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Mr. Robert B. Jones: The Department does not hold information about the numbers of women's refuges, or places in refuges. The provision of women's refuges is best decided by local authorities and other agencies, taking into account such issues as the local supply of housing available for short-term use in emergency situations. Under the homelessness legislation local authorities have a statutory duty to provide accommodation or to assist persons who are at risk from domestic violence.

For information about Wales I refer the hon. Lady to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Ms. Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much (a) capital funding and (b) revenue funding has been provided by his Department to women's refuges in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: In 1994 95 the Department is providing, through the Housing Corporation, £3.1 million capital funding for women's aid projects in England, largely to provide refuge places. Comparative figures for earlier years are given in the table.


Year      |£ million          

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

1988-89   |6.4                

1989-90   |2.1                

1990-91   |1.7                

1991-92   |5.2                

1992-93   |5.4                

1993-94   |5.8                

Information is not available about revenue funding, or for years prior to 1988 89. For information about Wales I refer the hon. Lady to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Energy Saving Trust

Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now list the funding available to the Energy Saving Trust over each of the next three years, the source of the funding and what steps the Government are taking to increase this funding; if he will make a statement about the future of the Energy Saving Trust and its contribution to achieving the United Nations conference on the environment and development, Rio summit, targets.


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Mr. Roberts B. Jones: The Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation, but I understand that funding for schemes in which it is involved is as follows:

a. Each electricity company in England and Wales has been set standards of performance on energy efficiency by the electricity regulator after consultation with the Trust. OFFER is also proposing standards for Scottish companies. Funding for schemes of up to £22 million in 1993 94 and £25 million over each of the next three years raised from electricity franchise customers will be available to help meet those standards. This includes funding proposed under the Scottish price control.

b. Funding of £1 million in 1994 95 is available for the second year of the Trust's pilot combined heat and power scheme. The level of funding to be raised from gas customers for future schemes is a matter for on the decision of the Director General of Gas Supply. She is currently considering proposals for five schemes submitted by British Gas based on proposals from the trust.

c. In addition the trust expects to raise some £2 million each year until 1997 from a variety of sources, including this Department, which will be spent on their pilot scheme for local energy advice schemes.

The Government are considering how energy efficiency schemes involving the trust might be funded in the future. The Government are committed to their climate change programme which includes energy efficiency measures involving the trust.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Upper Waiting Hall Exhibitions

Sir Dudley Smith: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if he has considered an application for an exhibition relating to assistance dogs for the disabled to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.

Mr. Michael J. Martin: I understand that, under procedures agreed by the Administration Committee, arrangements have been made for the exhibition to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall from Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November.

Travel Office

Mr. Orme: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee how the acquisition by American Express of the travel management interests of the Thomas Cook Group Ltd. will affect the services provided for the House and hon. Members by the Travel Office.

Mr. Michael J. Martin: I have received firm assurances that the acquisition of Thomas Cook Travel Management by American Express will have no adverse effect on the quality and range of services provided by the Travel Office. The Administration Committee nevertheless intends to monitor closely the performances of the office to ensure that its standards of service are maintained.

Ministerial Responsibilities

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Lord President of the Council on what date he published, or plans to publish, a consolidated list of specific responsibilities or activities of each Member of her Majesty's Administration as of July.


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Mr. David Hunt: I have been asked to reply.

The "List of Ministerial Responsibilities including Agencies" is published by the Cabinet Office: the latest edition was published in September. Copies can be purchased from that office, and are available to Members free from the Vote Office.

EDUCATION

Parents Charter

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many copies of the parents charter were distributed in (a) Southampton and (b) Hampshire; and what was the cost in each case.

Mr. Robin Squire: The figures have been provided by the Royal Mail, which was contracted to carry out the distribution on behalf of the Department of Education:

(a) Southampton--245,130 copies;

(b) Hampshire (excluding Southampton)--147,782 copies.

The actual cost of the distribution is commercial in confidence and to disclose it would compromise the Department's confidential tendering procedures.

Teachers' Salaries

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement concerning anomalies in the funding of London boroughs for salaries of teachers in receipt of inner London allowances; and what actions Her Majesty's Government have taken, or intend to take, on any necessary adjustments.

Mr. Robin Squire: London boroughs already receive appropriate compensation in their education standard spending assessments for the overall extra labour and other costs they need to incur to deliver a standard level of service. The Government, in consultation with the local authority associations, will continue to review the standard spending assessment methodology annually.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many grant-maintained schools have (a) fewer than 50 pupils, (b) 50 to 100 pupils, (c) 100 to 250 pupils, (d) 250 to 500 pupils, (e) 500 to 1,000 pupils, (f) 1,000 to 1,500 pupils and (g) more than 1,500 pupils.

Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested is set out as follows:

Pupil numbers are derived from the Department's January 1993 schools census and therefore included GM schools that were still under LEA control at that time.


                  Number of GM                                                       

                  schools                                                            

Number of Pupils |Primary         |Secondary       |Total                            

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

Less than 50     |6               |-               |6                                

50 to 100        |31              |-               |31                               

100 to 250       |189             |4               |193                              

250 to 500       |154             |57              |211                              

500 to 1,000     |12              |381             |393                              

1,000 to 1,500   |-               |157             |157                              

More than 1,500  |-               |16              |16                               

Education Authority Funding

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was the education standard spending assessment for each local education authority in the current financial year; how much was distributed to each local education authority; and what were the total amounts in each case.

