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Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans she has to ensure that the same standards of financial and managerial control that now apply to local education authority schools will be required for grant-maintained schools.

Mr. Robin Squire: Grant-maintained schools are already subject to a range of provisions to ensure that the highest possible standards of financial and managerial control apply. These provisions include the requirements of education legislation, school instruments and articles of government and detailed financial management procedures and audit requirements set out in a financial memorandum and other documents. Some provisions apply to GM schools but not to their LEA equivalents. In addition, the Funding Agency for Schools has a duty to carry out value-for- money studies of GM schools.


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Undergraduate Courses

Mr. Rooker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the total expenditure in respect of tuition fees for undergraduate courses in institutions of higher education in 1992 93; and how much of this was for students not qualifying for mandatory maintenance award on grounds of high parental income.

Mr. Boswell: The total expenditure in the academic year in 1992 93 by local education authorities in England and Wales on fees paid by them as part of mandatory awards for students attending first degree courses was £1,233 million. It is not possible to estimate how much of this expenditure was for students not qualifying for a mandatory maintenance award on grounds of high parental income. However, 26 per cent. of all first degree students in receipt of a mandatory award received no maintenance grant as a result of means testing.

Class Sizes, Rotherham

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list class sizes for years 1 and 7 in all schools in Rotherham at the beginning of the school year in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Mr. Robin Squire: Information on class sizes for individual year groups is not available centrally.

Student Loans Company

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans she has to privatise the Student Loans Company.

Mr. Boswell: My right hon. Friend has no current plans to privatise the Student Loans Company. The loans scheme, including options for introducing private finance, is kept under review.

Capital Works

Mr. Alton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money has been allocated to Liverpool for capital works on schools since 1989, and if she will list for each scheme (a) the amounts approved to basic credit approvals and supplementary credit approvals, (b) the year of approval and (c) if it has been completed.

Mr. Robin Squire: Liverpool's annual capital guidelines for schools have been as follows--£'000:

1989 90: 541

1990 91: 8,262

1991 92: 5,425

1992 93: 5,576


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1993 94: 2,822

1993 95: 4,540

The funding and progress of individual projects are a matter for the local education authority.

Supplementary credit approvals have been issued to Liverpool as follows:

1992 93; £212,000 for health and safety work.

1993 94: £590,000 for work to implement statutory proposals at Alice Elliott and Underlea special schools; and the consolidation of Broughton Hall Roman Catholic school on one site.

1994 95: £133,000 for health and safety work.

Ministerial Speeches

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what occasions since 1979 civil servants in his Department have been asked to draft speeches of a constituency nature for use in a Minister's own constituency.

Mr. Forth: None. Civil servants may provide briefing of a factual nature for Ministers on matters relating to their own Departments. In addition, Ministers in preparing for a constituency speech can draw on material produced by their Department during the normal course of business.

Further Education Colleges

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what direct earmarked funding is available to


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further education colleges for the development of information technology services and training.

Mr. Boswell: None. Colleges have flexibility to use the funds available to them to invest in information technology as they think best.

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training and advice material her Department has issued to governors of further education colleges.

Mr. Boswell: Governors themselves have a responsibility to ensure that they have the training to enable them to perform their functions accordingly. The Further Education Funding Council for England has published the "Guide for College Governors" to assist them in their work, and issued circulars of guidance to governors on a variety of matters. The Further Education Staff College offers courses for governors which can be tailored to colleges' particular needs.

