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Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement on the treatment of the child of (a) a co-habiting couple and (b) a married couple in identical financial circumstances when assessment is made of student grant entitlement on the standard scale.
Mr. Boswell: Under the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations the assessment of a married student's requirements for the maintenance of his dependants compared with one in identical personal financial circumstances who is cohabiting may vary according to the number of dependants and any income these may have.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement on the definition of residual income on page 33 of "Student Grants and Loans: A Brief Guide for Higher Education Students 1994 95" as being income after tax and allowances are taken off.
Mr. Boswell: The definition of residual income on page 33 of "Student Grants and Loans: a Brief Guide for Higher Education Students 1994 95" was inaccurate. An erratum slip was issued to all local education authorities immediately after publication. It explained that the correct description of the calculation of residual income appears on page 29 of the booklet. Reprints of the booklet did not include the incorrect definition.
(2) how many additional governors she has appointed to grant-maintained schools; if she will list the schools; and what has been the total cost to date of such appointments.
Mr. Robin Squire: By virtue of section 67 of the Education Act 1993, which re-enacts section 53(6) of the Education Reform Act 1988, the Secretary of State has the power in certain circumstances to appoint additional governors to grant-maintained schools only. Four such appointments have been made, all to Stratford grant-maintained school. There has been no cost to the Department.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many contracts her Department or Government agencies responsible to her Department have entered into with Spencer Stuart consultants in the last two years.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is her current calculation of the costs of preparation for market testing in her Department in terms of (a) payments to consultants and (b) other costs.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list for each local education authority area, (a) the total number of secondary schools, (b) how many of these are, or if grant-maintained, were, (i) county, (ii) voluntary aided, (iii) special agreement and (iv) voluntary controlled, (c) how many have held parental
Column 1394ballots on grant-maintained status, (d) how many are operating as grant-maintained schools and (e) what percentage of pupils are in grant-maintained schools.
|Annual Salary from |1 April 1994 Spine Point |£ --------------------------------------------------------- 1 |23,055 2 |23,430 3 |23,811 4 |24,186 5 |24,567 6 |24,942 7 |25,323 8 |25,695 9 |26,079 10 |26,457 11 |26,832 12 |27,210 13 |27,585 14 |27,969 15 |28,344 16 |28,722 17 |29,097 18 |29,481 19 |29,856 20 |30,234 21 |30,741 22 |31,239 23 |31,743 24 |32,250 25 |32,754 26 |33,255 27 |33,759 28 |34,266 29 |34,770 30 |35,403 31 |36,030 32 |36,657 33 |37,287 34 |37,923 35 |38,550 36 |39,180 37 |39,810 38 |40,692 39 |41,571 40 |42,456 41 |43,335 42 |44,214 43 |45,102 44 |45,981 45 |46,860 46 |47,745 47 |48,627 48 |49,509 49 |50,391 50 |51,270 51 |52,152
Further details may be found in the school teachers' pay and conditions document 1994, or Department for
Column 1395Education circular 7/94, copies of which have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Robin Squire: Qualified teachers other than head teachers or deputy head teachers in both primary and secondary schools are paid on a single 18-point pay spine. The values of the 18 points are as follows:
|Annual Salary |From 1 May 1994 Spine Point |£ ------------------------------------------------ 0 |11,571 1 |12,264 2 |12,999 3 |13,779 4 |14,607 5 |15,480 6 |16,410 7 |17,394 8 |18,438 9 |19,614 10 |20,832 11 |22,068 12 |23,832 13 |25,419 14 |27,450 15 |28,683 16 |29,976 17 |31,323
Further details may be found in the school teachers' pay and conditions document 1994, or the Department for Education circular, No. 7/94, copies of which have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if her Department is sending a delegate to the European seminar on health education and HIV/AIDS prevention in schools on 3 November in Rome; and what was the basis for her decision.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list those public investment projects within her Department's responsibility which have attracted private capital and which have been commenced since November 1993.