Mr. Robin Squire: Most central Government support for local authorities is in the form of revenue support grant and non-domestic rates. Standard spending assessments are used to determine the overall RSG paid to each authority. The education standard spending assessments for 1994 95 for each English local education authority are as follows:


1994-95 Total Education SSA                

                       |£ million          

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

City                   |0.431              

Camden                 |64.006             

Greenwich              |106.682            

Hackney                |101.461            

Hammersmith and Fulham |50.987             

Islington              |78.237             

Kensington and Chelsea |32.203             

Lambeth                |114.618            

Lewisham               |107.672            

Southwark              |102.889            

Tower Hamlets          |117.139            

Wandsworth             |82.667             

Westminster            |47.130             

Barking                |62.611             

Barnet                 |102.209            

Bexley                 |84.425             

Brent                  |115.434            

Bromley                |93.379             

Croydon                |113.587            

Ealing                 |113.070            

Enfield                |108.289            

Haringey               |93.825             

Harrow                 |70.019             

Havering               |85.134             

Hillingdon             |88.522             

Hounslow               |85.358             

Kingston upon Thames   |42.350             

Merton                 |54.216             

Newham                 |124.425            

Redbridge              |91.838             

Richmond upon Thames   |36.845             

Sutton                 |61.293             

Waltham Forest         |95.503             

Birmingham             |436.962            

Coventry               |113.298            

Dudley                 |96.732             

Sandwell               |111.048            

Solihull               |63.030             

Walsall                |100.462            

Wolverhampton          |97.752             

Knowsley               |75.309             

Liverpool              |202.234            

St. Helen's            |63.692             

Sefton                 |99.572             

Wirral                 |125.582            

Bolton                 |94.061             

Bury                   |56.138             

Manchester             |184.189            

Oldham                 |85.047             

Rochdale               |80.644             

Salford                |77.387             

Stockport              |86.738             

Tameside               |74.115             

Trafford               |69.128             

Wigan                  |103.969            

Barnsley               |73.214             

Doncaster              |114.613            

Rotherham              |91.790             

Sheffield              |165.369            

Bradford               |207.828            

Calderdale             |72.075             

Kirklees               |138.275            

Leeds                  |239.163            

Wakefield              |103.599            

Gateshead              |69.607             

Newcastle upon Tyne    |95.334             

North Tyneside         |64.739             

South Tyneside         |55.570             

Sunderland             |111.363            

Isles of Scilly        |1.135              

Avon                   |297.673            

Bedfordshire           |211.153            

Berkshire              |267.815            

Buckinghamshire        |249.922            

Cambridgeshire         |222.581            

Cheshire               |328.551            

Cleveland              |218.506            

Cornwall               |155.039            

Cumbria                |161.414            

Derbyshire             |302.673            

Devon                  |321.710            

Dorset                 |191.515            

Durham                 |208.516            

East Sussex            |207.757            

Essex                  |548.518            

Gloucestershire        |170.799            

Hampshire              |502.990            

Hereford and Worcester |216.529            

Hertfordshire          |351.155            

Humberside             |309.881            

Isle of Wight          |43.735             

Kent                   |553.522            

Lancashire             |479.942            

Leicestershire         |313.809            

Lincolnshire           |199.967            

Norfolk                |237.184            

North Yorkshire        |215.596            

Northamptonshire       |206.719            

Northumberland         |108.114            

Nottinghamshire        |343.437            

Oxfordshire            |181.352            

Shropshire             |135.496            

Somerset               |141.986            

Staffordshire          |345.541            

Suffolk                |201.176            

Surrey                 |285.235            

Warwickshire           |153.367            

West Sussex            |220.291            

Wiltshire              |185.524            

Manchester             |184.189            

Oldham                 |85.047             

Rochdale               |80.644             

Salford                |77.387             

Stockport              |86.738             

Tameside               |74.115             

Trafford               |69.128             

Wigan                  |103.969            

Barnsley               |73.214             

Doncaster              |114.613            

Rotherham              |91.790             

Sheffield              |165.369            

Bradford               |207.828            

Calderdale             |72.075             

Kirklees               |138.275            

Leeds                  |239.163            

Wakefield              |103.599            

Gateshead              |69.607             

Newcastle upon Tyne    |95.334             

North Tyneside         |64.739             

South Tyneside         |55.570             

Sunderland             |111.363            

Isles of Scilly        |1.135              

Avon                   |297.673            

Bedfordshire           |211.153            

Berkshire              |267.815            

Buckinghamshire        |249.922            

Cambridgeshire         |222.581            

Cheshire               |328.551            

Cleveland              |218.506            

Cornwall               |155.039            

Cumbria                |161.414            

Derbyshire             |302.673            

Devon                  |321.710            

Dorset                 |191.515            

Durham                 |208.516            

East Sussex            |207.757            

Essex                  |548.518            

Gloucestershire        |170.799            

Hampshire              |502.990            

Hereford and Worcester |216.529            

Hertfordshire          |351.155            

Humberside             |309.881            

Isle of Wight          |43.735             

Kent                   |553.522            

Lancashire             |479.942            

Leicestershire         |313.809            

Lincolnshire           |199.967            

Norfolk                |237.184            

North Yorkshire        |215.596            

Northamptonshire       |206.719            

Northumberland         |108.114            

Nottinghamshire        |343.437            

Oxfordshire            |181.352            

Shropshire             |135.496            

Somerset               |141.986            

Staffordshire          |345.541            

Suffolk                |201.176            

Surrey                 |285.235            

Warwickshire           |153.367            

West Sussex            |220.291            

Wiltshire              |185.524            

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will show for each local education authority and for each year since 1988 89 (a) the percentage of the potential schools budget which is not delegated to schools through the aggregate schools budget, (b) the percentage of the general schools budget which is not delegated to schools through the aggregate schools budget and (c) the percentage of pupils in schools covered by schemes of delegation.

Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested at (a) and (b) is set out in the tables, for the financial year 1990 91, when the first statutory schemes for the local management of schools came into force, and subsequent years.

LMS schemes came into force in 1990 91 for all local education authorities with the exception of 10 whose schemes came into force in 1991 92--Croydon, Hereford and Worcester, Hertfordshire, Hillingdon, Isles of Scilly, Leicestershire, Manchester, Newham, Stockport, Wirral--and 12 whose schemes came into force in 1992 93--the inner London authorities other than Westminster. From their inception, these schemes covered all county and voluntary schools maintained by the authorities concerned; they have since been extended to cover all special schools, with effect from 1993 94 in the cases of Bedfordshire, Brent, Bromley, Buckinghamshire, Harrow, Lincolnshire, Northumberland and Rotherham, and with effect from 1994 95 in the case of all other authorities.


