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training, training for work and learning for work in each of the last five years.


            |Expenditure            

Year        |(£ million)            

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1989-90     |1,097                  

1990-91     |1,072                  

1991-92     |737                    

1992-93     |630                    

1993-94     |782                    

Note: Expenditure up to and         

including 1990-91 is for Great      

Britain. Expenditure in 1991-92 is  

England and Wales. Expenditure from 

1992-93 is for England only.        

Employment Service Regulation

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to amend the current regulations that prevent the Employment Service from assisting the unemployed unless they have been registered as unemployed for at least 26 weeks.

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 23 November 1994]: The Employment Service assists a large number of jobseekers who have been unemployed for less than six months; between April and September this year it placed 700,000 such people into jobs. As well as vacancy displays, the ES's advisory interview service, and at 13 weeks, job search seminar and job review workshop programmes are available. Some programmes have an eligibility requirement of 26 weeks unemployment in order to focus resources on helping long-term unemployed people, who are at a greater disadvantage in the labour market. There are currently no plans to change the eligibility rules for Employment Department programmes.

Travel to Interview Scheme

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to amend the travel to interview scheme so that the unemployed can be assisted when the prospective employment will initially not last 12 months.

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 23 November 1994]: A revision of the rule is being tested in the Employment Service's north-west region as part of a package of changes to improve the working of the scheme as a whole. The tested revision includes people in scope who may be appointed at first for a trial period with the prospect of an extension beyond if all goes well. The pilot began in October and will run until the end of March next year, after which the changes will be evaluated.

EDUCATION

Quangos

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many quangos her Department was responsible for (a) in 1979 and (b) in the latest year for which a number is available.

Mr. Boswell: The number of bodies sponsored by the Department in 1979 was 30, as shown in the "Report on Non-Departmental Public Bodies"-- Pliatzky Report, Cm 7797, January 1980. In 1993 the figure was 14, as shown


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in "Public Bodies 1993". Copies of these publications are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which quangos her Department has abolished since 1979.

Mr. Boswell: Since 1979 the following bodies were dissolved while under the sponsorship of the Department:

Centre for Information and Advice on Educational Disadvantage Youth Service Forum

Kennedy Memorial Trust

Advisory Committee on Business Sponsorship of the Arts

The Cockroft Committee of Enquiry into the Teaching of Mathematics in Schools

Youth Service Review Group

Science Museum Advisory Council

Advisory Council for Adult and Continuing Education

Educational Counselling and Credit Transfer Information Service Steering Committee

Genetic Manipulation Advisory Group

Schools Council

Advisory Committee on the Supply and Education of Teachers Committee of Enquiry into the Education of Children from Ethnic Minority Groups

Industrial Scholarships Trust

Advisory Committee for the Microelectronics Educational Programme

Assessment of Performance Unit

Burnham Further Education Committee

Burnham Primary and Secondary Committee

Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges Council for Education Technology for the United Kingdom Micro-electronics Education Support Unit

National Advisory Body for Public Sector Higher Education National Advisory Council for the Youth Service

University Grants Committee

Voluntary Sector Consultative Council

School Curriculum Development Committee

Secondary Examinations Council

Computer Board for Universities and Research Councils

Co-ordinating Committee on Marine Science and Technology National Youth Bureau

Open University Visiting Committee

Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council

Universities Funding Council

Visiting Committee for Cranfield Institute of Technology Visiting Committee for the Royal College of Art

National Curriculum Council

School Examinations and Assessment Council

Teaching as a Career Unit

Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

Council for National Academic Awards

SuperJANET

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many institutions and research centres are currently connected to the SuperJANET broadband fibre optic network.

Mr. Boswell: Sixty-eight higher education institutions and research centres are currently connected to the national broadband optical fibre network known as Super JANET. It is intended that all higher education institutions will be connected to the network over the next three years.

Special Advisers

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement concerning the cost to public


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funds of employing ministerial special advisers in her Department.

Mr. Forth: The Department employs one special adviser. Salaries for special advisers are negotiated individually in relation to their previous earnings, and are confidential. They are, however, normally paid on the special advisers' salary spine of 34 points, ranging from £19,503 to £67,609. Appointments are non-pensionable, and the salary spine reflects this.


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Universities (Academic Staff)

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will publish a profile of academic staff at English universities in terms of age and department similar to that provided by the Secretary of State for Scotland in his answer of 3 February 1994, Official Report, column 920.