Mr. Robin Squire: The Department for Education is not directly responsible for the disbursement of grants to educational institutions except for allocations to voluntary aided and special agreement schools, technology colleges and to city technology colleges. Information on voluntary aided and special agreement schools is held on a financial year basis only and cannot be adapted to the form requested. The list of projects for technology colleges and city technology colleges is as follows:
Column 1396Technology Colleges
Aldersley High School, Wolveerhampton
All Hallows RC High School, Preston, Lancashire
All Saints Catholic School, Barking and Dagenham
Applemore Technology School, Southampton
Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, Rossendale, Lancashire Baines School, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire
Belper School, Derbyshire
Bexley-Erith Technical High School for Boys, Bexley
Bishop Stopford VA School, Northamptonshire
Central Technology College, Gloucester
Chalvedon School, Basildon, Essex
Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Chatham, Kent
Collingwood School, Camberley, Surrey
The Cornwallis School, Maidstone, Kent
Deacon's School, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Deanery High School, Wigan
Denefield School, Reading, Berkshire
George Spencer School, Nottingham
Glyn School, Epsom, Surrey
Harraby School, Carlisle, Cumbria
Herschel Grammar School, Slough, Berkshire
Highbury School, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Hugh Christie School, Tonbridge, Kent
John Kelly Boys Community School, Neasden, Brent
John Kelly Girls Community School, Neasden, Brant
Kemnal Technology College, Sidcup, Bromley
The Kings School Grantham, Lincolnshire
Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
Lincoln School of Science and Technology, Lincolnshire
Lodge Park School, Corby, Northamptonshire
Lynn Grove GM High School, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Mill Hill County High School, Barnet
New Wellington School, Altrincham, Cheshire
Northampton School for Boys, Northamptonshire
The Philip Morant School, Colchester, Essex
Prospect School, Reading, Berkshire
Rastrick High School, Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Ravens Wood School for Boys, Bromley
Saffron Walden County High School, Essex
Sale Moor School, Sale, Cheshire
Sawtry Community College, Cambridgeshire
Senacre Technology School, Maidstone, Kent
Small Heath School, Birmingham
Soham Village College, Cambridgeshire
St. Aidan's Church of England VA High School, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire
St. Alban's Catholic High School, Ipswich, Suffolk
St. Bonaventure's School, Newham
St. George's Technology School, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
St. Peter's Collegiate Church of England School, Wolverhampton St. Thomas More School, Blaydon, Tyne and Wear
City Technology Colleges
ADT College, Wandsworth, London
BRIT School, Croydon, Surrey
Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested is not held centrally. The Department keeps records of voluntary aided capital projects all of which have a private component of at least 15 per cent. City technology colleges also receive a large element of private capital input. In both cases we are not able to determine the time the investment was made. Responsibility for other public
Column 1397funded education facilities rests with the funding councils and individual local education authorities.
Mr. Forth: The national curriculum specifies that all children should be able to swim 25 m by the age of 11. It is for individual schools to decide how and when to provide swimming lessons in order to meet this requirement and their own priorities for swimming. The information on the percentage of children receiving swimming lessons each week is not collected centrally.
Mr. Forth: The Government are currently considering ways of enhancing the position of team sports in schools. An announcement will be made in due course. All interested Departments are contributing to the review.
Council--BTEC--was established in 1983 to combine and develop the work of the former business education
Column 1398council--BEC--and technician education council--TEC. On 1 October 1993, BTEC ceased to be a non-departmental public body, becoming fully independent. Consequently, its financial arrangements are no longer the responsibility of Secretary of State and now rest with BTEC itself.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list for each local education authority area, (a) the total number of primary schools, (b) how many of these are, or if grant-maintained, were (i) county, (ii) voluntary aided, (iii) special agreement and (iv) voluntary controlled, (c) how many have held parental ballots on grant- maintained status, (d) how many are operating as grant-maintained schools and (e) what percentage of pupils are in grant-maintained schools.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the total value of the grants for education, support and training programme agreed for 1994 95, the value of items which will be wholly or partially delegated to schools, the value of items which must be retained centrally by local education authorities for the provision of services to schools and the value of her Department's grant contribution in each case.
Mr. Robin Squire: The GEST programme for 1994 95 supports LEA expenditure of £270.6 million. The Department pays grant on this expenditure at the rate of 60 per cent. for all grants, except one of £3 million for articled teachers' bursaries which is paid at the rate of 100 per cent. The total grant payable by the Department is £163.6 million.
Of this total, £100.5 million LEA expenditure--£60.3 million DFE grant--must be devolved to schools. LEAs are encouraged to devolve much of the remainder of the programme to school level where this is appropriate.
The only grants which may not be devolved to school level are those for special education needs parent partnership schemes--£3.7 million expenditure, £2.2 million grant--and part of the grant for national curriculum assessment arrangements.