                                                          Proportion of                                  

                                                          Potential Schools                              

                                                          Budget not Included                            

                                                          in                                             

Local Education                                           Aggregated                                     

Authority (LEA)                                           Schools Budget                                 

                                                         |1994-94|1993-94|1992-93|1991-92|1990-91        

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All LEAs where LMS in operation before April 1992                                                        

Avon                                                     |14.4   |14.2   |16.4   |17.2   |17.7           

Barking                                                  |14.7   |11.7   |12.2   |14.8   |13.0           

Barnet                                                   |13.4   |14.0   |14.8   |16.3   |15.6           

Barnsley                                                 |15.0   |14.6   |14.7   |14.1   |16.6           

Bedfordshire                                             |11.0   |12.8   |14.8   |16.7   |16.0           

Berkshire                                                |10.0   |11.7   |10.9   |12.3   |12.3           

Bexley                                                   |12.4   |12.2   |11.7   |18.7   |18.7           

Birmingham                                               |13.2   |12.6   |15.7   |16.6   |17.0           

Bolton                                                   |15.0   |13.1   |11.5   |11.7   |10.9           

Bradford                                                 |13.5   |13.9   |15.3   |13.3   |14.0           

Brent                                                    |10.0   |10.2   |13.1   |16.5   |16.4           

Bromley                                                  |13.6   |14.4   |15.3   |15.1   |19.3           

Buckinghamshire                                          |14.9   |14.7   |14.7   |13.4   |15.1           

Bury                                                     |11.7   |12.7   |12.9   |14.7   |18.1           

Calderdale                                               |12.3   |13.9   |14.4   |14.5   |18.1           

Cambridgeshire                                           |13.8   |14.0   |12.8   |12.6   |19.3           

Cheshire                                                 |11.3   |11.3   |11.7   |12.7   |15.7           

Cleveland                                                |14.4   |13.6   |15.6   |16.6   |16.4           

Cornwall                                                 |12.9   |14.7   |15.0   |16.1   |16.4           

Coventry                                                 |12.9   |13.9   |17.0   |17.2   |19.1           

Croydon                                                  |9.9    |12.5   |13.2   |19.0   |N/A            

Cumbria                                                  |13.5   |11.6   |13.3   |14.6   |17.5           

Derbyshire                                               |15.0   |14.6   |15.5   |16.0   |16.6           

Devon                                                    |12.2   |12.7   |12.7   |12.9   |16.9           

Doncaster                                                |15.0   |14.2   |15.8   |16.0   |14.6           

Dorset                                                   |13.4   |13.5   |15.8   |14.8   |18.2           

Dudley                                                   |7.5    |9.5    |14.9   |15.5   |16.0           

Durham                                                   |14.0   |14.2   |14.7   |17.8   |16.9           

Ealing                                                   |13.9   |13.3   |13.9   |17.1   |18.3           

East Sussex                                              |13.8   |14.3   |14.8   |14.6   |15.9           

Enfield                                                  |12.1   |13.0   |13.6   |15.3   |18.5           

Essex                                                    |14.1   |12.9   |14.9   |14.9   |16.0           

Gateshead                                                |13.9   |14.6   |16.1   |16.1   |16.7           

Gloucestershire                                          |13.6   |15.0   |16.8   |15.5   |13.2           

Hampshire                                                |13.4   |14.1   |13.4   |13.9   |14.2           

Haringey                                                 |14.9   |14.0   |16.2   |16.2   |20.6           

Harrow                                                   |11.2   |13.4   |17.2   |17.6   |18.5           

Havering                                                 |11.7   |13.6   |13.9   |14.9   |16.1           

Hereford/Worcester                                       |11.7   |12.6   |14.5   |16.0   |N/A            

Hertfordshire                                            |8.7    |8.9    |12.9   |13.8   |N/A            

Hillingdon                                               |13.4   |14.9   |15.6   |16.1   |N/A            

Hounslow                                                 |14.0   |12.2   |15.2   |16.7   |18.4           

Humberside                                               |14.1   |14.9   |14.8   |15.4   |18.3           

Isle of Wight                                            |13.1   |15.0   |14.2   |16.3   |17.5           

Isles of Scilly                                          |13.7   |14.5   |14.9   |16.8   |N/A            

Kent                                                     |14.8   |14.5   |15.5   |14.2   |15.1           

Kingston                                                 |14.5   |15.0   |14.4   |15.7   |21.5           

Kirklees                                                 |15.8   |14.8   |14.5   |15.0   |16.6           

Knowsley                                                 |10.9   |13.4   |15.6   |16.8   |18.1           

Lancashire                                               |14.7   |15.0   |15.7   |17.3   |17.3           

Leeds                                                    |10.1   |11.2   |13.2   |13.7   |13.9           

Leicestershire                                           |13.6   |11.5   |14.6   |15.7   |N/A            

Lincolnshire                                             |13.2   |12.2   |13.7   |14.5   |14.9           

Liverpool                                                |13.5   |15.0   |15.5   |17.1   |15.1           

Manchester                                               |11.0   |10.9   |12.8   |12.0   |N/A            

Merton                                                   |11.7   |13.3   |15.7   |15.1   |20.2           

Newcastle                                                |14.6   |13.9   |15.1   |17.6   |20.3           

Newham                                                   |15.0   |14.9   |17.9   |20.5   |N/A            

Norfolk                                                  |12.2   |14.8   |13.8   |15.6   |16.4           

North Tyneside                                           |14.1   |14.9   |15.2   |15.5   |17.7           

North Yorkshire                                          |13.1   |N/A    |14.6   |15.8   |17.4           

Northamptonshire                                         |10.7   |12.4   |12.4   |14.0   |15.3           

Northumberland                                           |11.1   |12.1   |12.8   |11.8   |13.5           

Nottinghamshire                                          |13.3   |13.7   |14.9   |16.0   |17.3           

Oldham                                                   |13.2   |14.7   |15.7   |16.9   |18.4           

Oxfordshire                                              |11.3   |11.9   |14.1   |15.3   |18.6           

Redbridge                                                |13.0   |13.8   |15.0   |16.9   |17.3           

Richmond                                                 |11.1   |14.4   |15.0   |17.4   |20.0           

Rochdale                                                 |11.3   |11.3   |11.7   |11.5   |14.3           

Rotherham                                                |13.8   |14.8   |15.3   |14.6   |13.9           

Salford                                                  |12.2   |14.0   |15.3   |14.0   |15.6           

Sandwell                                                 |13.5   |13.9   |14.4   |17.3   |16.8           

