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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: On 1 June 1994, three persons appeared on petition at Glasgow sheriff court on charges of wilful fireraising arising out of the fire at Shettleston health centre on 30 May 1994.
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Lord Advocate will now review the charges against the two Libyan suspects of the Lockerbie bombing; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Attorney-General about the delay in the Irish Republic Attorney-General's response to the extradition warrant issued by the Royal Ulster Constabulary to the Garda in April 1993 in respect of Brendan Smyth; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations his Department made (a) through the Anglo-Irish intergovernmental machinery and (b) directly to the Attorney-General of the Irish Republic about the delay in the Irish Republic Attorney-General's response to the extradition warrant issued by the RUC to the Garda in April 1993 in respect of Brendan Smyth; and if he will make a statement.
Column 40inappropriate for me to have made representations in the manner described.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he intends to take following the statement, details of which have been sent to him, made by a senior executive of the Hualon Corporation relating to its proposed production of high-quality clothing products at facilities in Northern Ireland for which it has been awarded grant aid by the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ancram: The Industrial Development Board has sought and received confirmation from the president of Hualon that the company remains 100 per cent. committed to its agreement with the IDB which relates to the production of large volumes of basic fabrics.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will make available in the Library copies of the minutes of all those meetings of the Northern Ireland Development Board at which the subject of grant aid to the Hualon Corporation was discussed.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which members of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board have recently resigned; what, in the case of any such resignation, were the reasons given; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the names and summarise the background of the current members of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board and identity which members of the board are not currently based in Northern Ireland.
Name |Occupation ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ John B. McGuckian |Chairman, Ulster Television plc Roy Bailie |Chairman, W and G Baird |Holdings Ltd. Trefor Campbell |Managing Director, Moy Park |Ltd. John Freeman |Irish Secretary, Amalgamated |Transport and General Workers Roger Aldridge<1> |Executive Director, Estates and |Store Development, Marks and |Spencer plc Terry Carlin |Northern Ireland Officer, |NIC/ICTU Roy McNulty |President, Short Bros plc Maria Moloney |and Business Development, |Harland and Wolff (Holdings) |plc John Spence |Chairman, Richardsons |Fertilizers Ltd. Paul McWilliams |Chairman, ACT Business |Systems (Ireland) Ltd. <1> Not based in Northern Ireland.
Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas visits he and each of his Ministers have made between 1 January and 30 June; during how many he or each of his Ministers have participated in fund-raising activities for the Conservative party; and if he will list the Ministers and the countries in which these activities took place.
Sir Patrick Mayhew: Between 1 January and 30 June 1994, Ministers in my Department made 17 overseas visits in their official capacity. Fund- raising activities for the Conservative party are not part of our official duties.
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government staff were on duty at Hillsborough castle during the period it was made available to the Conservative political centre on 4 November; and at what cost.
Sir Patrick Mayhew: Ten members of staff were on duty at Hillsborough castle for the Conservative political centre conference on 4 November. Their salary costs, which have been charged to the Conservative political centre, amounted to £250.19.
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy to make available the facility of holding meetings at Hillsborough castle to any of the constitutional political parties.
Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what provision will be made in the job seeker's allowance legislation to ensure that those who cannot work on a particular day, or in particular types of work, for reasons of religious belief or conscience, will not be disqualified from benefit for failing to accept the first job offered.
Miss Widdecombe: The job seeker's allowance White Paper sets out the Government's intention that job seekers will be allowed to restrict their availability for work on grounds of religious or conscientious convictions. We similarly intend such convictions are to be taken into account in considering whether job seekers have good cause for refusing work which is offered to them.
Mr. Paice: In this year's small-scale prototype development, training and enterprise councils estimate, as at 8 November, that some 885 modern apprentices have started training. Over 790 of these are employed.
Mr. Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the employers or employers' organisations that have so far committed themselves to the modern apprenticeship scheme; and how many places each has agreed to provide.
Mr. Paice: A large number of employers--large and small--have expressed support for modern apprenticeships. In this year's small-scale prototype development, training and enterprise councils estimate that nearly 600 employers are involved. A breakdown of places by employer is not available.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the terms of reference of the prior options review of the Employment Service executive agency; what is its membership; when it is expected to report; and what consultants have been employed to work with the review.
With the aim of ensuring that the functions of the Employment Service are organised so as to offer a high quality, cost-effective service to clients, the review will examine the feasibility of abolition, privatisation, strategic contracting out and, where these are rejected, market testing; or of maintaining current arrangements; and will make recommendations to Ministers.
Column 43The review is being conducted by officials in the Department in consultation with the Office of Public Service and Science and Her Majesty's Treasury and with the co-operation of the Department of Social Security, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Employment Service itself, with the aim of reporting to Ministers by the end of March 1995.
As part of the review, and following a competitive tendering process, Ernst and Young was commissioned to carry out a detailed examination of the potential and existing external markets in relation to the delivery of the services under review.
Mr. Paice: The contractual relationship between Government and a training and enterprise council might be ended in a number of ways. We have contingency plans appropriate to a variety of circumstances. The choice would depend on the appraisal of the circumstances and the need to maintain appropriate services.
Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils in each local education authority area are without a school because of parental requests to mainstream schooling not being met; and for what length of time they have been without formal education.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what is the level of expenditure per pupil in grant-maintained schools in 1994 95; and what is the expected level of expenditure per pupil in grant- maintained schools in 1995 96;
(2) what is the estimated outturn in 1994 95 of local authority expenditure on grant-maintained schools.
Mr. Robin Squire: It is estimated that some £1.4 billion will be recouped from local education authorities in 1994 95 in respect of annual maintenance grant--AGM--paid to grant-maintained schools by the Funding Agency for Schools. Dividing this amount by the most recent information available on numbers of pupils at GM schools contained in the 1994 form 7 census produces a figure of some £2,200 per pupil. However, this should be treated with caution. The final amount of AMG recouped from LEAs will depend on the extent of any redeterminations of AMG for existing GM schools, and calculation of AMG for schools becoming GM, up to the end of the financial year. LEAs will also incur direct expenditure on pupils at GM schools in respect of services for which they retain statutory responsibility. Moreover,
Column 44the form 7 figures do not include pupils in schools which have become GM since the census date.
Expenditure on AMG in 1995 96 will depend on the number of GM schools and on decisions by LEAs which have not yet been taken.
Mr. Robin Squire: No. The Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation took over from the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre the role of providing factual information to schools considering grant-maintained status, with effect from April 1994. The directors of the centre and the foundation, having taken account of legal advice on the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 and the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 and what they saw as good employment practice, decided that employees of the centre working on information activities should be offered equivalent posts with the foundation. On this basis the director of information of the centre was offered the post of director of the foundation. The Department was not involved in this decision and has no powers to intervene in such appointments.
|Grant<1> |£000s --------------------------- 1988-89 |25 1989-90 |250 1990-91 |425 1991-92 |600 1992-93 |577 1993-94 |782
Mr. Robin Squire: The Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation Ltd. has been given a grant ceiling of £695,000 for the current financial year. The amount of grant paid, within that ceiling, will depend on the foundation's actual expenditure on agreed activities. The foundation's finance officer is Mr. James Curran.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the level of grant given to the Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation; how many existing and proposed offices it has; and how many existing and proposed staff it employs at each of the offices.
Mr. Robin Squire: The Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation Ltd. has been awarded grant to a ceiling of £695,000 for the current financial year. It has one head office and three existing local offices and plans to increase the number of local offices in England to five. There are currently 7.7 full-time equivalent staff employed at the head office and four full-time staff are employed in the three existing local offices. The number of staff at the head office is due to increase to 9.7. The number of staff
Column 45in the local offices will increase to six, one at each of four offices and two staff at the fifth.
I understand that the Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation will also be opening an office in Wales, with funding provided by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education during how many of the overseas visits made by Ministers in his Department between 1 January and 30 June 1994 those Ministers participated in fund-raising activities for the Conservative party; and if he will list the Ministers and the countries in which those activities took place.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard: None of the Ministers in my Department participated in fund-raising activities for the Conservative party during official ministerial visits overseas between 1 January and 30 June 1994.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the initial terms of appointment of the chief executive of the Student Loans Company; when he was first appointed; and what proposals there are to extend or renew his contract.
Mr. Boswell: The chief executive was appointed to the company on 10 January 1990, on a fixed-term contract of five years' duration. That contract was extended in December 1993 for a further three years and will now expire on 9 January 1998.
Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what inquiries are currently being conducted or planned into the financial and other affairs of the Student Loans Company Ltd.; and what specific matters are under investigation and by what agency.
Mr. Boswell: Some uncorroborated allegations have recently been made about certain executives at the Student Loans Company. These are being investigated by a team from Coopers and Lybrand which will report to my right hon. Friend and to the board of the company. It would not be appropriate to comment on the nature of allegations which have not been proven and are under investigation.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what were the pupil to teacher ratios for (a) 1992 93 and (b) 1993 94 for public sector (i) nursery schools, (ii) primary schools, (iii) secondary schools, (iv) non-maintained schools, (v) special schools and (vi) all schools; and whether these figures include unqualified teachers.
Mr. Robin Squire: Information about pupil-teacher ratios for all types of school for January 1994 and previous years is published in table 2 of "Statistics of Schools in England Press Notice"--ref 204/94. Copies are available in the Library.
Column 46sector schools, there were for (a) 1992 93 and (b) 1993 94 in (i) primary, (ii) secondary, (iii) all schools, (iv) further and higher education and (v) university.
