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                   |Amount                           

Police Authority   |£                                

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Cumbria            |13,385.44                        

Greater Manchester |7,937,323.17                     

Humberside         |202,700.87                       

Lancashire         |696,288.29                       

Merseyside         |1,032,697.68                     

Northamptonshire   |9,190.90                         

Northumbria        |218,916.32                       

South Yorkshire    |270,742.53                       

West Yorkshire     |346,807.06                       

                                                     

Total              |10,728,052.26                    

The above amounts exclude invoices not yet           

submitted.                                           

Police Houses

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police houses there are in each police authority; and how many are empty.

Mr. Maclean: The information is set out in the table.


Stock of police houses at 31 March 1994                                      

Police authorities  |Total stock       |Vacant                               

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Avon and Somerset   |346               |32                                   

Bedfordshire        |107               |3                                    

Cambridgeshire      |154               |5                                    

Cheshire            |142               |30                                   

City of London      |65                |5                                    

Cleveland           |7                 |1                                    

Cumbria             |239               |64                                   

Derbyshire          |119               |59                                   

Devon and Cornwall  |139               |63                                   

Dorset              |159               |21                                   

Durham              |53                |5                                    

Dyfed-Powys         |187               |27                                   

Essex               |353               |41                                   

Gloucestershire     |165               |22                                   

Greater Manchester  |340               |41                                   

Gwent               |52                |8                                    

Hampshire           |314               |22                                   

Hertfordshire       |433               |44                                   

Humberside          |125               |15                                   

Kent                |479               |25                                   

Lancashire          |256               |27                                   

Leicestershire      |72                |7                                    

Lincolnshire        |109               |25                                   

Merseyside          |86                |1                                    

Norfolk             |81                |10                                   

Northamptonshire    |135               |12                                   

Northumbria         |288               |27                                   

North Wales         |276               |145                                  

North Yorkshire     |286               |52                                   

Nottinghamshire     |74                |9                                    

South Wales         |197               |35                                   

South Yorkshire     |78                |10                                   

Staffordshire       |120               |14                                   

Suffolk             |122               |37                                   

Surrey              |455               |17                                   

Sussex              |510               |10                                   

Thames valley       |611               |84                                   

Warwickshire        |135               |19                                   

West Mercia         |182               |34                                   

West Midlands       |403               |23                                   

West Yorkshire      |126               |29                                   

Wiltshire           |123               |27                                   

Metropolitan Police |2,181             |156                                  

                                                                             

Total               |10,884            |1,343                                

Immigration Applicants

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last year the immigration service has failed to meet its target that no applicant for entry into the United Kingdom should spend more than 24 hours in a police cell; what was the length of time individuals were so incarcerated in such cases; and when he expects the target to be met.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: Information about periods of detention in police cells is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Plans to provide additional immigration detention accommodation over the next 18 months should assist in reducing the time spent in police cells.

Spitalfields Market Constabulary

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the authority for the operation of Spitalfields Market constabulary; who controls them; what is their relationship with (a) the Metropolitan police and (b) the City of London police; what is the involvement of the Home Office in their work; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean: Responsibility for Spitalfields Market constabulary rests with the Corporation of the City of London.

Police Car Maintenance Units

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a summary of the financial findings from the study his Department conducted in 1988 into the proposed privatisation of police car maintenance units.

Mr. Maclean: No such study has ever been undertaken by the Home Office. The Audit Commission published a study in May 1989, however, entitled "Improving Vehicle Fleet Management in the Police Service"--police papers number 3--which made a number of

recommendations aimed at reducing the repair and maintenance costs of police vehicles. It did not consider the question of privatisation.

Internet

Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide information via Internet; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Howard: My Department's press notices are passed to the Central Office of Information, through which they are made generally available to users of Internet. We are considering using Internet to provide other public information.

Mr. Stephen Smith

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken to date over the allegations made by Mr. Stephen Smith that he suffered medical negligence while an inmate at Doncaster prison; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has asked to arrange for a reply to be given.


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Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 1 December 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the case of Stephen Smith.

Mr. Smith received medical attention at Doncaster prison and was subsequently referred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for further treatment. Whilst receiving treatment for his condition in Doncaster it is recorded that he refused to follow medical advice.

