5.2      |1,053    |8.3      |2,168    |6.4                

Salford                |0        |0.0      |413      |3.6      |413      |1.2                

Stockport              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Tameside               |0        |0.0      |2,332    |18.1     |2,332    |6.5                

Trafford               |0        |0.0      |2,892    |25.4     |2,892    |9.2                

Wigan                  |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Barnsley               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Doncaster              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Rotherham              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sheffield              |943      |2.2      |1,893    |7.1      |2,836    |4.0                

Bradford               |539      |1.3      |5,080    |11.1     |5,619    |6.5                

Calderdale             |660      |3.3      |6,337    |48.3     |6,997    |21.3               

Kirklees               |0        |0.0      |1,266    |5.1      |1,266    |2.1                

Leeds                  |51       |0.1      |1,138    |2.6      |1,189    |1.1                

Wakefield              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Gateshead              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Newcastle upon Tyne    |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

North Tyneside         |0        |0.0      |212      |1.5      |212      |0.7                

South Tyneside         |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sunderland             |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Isles of Scilly        |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Avon                   |0        |0.0      |1,569    |2.9      |1,569    |1.2                

Bedfordshire           |629      |1.5      |8,568    |19.6     |9,197    |10.7               

Berkshire              |2,242    |3.7      |7,389    |16.0     |9,631    |9.0                

Buckinghamshire        |2,126    |3.5      |9,844    |27.3     |11,970   |12.3               

Cambridgeshire         |1,911    |3.3      |15,109   |37.5     |17,020   |17.2               

Cheshire               |418      |0.5      |2,395    |3.8      |2,813    |1.9                

Cleveland              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Cornwall               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Cumbria                |2,399    |5.6      |10,617   |34.6     |13,016   |17.8               

Derbyshire             |1,671    |2.0      |15,275   |26.8     |16,946   |12.0               

Devon                  |285      |0.4      |4,571    |8.0      |4,856    |3.5                

Dorset                 |415      |0.9      |9,537    |23.6     |9,952    |11.7               

Durham                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

East Sussex            |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Essex                  |18,774   |15.4     |66,322   |70.1     |85,096   |39.3               

Gloucestershire        |2,820    |6.6      |21,584   |66.2     |24,404   |32.3               

Hampshire              |3,911    |3.0      |15,780   |20.7     |19,691   |9.6                

Hereford and Worcester |0        |0.0      |3,558    |7.6      |3,558    |3.8                

Hertfordshire          |1,564    |1.9      |20,565   |30.7     |22,129   |14.8               

Humberside             |257      |0.3      |0        |0.0      |257      |0.2                

Isle of Wight          |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Kent                   |4,877    |3.9      |51,187   |50.8     |56,064   |24.7               

Lancashire             |578      |0.4      |6,593    |8.0      |7,171    |3.4                

Leicestershire         |0        |0.0      |3,222    |5.5      |3,222    |2.3                

Lincolnshire           |6,219    |12.7     |16,323   |44.2     |22,542   |26.3               

Norfolk                |2,623    |4.2      |8,608    |21.4     |11,231   |11.0               

North Yorkshire        |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Northamptonshire       |3,072    |6.1      |9,197    |20.7     |12,269   |13.0               

Northumberland         |0        |0.0      |632      |2.2      |632      |1.2                

Nottinghamshire        |0        |0.0      |1,831    |2.9      |1,831    |1.2                

Oxfordshire            |81       |0.2      |0        |0.0      |81       |0.1                

Shropshire             |307      |0.9      |4,324    |17.5     |4,631    |7.7                

Somerset               |374      |1.1      |398      |1.4      |772      |1.2                

Staffordshire          |49       |0.1      |4,298    |6.3      |4,347    |2.7                

Suffolk                |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Surrey                 |3,546    |4.6      |9,915    |25.5     |13,461   |11.7               

Warwickshire           |0        |0.0      |4,669    |18.9     |4,669    |6.6                

West Sussex            |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Wiltshire              |2,915    |6.2      |13,216   |39.2     |16,131   |20.0               

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

  Total England        |84,684   |2.0      |504,258  |17.6     |588,942  |8.4                


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Table B: Number and percentage of schools which are grant-maintained                         

LEA area                 Primary             Secondary           Primary and                 

                                                      Secondary                              

                       |Number   |Per cent.|Number   |Per cent.|Number   |Per cent.          