Mr. Boswell: The information requested is shown in the table.


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Full-time non-clinical academic wholly university funded staff in former UFC-funded English universities, 1992-93                                                  

                               |Age                                                                                                                                

                               |Under                                                                                          |60 and                             

Cost centre                    |25         |25-29      |30-34      |35-39      |40-44      |45-49      |50-54      |55-59      |over       |Total                  

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Education                      |2          |19         |55         |163        |295        |359        |301        |190        |85         |1,469                  

Medicine, dentistry and health |14         |104        |247        |354        |393        |422        |299        |166        |106        |2,105                  

Engineering and technology     |23         |156        |382        |425        |488        |544        |526        |419        |237        |3,200                  

Agriculture, forestry and                                                                                                                                          

  veterinary science           |5          |39         |44         |67         |71         |92         |55         |38         |30         |441                    

Biological, mathematical                                                                                                                                           

  and physical sciences        |29         |314        |649        |764        |765        |1,010      |1,127      |811        |384        |5,853                  

Administrative, business                                                                                                                                           

  and social studies           |47         |359        |607        |676        |956        |1,186      |710        |403        |177        |5,121                  

Architecture and planning      |-          |13         |26         |39         |46         |54         |61         |27         |21         |287                    

Language, literature and                                                                                                                                           

  area studies                 |46         |170        |259        |280        |392        |563        |497        |274        |141        |2,622                  

Other arts                     |4          |67         |183        |226        |311        |445        |365        |212        |139        |1,952                  

Libraries, museums, etc                                                                                                                                            

  (research only)              |-          |3          |-          |1          |-          |1          |5          |1          |1          |12                     

Total                          |170        |1,244      |2,452      |2,995      |3,717      |4,676      |3,946      |2,541      |1,321      |23,062                 

Source:                                                                                                                                                            

Universities' Statistical Record.                                                                                                                                  


Full-time non-clinical academic wholly institutionally funded staff in former polytechnics in England, 1992-93                                                     

                               |Age                                                                                                                                

                               |Under                                                                                          |60 and                             

Cost centre                    |25         |25-29      |30-34      |35-39      |40-44      |45-49      |50-54      |55-59      |over       |Total                  

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Education                      |4          |19         |52         |137        |250        |356        |242        |137        |42         |1,239                  

Medicine, dentistry and health |10         |38         |86         |129        |160        |169        |96         |49         |12         |749                    

Engineering and technology     |41         |157        |277        |367        |441        |557        |524        |375        |150        |2,889                  

Agriculture, forestry and                                                                                                                                          

  veterinary science           |-          |2          |3          |10         |4          |10         |4          |3          |2          |38                     

Biological, mathematical                                                                                                                                           

  and physical sciences        |32         |252        |363        |500        |585        |776        |510        |308        |97         |3,423                  

Administrative, business                                                                                                                                           

  and social studies           |70         |301        |555        |778        |1,299      |1,276      |684        |383        |165        |5,551                  

Architecture and planning      |4          |15         |40         |63         |102        |148        |95         |51         |23         |541                    

Language, literature and                                                                                                                                           

  area studies                 |17         |58         |65         |84         |139        |158        |102        |56         |17         |696                    

Other arts                     |10         |112        |199        |262        |361        |532        |329        |151        |54         |2,010                  

Libraries, museums, etc                                                                                                                                            

  (research only)              |-          |-          |-          |-          |-          |-          |-          |-          |-          |-                      

Total                          |188        |954        |1,640      |2,330      |3,341      |3,982      |2,586      |1,513      |562        |17,096                 

Source:                                                                                                                                                            

The Academic Staff of Polytechnics and Colleges: PCFC/HEFCE Return.                                                                                                

College Fees

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what is the amount by which the recurrent grant to each university with recognised collegiate status has been reduced in recognition of college fees payment in the current academic year;

(2) what is the current level of college fees reimbursed through a student's mandatory award in each of the colleges or universities which have recognised collegiate structures.