Private Security Companies

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) by month for the last 48 months, the private security companies that his Department has employed that are not registered with either of the industry's watchdog bodies and (b) those companies currently employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean: During the period specified, the Home Office has let contracts to the following private security companies which are not registered with either the British Security Industry Association or the International Professional Trade Association:


Contractor                    |Contract duration                                        

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COEX Limited                  |February 1991-September 1992                             

Grundig International Limited |July 1992-December 1992                                  

Johnson Control Systems       |February 1992-March 1994                                 

 Limited                                                                                

Knogo UK Limited              |December 1991-June 1992                                  

3 DIS (Europe)                |March 1994-March 1994                                    

The Home Office currently employs the following private security companies which are not registered with either the British Security Industry Association or the International Professional Trade Association:

Contractor

Airline Security Consultants Limited

Aviation Defence International

Defence Security Services

Insight Consulting

Security Wales Limited

A number of factors are considered when awarding contracts, which may include certification of compliance with relevant British standards and membership of an established trade association.

Prison Escapes

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women who were serving a prison sentence have escaped and are still at large; and on what dates and in what circumstances they absconded.

Mr. Michael Forsyth: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewes to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 1 December 1994: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of sentenced prisoners who have escaped and who are still at large.

Of the sentenced population, 67 male and two female prisoners are still at large. A table showing the dated and circumstance of


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each escape is enclosed, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

Many of the escapes have been through a breach of the perimeter of category C prison. We are part way through a major programme to upgrade the perimeter fences of such prisons which will make escape significantly more difficult.

A substantial proportion of escapes in the past have also been from escort. As a result of a range of initiatives, the number of escapes from escort is falling. If current trends continue, such escapes will be over 50 per cent. lower in 1994 95 than in 1992 93.


                               |Male or                                                                                     

Date                           |Female                        |Circumstances of                                             

                                                              |Escape                                                       

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3 November 1988                |F                             | From Crown Court (escort)                                   

10 February 1989               |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Aldington                                                  

31 October 1989                |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Northeye                                                   

17 November 1989               |M                             |Through the fence at HMYOI                                   

                                                              |  and RC Feltham                                             

7 December 1989                |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Oxford                                                     

1 April 1990                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Send                                                       

4 August 1990                  |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Littlehey                                                  

20 February 1991               |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Aldington                                                  

15 May 1991                    |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

14 June 1991                   |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Aldington                                                  

23 June 1991                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Aldington                                                  

29 June 1991                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Norwich                                                    

6 August 1991                  |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  The Mount                                                  

6 August 1991                  |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  The Mount                                                  

22 September 1991              |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Bedford                                                    

24 October 1991                |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Wayland                                                    

2 February 1992                |M                             | Over the fence at HMP                                       

                                                              |  Downview                                                   

11 February 1992               |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Channings Wood                                             

11 February 1992               |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Channings Wood                                             

17 February 1992               |M                             |From Crown Court (escort)                                    

21 March 1992                  |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Wellingborough                                             

24 April 1992                  |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |Featherstone                                                 

25 May 1992                    |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Blantyre House                                             

6 June 1992                    |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Highpoint                                                  

1 July 1992                    |F                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

3 August 1992                  |M                             |Hidden in laundry van at                                     

                                                              |  HMP Elmley                                                 

3 August 1992                  |M                             |Hidden in laundry van at                                     

                                                              |  HMP Elmley                                                 

11 September 1992              |M                             |From family visit (escort)                                   

26 September 1992              |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Highpoint                                                  

26 September 1992              |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Highpoint                                                  

4 October 1992                 |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Highpoint                                                  

4 October 1992                 |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Highpoint                                                  

8 November 1992                |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Downview                                                   

12 November 1992               |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

30 November 1992               |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

1 April 1993                   |M                             |From coach on route to prison                                

                                                              |  (escort)                                                   