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Corporation of London  |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Camden                 |0        |0.0      |2        |18.2     |2        |3.8                

Greenwich              |1        |1.3      |0        |0.0      |1        |1.1                

Hackney                |1        |1.6      |0        |0.0      |1        |1.4                

Hammersmith            |0        |0.0      |1        |10.0     |1        |2.1                

Islington              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Kensington and Chelsea |2        |7.4      |1        |25.0     |3        |9.7                

Lambeth                |5        |6.5      |5        |50.0     |10       |11.5               

Lewisham               |1        |1.4      |0        |0.0      |1        |1.2                

Southwark              |5        |6.6      |5        |35.7     |10       |11.1               

Tower Hamlets          |0        |0.0      |1        |6.7      |1        |1.1                

Wandsworth             |2        |2.8      |6        |60.0     |8        |9.8                

Westminster            |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Barking                |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Barnet                 |2        |2.2      |10       |47.6     |12       |10.9               

Bexley                 |3        |4.6      |5        |29.4     |8        |9.8                

Brent                  |3        |4.7      |10       |76.9     |13       |16.9               

Bromley                |3        |3.8      |12       |70.6     |15       |15.8               

Croydon                |2        |2.0      |7        |35.0     |9        |7.6                

Ealing                 |4        |6.0      |5        |41.7     |9        |11.4               

Enfield                |1        |1.4      |5        |29.4     |6        |6.9                

Haringey               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Harrow                 |0        |0.0      |1        |10.0     |1        |1.6                

Havering               |0        |0.0      |4        |21.1     |4        |4.3                

Hillingdon             |11       |15.3     |12       |80.0     |23       |26.4               

Hounslow               |0        |0.0      |2        |14.3     |2        |2.6                

Kingston upon Thames   |1        |2.8      |4        |40.0     |5        |10.9               

Merton                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Newham                 |0        |0.0      |1        |7.1      |1        |1.2                

Redbridge              |0        |0.0      |1        |6.7      |1        |1.4                

Richmond upon Thames   |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sutton                 |3        |7.0      |8        |57.1     |11       |19.3               

Waltham Forest         |0        |0.0      |2        |12.5     |2        |2.6                

Birmingham             |6        |1.8      |17       |21.3     |23       |5.6                

Coventry               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Dudley                 |1        |1.2      |6        |27.3     |7        |6.7                

Sandwell               |0        |0.0      |1        |5.0      |1        |0.8                

Solihull               |1        |1.4      |0        |0.0      |1        |1.2                

Walsall                |2        |1.9      |6        |28.6     |8        |6.4                

Wolverhampton          |0        |0.0      |3        |15.0     |3        |2.5                

Knowsley               |0        |0.0      |1        |9.1      |1        |1.3                

Liverpool              |0        |0.0      |3        |8.3      |3        |1.3                

St. Helens             |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sefton                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Wirral                 |0        |0.0      |2        |9.5      |2        |1.6                

Bolton                 |1        |1.0      |3        |18.8     |4        |3.3                

Bury                   |1        |1.4      |0        |0.0      |1        |1.2                

Manchester             |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Oldham                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Rochdale               |4        |5.3      |1        |7.1      |5        |5.6                

Salford                |0        |0.0      |1        |5.6      |1        |0.9                

Stockport              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Tameside               |0        |0.0      |3        |16.7     |3        |3.0                

Trafford               |0        |0.0      |4        |25.0     |4        |4.3                

Wigan                  |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Barnsley               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Doncaster              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Rotherham              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sheffield              |6        |3.6      |2        |6.5      |8        |4.1                

Bradford               |3        |1.8      |6        |6.8      |9        |3.6                

Calderdale             |4        |4.4      |7        |43.8     |11       |10.3               

Kirklees               |0        |0.0      |2        |5.9      |2        |1.0                

Leeds                  |1        |0.4      |1        |2.2      |2        |0.7                

Wakefield              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Gateshead              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Newcastle upon Tyne    |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