Sefton                                                   |13.0   |11.6   |11.2   |12.1   |12.6           

Sheffield                                                |15.0   |14.7   |15.9   |14.1   |17.4           

Shropshire                                               |14.6   |13.8   |13.7   |13.9   |15.4           

Solihull                                                 |9.6    |9.9    |14.2   |14.4   |14.7           

Somerset                                                 |13.8   |14.6   |14.4   |14.5   |17.1           

South Tyneside                                           |13.5   |13.9   |14.0   |14.1   |16.2           

St Helens                                                |14.5   |14.8   |14.6   |15.5   |16.7           

Staffordshire                                            |12.1   |13.3   |14.6   |15.2   |15.4           

Stockport                                                |10.7   |12.5   |11.7   |11.3   |N/A            

Suffolk                                                  |12.4   |12.4   |13.0   |12.4   |14.3           

Sunderland                                               |12.1   |12.3   |11.7   |11.6   |13.1           

Surrey                                                   |13.1   |14.5   |14.3   |15.4   |14.4           

Sutton                                                   |14.0   |14.4   |15.3   |14.9   |16.6           

Tameside                                                 |14.1   |14.8   |15.3   |16.2   |15.6           

Trafford                                                 |13.4   |13.5   |15.3   |16.1   |15.6           

Wakefield                                                |14.6   |14.9   |16.0   |15.7   |17.1           

Walsall                                                  |12.3   |11.9   |14.3   |14.5   |14.3           

Waltham Forest                                           |10.2   |14.2   |17.9   |19.8   |20.4           

Warwickshire                                             |14.3   |13.9   |13.0   |13.3   |14.8           

West Sussex                                              |12.9   |13.2   |12.6   |12.3   |12.5           

Westminster                                              |11.5   |11.6   |14.4   |15.1   |22.0           

Wigan                                                    |13.1   |14.4   |15.9   |17.0   |16.7           

Wiltshire                                                |14.0   |12.8   |15.6   |16.7   |17.7           

Wirral                                                   |13.7   |13.3   |14.3   |14.3   |N/A            

Wolverhampton                                            |11.3   |10.1   |19.1   |18.5   |18.2           

                                                                                                         

Inner London LEAs where LMS in operation from April 1992                                                 

City of London                                           |13.0   |13.5   |13.0                           

Camden                                                   |17.0   |15.0   |16.8                           

Greenwich                                                |10.8   |13.7   |20.4                           

Hackney                                                  |16.5   |18.4   |20.2                           

Hammersmith/Fulham                                       |13.0   |15.4   |18.3                           

Islington                                                |7.5    |7.4    |14.8                           

Kensington/Chelsea                                       |14.2   |18.3   |23.9                           

Lambeth                                                  |15.8   |16.4   |20.3                           

Lewisham                                                 |15.4   |16.2   |18.9                           

Southwark                                                |13.9   |16.7   |20.9                           

Tower Hamlets                                            |13.8   |14.1   |22.8                           

Wandsworth                                               |17.7   |19.2   |15.8                           


                                                          Proportion of                                  

                                                          General Schools                                

                                                          Budget not Included                            

                                                          in                                             

Local Education                                           Aggregated                                     

Authority (LEA)                                           Schools Budget                                 

                                                         |1994-95|1993-94|1992-93|1991-92|1990-91        

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All LEAs where LMS in operation before April 1992                                                        

                                                                                                         

Avon                                                     |25.1   |23.3   |27.8   |32.4   |34.5           

Barking                                                  |28.1   |22.0   |26.9   |25.6   |34.9           

Barnet                                                   |33.2   |29.1   |29.2   |30.2   |32.1           

Barnsley                                                 |29.2   |30.2   |34.3   |31.2   |34.6           

Bedfordshire                                             |27.5   |29.2   |29.5   |30.0   |31.9           

Berkshire                                                |24.5   |24.4   |27.0   |29.7   |N/A            

Bexley                                                   |30.8   |30.3   |30.4   |33.4   |33.2           

Birmingham                                               |29.0   |26.8   |30.0   |32.6   |33.1           

Bolton                                                   |26.7   |25.8   |25.0   |26.1   |28.5           

Bradford                                                 |33.2   |33.0   |34.8   |34.2   |34.1           

Brent                                                    |28.5   |25.3   |26.5   |31.6   |33.7           

Bromley                                                  |31.6   |31.6   |31.4   |32.3   |33.3           

Buckinghamshire                                          |29.3   |29.5   |29.4   |29.1   |31.9           

Bury                                                     |24.0   |24.1   |26.1   |27.1   |30.9           

Calderdale                                               |26.4   |25.5   |34.3   |34.4   |37.1           

Cambridgeshire                                           |30.1   |30.9   |30.1   |31.6   |40.4           

Cheshire                                                 |26.0   |25.5   |28.7   |27.7   |29.4           

Cleveland                                                |27.5   |27.0   |27.5   |29.4   |28.7           

Cornwall                                                 |29.9   |33.1   |34.6   |37.3   |35.6           

Coventry                                                 |27.4   |28.5   |35.6   |37.5   |42.3           

Croydon                                                  |25.7   |24.9   |25.2   |32.4   |N/A            

Cumbria                                                  |31.1   |28.7   |34.2   |31.7   |37.4           

Derbyshire                                               |31.3   |30.8   |32.7   |33.6   |33.8           

Devon                                                    |29.1   |29.6   |32.0   |34.5   |N/A            

Doncaster                                                |26.2   |25.7   |27.7   |28.7   |27.5           

Dorset                                                   |29.2   |26.1   |30.7   |31.3   |32.3           

Dudley                                                   |23.7   |28.3   |30.8   |31.7   |N/A            

Durham                                                   |27.2   |28.5   |30.7   |31.6   |30.8           

Ealing                                                   |34.0   |33.1   |27.3   |25.5   |N/A            

East Sussex                                              |28.9   |28.8   |35.0   |33.2   |33.3           

Enfield                                                  |30.3   |30.0   |32.0   |38.3   |44.9           

Essex                                                    |27.8   |27.8   |26.4   |26.4   |27.6           

Gateshead                                                |26.7   |28.2   |33.8   |34.2   |33.5           

Gloucestershire                                          |27.4   |25.5   |31.5   |30.9   |29.7           