7 April 1993                   |M                             |Through fence at HMP                                         

                                                              |  Wellingborough                                             

2 June 1993                    |M                             |Escape from HMP Channings                                    

                                                              |  Wood-method unknown                                        

25 June 1993                   |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

2 August 1993                  |M                             |Escape from HMP Blantyre                                     

                                                              |  House-method unknown                                       

4 September 1993               |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Downview                                                   

13 October 1993                |M                             |Escape from HMP Ranby-                                       

                                                              |  method unknown                                             

23 October 1993                |M                             |Escape from HMYOI and RC                                     

                                                              |  Feltham-method unknown                                     

29 November 1993               |M                             |Through fence at HMP                                         

                                                              |Featherstone                                                 

16 December 1993               |M                             |From family visit (escort)                                   

20 December 1993               |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Wellingborough                                             

20 December 1993               |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Wellingborough                                             

10 February 1994               |M                             |From coach en route to prison                                

                                                              |  (escort)                                                   

23 March 1994                  |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

11 April 1994                  |M                             |From family visit (escort)                                   

22 May 1994                    |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Wellingborough                                             

12 June 1994                   |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

21 June 1994                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Lindholme                                                  

21 June 1994                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Lindholme                                                  

8 July 1994                    |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Wellingborough                                             

24 July 1994                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMYOI                                   

                                                              |  Wetherby                                                   

24 July 1994                   |M                             |Through the fence at HMYOI                                   

                                                              |  Wetherby                                                   

28 July 1994                   |M                                                                                           

                                                              |  Littlehey -method                                          

                                                              |  unknown                                                    

30 July 1994                   |M                             |From visits at HMP                                           

                                                              |  Swaleside                                                  

3 August 1994                  |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Downview                                                   

22 August 1994                 |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Send                                                       

25 August 1994                 |M                             |Through the fence at HMP                                     

                                                              |  Lindholme                                                  

30 August 1994                 |M                             |Over the wall HMP                                            

                                                              |  Featherstone                                               

18 September 1994              |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Camp Hill                                                  

22 October 1994                |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  Blantyre House                                             

15 November 1994               |M                             |From outside hospital (escort)                               

15 November 1994               |M                             |Escape from HMP Blantyre                                     

                                                              |  House-method unknown                                       

16 November 1994               |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  The Mount                                                  

16 November 1994               |M                             |Over the fence at HMP                                        

                                                              |  The Mount                                                  

Prisoner Transfers

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the policy of his Department as to the transfer of prison inmates from


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prisons in England and Wales to prisons in other areas of the United Kingdom and overseas; and when this policy was last reviewed.

Mr. Howard: The Criminal Justice Act 1961 provides for prisoners, on request, to be transferred between United Kingdom jurisdictions and the Channel Islands, either permanently or temporarily. Requests are considered on an individual basis under criteria announced to Parliament on 23 November 1992, Official Report, columns 481 82 .

The Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 enables the United Kingdom to enter into international agreements for the repatriation of prisoners. Along with 27 other countries, the United Kingdom has ratified the Council of Europe convention on the transfer of sentenced persons. In addition, we have been joined in the Commonwealth repatriation scheme by five countries and bi- lateral agreement has been concluded with Thailand.

These arrangements are kept under constant review.

Home Leave

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners who were granted home leave were still at large having failed to return at the latest date for which figures are available;

(2) how many prisoners (a) applied for home leave and (b) were granted home leave in each of the first six months of 1994; (3) how many prisoners who were granted home leave during (a) 1992, (b) 1993 and (c) the first six months of 1994 were subsequently (i) charged and (ii) convicted of an offence while on home leave;

(4) how many prisoners who had been refused parole during the last 12 months were granted home leave within the next 56 days.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answers 21 November 1994]: Responsibility for these matters has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewes to Mr. George Howarth, dated 1 December 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Questions about home leave for prisoners.

I regret that the statistical information you have requested is either not collated centrally or is not held within the Prison Service and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Following the review of home leave and temporary release we are establishing a system to monitor release on temporary licence and the impact of the new arrangements. The system will provide a more comprehensive picture than is currently available, although it will not be capable of answering all of your questions.

Ethnic Minority Funding

Mr. MacShane: To ask he Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his policy that the assistance provided currently under section 11 grant posts to Rotherham ethnic minority children who need help with English will be maintained under the single regeneration budget process.

Mr. Curry:

I have been asked to reply.