Universities (Academic Staff)

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her answer of 24 November, Official Report, column 274, if she will show the number of (a) female and (b) male academic staff in each age range and department group

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


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

Cost Centre                                    |Age under 25|25-29       |30-34       |35-39       |40-44       |45-49       |50-54       |55-59       |60 and over |Total                    

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Education                                      |2           |11          |32          |65          |110         |127         |71          |24          |12          |454                      

Medicine, dentistry and health                 |8           |42          |96          |105         |89          |89          |58          |22          |22          |531                      

Engineering and technology                     |7           |27          |35          |35          |26          |14          |7           |1           |3           |155                      

Agriculture, forestry and veterinary science   |2           |13          |9           |13          |9           |9           |5           |1           |1           |62                       

Biological, mathematical and physical sciences |8           |46          |93          |95          |69          |72          |45          |29          |18          |475                      

Administrative, business and social studies    |14          |119         |182         |186         |211         |153         |96          |41          |20          |1,022                    

Architecture and planning                      |0           |4           |6           |11          |8           |5           |6           |1           |0           |41                       

Language, literature and area studies          |34          |106         |123         |121         |124         |153         |120         |53          |30          |864                      

Other arts                                     |2           |24          |49          |53          |58          |63          |49          |18          |12          |328                      

Libraries, museums, etc (research only)        |0           |1           |0           |1           |0           |0           |2           |0           |0           |4                        

                                               |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------                 

Total                                          |77          |393         |625         |685         |704         |685         |459         |190         |118         |3,936                    

Source:                                                                                                                                                                                       

Universities' Statistical Record.                                                                                                                                                             


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Cost Centre                                    |Age under 25|25-29       |30-34       |35-39       |40-44       |45-49       |50-54       |55-59       |60 and over |Total                    

Education                                      |0           |8           |23          |98          |185         |232         |230         |166         |73          |1,015                    

Medicine, dentistry and health                 |6           |62          |151         |249         |304         |333         |241         |144         |84          |1,574                    

Engineering and technology                     |16          |129         |347         |390         |462         |530         |519         |418         |234         |3,045                    

Agriculture, forestry and veterinary science   |3           |26          |35          |54          |62          |83          |50          |37          |29          |379                      

Biological, mathematical and physical sciences |21          |268         |556         |669         |696         |938         |1,082       |782         |366         |5,378                    

Administrative, business and social studies    |33          |240         |425         |490         |745         |1,033       |614         |362         |157         |4,099                    

Architecture and planning                      |0           |9           |20          |28          |38          |49          |55          |26          |21          |246                      

Language, literature and area studies          |12          |64          |136         |159         |268         |410         |377         |221         |111         |1,758                    

Other arts                                     |2           |43          |134         |173         |253         |382         |316         |194         |127         |1,624                    

Libraries, museums, etc (research only)        |0           |2           |0           |0           |0           |1           |3           |1           |1           | 8                       

                                               |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------                 

Total                                          |93          |851         |1,827       |2,310       |3,013       |3,991       |3,487       |2,351       |1,203       |19,126                   

Source:                                                                                                                                                                                       

Universities' Statistical Record.                                                                                                                                                             


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Cost Centre                                    |Age under 25|25-29       |30-34       |35-39       |40-44       |45-49       |50-54       |55-59       |60 and over |Total                    

Education                                      |1           |14          |33          |76          |104         |144         |79          |37          |6           |494                      

Medicine, dentistry and health                 |6           |25          |53          |73          |92          |91          |62          |25          |5           |432                      

Engineering and technology                     |7           |30          |41          |41          |30          |39          |25          |6           |5           |224                      

Agriculture, forestry and veterinary science   |-           |-           |-           |4           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |4                        

Biological, mathematical and physical sciences |13          |84          |109         |105         |125         |120         |53          |19          |9           |637                      

Administrative, business and social studies    |37          |153         |247         |293         |355         |316         |122         |66          |12          |1,601                    

Architecture and planning                      |3           |4           |9           |21          |22          |21          |7           |2           |-           |89                       

Language, literature and area studies          |14          |43          |44          |48          |69          |72          |24          |20          |5           |339                      

Other arts                                     |8           |53          |78          |96          |123         |105         |56          |23          |2           |544                      

Libraries, museums, etc (research only)        |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-                        

                                               |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------                 

Total                                          |89          |406         |614         |757         |920         |908         |428         |198         |44          |4,364                    

Source:                                                                                                                                                                                       

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


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

Cost Centre                                    |Age under 25|25-29       |30-34       |35-39       |40-44       |45-49       |50-54       |55-59       |60 and over |Total                    