Hampshire                                                |26.3   |25.9   |26.1   |26.1   |27.0           

Haringey                                                 |34.8   |31.2   |34.5   |33.5   |38.2           

Harrow                                                   |27.4   |28.9   |29.5   |28.4   |30.7           

Havering                                                 |23.8   |21.7   |23.4   |28.2   |29.4           

Hereford/Worcester                                       |26.1   |25.7   |28.3   |31.2   |N/A            

Hertfordshire                                            |21.2   |21.3   |26.8   |27.7   |N/A            

Hillingdon                                               |32.0   |33.3   |32.3   |24.6   |N/A            

Hounslow                                                 |32.4   |31.3   |34.4   |32.3   |38.9           

Humberside                                               |27.6   |27.5   |28.3   |29.2   |31.8           

Isle of Wight                                            |29.9   |28.1   |29.1   |35.5   |33.0           

Isles of Scilly                                          |36.4   |33.2   |37.7   |36.7   |N/A            

Kent                                                     |29.2   |28.2   |28.3   |29.3   |28.6           

Kingston                                                 |28.0   |25.0   |23.1   |30.3   |N/A            

Kirklees                                                 |32.6   |32.7   |33.3   |33.1   |34.6           

Knowsley                                                 |25.0   |25.9   |27.7   |27.3   |N/A            

Lancashire                                               |29.7   |30.1   |31.1   |32.5   |N/A            

Leeds                                                    |27.6   |29.9   |35.9   |34.8   |N/A            

Leicestershire                                           |26.1   |22.7   |28.2   |30.0   |N/A            

Lincolnshire                                             |28.1   |27.9   |26.8   |25.3   |29.3           

Liverpool                                                |27.2   |25.7   |24.6   |26.1   |25.9           

Manchester                                               |31.0   |30.5   |30.7   |29.1   |N/A            

Merton                                                   |28.3   |28.6   |33.5   |29.7   |42.0           

Newcastle                                                |30.2   |27.8   |30.0   |32.2   |35.8           

Newham                                                   |34.1   |36.5   |37.7   |41.0   |N/A            

Norfolk                                                  |28.3   |29.4   |27.7   |27.8   |26.9           

North Tyneside                                           |22.2   |29.9   |28.7   |28.6   |30.3           

North Yorkshire                                          |25.3   |N/A    |29.2   |31.5   |31.8           

Northamptonshire                                         |23.4   |26.2   |24.0   |27.4   |27.8           

Northumberland                                           |25.7   |26.7   |32.7   |32.9   |31.9           

Nottinghamshire                                          |25.9   |26.3   |27.3   |28.4   |30.1           

Oldham                                                   |29.1   |30.2   |34.3   |38.5   |34.3           

Oxfordshire                                              |30.2   |31.0   |29.1   |30.2   |34.7           

Redbridge                                                |25.9   |25.8   |29.2   |31.2   |32.6           

Richmond                                                 |21.8   |26.5   |27.3   |30.1   |33.7           

Rochdale                                                 |30.9   |30.8   |34.2   |34.0   |33.6           

Rotherham                                                |24.8   |27.5   |29.0   |27.9   |27.8           

Salford                                                  |25.4   |26.3   |27.2   |29.5   |24.6           

Sandwell                                                 |28.9   |27.7   |26.7   |30.9   |32.1           

Sefton                                                   |24.2   |24.2   |23.5   |24.6   |N/A            

Sheffield                                                |29.1   |29.8   |30.7   |30.1   |31.9           

Shropshire                                               |30.9   |28.6   |27.3   |30.7   |29.8           

Solihull                                                 |21.0   |21.3   |27.1   |29.0   |30.1           

Somerset                                                 |26.8   |28.2   |27.8   |27.2   |34.5           

South Tyneside                                           |27.1   |29.2   |32.4   |35.5   |39.1           

St. Helens                                               |26.6   |24.8   |26.9   |34.0   |35.6           

Staffordshire                                            |25.8   |27.3   |28.7   |30.0   |31.4           

Stockport                                                |21.1   |23.2   |22.3   |23.5   |N/A            

Suffolk                                                  |24.5   |25.2   |27.7   |28.0   |30.6           

Sunderland                                               |20.3   |24.1   |26.2   |25.8   |28.5           

Surrey                                                   |32.1   |32.9   |30.9   |31.5   |31.0           

Sutton                                                   |34.8   |31.7   |36.6   |34.5   |37.3           

Tameside                                                 |26.1   |28.0   |29.6   |31.1   |30.6           

Trafford                                                 |28.4   |31.4   |34.5   |36.0   |44.0           

Wakefield                                                |31.6   |34.3   |32.8   |32.6   |33.1           

Walsall                                                  |25.2   |24.9   |29.0   |29.4   |30.5           

Waltham Forest                                           |29.7   |35.6   |38.1   |37.7   |42.5           

Warwickshire                                             |26.0   |26.4   |27.6   |28.0   |31.2           

West Sussex                                              |24.7   |27.4   |24.3   |25.9   |28.7           

Westminister                                             |24.5   |24.8   |27.2   |32.3   |37.8           

Wigan                                                    |20.1   |22.9   |25.7   |27.7   |28.4           

Wiltshire                                                |27.3   |25.5   |26.1   |29.8   |N/A            

Wirral                                                   |25.2   |24.1   |27.9   |29.9   |N/A            

Wolverhampton                                            |28.0   |27.7   |33.5   |32.5   |34.7           

                                                                                                         

Inner London LEAs where LMS in operation from April 1992                                                 

City of London                                           |34.2   |33.2   |39.9                           

Camden                                                   |30.1   |26.9   |29.6                           

Greenwich                                                |26.0   |25.8   |32.2                           

Hac kney                                                 |32.7   |36.9   |39.6                           

Hammersmith/Fulham                                       |27.7   |37.3   |34.8                           

Islington                                                |19.6   |17.1   |26.2                           

Kensington/Chelsea                                       |31.2   |35.1   |40.6                           

Lambeth                                                  |32.0   |31.9   |36.5                           

Lewisham                                                 |30.3   |29.3   |33.1                           

Southwark                                                |29.9   |31.0   |34.2                           

Tower Hamlets                                            |42.7   |45.0   |48.5                           

Wandsworth                                               |36.7   |38.0   |32.9                           

Notes to Tables                                                                                          

1. A local education authority's General Schools Budget (GSB) is the authority's total planned           

expenditure in respect of the schools covered by its LMS Scheme: its Potential Schools Budget (PSB)      

consists of the GSB, less the authority's planned central expenditure on certain items which are either  

statutorily excepted from delegation to schools or are otherwise difficult to delegate: and its          