The single regeneration budget has a range of objectives, including enhancing the employment prospects, education and skills of local people, particularly the young and those at a disadvantage, and promoting equality of opportunity. It is also intended to


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promote initiatives of benefit to ethnic minorities. In line with these objectives, on-going commitments under section 11, part of which has been absorbed within the SRB from 1 April 1994, will continue to be honoured. In addition, the SRB will be able to provide support for new education and other projects aimed at ethnic minority communities through the bidding arrangements introduced for 1995 96 and later years.

Rotherham is also eligible to bid for section 11 resources under the terms of a circular issued by the Home Office on 7 September. My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary announced on 22 November that section 11 funding for the current bidding round is to be doubled from £15 million to £30 million, and that the deadline for applications for funding is to be extended to 30 December 1994.

Private Security Services

Mr. William O' Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met representatives from private security services to discuss their role in respect of policing of streets; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean: No Home Office Ministers have ever met the private security industry specifically to discuss street patrolling. Policing of our streets is a matter for the police service.

EDUCATION

Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list all grant-maintained schools, with their DFE reference numbers by local education authority area, in separate lists for primary, secondary and special schools, with voluntary schools separately identified by denomination; if she will give for each school (i) the actual expenditure for the year 1993 94 and (ii) the allocations made for the year 1994 95 together with, in each case, the number of pupils used for calculations, the transitional grant awarded, the direct annual maintenance grant, the AMG central costs allocation, the AMG meal subsidies, the AMG carry-forward from the previous financial year, the special-purpose grant for curriculum and staff-development grant, the special-purpose grant for VAT and rate- relief grant, the special-purpose grant for premises insurance grant, the special-purpose grant for staff-restructuring grant, the capital grant for formula allocation, the capital grant for named projects, other grants from public funds, the total of above grants for each school (1) excluding and (2) including capital grants for named projects, the total of the above for each school excluding capital grants expressed per head of school population, the total of the above for each school including capital grants expressed per head of school population, and the total for each of primary, secondary and special grant-maintained schools; and if, in respect of each school, she will list its standard `A' number multiplied by number of year groups and capacity according to open enrolment calculation.

Mr. Robin Squire: Matters concerning the determination and payment of grant to grant-maintained schools are now the responsibility of the Funding Agency


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for Schools. It also holds grant information relating to last year. I have asked the chairman of the funding agency to write to the hon. Member.

The remaining information requested is being collated. I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as it is ready.

Late Payments

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many of the bills paid by her Department during the last month for which figures are available were paid within (a) up to one month, (b) up to two months, (c) up to three months, (d) up to six months and (e) over six months from receipt of invoice; and how many were over the date for payment by (i) up to one month, (ii) up to two months, (iii) up to three months, (iv) up to six months and (v) over six months;

(2) of the bills currently awaiting payment in her Department, how many are over the advised payment date by (a) up to one month, (b) up to two months, (c) up to three months, (d) up to six months and (e) over six months, respectively.

Mr. Forth: The information is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Department will be providing details of its annual payment performance in its departmental report. For the invoices submitted to central accounts in October, 94.7 per cent. had been paid within one month of receipt, 99.0 per cent. within two months, 99.7 per cent. within three months and 99.8 per cent within six months.

Capital Expenditure

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what amounts have been requested by way of capital spending in 1995 96 by each local education authority; and what has been the total amount requested in England.

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


Capital bids for LEAs in England for    

1995-96 (per thousand)                  

LEA               |Total bids           

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

Barking           |7,389                

Barnet            |8,616                

Bexley            |4,648                

Brent             |4,044                

Bromley           |8,068                

Croydon           |11,134               

Ealing            |38,064               

Enfield           |16,103               

Haringey          |15,138               

Harrow            |12,442               

Havering          |9,955                

Hillingdon        |9,563                

Hounslow          |14,373               

Kingston          |6,427                

Merton            |9,155                

Newham            |16,459               

Redbridge         |5,997                

Richmond          |5,820                

Sutton            |6,179                

Waltham           |12,379               

City              |-                    

Camden            |5,516                

Westminster       |769                  

Greenwich         |11,250               

Hackney           |8,672                

Hammersmith       |3,047                

Islington         |8,711                

Kensington        |3,248                

Lambeth           |12,293               

Lewisham          |22,953               

Southwark         |5,983                

Wandsworth        |10,349               

Tower Hamlets     |22,132               

                                        