Mr. Boswell: Reductions to universities' recurrent grant in recognition of college fee payment are


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determined by the Higher Education Funding Council for England--HEFCE. However, I understand that the following adjustments to recurrent grant have been made in the current academic year:


            |£                      

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

Cambridge   |-10,737,660            

Durham      |-169,351               

Kent        |-105,735               

Lancaster   |-120,578               

Oxford      |-14,239,512            

York        |-90,244                

The current maximum levels of college fees reimbursed through a student's mandatory award in 1994 95 are shown in the table:


                    |Fee £      

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

Cambridge Colleges              

Christ's            |2,577      

Churchill           |2,589      

Clare               |2,595      

Clare Hall          |2,502      

Corpus Christi      |2,664      

Darwin              |2,619      

Downing             |2,730      

Emmanuel            |2,607      

Fitzwilliam         |2,745      

Girton              |2,646      

Gonville and Caius  |2,601      

Hughes Hall         |2,562      

Jesus               |2,628      

King's              |2,568      

Lucy Cavendish      |2,673      

Magdelene           |2,730      

New Hall            |2,724      

Newnham             |2,718      

Pembroke            |2,721      

Peterhouse          |2,562      

Queens'             |2,685      

Robinson            |2,700      

St. Catharine's     |2,646      

St. Edmund's        |2,523      

St. John's          |2,526      

Selwyn              |2,718      

Sidney Sussex       |2,718      

Trinity             |2,502      

Trinity Hall        |2,664      

Wesley              |2,661      

Wolfson             |2,601      

                                

Durham Colleges                 

University          |189        

Hatfield            |189        

Grey                |189        

Van Mildert         |189        

Collingwood         |189        

St. Hild & St. Bede |189        

St. Cuthbert's      |189        

St. Mary's          |189        

St. Aidan's         |189        

Trevelyan           |189        

St. Chad's          |960        

St. John's          |960        

Ushaw               |960        

                                

Kent Colleges                   

Darwin              |165        

Eliot               |165        

Rutherford          |165        

Keynes              |165        

                                

Lancaster Colleges              

Bowland             |175        

Cartmel             |175        

Charlotte Mason     |175        

The County          |175        

Furness             |175        

Fylde               |175        

Grizedale           |175        

Lonsdale            |175        

Pendle              |175        

                                

Oxford Colleges                 

Balliol             |2,986      

Blackfriars         |2,867      

Brasenose           |3,005      

Campion Hall        |3,183      

Christ Church       |3,003      

Corpus Christi      |2,996      

Exeter              |3,037      

Greyfriars          |3,060      

Hertford            |3,168      

Jesus               |3,009      

Keble               |3,237      

Lady Margaret Hall  |3,161      

Lincoln             |2,952      

Magdalen            |3,036      

Manchester          |3,064      

Mansfield           |3,354      

Merton              |2,919      

New College         |3,027      

Oriel               |3,161      

Pembroke            |3,012      

Queen's             |2,970      

Regent's Park       |3,170      

Ripon (Cuddesdon)   |2,823      

St. Anne's          |3,146      

St. Benet's Hall    |3,129      

St. Catherine's     |3,061      

St. Edmund Hall     |3,121      

St. Hilda's         |3,114      

St. Hugh's          |3,149      

St. John's          |2,967      

St. Peter's         |3,216      

St. Stephen's House |3,063      

Somerville          |3,119      

Trinity             |2,989      

University          |3,022      

Wadham              |3,081      

Worcester           |3,072      

Wycliffe Hall       |3,063      

                                

York Colleges                   

Alcuin              |160        

Derwent             |160        

Goodricke           |160        

Langwith            |160        

Vanburgh            |160        

Wentworth           |160        

Next Steps Agencies

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the salary and other emoluments of the civil servant who did the work of, or work comparable to that of, the chief executive of each next steps agency established by her Department before the agency was established.

Mr. Forth: The Department has established one next steps agency, the Teachers' Pensions Agency. The civil servant carrying out the duties now held by the chief executive was a grade 5 and was paid a salary within the relevant range for the grade, which is currently £36,739 to £54,815 nationally. No other payments or emoluments were made.

Further Education Funding Council

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the current members of the Further Education Funding Council and the remuneration they receive.