Aggregated Schools Budget is that part of the GSB which is distributed to individual schools in the form 

of "budget shares" determined by formula.                                                                

2. The figures in the Tables have been derived from the annual budget statements which local education   

authorities are required to publish under section 42 of the Education Reform Act 1988: all percentages   

have been rounded to one decimal place. "N/A" indicates either that no statutory LMS scheme was yet in   

operation for the authority, or that the authority's budget statement for the year in question is not to 

hand.                                                                                                    

3. In the case of inner London authorities (other than Westminister), the introduction of LMS was        

deferred until April 1992, and the delegation requirements applicable in their case differ from those    

applicable elsewhere. These authorities are therefore shown separately in the Tables.                    

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Research Budget

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is her Department's total budget for research in education.

Mr. Robin Squire: The Department's total budget for research in education is £1.1 million for 1994 95.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times during the 1993 94 Session information requested in parliamentary questions has been refused on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

Mr. Boswell: On the basis of a computer search, since the beginning of the 1993 94 Session there has been one occasion on which information requested in a parliamentary question was refused on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

Living Earth Project

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what contribution her Department is making to the Living Earth project on environmental awareness linking schools and business.

Mr. Robin Squire: None. We have no record of any approach by Living Earth.

Education Authority Funding

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will show for each local education authority and for each year since 1988 89 (a) the total capital expenditure per pupil in full-time education, (b) the proportion which is met by borrowing by the local authority, (c) the proportion which is met out of revenue by the local authority and (d) the proportion which is met from capital receipts by the local authority.

Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested is taking some time to collate. I shall write to my hon. Friend with my reply as soon as possible.

Public Information

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for education how much has been spent by her Department in each of the last three years to (a) produce public information in alternative formats for visually impaired people and (b) publicise the availability of accessible information amongst visually impaired people.

Mr. Forth: (a) DFE expenditure on the production of public information for visually impaired people in Braille and on audio tape over the last three years is as follows:


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          |£                  

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

1992      |6,730              

1993      |29,365             

1994      |<1>72,364          

<1> to date                   

(b) DFE publications for the visually impaired are publicised alongside the conventionally printed versions, supported by mailings to organisations and associations with special responsibilities for blind and visually impaired people. It is not possible to disaggregate the cost.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will indicate which departmental publications are currently available (a) in Braille, (b) in large print and (c) on tape; and if she will indicate what efforts have been made by her Department to inform visually impaired people about the availability of publications in alternative formats to normal print.

Mr. Forth: DFE publications are currently available in the following alternative formats for the blind and visually impaired: (a) Braille:

The Updated Parent's Charter Special Educational Needs (SEN)--Code of Practice.SEN--A guide for parentsSEN Tribunal--How to appeal National School Tests in 1994Student grants and loans 1994 95 (b) Large Print: no publications available.

(c) Audio Tape:

The Updated Parent's Charter Special Education Needs (SEN)--Code of PracticeSEN--A guide for parentsSEN Tribunal--How to appeal National School Tests in 1994 The Charter for Higher EducationThe Charter for Further EducationDFE publications for the visually impaired are publicised alongside the conventionally printed versions, supported by mailings and "Sound Advice", an audio-tape magazine sent to organisations and associations with special responsibilities for blind and visually impaired people.

National Governors Council

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding her Department has provided to the National Governors Council; what conditions have been attached to such funding; and what requirement there is that its affiliated members accept into membership governors of (a) local authority schools, (b) grant-maintained schools, (c) city technology colleges and (d) independent schools.

Mr. Robin Squire: The Department has made available grant of up to £31,000 towards the cost of drawing up the council's proposed constitution, and organising and running a one-day conference to launch the council on 29 October.

One of the council's aims is to be an independent forum for all associations of governing bodies in England and Wales, but there is no requirement for local associations to include specific categories of schools within their membership.


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Pupil Distribution

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will show for each local education authority and for each year since 1988 89 (a) the proportion of pupils resident in the authority but educated outside the authority, (b) the proportion of pupils resident outside the authority but educated within the authority and (c) the difference between (a) and (b) , showing in each case whether the authority is a net exporter or net importer of pupils.

Mr. Robin Squire: In the table, column A the percentage of pupils belonging to the authority educated in another local education authority; column B shows pupils from elsewhere educated in an authority as a percentage of pupils resident and educated within the authority; and column C the difference. The figures are based on pupils attending maintained schools, other than sixth-form colleges; and pupils attending independent schools or receiving education otherwise than at school, under arrangements made by local education authorities. The figures are for January 1993; the information requested for other years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Local Education Authority                                                  

                       |(A)         |(B)         |(C)                      

                       |Exports     |Imports     |Net exporter             

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Doncaster              |1.17        |0.86        |0.30                     