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Education                                      |3           |5           |19          |61          |146         |212         |163         |100         |36          |745                      

Medicine, dentistry and health                 |4           |13          |33          |56          |68          |78          |34          |24          |7           |317                      

Engineering and technology                     |34          |127         |236         |326         |411         |518         |499         |369         |145         |2,665                    

Agriculture, forestry and veterinary science   |-           |2           |3           |6           |4           |10          |4           |3           |2           |34                       

Biological, mathematical and physical sciences |19          |168         |254         |395         |460         |656         |457         |289         |88          |2,786                    

Administrative, business and social studies    |33          |148         |308         |485         |944         |960         |562         |317         |153         |3,910                    

Architecture and planning                      |1           |11          |31          |42          |80          |127         |88          |49          |23          |452                      

Language, literature and area studies          |3           |15          |21          |36          |70          |86          |78          |36          |12          |357                      

Other arts                                     |2           |59          |121         |166         |238         |427         |273         |128         |52          |1,466                    

Libraries, museums, etc (research only)        |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-                        

                                               |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------    |--------                 

Total                                          |99          |548         |1,026       |1,573       |2,421       |3,074       |2,158       |1,315       |518         |12,732                   

Source:                                                                                                                                                                                       

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

Educational Psychologists

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many educational psychologists have been employed by local authorities in each year since 1979.

Mr. Forth: Information on the number of educational psychologists employed by local education authorities of


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1985 and 1992 to 1994, the only years for which information is readily available, is shown in the table.


Full-time equivalent number of educational psychologists in post    

by local education authority. As at January of each year            

LEA                    |1985    |1992    |1993    |1994             

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Inner London           |87.7    |-       |-       |-                