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Mr. Boswell: The information is listed in the table. Except for the chief executive, all members and the chairman are part-time.


                       |Annual                       

                       |remuneration                 

Name of member         |£                            

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

Chairman:                                            

Mr. Robert Gunn        |34,975                       

                                                     

Chief Executive:                                     

Sir William Stubbs     |91,107                       

                                                     

Other members:                                       

Mr. Nicholas Bennett   |4,000                        

Mr. Anthony Cann       |4,000                        

Dr. John Capey         |4,000                        

Mr. Anthony Close      |4,000                        

Mrs. Margaret Davey    |4,000                        

Mrs. Patricia Haikin   |4,000                        

Mrs. Margaret Hobrough |4,000                        

Mr. Christopher Jonas  |4,000                        

Cllr. Les Lawrence     |4,000                        

Sir Michael Lickiss    |4,000                        

Mr. Michael Rowarth    |4,000                        

Dr. Anne Wright        |4,000                        

Funding Agency for Schools

Mr. Hall : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the current members of the Funding Agency for Schools and the remuneration they receive.

Mr. Robin Squire: The current membership of the Funding Agency for Schools is:


Name                                                                                                     

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Sir Christopher Benson             |Chairman of the Sun Alliance                                         

                                   |Group plc (Chairman) and                                             

                                   |Costain Group plc.                                                   

Mr. Shailendra Adwalpalkar         |Finance Director, Gillette                                           

                                   |International, AMEE Group                                            

Sir Robert Balchin                 |Chairman, Grant-maintained                                           

                                   |Schools Foundation                                                   

Canon Gerald Greenwood             |Director of Education,                                               

                                   |Southwark Diocesan Board of                                          

1Education                                                                                               

Dr. Arthur Hearnden OBE            |General Secretary, Independent                                       

                                   |Schools Joint Council                                                

Mr. Stanley Kalms                  |Chairman of the Dixons Group                                         

Mr. Lee Karu                       |Barrister                                                            

Mrs. Jacqueline E. Kearns MA       |Headteacher, Homewood GM                                             

FRSA                               |School, Tenterden, Kent                                              

Mrs. Lesley King                   |Headteacher, St Joseph's RC                                          

                                   |GM Primary School, Aldershot                                         

Mrs Pauline Latham                 |Chairman of Governors,                                               

                                   |Ecclesbourne GM School, Derbyshire                                   

Cllr. Edward Lister                |Leader of Wandsworth Council                                         

Dr. Francis Patterson OBE                                                                                

                                   |Xavier's College, GM School,                                         

                                   |Liverpool                                                            

Mr. Peter Turner OBE               |Recently retired Head,                                               

                                   |Whitefield Schools and Centre,                                       

                                   |Waltham Forest                                                       

The chairman receives an annual fee of £34,350 for an equivalent of two days per week. Other members of the agency are entitled to claim a fee of £155 for days on which they are transacting agency business. Members


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may also claim travel and subsistence expenses incurred on those days.

Higher Education Funding Council

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the current members of the Higher Education Funding Council and the remuneration they receive.

Mr. Boswell: The information requested is listed in the table. Except for the chief executive, all members and the chairman are part-time.


                                     |Annual                       

                                     |remuneration                 

Name of member                       |£                            

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Chairman: Mr Brandon Glough          |34,974                       

                                                                   

Chief Executive: Prof. Graeme Davies |87,435                       

                                                                   

Other members                                                      

Mrs. Joan Bingley                    |4,000                        

Sir John Cadogan                     |-                            

Prof. Colin Campbell                 |4,000                        

Mr. Michael Fallon                   |4,000                        

Prof. Brian Follett                  |4,000                        

Prof Kay-Tee Khaw                    |4,000                        

Sir Idris Pearce                     |4,000                        

Sir Robert Scholey                   |4,000                        

Dr. John Strickson                   |4,000                        

Dr. Robert Telfer                    |4,000                        

Miss Janet Trotter                   |4,000                        

Prof. David Watson                   |4,000                        

Lobbying Companies

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list and date those occasions over the last two years when Ministers or officials in her Department have met lobbying companies, prior to a decision being made on the subject of the meeting with the lobbying company.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard: This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the guidelines issued by her Department to regulate relationships with lobbying companies.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard: The conduct of officials of the Department is regulated by a terms and conditions of service handbook. This incorporates the general principles of conduct that require civil servants not to misuse information which they acquire in the course of their duties; not to make use of their official position to further their private interests or those of others; and not to receive gifts, hospitality or benefits of any kind from a third party, which might be seen to compromise their personal judgment or integrity.