North Tyneside         |0        |0.0      |1        |3.8      |1        |1.1                

South Tyneside         |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Sunderland             |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Isles of Scilly        |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Avon                   |0        |0.0      |2        |3.3      |2        |0.5                

Bedfordshire           |3        |1.4      |10       |14.1     |13       |4.5                

Berkshire              |7        |2.5      |10       |16.9     |17       |5.1                

Buckinghamshire        |6        |2.1      |10       |22.2     |16       |4.8                

Cambridgeshire         |6        |2.2      |16       |37.2     |22       |7.1                

Cheshire               |3        |0.7      |3        |4.4      |6        |1.1                

Cleveland              |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Cornwall               |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Cumbria                |18       |5.8      |14       |33.3     |32       |9.2                

Derbyshire             |7        |1.6      |14       |23.0     |21       |4.1                

Devon                  |1        |0.2      |6        |9.4      |7        |1.4                

Dorset                 |1        |0.5      |10       |17.9     |11       |4.3                

Durham                 |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

East Sussex            |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Essex                  |72       |12.4     |70       |66.0     |142      |20.7               

Gloucestershire        |11       |4.2      |27       |62.8     |38       |12.5               

Hampshire              |13       |2.2      |18       |19.1     |31       |4.6                

Hereford and Worcester |0        |0.0      |5        |6.6      |5        |1.4                

Hertfordshire          |9        |2.1      |23       |25.6     |32       |6.1                

Humberside             |2        |0.6      |0        |0.0      |2        |0.5                

Isle of Wight          |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Kent                   |18       |3.2      |62       |45.6     |80       |11.3               

Lancashire             |2        |0.3      |8        |7.5      |10       |1.4                

Leicestershire         |0        |0.0      |5        |6.3      |5        |1.2                

Lincolnshire           |23       |7.8      |24       |38.1     |47       |13.2               

Norfolk                |13       |3.3      |12       |23.1     |25       |5.6                

North Yorkshire        |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Northamptonshire       |9        |3.3      |12       |18.8     |21       |6.3                

Northumberland         |0        |0.0      |1        |1.6      |1        |0.5                

Nottinghamshire        |0        |0.0      |3        |3.7      |3        |0.6                

Oxfordshire            |1        |0.4      |0        |0.0      |1        |0.4                

Shropshire             |1        |0.5      |6        |16.2     |7        |2.8                

Somerset               |2        |0.9      |1        |2.6      |3        |1.1                

Staffordshire          |2        |0.5      |5        |5.9      |7        |1.4                

Suffolk                |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Surrey                 |14       |3.8      |13       |25.5     |27       |6.4                

Warwickshire           |0        |0.0      |8        |21.6     |8        |2.8                

West Sussex            |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0      |0        |0.0                

Wiltshire              |12       |4.1      |16       |36.4     |28       |8.3                

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

Total                  |336      |1.8      |594      |16.2     |930      |4.1                

Notes:                                                                                       

1. All figures for numbers of pupils are derived from the Department's January 1993 Schools  

Census. In calculating the percentage of primary schools part-time pupils in                 

grant-maintained schools are excluded.                                                       

2. Figures for number of maintained schools are derived from the Department's January 1993   

Schools Census. The number of grant-maintained schools is correct as of 1 July.              

3. The percentages represent the number of pupils at grant-maintained schools as a           

proportion of the number of pupils at all maintained schools, and the number of              

grant-maintained schools as a proportion of the number of all maintained schools.            

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list by local education authority the number and percentage of children in each grant-maintained school with statements of special educational needs.

Mr. Forth : A table containing the latest available information has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list by local education authority those grant-maintained schools which had specific units or support services for children with special educational needs when they attained grant-maintained status ; and whether those units or support services are still available.

Mr. Forth : The Department does not have a comprehensive central record of specific units and support services for children with special educational needs at grant-maintained schools.