City                   |0.0     |0.0     |0.0     |0.0              

Camden                 |-       |7.8     |7.0     |8.2              

Greenwich              |-       |11.0    |12.0    |12.0             

Hackney                |-       |8.5     |7.5     |10.0             

Hammersmith and Fulham |-       |8.0     |7.0     |7.0              

Islington              |-       |10.0    |8.0     |8.0              

Kensington and Chelsea |-       |6.0     |7.0     |7.0              

Lambeth                |-       |7.8     |11.1    |13.5             

Lewisham               |-       |10.0    |9.0     |9.0              

Southwark              |-       |10.0    |10.5    |11.6             

Tower Hamlets          |-       |10.0    |8.5     |8.0              

Wandsworth             |-       |11.0    |10.0    |5.6              

Westminster            |-       |7.0     |6.0     |6.0              

Barking and Dagenham   |7.0     |7.5     |7.5     |7.2              

Barnet                 |8.5     |13.6    |14.5    |14.5             

Bexley                 |5.0     |6.5     |6.5     |8.0              

Brent                  |9.6     |11.2    |8.5     |10.5             

Bromley                |8.0     |10.0    |10.0    |9.0              

Croydon                |9.0     |10.8    |10.8    |10.8             

Ealing                 |5.4     |9.8     |9.8     |11.8             

Enfield                |9.0     |12.5    |13.0    |15.2             

Haringey               |7.0     |9.8     |10.8    |10.8             

Harrow                 |6.0     |6.0     |9.0     |8.6              

Havering               |8.0     |8.0     |8.7     |8.0              

Hillingdon             |5.0     |8.2     |8.8     |8.9              

Hounslow               |5.9     |5.8     |6.0     |8.1              

Kingston upon Thames   |2.0     |3.0     |4.0     |4.3              

Merton                 |5.0     |5.7     |6.6     |5.4              

Newham                 |11.0    |11.0    |10.2    |10.0             

Redbridge              |6.0     |7.4     |7.4     |7.4              

Richmond upon Thames   |4.0     |5.5     |6.0     |6.0              

Sutton                 |4.0     |6.0     |4.0     |5.0              

Waltham Forest         |8.0     |7.0     |7.0     |7.0              

Birmingham             |37.2    |37.5    |31.5    |39.3             

Coventry               |12.3    |14.0    |12.0    |12.0             

Dudley                 |7.5     |8.5     |7.1     |6.6              

Sandwell               |8.0     |14.0    |14.0    |12.0             

Solihull               |7.3     |8.0     |8.4     |7.5              

Walsall                |7.0     |10.0    |9.0     |10.0             

Wolverhampton          |6.0     |10.0    |9.0     |9.0              

Knowsley               |7.0     |6.8     |5.8     |6.8              

Liverpool              |15.5    |18.0    |18.0    |18.0             

St. Helens             |4.0     |6.5     |9.0     |8.0              

Sefton                 |9.0     |11.0    |10.0    |10.0             

Wirral                 |8.0     |13.5    |10.5    |11.5             

Bolton                 |4.0     |7.4     |7.4     |7.4              

Bury                   |3.5     |4.5     |4.6     |4.6              

Manchester             |14.0    |19.3    |18.2    |17.8             

Oldham                 |5.0     |4.0     |7.0     |6.0              

Rochdale               |9.0     |7.5     |7.5     |7.5              

Salford                |6.0     |7.0     |7.6     |7.6              

Stockport              |6.7     |9.5     |9.5     |10.4             

Tameside               |7.0     |11.0    |8.0     |7.0              

Trafford               |3.0     |4.0     |4.0     |4.0              

Wigan                  |8.0     |6.5     |6.5     |9.0              

Barnsley               |4.0     |4.5     |4.5     |5.6              

Doncaster              |9.0     |9.0     |11.0    |11.0             

Rotherham              |9.0     |10.3    |9.3     |10.3             

Sheffield              |13.6    |16.2    |18.2    |16.3             

Bradford               |14.0    |19.0    |20.0    |21.5             

Calderdale             |2.0     |6.8     |6.5     |7.0              

Kirklees               |12.0    |15.0    |17.0    |18.0             

Leeds                  |13.5    |19.0    |19.0    |15.0             

Wakefield              |6.0     |12.0    |10.5    |8.5              

Gateshead              |8.0     |10.0    |8.5     |9.0              

Newcastle upon Tyne    |12.0    |11.0    |11.0    |11.0             

North Tyneside         |8.0     |8.0     |8.0     |8.0              

South Tyneside         |6.0     |8.0     |6.0     |6.0              

Sunderland             |9.0     |10.1    |11.1    |11.5             

Isles of Scilly        |0.0     |0.0     |0.0     |0.0              

Avon                   |28.6    |28.8    |25.5    |25.0             

Bedfordshire           |12.0    |17.0    |15.9    |14.9             

Berkshire              |17.3    |17.0    |19.5    |18.8             

Buckinghamshire        |16.0    |21.9    |23.0    |22.8             

Cambridgeshire         |12.0    |14.0    |16.0    |18.0             

Cheshire               |17.0    |25.1    |25.3    |25.1             

Cleveland              |18.0    |18.3    |16.5    |19.9             

Cornwall               |8.0     |12.0    |12.0    |12.0             

Cumbria                |9.0     |18.0    |19.0    |19.0             

Derbyshire             |21.5    |33.1    |30.3    |29.0             

Devon                  |20.4    |22.1    |24.5    |24.5             

Dorset                 |14.5    |17.5    |18.6    |17.6             

Durham                 |17.4    |20.4    |23.5    |21.5             

East Sussex            |11.8    |19.6    |18.7    |19.8             

Essex                  |31.4    |42.7    |42.3    |35.8             

Gloucestershire        |11.0    |17.0    |17.4    |16.4             

Hampshire              |31.5    |44.0    |46.8    |46.9             