Educational Exchanges

Mr. Radice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement about educational and youth exchange with the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr. Boswell: Germany is the most popular destination for young people taking part in United Kingdom youth


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exchange programmes. In 1993 94, over 5,000 young people took part in over 300 United Kingdom German exchanges. The German educational exchange programme is the United Kingdom's second largest. In 1993 94, the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges invested some £1.15 million--13.5 per cent. of gross expenditure--in educational activities with Germany.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Quangos

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security which quangos his Department has abolished since 1979.

Mr. Hague: The information requested is as follows. For the period 1979 to 1988 the information relates to those social security public bodies for which the then Department of Health and Social Security was responsible.

Advisory Steering Group on Resettlement

Family Fund

Invalid Three-Wheeler and Wheelchair Repair Maintenance Liaison Group

Review of Artificial Limb and Appliance Centres

Supplementary Benefit Appeal Tribunal Advisory Group

Medical Boarding Centres, including Pneumoconiosis Medical Panels

In addition, the attendance allowance board has been replaced by the disability living allowance advisory board; the national insurance advisory committee and the Supplementary Benefits Commission have been replaced by the social security advisory committee; and the national insurance local tribunals and the supplementary benefit appeal tribunals have been replaced by the Social Security Appeal Tribunals.

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many quangos his Department was responsible for (a) in 1979 and (b) in the latest year for which a number is available.

Mr. Hague: In 1979, the then Department of Health and Social Security was responsible for 97 non-departmental public bodies, as listed in the "Report on Non-Departmental Public Bodies"--Pliatzky Report Cmnd. 7797, January 1980--15 of which were concerned with social security matters. At 1 April 1993, the latest year for which data is available, the Department of Social Security was responsible for 12 non-departmental public bodies, as listed in "Public Bodies 1993".

Benefits Agency

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what action is being taken to ensure that Benefits Agency offices meet their charter targets;

(2) if he will list those Benefits Agency offices that have not achieved their charter targets for (a) income support, (b) retirement pensions, (c) sickness and invalidity benefit and (d) social fund crisis loan claims.

Mr. Roger Evans: This is a matter for Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.


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Letter from Michael Bichard to Dr. Lynne Jones, dated 23 November 1994 :

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about Charter targets. I should first of all clarify that the information I have provided for Income Support, Sickness and Invalidity Benefit and Crisis Loans is in respect of the Secretary of State's primary targets as set out in the Benefits Agency's (BA) Business Plan. For Retirement Pension I have provided information relating to the Management target for clearance of claims in District offices. It is these targets that underpin the Charter Standards for the benefits set out in the Agency's Customer Charter.

I have enclosed the information you requested about the Benefits Agency offices that have not achieved these targets at year end 1993 94 and a copy has been placed in the Library.

Since its inception, the Agency has engineered a significant overall improvement in service delivery from 159 District offices. Charter Standards for claims clearance represent only one part of the overall performance of the BA and have to be considered together with other wider aspects of delivering a quality service.

Where there are problems in a particular area, every effort is made to provide support from the BA's Central Services. For example the complementing system, which allocates resources to business units within the Agency, takes account of external factors affecting a District's performance; and a recent initiative has seen an Area Directorate, with low performance, given extra money in the short term under a "contract" for specific improvements in performance in return.

We carefully monitor the range of performance behind the national figures. The importance of steady improvement to attain convergence of performance geographically is one of the key messages in my Strategic Steer to staff this year. I am confident that we have effective monitoring procedures in this area. BA Districts provide reports of their performance on a monthly basis to Area Directors and to Central Services. Central Services provide a monitoring report to the BA Management which highlights any areas of concern and the action being taken to resolve them.

Managers are required to account for the shortfall when targets have not been met and to provide details of action proposed to meet the targets in future.

I hope you find this reply helpful.

Child Support Agency

Mr. Mills: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will change the Child Support Agency form so as to show the detailed breakdown of all relevant finances and arrangements of those assessed.

Mr. Burt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for Miss Ann Chant, the chief executive. She will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Mr. Iain Mills, dated 24 November 1994:

I am replying to your Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Social Security about changes to the Child Support Agency form so as to show the detailed breakdown of all relevant financial information.

The information which the Child Support Officer must provide to the parties to a maintenance assessment is specified under Child Support legislation. The Agency must provide sufficient information to allow clients to decide whether the assessment formula has been applied correctly, whilst respecting the confidential nature of the information which has been supplied by those clients, and ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Act. The Agency has no current plans to increase the amount of detailed information provided in the assessment notification.

I hope that this reply is helpful.


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