Children (Chronic Allergies)

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance has been issued by his Department to representatives of the teaching profession, regarding the need to cater for school children with chronic allergic conditions who may require the immediate administration of adrenalin injections while at school ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Forth : General guidance on health care in schools for children with medical conditions is given in the Department's circular 11/90 "Staffing for Pupils with Special Educational Needs". The code of practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs offers guidance to schools on the circumstances in which they might have recourse to the child health services.

The statutory responsibility for securing health care for children in school rests with district health authorities. Teachers could not be required in law to administer medicines or to give injections. However, teachers have a general duty of care towards children in schools, and it is therefore reasonable to expect a teacher to react promptly if a child with a chronic allergy condition is suddenly taken ill. Such action could include assisting with the injection of adrenaline, if the teacher is competent and willing to do so and has been appropriately trained.

Education Costs

Mr. Rowe : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average cost to the Exchequer of 11 years of compulsory education in local authority-maintained schools.

Mr. Robin Squire : In 1992-93, local education authorities spent an average of £1,857 per pupil in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools. LEA spending returns do not allow us to distinguish the amount spent on compulsory education from within that total.


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Most central Government support for local authorities is in the form of unhypothecated revenue support grant. It is not therefore possible to identify the proportion of local authority education spending met by the Exchequer.

School Meals

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish a table showing the number of children receiving free school meals in each local education authority area ; what percentage that is of the total number of children receiving school meals in that area ; and what are the national totals in each case ; (2) when he expects to publish the results of his Department's annual survey of school meals relating to 1993.

Mr. Forth : The results of the survey are contained in "Statistics of Education for Schools 1993" published on 30 June. A copy is available in the Library.

The table covers day pupils receiving free school meals in maintained schools in each local education authority in England in January 1993.


LEA                    |Number       |Percentage<1>              

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Corporation of London  |108          |64                         