Hereford and Worcester |11.0    |16.5    |16.0    |16.0             

Hertfordshire          |21.5    |28.4    |33.0    |28.0             

Humberside             |21.0    |24.0    |24.0    |21.0             

Isle of Wight          |3.0     |3.0     |3.0     |3.0              

Kent                   |19.0    |30.0    |36.5    |42.1             

Lancashire             |34.0    |42.0    |40.2    |43.5             

Leicestershire         |19.0    |33.6    |32.6    |32.7             

Lincolnshire           |10.0    |13.0    |13.0    |15.0             

Norfolk                |14.0    |18.5    |19.0    |18.0             

North Yorkshire        |15.2    |20.0    |19.0    |18.0             

Northamptonshire       |15.0    |17.5    |19.0    |25.5             

Northumberland         |4.1     |9.5     |9.5     |8.4              

Nottinghamshire        |30.0    |28.5    |29.0    |28.6             

Oxfordshire            |12.5    |14.5    |14.5    |14.5             

Shropshire             |8.0     |12.0    |11.6    |11.6             

Somerset               |9.0     |11.0    |11.1    |11.9             

Staffordshire          |17.7    |29.4    |27.4    |27.0             

Suffolk                |13.0    |14.0    |14.0    |15.0             

Surrey                 |22.0    |28.4    |29.5    |27.2             

Warwickshire           |9.8     |12.3    |12.7    |14.1             

West Sussex            |12.0    |17.4    |17.1    |19.0             

Wiltshire              |13.0    |14.8    |13.3    |14.0             

                       |--------|--------|--------|--------         

Total: All LEAs        |1,173.4 |1,496.6 |1,497.7 |1,514.2          

Further Education (Asian Pupils)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment she has made of the proportion of girls of Asian heritage or background who do not continue in education beyond 16.

Mr. Boswell: It is estimated that in 1993 94 15 per cent. of girls of Asian ethnic origin did not remain in full-time education at 16, compared with 11 per cent. of Asian boys and 27 per cent. of pupils of all backgrounds.

Disabled People

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the number and percentage of disabled people employed by her Department and associated agencies over the past five years; and what are the projected figures for the next five years.

Mr. Forth: The number and percentage of registered disabled people employed by the Department and the Teachers Pensions Agency over the last five years are as follows:


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Year              |Number (full-time|Per cent.                          

                  |equivalents)                                         

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1994              |60.0             |2.9                                

1993              |63.0             |3.0                                

1992              |68.5             |2.6                                

1991              |70.0             |2.6                                

1990              |65.5             |2.6                                

This table refers only to staff who are registered disabled. There are disabled people employed by the Department who choose not to register, and therefore do not appear in the figures.

Projected figures for the next five years are not available.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the budget allocated by her Department and associated agencies for each of the next five years; and how many staff or staff hours equivalent have been allocated to achieve the objectives of the programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity in the civil service for disabled people.


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Mr. Forth: Departmental expenditure in support of the programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity in the civil service for disabled people includes cost elements associated with staff numbers, training, special equipment and other forms of support, accommodation, etcetera, and cannot be disaggregated.

The number of staff or staff hours equivalent allocated to achieve the objectives of the programme for action cannot be estimated, since successful implementation will require the commitment not only of equal opportunities officers but of other personnel, welfare and training officers and individual line managers throughout the organisation.

City Technology Colleges

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will publish the revenue and capital budget for each of the city technology colleges for 1993 94 and 1994 95; and what was the number of pupils.

Mr. Robin Squire: The revenue and capital grants allocated by the Department to each of the city technology colleges for 1993 94 and 1994 95, and pupil numbers for those years, are shown in the table.


All grant figures are given in £ million (Revenue in academic years; capital in financial years)                                                                        

                     |Recurrent grant paid|Pupil numbers       |Capital grant paid  |Recurrent grant     |Pupil numbers       |Capital grant                            

                     |1993-94             |1993-94             |1993-94             |estimate 1994-95    |1994-95             |estimate 1994-95                         

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Kingshurst           |3.6                 |1,223               |0.3                 |3.7                 |1,250               |0.2                                      

Djanogly             |2.6                 |844                 |0.1                 |2.7                 |867                 |0.1                                      

Macmillan            |2.8                 |912                 |0.3                 |3.0                 |980                 |0.7                                      

Emmanuel             |1.9                 |600                 |-                   |2.0                 |750                 |0.1                                      