Birmingham        |40,926               

Coventry          |5,726                

Dudley            |6,278                

Sandwell          |9,249                

Solihull          |5,115                

Walsall           |7,743                

Wolverham         |11,515               

Knowsley          |14,793               

Liverpool         |18,676               

St. Helens        |6,195                

Sefton            |4,439                

Wirral            |7,343                

Bolton            |5,769                

Bury              |3,141                

Manchester        |57,840               

Oldham            |9,119                

Rochdale          |8,645                

Salford           |21,263               

Stockport         |3,608                

Tameside          |4,498                

Trafford          |7,392                

Wigan             |9,043                

Barnsley          |5,371                

Doncaster         |9,347                

Rotherham         |4,380                

Sheffield         |43,690               

Bradford          |41,166               

Calderdale        |6,003                

Kirklees          |9,762                

Leeds             |28,958               

Wakefield         |27,740               

Gateshead         |6,206                

Newcastle         |26,189               

North Tyneside    |8,028                

South Tyneside    |5,708                

Sunderland        |10,113               

                                        

Isle of Scilly    |37                   

Avon              |24,893               

Bedfordshire      |11,126               

Berkshire         |15,538               

Bucks             |25,345               

Cambridge         |26,329               

Cheshire          |31,409               

Cleveland         |10,639               

Cornwall          |15,975               

Cumbria           |25,244               

Derbyshire        |36,975               

Devon             |34,680               

Dorset            |24,149               

Durham            |53,984               

East Sussex       |34,916               

Essex             |76,527               

Gloucester        |45,828               

Hampshire         |33,718               

Hereford and West |15,718               

Hertford          |16,872               

Humberside        |19,679               

Isle of Wight     |10,225               

Kent              |67,632               

Lancashire        |40,337               

Leicester         |9,611                

Lincoln           |16,197               

Norfolk           |17,677               

North Yorkshire   |32,232               

Northampton       |17,345               

Northumber        |5,178                

Nottingshire      |18,680               

Oxfordshire       |30,531               

Shropshire        |9,928                

Somerset          |11,959               

Staffordshire     |26,649               

Suffolk           |20,132               

Surrey            |22,842               

Warwick           |17,307               

West Sussex       |18,539               

Wiltshire         |7,732                

                                        

Total             |1,818,167            

                                        

Admission Appeals

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will state in total and for each local education authority for 1992 93 and 1993 94 the number of parents who made admission appeals which were (a) withdrawn before appeal committee stage, (b) settled to the mutual satisfaction of both parties before appeal committee stage, (c) heard by appeal committee and rejected and (d) heard and decided in the parents' favour.

Mr. Robin Squire: Information on appeals lodged by parents against the non-admission of their children to the maintained school of their choice for each local education authority area for 1992 93 is given in the table. Information for 1993 94 is not yet available.


Appeals by parents against non-admission of their children to maintained (including Grant Maintained) primary and secondary schools 

in                                                                                                                                  

each local education authority area in England-Academic year 1992-93                                                                

                                                                               Appeals Committee                                    

                                                                               outcome                                              

                                          |Withdrawn before                                                                         

                        |Total appeals    |reaching Appeals |Settled to mutual|Decided in                                           

Local Education         |lodged           |Committee        |satisfaction     |parents favour   |Rejected                           

Authority Area                                                                                                                      

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Corporation of London   |1                |0                |1                |0                |0                                  

Camden                  |378              |24               |46               |61               |247                                

Greenwich               |393              |73               |50               |140              |129                                

Hackney                 |371              |26               |103              |101              |141                                

Hammersmith and Fulham  |231              |13               |6                |25               |187                                

Islington               |392              |0                |93               |81               |218                                

Kensington and Chelsea  |58               |5                |7                |18               |28                                 

Lambeth                 |380              |68               |89               |64               |159                                

Lewisham                |784              |61               |154              |125              |444                                

Southwark               |352              |16               |83               |79               |174                                

Tower Hamlets           |596              |13               |150              |72               |361                                

Wandsworth              |154              |35               |19               |48               |52                                 

Westminster             |227              |34               |20               |23               |150                                

Barking and Dagenham    |174              |0                |60               |55               |59                                 

Barnet                  |918              |189              |156              |189              |381                                

Bexley                  |434              |46               |91               |208              |89                                 