Camden                 |5,576        |52                         

Greenwich              |9,544        |59                         

Hackney                |10,210       |64                         

Hammersmith            |4,880        |49                         

Islington              |7,943        |61                         

Kensington and Chelsea |2,960        |47                         

Lambeth                |9,820        |57                         

Lewisham               |9,312        |53                         

Southwark              |10,804       |61                         

Tower Hamlets          |15,113       |71                         

Wandsworth             |7,404        |48                         

Westminster            |5,327        |56                         

Barking and Dagenham   |3,877        |41                         

Barnet                 |5,258        |25                         

Bexley                 |3,705        |30                         

Brent                  |7,892        |52                         

Bromley                |4,392        |28                         

Croydon                |7,192        |35                         

Ealing                 |7,877        |47                         

Enfield                |5,912        |36                         

Haringey               |8,368        |54                         

Harrow                 |2,212        |46                         

Havering               |3,015        |27                         

Hillingdon             |2,952        |40                         

Hounslow               |5,576        |35                         

Kingston-upon-Thames   |1,232        |35                         

Merton                 |3,171        |40                         

Newham                 |9,608        |63                         

Redbridge              |4,149        |28                         

Richmond-upon-Thames   |1,822        |30                         

Sutton                 |2,128        |22                         

Waltham Forest         |7,626        |47                         

Birmingham             |51,990       |53                         

Coventry               |10,638       |53                         

Dudley                 |6,498        |37                         

Sandwell               |10,656       |53                         

Solihull               |4,201        |26                         

Walsall                |10,146       |41                         

Wolverhampton          |8,830        |54                         

Knowsley               |10,329       |73                         

Liverpool              |25,071       |60                         

St. Helens             |5,379        |37                         

Sefton                 |7,683        |43                         

Wirral                 |12,158       |47                         

Bolton                 |7,480        |33                         

Bury                   |3,809        |27                         

Manchester             |26,722       |62                         

Oldham                 |9,041        |39                         

Rochdale               |7,600        |41                         

Salford                |9,558        |47                         

Stockport              |5,817        |26                         

Tameside               |7,067        |38                         

Trafford               |4,987        |35                         

Wigan                  |8,148        |35                         

Barnsley               |6,496        |39                         

Doncaster              |10,465       |34                         

Rotherham              |7,224        |43                         

Sheffield              |14,489       |45                         

Bradford               |20,249       |43                         

Calderdale             |5,341        |35                         

Kirklees               |10,230       |32                         

Leeds                  |17,281       |33                         

Wakefield              |7,708        |31                         

Gateshead              |6,193        |45                         

Newcastle-upon-Tyne    |11,109       |51                         

North Tyneside         |5,262        |33                         

South Tyneside         |6,691        |45                         

Sunderland             |10,292       |44                         

Isles of Scilly        |11           |12                         

Avon                   |20,979       |38                         

Bedfordshire           |13,055       |28                         

Berkshire              |10,083       |25                         

Buckinghamshire        |6,325        |41                         

Cambridgeshire         |11,896       |35                         

Cheshire               |19,067       |29                         

Cleveland              |23,819       |43                         

Cornwall               |10,664       |33                         

Cumbria                |8,231        |23                         

Derbyshire             |18,994       |20                         

Devon                  |20,494       |34                         

Dorset                 |7,053        |40                         

Durham                 |17,065       |32                         

East Sussex            |13,248       |37                         

Essex                  |25,885       |34                         

Gloucestershire        |8,592        |37                         

Hampshire              |26,038       |36                         

Hereford and Worcester |7,932        |32                         

Hertfordshire          |14,812       |22                         

Humberside             |23,091       |30                         

Isle of Wight          |3,215        |41                         

Kent                   |29,238       |33                         

Lancashire             |37,774       |37                         

Leicestershire         |17,676       |30                         

Lincolnshire           |6,201        |31                         

Norfolk                |12,146       |32                         

North Yorkshire        |7,997        |17                         

Northamptonshire       |8,802        |41                         

Northumberland         |6,440        |24                         

Nottinghamshire        |26,539       |38                         

Oxfordshire            |7,172        |28                         

Shropshire             |8,305        |26                         

Somerset               |6,188        |39                         

Staffordshire          |22,188       |31                         

Suffolk                |9,327        |27                         

Surrey                 |9,463        |17                         

Warwickshire           |7,560        |28                         

West Sussex            |9,249        |27                         

Wiltshire              |8,709        |31                         

                       |----         |--                         

England                |1,141,326    |37                         

Number of day pupils who received a free school meal as a        

proportion of all school meals taken.                            

Information on pupils is derived from the annual returns made to 

the Department in January each year (Form 7).                    

Includes self-governing (GM) state schools.                      

Includes full-time and part-time day pupils in maintained        

schools, including nursery and special schools, who had a school 

meal on the Census day.                                          

Excludes boarding pupils and pupils in hospital schools.         

Special Schools

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the schemes he has approved for the local management of special schools submitted to him by local education authorities.

Mr. Forth : No. Section 42(1) of the Education Reform Act 1988 requires LEAs to publish their own LMS schemes. The manner in which they must do so is prescribed in the Education (Publication of Schemes for Financing Schools) Regulations 1993.

WALES

Labour Statistics

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many new full-time equivalent jobs have been created in Clwyd during the past 15 months ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : Comprehensive information is not collected on new jobs created. However, offers of regional selective assistance accepted during the 15 months ending on 31 May 1994 were forecast to create 2,032 jobs in Clwyd.

Hedgerows

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the percentage of hedgerows and total hedgerow stock in 1984 which has subsequently been lost ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : A survey carried out by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology as part of the Department of the Environment's 1990 countryside survey found that in 1984 there was an estimated stock of 71,000 km of hedgerow in Wales, but, by 1990, there had been a net loss of 18,000 km or 25 per cent. of the total stock. The main reason for this loss was poor management and as a result the Countryside Council for Wales in 1992, at the request of the Welsh Office, established the hedgerow renovation scheme.

The most recent survey of hedgerows in England and Wales will shortly be completed, covering the years 1990-93. This will provide details of more recent changes in stock levels.

Snowdonia

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times Snowdonia mountain rescue services were called into action in 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : In 1993, there were 174 incidents in Snowdonia involving mountain rescue services.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all those hospitals and medical establishments that have national health service trust status in Wales.