Dixons               |2.5                 |730                 |0.3                 |2.7                 |895                 |0.2                                      

Leigh                |3.4                 |1,140               |0.3                 |3.7                 |1,236               |0.7                                      

Harris               |3.2                 |1,000               |0.1                 |3.5                 |1,033               |0.3                                      

BRITschool           |2.9                 |686                 |-                   |3.0                 |703                 |0.4                                      

Bacon's              |4.0                 |1,050               |-                   |4.1                 |1,061               |-                                        

Haberdashers'        |4.7                 |1,150               |2.7                 |4.8                 |1,139               |0.1                                      

Thomas Telford       |2.5                 |664                 |-                   |2.8                 |832                 |-                                        

Brooke Weston        |2.5                 |745                 |0.1                 |2.7                 |860                 |0.1                                      

ADT                  |2.7                 |592                 |-                   |3.1                 |736                 |0.1                                      

Landau Forte         |2.0                 |450                 |-                   |2.2                 |600                 |-                                        

John Cabot           |1.3                 |150                 |2.9                 |1.5                 |327                 |0.7                                      

                     |--------            |--------            |--------            |--------            |--------            |--------                                 

Total                |42.4                |11,936              |7.1                 |45.4                |13,269              |3.8                                      

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will publish a list of all city technology colleges showing their examination results and truancy figures.


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Mr. Robin Squire: The examination results and truancy figures for city technology colleges have been published in the 1994 performance tables. They are reproduced below with the appropriate local education authority averages.


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1994 Performance tables-CTCs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

CTC                  |Pupils aged 15      |5+ A* -C Per cent.  |5+ A* -G Per cent.  |1+ A* -G Per cent.  |VQ number entered   |VQ percentage       |Number entering <2  |Average point score |Number entering 2 or|Average point score |Average point score |VQ number entering  |VQ percentage number|Pupils of compulsory|Authorised absence  |Unauthorised absence                     

                                                                                                                              |achieving Per cent.                      |per candidate       |more                |per candidate       |per exam entry      |in final year       |achieving qualifi-  |school age          |Per cent.           |Per cent.                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 |cations Per cent.                                                                                       

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ADT College          |3                   |0                   |0                   |0                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |572                 |6.9                 |0.2                                      

Wandsworth           |-                   |29                  |75                  |88                  |-                   |80                  |-                   |3.4                 |-                   |11.9                |4.4                 |-                   |85                  |-                   |8.0                 |2.3                                      

Bacon's              |150                 |11                  |76                  |95                  |-                   |-                   |18                  |0.7                 |22                  |8.6                 |2.8                 |-                   |-                   |892                 |13.1                |0.8                                      

Southwark            |-                   |18                  |70                  |85                  |-                   |85                  |-                   |0.6                 |-                   |7.3                 |2.5                 |-                   |100                 |-                   |9.8                 |3.8                                      

Brooke Weston        |64                  |58                  |100                 |100                 |34                  |100                 |37                  |3.0                 |38                  |13.2                |4.1                 |7                   |100                 |644                 |7.3                 |0.1                                      

Northants            |-                   |39                  |89                  |95                  |-                   |95                  |-                   |2.6                 |-                   |13.9                |4.5                 |-                   |90                  |-                   |7.6                 |0.7                                      

Britschool           |108                 |31                  |86                  |92                  |81                  |91                  |86                  |3.3                 |16                  |10.9                |3.7                 |168                 |86                  |234                 |0.5                 |0.2                                      

Croydon              |-                   |37                  |83                  |91                  |-                   |89                  |-                   |3.3                 |-                   |13.6                |4.7                 |-                   |85                  |-                   |7.6                 |0.6                                      

Djanogly             |145                 |16                  |80                  |98                  |145                 |38                  |-                   |-                   |1                   |4.0                 |1.3                 |-                   |-                   |797                 |3.1                 |0.5                                      

Notts                |-                   |35                  |84                  |91                  |-                   |80                  |-                   |2.5                 |-                   |14.0                |4.3                 |-                   |83                  |-                   |8.1                 |1.6                                      