Rotherham              |0.75        |3.76        |-3.00                    

Sheffield              |1.61        |0.59        |1.02                     

Bradford               |3.26        |0.65        |2.61                     

Calderdale             |1.48        |2.52        |-1.03                    

Kirklees               |1.57        |1.04        |0.53                     

Leeds                  |1.14        |1.48        |-0.35                    

Wakefield              |0.64        |1.74        |-1.10                    

Gateshead              |2.58        |2.22        |0.36                     

Newcastle upon Tyne    |3.89        |3.58        |0.31                     

North Yyneside         |3.27        |3.03        |0.25                     

South Tyneside         |1.35        |1.95        |-0.60                    

Sunderland             |1.15        |1.61        |-0.46                    

Isles of Scilly        |0.00        |1.13        |-1.13                    

Avon                   |0.61        |0.89        |-0.28                    

Bedfordshire           |1.59        |1.76        |-0.17                    

Berkshire              |2.65        |2.67        |-0.02                    

Buckinghamshire        |4.91        |2.00        |2.90                     

Cambridgeshire         |1.32        |0.91        |0.40                     

Cheshire               |0.96        |2.18        |-1.22                    

Cleveland              |0.21        |0.45        |-0.24                    

Cornwall               |0.87        |0.44        |0.43                     

Cumbria                |0.09        |0.77        |-0.68                    

Derbyshire             |1.34        |1.02        |0.32                     

Devon                  |0.58        |0.54        |0.04                     

Dorset                 |0.52        |2.42        |-1.90                    

Durham                 |1.22        |0.33        |0.89                     

East Sussex            |2.01        |1.29        |0.72                     

Essex                  |1.94        |0.64        |1.30                     

Glouchestershire       |0.89        |1.59        |-0.70                    

Hampshire              |1.46        |0.93        |0.53                     

Hereford and Worcester |2.58        |1.96        |0.62                     

Hertfordshire          |1.06        |4.21        |-3.15                    

Humberside             |0.63        |1.18        |-0.55                    

Isle of Wight          |0.04        |0.01        |0.03                     

Kent                   |0.67        |0.84        |-0.17                    

Lancashire             |1.17        |0.54        |0.63                     

Leicestershire         |0.69        |0.56        |0.14                     

Lincolnshire           |2.31        |1.49        |0.82                     

Norfolk                |1.22        |0.76        |0.46                     

North Yorkshire        |1.28        |2.70        |-1.42                    

Northamptonshire       |0.63        |1.24        |-0.61                    

Northumberland         |1.00        |2.05        |-1.04                    

Nottinghamshire        |0.82        |0.77        |0.05                     

Oxfordshire            |1.21        |2.99        |-1.78                    

Shropshire             |1.15        |1.42        |-0.26                    

Somerset               |2.13        |0.98        |1.15                     

Staffordshire          |1.57        |1.29        |0.27                     

Suffolk                |0.87        |1.64        |-0.77                    

Surrey                 |4.43        |3.45        |0.98                     

Warwickshire           |2.18        |2.89        |-0.71                    

West Sussex            |1.21        |2.74        |-1.53                    

Wiltshire              |1.93        |0.97        |0.96                     


London Education Authority                                                 

                       |(A)         |(B)         |(C)                      

                       |Exports     |Imports     |Net Exporter             

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City                   |81.36       |283.05      |-201.69                  

Camden                 |20.61       |40.71       |-20.10                   

Greenwich              |8.64        |12.00       |-3.36                    

Hackney                |21.55       |9.22        |12.33                    

Hammersmith and Fulham |22.94       |29.45       |-6.51                    

Islington              |22.86       |21.18       |1.68                     

Kensington and Chelsea |31.02       |43.24       |-12.22                   

Lambeth                |29.33       |9.14        |20.19                    

Lewisham               |16.84       |11.01       |5.83                     

Southwark              |15.32       |16.41       |-1.09                    

Tower Hamlets          |5.75        |4.68        |1.07                     

Wandsworth             |16.68       |18.02       |-1.34                    

Westminster            |24.25       |51.88       |-27.64                   

Barking                |5.01        |7.70        |-2.69                    

Barnet                 |7.85        |17.66       |-9.81                    

Bexley                 |6.32        |6.78        |-0.45                    

Brent                  |19.60       |7.07        |12.53                    

Bromley                |4.15        |9.06        |-4.91                    

Croydon                |9.75        |6.81        |2.94                     

Ealing                 |11.08       |5.37        |5.71                     

Enfield                |6.65        |8.01        |-1.36                    

Haringey               |16.05       |8.90        |7.15                     

Harrow                 |11.02       |8.87        |2.14                     

Havering               |3.49        |5.14        |-1.65                    

Hillingdon             |5.53        |4.23        |1.30                     

Hounslow               |10.12       |13.94       |-3.82                    

Kingston Upon Thames   |8.10        |14.73       |-6.63                    

Merton                 |12.01       |13.47       |-1.46                    

Newham                 |4.59        |2.14        |2.45                     

Redbridge              |6.28        |7.62        |-1.34                    

Richmond Upon Thames   |8.90        |29.50       |-20.60                   

Sutton                 |9.33        |11.71       |-2.38                    

Waltham Forest         |6.37        |3.18        |3.19                     

Birmingham             |3.49        |1.47        |2.02                     

Coventry               |1.32        |1.46        |-0.14                    

Dudley                 |3.44        |4.33        |-0.89                    

Sandwell               |3.97        |5.05        |-1.08                    

Solihull               |3.07        |11.84       |-8.77                    

Walsall                |2.50        |5.00        |-2.50                    

Wolverhampton          |4.41        |2.85        |1.56                     

Knowsley               |13.20       |4.91        |8.29                     

Liverpool              |2.68        |3.45        |-0.77                    

St Helen's             |4.84        |5.13        |-0.29                    

Sefton                 |1.19        |4.31        |-3.12                    

Wirral                 |0.96        |0.35        |0.61                     

Bolton                 |2.02        |3.16        |-1.14                    

Bury                   |6.53        |5.45        |1.08                     

Manchester             |7.74        |4.07        |3.67                     

Oldham                 |1.85        |7.59        |-5.74                    

Rochdale               |4.97        |1.63        |3.33                     

Salford                |3.81        |4.63        |-0.82                    

Stockport              |2.11        |2.95        |-0.84                    

Tameside               |2.91        |3.94        |-1.03                    

Trafford               |4.68        |4.93        |-0.25                    

Wigan                  |3.25        |4.51        |-1.26                    

Barnsley               |2.74        |1.22        |1.52                     

Note: Minus sign shows that the authority is a net importer.               

Education Council

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what matters were discussed, and what decisions were taken at the EU Education Council held in St. Petersburg on 15 and 16 September.

Mr. Boswell: This conference, which my right hon. Friend attended, was not a formal meeting of the EU


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Education Council. It provided a useful opportunity to learn about the efforts currently being made by the Russian Government to secure the reform of its educational system, and allowed Ministers to take stock of the assistance and co-operation programmes in education being pursued with the Russian Federation both at Community level and by individual member states. A communique was issued at the close of the conference. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.

Nurse Training

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the working group established by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals to consider the implications of the transfer of nurse training to the higher education sector will report their findings; if this report will be published; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Boswell: This is a matter for the Committee of

Vice-Chancellors and Principals.