Mr. Redwood : The information is not currently available in the form requested. Actual details on hospitals,


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health centres and clinics, vehicles and other accommodation, assets and equipment that is either vested in, or leased by, national health service trusts in Wales are contained in the individual transfer of assets orders, not all of which have been finalised. From 1 April 1994 there are 24 operational national health service trusts in Wales. The details are :

Pembrokeshire NHS Trust

Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust

Carmarthen and District NHS Trust

Llanelli Dinefwr NHS Trust

Swansea NHS Trust

Bridgend and District NHS Trust

Llandough Hospital NHS Trust

Glan Hafren NHS Trust

Gwent Community Health NHS Trust

Powys Healthcare NHS Trust

Wrexham Maelor Hospital NHS Trust

Glan Clwyd District Hospital NHS Trust

Clwydian Community Care NHS Trust

Gwynedd Hospitals NHS Trust

Gwynedd Community Health NHS Trust

Nevill Hall and District NHS Trust

Velindre NHS Trust

Rhondda Health Care NHS Trust

Derwen NHS Trust

Morriston Hospital NHS Trust

East Glamorgan NHS Trust

South and East Wales Ambulance NHS Trust

North Wales Ambulance NHS Trust

Mid Glamorgan Ambulance NHS Trust

Bicycles

Mr. Robathan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what facilities his Department provides for the parking of the bicycles of visitors to its offices in Westminster.

Mr. Redwood : There is no provision for any types of transport outside my Department. However, arrangements can usually be made with the Ministry of Defence to park bicycles in its car park close by.

Special Schools

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the schemes he has approved from the local management of special schools submitted to him by local education authorities.

Sir Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend has no plans to do so. The extension of the local management of schools


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arrangements to special schools was deemed a significant variation to a local education authority's LMS scheme and as such it is for the local authority to publish the changes in accordance with section 42 of the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Education (Publication of Schemes for Financing Schools) Regulations 1993.

Remploy Centres

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Remploy centres he has visited since his appointment ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : None. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment has responsibility for this organisation.

Road Improvement Schemes

Mr. Elfyn Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many road improvement schemes are currently being planned for (a) Gwynnedd, (b) Clwyd, (c) Dyfed, (d) Powyd, (e) Gwent, (f) South Glamorgan, (g) Mid Glamorgan, (h) West Glamorgan and (i) Wales as a whole ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : "Roads in Wales", to be published shortly by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales, will set out our priorities and plans for improvements to trunk roads.

Schools Statistics

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what numbers and percentages of pupils attend grant-maintained secondary schools in Wales ; and what are the figures for each local eduction authority ;

(2) what numbers and percentages of pupils attend grant-maintained primary schools in Wales ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;

(3) what numbers and percentages of pupils attend grant-maintained schools in Wales ; and what are the figures for each local education authority.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The numbers and percentages of pupils attending grant-maintained schools in Wales in each local education authority are shown in the table :


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                 Grant maintained                                    All grant                             

                              maintained primary                                                           

                              and                                                                          

                 Primary schools           Secondary schools         secondary schools                     

                |<1>Number   |<2>Per cent.|<1>Number   |<2>Per cent.|<1>Number   |<2>Per cent.             

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

Clwyd           |442         |1.1         |3,349       |12.3        |3,791       |5.6                      

Dyfed           |0           |0           |0           |0           |0           |0                        

Gwent           |220         |0.5         |1,385       |4.7         |1,605       |2.2                      

Gwynedd         |218         |1.1         |0           |0           |218         |0.6                      

Mid Glamorgan   |0           |0           |0           |0           |0           |0                        

Powys           |36          |0.3         |0           |0           |36          |0.2                      

South Glamorgan |0           |0           |2,971       |10.9        |2,971       |4.4                      

West Glamorgan  |0           |0           |933         |4.0         |933         |1.5                      

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

Wales           |916         |0.3         |8,638       |4.5         |9,554       |2.0                      

<1>Pupil numbers as at January 1993 (which is the latest available date), and are for all schools which    

were grant maintained as at April 1994.                                                                    

<2>Percentages are calculated as a proportion of the total number of full time and part time pupils in the 

same sector for the LEA.                                                                                   

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what numbers and percentages of schools are grant-maintained in Wales ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;


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(2) what numbers and percentages of primary schools are grant-maintained in Wales ; and what are the figures for each local education authority ;


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(3) what numbers and percentages of secondary schools are grant-maintained in Wales ; and what are the figures for each local education authority.