Brent                   |145              |9                |66               |18               |52                                 

Bromley                 |879              |221              |134              |138              |386                                

Croydon                 |831              |83               |95               |250              |402                                

Ealing                  |288              |6                |15               |90               |169                                

Enfield                 |710              |111              |131              |169              |299                                

Haringey                |340              |5                |119              |55               |161                                

Harrow                  |372              |66               |47               |80               |179                                

Havering                |388              |8                |43               |92               |245                                

Hillingdon              |314              |16               |64               |31               |203                                

Hounslow                |318              |40               |10               |93               |175                                

Kingston-upon-Thames<1> |125              |4                |11               |30               |79                                 

Merton                  |233              |78               |79               |23               |53                                 

Newham                  |39               |3                |12               |10               |14                                 

Redbridge               |503              |0                |0                |100              |403                                

Richmond-upon-Thames    |227              |24               |1                |80               |122                                

Sutton                  |572              |16               |129              |111              |314                                

Waltham Forest          |511              |26               |20               |263              |202                                

Birmingham              |1,957            |157              |240              |539              |1,021                              

Coventry                |437              |92               |1                |164              |180                                

Dudley                  |193              |17               |77               |21               |78                                 

Sandwell                |161              |58               |31               |59               |13                                 

Solihull                |258              |23               |89               |27               |119                                

Walsall                 |39               |13               |4                |9                |13                                 

Wolverhampton           |75               |16               |1                |22               |36                                 

Knowsley                |34               |0                |0                |15               |19                                 

Liverpool               |897              |0                |128              |340              |429                                

St. Helens              |134              |12               |18               |59               |45                                 

Sefton                  |123              |11               |50               |38               |24                                 

Wirral                  |438              |0                |136              |70               |232                                

Bolton                  |233              |1                |22               |113              |97                                 

Bury                    |619              |46               |303              |138              |130                                

Manchester              |1,263            |86               |91               |561              |525                                

Oldham                  |378              |6                |204              |46               |122                                

Rochdale                |262              |18               |69               |69               |106                                

Salford                 |134              |0                |64               |34               |36                                 

Stockport               |92               |0                |0                |40               |52                                 

Tameside                |173              |12               |3                |97               |61                                 

Trafford                |237              |12               |45               |46               |134                                

Wigan                   |158              |6                |59               |39               |54                                 

Barnsley                |0                |0                |0                |0                |0                                  

Doncaster               |55               |4                |8                |10               |33                                 

Rotherham               |140              |10               |18               |43               |69                                 

Sheffield               |595              |135              |306              |99               |55                                 

Bradford                |1,457            |91               |463              |339              |564                                

Calderdale              |<1>138           |52               |24               |13               |48                                 

Kirklees                |221              |18               |90               |61               |52                                 

Leeds                   |2,360            |47               |1,496            |444              |373                                

Wakefield               |<1>93            |2                |28               |30               |33                                 

Gateshead               |29               |1                |12               |3                |13                                 

Newcastle-upon-Tyne     |136              |3                |58               |58               |17                                 

North Tyneside          |16               |1                |4                |1                |10                                 

South Tyneside          |45               |3                |16               |10               |16                                 

Sunderland              |73               |4                |0                |28               |41                                 

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

Avon                    |1,115            |149              |94               |462              |410                                

Bedfordshire            |92               |0                |11               |39               |42                                 

Berkshire               |625              |34               |20               |202              |369                                

Buckinghamshire<2>      |580              |24               |10               |161              |385                                

Cambridge               |315              |12               |58               |121              |124                                

Cheshire                |147              |38               |2                |20               |87                                 

Cleveland               |80               |10               |10               |14               |46                                 

Cornwall                |51               |2                |8                |19               |22                                 

Cumbria                 |99               |11               |29               |34               |25                                 

Derbyshire              |485              |27               |65               |175              |218                                

Devon                   |541              |51               |119              |99               |272                                

Dorset                  |340              |6                |35               |136              |163                                

Durham                  |392              |19               |117              |142              |114                                

East Sussex             |298              |16               |45               |85               |151                                

Essex                   |440              |32               |128              |102              |178                                

Gloucestershire         |279              |17               |63               |87               |112                                