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DUCHY OF LANCASTER

University Research Funding

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the present arrangements for funding university research.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The Government assessed the arrangements for funding university research last year and set out their conclusions in the science, engineering and technology White Paper, "Realising our Potential".

Chemistry

Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he last met officers of the Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss the role of chemistry in science policy.

Mr. David Hunt: I have not yet met the officers of the Royal Society of Chemistry. However, my colleague the Parliamentary Secretary will be opening the Society's annual congress in Edinburgh next spring, and we look forward to continuing close relations.

Public Service Reforms

Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which OECD countries have introduced public service reforms similar to those in the United Kingdom.

Mr. David Hunt: All OECD countries are introducing public service reforms. In many of these areas the United Kingdom is seen as the leading innovator and model of good practice. For the third year in succession the United Kingdom is offering an opportunity for OECD countries to exchange information and benefit from good practice through its international service for the citizen conference, on 8 and 9 December this year. Eminent speakers from eight countries have been invited to share their experiences of public service reform with an international audience.

EU Research Council

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what matters were discussed, what decisions taken, and which were decided by vote, at the EU Research Council on 29 September in Brussels.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The EU Research Council reached political agreement on seven specific programmes under the EU framework programme: information technologies, telematics applications of common interest; marine science and technology; standards, measurements and testing; co- operation with third countries; non-nuclear energy; and agriculture and fisheries, including agro-industry, food technologies, forestry, aquaculture and rural development. These will be formally adopted by the Council when the texts have been finalised. Furthermore, the Council reached a consensus on the controlled thermo-nuclear fusion programme under the Euratom framework programme. Member states also agreed a mandate for the Commission to negotiate a science and technology agreement with Israel.


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Innovation and the Tax System"

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology report on "Innovation and the Tax System" was published; when its work was completed; whether its recommendations were available to Ministers when they were drawing up the Government's recent White Paper on Competitiveness; and what further work he intends the Office of Public Service and Science to do on the report's recommendations.

Mr. David Hunt: The report was completed in March 1994 and published on 4 July. The recommendations were available to Ministers when drawing up the White Paper on competitiveness. My Department will take account of the recommendations in continuing to promote innovation based on science, engineering and technology.

Public Appointments

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if all fees and payments made to members of public bodies are held on the Purpose 24 databank.

Mr Robert G. Hughes: No.

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information is held on the Purpose 24 databank, data protection registration No. FO220056.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The Purpose 24 databank contains details about those people known to the public appointments unit to be interested in being considered for public appointments. The information recorded on the database is that provided by the individuals themselves or their nominators including personal details and details of posts and other positions held.

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many nominations to public bodies were made from the public appointments unit's register of suitably qualified people who are willing to be considered for public appointments in (a) 1991, (b) 1992 and (c) 1993.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: Some 3,000 nominations were made in 1991 92, over 3,500 in 1992 93 and over 4,000 in 1993 94.

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the public appointments unit cost to run in (a) 1991 92 and (b) 1992 93.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The cost of running the Public Appointments Unit was £260,466 in 1991 92 and £254,823 in 1992 93.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hanson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many times during the 1993 94 Session information requested in parliamentary questions has been refused on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

Mr. David Hunt: There have been six occasions during the 1993 94 parliamentary Session when part of the information requested in parliamentary questions has not been given on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consideration he has given to instructing chairmen or women or chief officers of Government agencies or quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations personally to sign letters in reply to those


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hon. Members who would formerly have received signed replies from Ministers.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: It is for Ministers in each Department to decide the best way in which to reply to correspondence from hon. Members.

Where the correspondence covers operational matters dealt with by an executive agency, the agency chief executive, who has the detailed knowledge which the hon. Member is seeking, as well as the necessary delegated authority, is best placed to reply. It is open to an hon. Member who is dissatisfied with a reply from an agency chief executive to raise the matter with the responsible Ministers. The term "quasi-autonomous non- governmental organisation" is being used increasingly loosely outside government to embrace diverse organisations from both the public and private sectors. Ministers continue to answer where they have responsibilities in respect of particular bodies. Operational questions may be best addressed to the bodies themselves.

Civil Service Sports Facilities

Sir Nicholas Fairbairn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the current cost to the public purse of providing all forms of sports facilities for civil servants in England and Wales.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The Government contribute to the cost of sport and recreation in the civil service mainly through a grant-in-aid the Civil Service Sports Council. In 1993 94, the grant-in-aid was £1.33 million. In addition, Departments and executive agencies may make reasonable provision for amenities and recreational facilities for the use of all staff; information about the cost of this provision is not held centrally.

CERN Large Hadron Collider

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his letter DD/94/P/618 of 13 July, what response he has had from France about commitment to the CERN large hadron collider; and what collaboration he had from the United States of America and the Japanese.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes: France have now made a formal offer of an additional contribution towards the cost of the large hadron collider, in recognition of her status as a CERN host country. This offer and the way forward is now being given careful consideration by the UK as well as our other partners in CERN. We hope to hold further discussions in the near future.

Contacts with our colleagues in the USA and Japan have continued throughout the discussions on the LHC. We have made it clear that a project of this magnitude must proceed on the basis of a fair and sustainable financial framework. They will be familiar with, and will welcome, the efforts which we, with our CERN partners, are making to establish tight cost control of the project.

Women in Science

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made of his development unit on women in science.


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Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The Office of Science and Technology is currently recruiting staff for the development unit. The unit will begin its work as soon as possible.

Civil Service Reform

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set out the terms of reference and powers of the efficiency unit as a result of proposals in the White Paper, "Continuity and Change", how it will be accountable to Parliament; and how it will interact with the National Audit Office and the Committee of Public Accounts.

Mr. David Hunt: The Efficiency Unit supports the Prime Minister's adviser on efficiency, Sir Peter Levene, who is also my adviser on competition and purchasing. It forms part of the Office of Public Service and Science, for whose activities I am accountable. Its relationship with the National Audit Office and the Committee of Public Accounts is no different from that of other parts of my Departments. Its terms of reference and responsibilities are published in the 1994 report of the Cabinet Office -- Chapter 5 of Cm 2518--and its role in relation to efficiency plans is in the White Paper itself -- paragraph 3.21 of Cm 2627.


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