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Sir Wyn Roberts : The numbers and percentages of grant maintained schools in Wales in each local education authority are shown in the table.


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                 Grant maintained                                    All grant                             

                              maintained primary                                                           

                              and                                                                          

                 Primary schools           Secondary schools         secondary schools                     

                |Number<1>   |Per cent.<2>|Number<1>   |Per cent.<2>|Number<1>   |Per cent.<2>             

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

Clwyd           |2           |0.8         |4           |12.5        |6           |2.2                      

Dyfed           |0           |0           |0           |0           |0           |0                        

Gwent           |1           |0.5         |3           |9.1         |4           |1.6                      

Gwynedd         |1           |0.5         |0           |0           |1           |0                        

Mid Glamorgan   |0           |0           |0           |0           |0           |0                        

Powys           |1           |0.9         |0           |0           |1           |0.8                      

South Glamorgan |0           |0           |3           |11.5        |3           |1.6                      

West Glamorgan  |0           |0           |1           |3.7         |1           |0.5                      

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

Wales           |5           |0.3         |11          |4.8         |16          |0.8                      

<1>As at April 1994.                                                                                       

<2>Percentages are calculated as a proportion of the total number of schools in the same sector for the    

local education authority.                                                                                 

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list by local education authority the grant-maintained schools which had specific units or support services for children with special educational needs when they attained grant-maintained status and indicate whether these units or support services are still available.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Details of the grant-maintained schools in Wales were given in my reply of 9 December 1993 and my right hon. Friend's reply of 4 July 1994 to the hon. Members for Alyn and Deeside (Mr. Jones) and for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies). All GM schools had support services when they were approved for grant-maintained status, and Ysgol Bryn Elian and St. Cyres had designated special needs units attached to them. The schools' change of status has in no way affected their availability.

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list by local education authority the number and percentage of children in each grant-maintained school with statements of special educational needs.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The numbers and percentages of children in grant- maintained schools with statements of special educational needs in Wales in each local education authority are shown in the following table. This information was not collected from individual schools in 1993.


                |Number<1>   |Per cent.<2>             

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

Clwyd           |0           |0                        

Dyfed           |0           |0                        

Gwent           |8           |0.3                      

Gwynedd         |0           |0                        

Mid Glamorgan   |0           |0                        

Powys           |0           |0                        

South Glamorgan |0           |0                        

West Glamorgan  |31          |1.3                      

                |--          |--                       

Wales           |39          |0.2                      

Source: Form STATS2.                                   

<1> As at January 1993.                                

<2> Percentages are calculated as a proportion of the  

total number of                                        

children with statements of special educational needs (

including those being educated outside the local       

education authority area in which they are registered) 

in the local education authority.                      

NHS Trusts (Pay Awards)

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from NHS trusts in Wales on the effect of the implementation of the current health service pay award on the numbers of staff the trusts employ.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Ainger) on 13 May, column 268.

Local Government Reform

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from local authorities or their associations in relation to the execution of their duties to staff affected by staff transfer orders and other procedures occasioned by the reform of local government, particularly with respect to compliance with the duties of employees under the acquired rights directive and the collective redundancies directive of the European Union ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : I have received several such representations, which I will take into account in guidance to the Staff Commission for Wales. My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State set out the Government's view on how the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations--which implement the acquired rights directive-- apply to local government reorganisation in Standing Committee A on 17 May.

Welsh Language

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when final results of the 1992 Welsh social survey relating to the Welsh language will be published.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Preliminary results relating to the Welsh language were issued in a Welsh Office statistical press release on 29 July 1993. An article on Welsh language aspects of the survey was published in the autumn 1993 edition of "Statistical News", issue 102,


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