Hampshire               |148              |55               |6                |28               |59                                 

Hereford and Worcester  |273              |18               |48               |62               |145                                

Hertfordshire           |1,071            |127              |86               |275              |583                                

Humberside              |457              |42               |49               |180              |186                                

Isle of Wight           |37               |3                |8                |13               |13                                 

Kent<2>                 |975              |203              |355              |142              |275                                

Lancashire              |2,400            |425              |63               |1,132            |780                                

Leicestershire          |373              |22               |31               |78               |242                                

Lincolnshire            |240              |33               |20               |113              |74                                 

Norfolk                 |183              |19               |46               |43               |75                                 

North Yorkshire         |533              |32               |0                |311              |190                                

Northamptonshire        |103              |4                |29               |27               |43                                 

Northumberland          |51               |0                |0                |30               |21                                 

Nottinghamshire         |322              |84               |11               |91               |136                                

Oxfordshire             |374              |9                |6                |202              |157                                

Shropshire              |360              |5                |23               |297              |35                                 

Somerset                |379              |5                |144              |120              |110                                

Staffordshire           |190              |18               |6                |72               |94                                 

Suffolk                 |150              |17               |40               |60               |33                                 

Surrey                  |640              |75               |160              |180              |225                                

Warwickshire            |160              |13               |49               |60               |38                                 

West Sussex             |187              |29               |14               |39               |105                                

Wiltshire               |151              |43               |25               |20               |63                                 

                                                                                                                                    

England Total<3>        |41,927           |4,005            |8,295            |12,080           |17,527                             

Notes:                                                                                                                              

<1> One appeal was withdrawn after being heard by the appeals committee but before the outcome was decided.                         

<2> LEAs which did not submit a complete return.                                                                                    

<3> The total number of appeals lodged includes 19 appeals which were heard by the outcome of which had not been decided when the   

information was collected.                                                                                                          

Higher Education Funding Council

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what percentage of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's teaching allocations was set aside in 1993 94 to compensate for the change in the balance between core and tuition fees; and what was the total sum allocated for compensation and the total funds allocated for research;

(2) how many institutions received marginal funding for teaching above £300,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 1993 94 and 1994 95; and what was the amount of money allocated in each case;

(3) what proportion of Higher Education Funding Council for England research funds in 1993 94 and 1994 95 was employed in the category of development research, supporting technical development of new forms of teaching and learning; which of the old universities received allocations in this category and what was the maximum and minimum allocation made to any institution in this category;

(4) in which separate categories of the allocations itemised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 1993 94 and 1994 95 the sums distributed by the council amounted to less than 1 per cent. of the total;

(5) if she will list the amounts allocated for research to the 10 institutions receiving least in research funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 1993 94 and 1994 95; (6) how many institutions received research funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (a) above £20 million, (b) less than £20 million but above £1 million, (c) less than £1 million but greater than zero or (d) zero research funds for 1993 94 and 1994 95;

(7) what was the maximum total research allocation by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to any single institution in 1993 94 and 1994 95.

(8) if she will list separately the funds provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for teaching and for research for (a) the Open University, (b) the old universities, (c) the former polytechnics and (d) colleges for 1993 94 and 1994 95.

Mr. Boswell: The figures requested are published in the Higher Education Funding Council for England's circulars 35/93 and 31/94, copies of which are available in the Library.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanisms the Higher Education Funding Council for England uses to identify best practice in teaching; and what financial incentives are used to encourage it.

Mr. Boswell: The Higher Education Funding Council for England recruits appropriate academics to undertake quality assessments of teaching and learning in specific subjects at higher education institutions. An unsatisfactory assessment risks the withdrawal of funds unless corrected during a specified period. Reports of individual assessments are published and, as the assessments for each subject area are completed, an overview report for the whole subject area is published. This peer review identifies best practice and reports on it in the detailed assessment and overview reports.


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The HEFCE, jointly with the other funding councils and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, also supports a teaching and learning technology programme which aims to promote best practice, flexibility and efficiency in teaching within higher education through the greater use of new technology.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether she has carried out a review into the effectiveness of the funding methodology applied by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in achieving the objectives given to the council by the Government; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Boswell: The effectiveness of funding policy, including the funding methodology of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, in achieving the Government's objectives for higher education is kept under constant review.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the maximum and minimum full-time undergraduate average unit of Higher Education Funding Council for England funding by academic subject category for 1993 94 and 1994 95; and which institutions received these figures in each case.