Mr. Robin Squire: Information about full-time equivalent teaching staff in maintained schools and institutions of further and higher education and universities in England for the years required is shown in the table:
Full-time Equivalent Teaching Staff by type of school and institution: England £ thousands |1992-93|1993-94 --------------------------------------------------- Primary schools<1><2> |179.4 |180.6 Secondary schools<1><2><3> |177.0 |178.9 All schools<1><2><3><4> |373.1 |375.6 FE and HE<5><6> |94.6 |N/A Universities<7><8> |26.5 |26.9 <1> Including qualified teachers only. <2> Position at January each year. <3> Excluding sixth form colleges. <4> Includes maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools. <5> Including sixth form colleges. <6> Includes a small number of staff who have research duties only. <7> Position at December each year. <8> Full-time teaching staff only.
|Total Capital |Expenditure on |Education in 1992-93 |by LEA<1><2> |(£'000s) ----------------------------------------------------------------- City of London |25 Camden |1,542 Greenwich |1,122 Hackney |1,397 Hammersmith and Fulham |4,822 Islington |809 Kensington and Chelsea |2,023 Lambeth |2,526 Lewisham |1,057 Southwark |3,586 Tower Hamlets |14,272 Wandsworth |6,076 Westminster |1,298 Barking and Dagenham |6,604 Barnet |2,734 Bexley |3,206 Brent |2,496 Bromley |6,189 Croydon |4,532 Ealing |3,524 Enfield |2,990 Haringey |693 Harrow |5,442 Havering |2,739 Hillingdon |5,513 Hounslow |7,311 Kingston-upon-Thames |1,257 Merton |3,468 Newham |6,775 Redbridge |5,370 Richmond-upon-Thames |2,713 Sutton |3,907 Waltham Forest |5,869 Birmingham |13,361 Coventry |5,388 Dudley |10,935 Sandwell |2,242 Solihull |2,644 Walsall |2,618 Wolverhampton |3,897 Knowsley |2,775 Liverpool |2,786 St. Helens |2,169 Sefton |2,524 Wirral |3,022 Bolton |2,322 Bury |1,047 Manchester |10,421 Oldham |8,629 Rochdale |9,404 Salford |2,305 Stockport |2,033 Tameside |1,910 Trafford |5,572 Wigan |4,032 Barnsley |4,170 Doncaster |833 Rotherham |3,399 Sheffield |7,366 Bradford |12,380 Calderdale |2,227 Kirklees |7,663 Leeds |26,207 Wakefield |5,609 Gateshead |4,551 Newcastle-upon-Tyne |3,123 North Tyneside |2,426 South Tyneside |2,538 Sunderland |6,033 Isles of Scilly |117 Avon |14,077 Bedfordshire |5,880 Berkshire |16,234 Buckinghamshire |11,931 Cambridgeshire |23,230 Cheshire |21,908 Cleveland |5,130 Cornwall |14,611 Cumbria |12,325 Derbyshire |15,921 Devon |26,643 Dorset |14,622 Durham |8,218 East Sussex |18,156 Essex |19,844 Gloucestershire |7,331 Hampshire |23,715 Hereford and Worcester |5,493 Hertfordshire |13,432 Humberside |9,416 Isle of Wight |2,184 Kent |25,898 Lancashire |24,352 Leicestershire |12,644 Lincolnshire |19,485 Norfolk |5,707 North Yorkshire |8,170 Northamptonshire |3,250 Northumberland |5,338 Nottinghamshire |8,164 Oxfordshire |10,784 Shropshire |4,256 Somerset |11,132 Staffordshire |10,792 Suffolk |12,328 Surrey |15,917 Warwickshire |4,200 West Sussex |13,845 Wiltshire |9,949 Total England |811,097 Notes: <1> The figures cover expenditure on nursery and primary education, secondary education, polytechnics, higher and further education, the youth service and other education services. It includes the education element of the urban programme. <2> The figures include both expenditure financed by central Government, in the form of basic and supplementary credit approvals, and expenditure financed by local authorities from other resources, such as capital receipts and revenue expenditure.
Mr. Robin Squire: Local education authorities' spending per pupil in 1992 93 on books and equipment and on repairs and maintenance was £75 and £82 respectively. These figures are for LEA-maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools. Equivalent information for 1993 94 is not yet available.
Similar information is not available for grant-maintained or independent schools.
Mr. Boswell: Details of local authorities' expenditure on discretionary awards in 1994 95 are not yet available. In 1992 93, the latest year for which outturn data are available, spending on discretionary awards by English LEAs was £267 million.
Mr. Forth: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has established an official task force to draw up proposals to implement my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's commitment to provide a pre-school place for all four-year-olds whose parents wish to take it up. The cost will be determined as part of this work. There is no set timetable, but the first new places will be provided during the lifetime of this Parliament.
Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils in each local education authority area from black and ethnic minority backgrounds (a) are currently in special schools and (b) are without a mainstream school place.
Information on the number of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds without a mainstream school place is not collected centrally.
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment she has made of the impact of changes to the standard spending assessment formula on the funding given to local education authorities to meet the needs of children with origins outside predominantly English-speaking countries.
Mr. Robin Squire: The changes made to the education standard spending assessment formula for 1994 95 reflect the latest available information about the relative costs of educating children in different circumstances, including those with origins outside predominantly English- speaking countries, so as to make the distribution of grant between authorities fairer. But SSAs are not prescriptive and LEAs are responsible for funding schools according to their own priorities between and within services.
Mr. Boswell: The Government have no current plans to transfer the student loans scheme to the private sector. The loans scheme is kept under review, and a range of options for introducing private finance has been examined.
authority-maintained schools in 1994 95; and what is the expected level of expenditure per pupil in local education
authority-maintained schools in 1995 96.