Mr. Boswell: Details of the average units of council funding for 1993 94 are published in the Higher Education Funding Council for England's report 1/94, a copy of which is available in the Library. Details for 1994 95 are not yet available.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what evidence she has received on trends in teaching costs in higher education institutions; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Boswell: The higher education sector has achieved significant reductions in unit costs in recent years. Up to 1993 94, the scale of the productivity gains in terms of unit public funding exceeded those planned by the Government as a result of institutions' decisions to recruit at above the level of the Government's plans.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what mechanisms exist to ensure that funds allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for research are not used for other purposes;

(2) what measures are in place to ensure that the expenditure in institutions funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England reflects the allocations made by the Higher Education Funding Council for England relating to research and teaching.

Mr. Boswell: The majority of recurrent funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England is provided in the form of a block grant. Higher education institutions, being autonomous, are free to deploy the grant to meet their own needs and priorities, subject to the terms of their financial memoranda with the HEFCE. The HEFCE has asked institutions to account annually for their allocation of research funds to individual departments, though not to account for how those funds are spent. This will enable higher education institutions to plan their research better and provide improved public accountability.


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League Tables

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proposals she has for the supply of information to local authorities by grant-maintained schools for the purpose of drawing up value-added school league tables.

Mr. Forth: The report of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority on the development of value added by schools will be published shortly. The implications for the collection and aggregation of data to permit the inclusion of value-added measures in school performance tables will need to be considered against the various options for comparing pupils' actual achievements at different ages. Whatever approach is adopted will need to produce measures which are straightforward to calculate and intelligible to parents.

Special Advisers

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the special advisers employed by her Department in each of the last five years indicating when they (a) joined and (b) left his Department and the annual salary they received.

Mr. Forth: Five special advisers have been employed by the Department in the last five years: Eleanor Laing, Tessa Keswick, David Ruffley, Clifford Grantham, and, most recently, Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell.

Information on special advisers is not retained in the Department once they leave, and dates of joining and leaving are not therefore available.

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

Students (Financial Support)

Mr. Sumberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will give details of the support that will be available to students through mandatory awards and student loans in the academic year 1995 96.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard: I have today laid before Parliament the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 1994 and, together with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Education (Student Loans) Regulations 1994.

These regulations provide for new rates of grant and loan for the academic year 1995 96 and for the various changes I announced on 29 November, Official Report, columns 675 80. The total level of support available to students through the main rates of grant and loan together in 1995 96 will be 2.5 per cent. higher than for 1994 95 in line with forecast price increases. I am placing a memorandum in the Library giving full details of the new rates.

Specialist Institutions

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education in what circumstances it is the responsibility (a) of local education authorities to buy placements at independent specialist institutions for young people aged 16 to 19 years who have a statement and (b) of the Further


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Education Funding Council for buying placements if there is not a statement and if the college is educationally appropriate; if Doncaster college for the deaf is classed as educationally appropriate; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Boswell: Under the Education Act 1993, LEAs have a duty, in consultation with the parents, to determine the special education provision required for young people for whom they are responsible. Where an LEA maintains a statement, it must also arrange for the special educational provision specified in the statement. LEAs have a statutory duty to pay for the provision at an independent institution specified in a statement when it is further education provided at a school catering for under-16s as well as over-16s.

In circumstances where there is no LEA duty to fund provision, it falls upon the Further Education Funding Council to do so in respect of students over compulsory school age and under 25 years of age who have learning difficulties and disabilities. Where the council has satisfied itself that suitable provision is not available in the further and higher education sectors and judges that it is in the students' best interests to do so, it has a duty to buy provision outside these sectors.

The Further Education Funding Council has confirmed that it will continue to fund places for students with learning difficulties and disabilities at Doncaster college for the deaf in cases which meet the council's published criteria for such placements.

Christmas Expenditure

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much public money will be spent on entertaining, Christmas decorations and other festive activities this Christmas season by her Department and Government agencies answerable to her Department; and of this sum how much will be spent in Ministers' private offices and official residences.


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