Dixons               |98                  |68                  |100                 |100                 |94                  |52                  |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |744                 |5.6                 |0.1                                      

Bradford             |-                   |27                  |76                  |89                  |-                   |71                  |-                   |2.5                 |-                   |13.6                |4.1                 |-                   |87                  |-                   |9.2                 |3.5                                      

Emmanuel             |2                   |0                   |0                   |0                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |597                 |5.1                 |<1>-                                     

Gateshead            |-                   |34                  |80                  |88                  |-                   |80                  |-                   |3.4                 |-                   |15.9                |5.3                 |-                   |96                  |-                   |9.1                 |1.8                                      

Harris               |135                 |27                  |85                  |96                  |16                  |88                  |-                   |-                   |4                   |4.0                 |1.7                 |16                  |81                  |874                 |7.5                 |0.1                                      

Croydon              |-                   |37                  |83                  |91                  |-                   |89                  |-                   |3.3                 |-                   |13.6                |4.7                 |-                   |85                  |-                   |7.6                 |0.6                                      

Haberdashers'        |177                 |55                  |95                  |100                 |-                   |-                   |9                   |1.9                 |84                  |14.3                |5.0                 |-                   |-                   |884                 |5.6                 |0.3                                      

Lewisham             |-                   |27                  |78                  |91                  |-                   |82                  |-                   |2.6                 |-                   |10.9                |4.0                 |-                   |91                  |-                   |8.8                 |1.8                                      

John Cabot            Opened 1993, data not required                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Avon                 |-                   |40                  |86                  |93                  |-                   |75                  |-                   |2.4                 |-                   |13.2                |4.5                 |-                   |89                  |-                   |8.1                 |0.9                                      

Landau Forte         |<2>-                |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |18                  |4.3                 |33                  |14.3                |5.0                 |35                  |94                  |313                 |3.2                 |<1>-                                     

Derbyshire           |-                   |41                  |88                  |94                  |-                   |86                  |-                   |2.9                 |-                   |16.2                |4.6                 |-                   |86                  |-                   |7.6                 |1.2                                      

Leigh                |132                 |19                  |83                  |95                  |120                 |78                  |15                  |2.7                 |23                  |10.6                |3.7                 |15                  |100                 |971                 |6.9                 |0.2                                      

Kent                 |-                   |40                  |86                  |94                  |-                   |81                  |-                   |3.0                 |-                   |15.8                |5.2                 |-                   |79                  |-                   |7.8                 |0.6                                      

Macmillan            |172                 |44                  |95                  |100                 |51                  |100                 |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |904                 |8.6                 |1.9                                      

Cleveland            |-                   |35                  |81                  |89                  |-                   |84                  |-                   |1.9                 |-                   |17.3                |5.1                 |-                   |96                  |-                   |9.9                 |1.4                                      

The CTC Kingshurst   |172                 |47                  |96                  |100                 |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |53                  |89                  |913                 |3.5                 |<1>-                                     

Solihull             |-                   |48                  |91                  |96                  |-                   |90                  |-                   |2.3                 |-                   |14.0                |4.1                 |-                   |85                  |-                   |6.3                 |0.3                                      

Thomas Telford       |<2>-                |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |18                  |3.2                 |14                  |15.2                |4.7                 |53                  |100                 |525                 |4.5                 |<1>-                                     

Shropshire           |-                   |47                  |91                  |96                  |-                   |93                  |-                   |3.5                 |-                   |16.9                |5.1                 |-                   |97                  |-                   |6.7                 |0.4                                      

<1> Less than 0.05 per cent. of half days missed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

<2> No 15 year-old pupils in college.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Labour Statistics

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate she has made of the reduction in the number of persons by grade and gender employed by her Department and associated offices and agencies, nationally and regionally over the next three years, as a result of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement of 29 November, indicating which branch, agency and region will be affected and stating her estimate of the number of job losses in each year which will be by (a) natural wastage, (b) voluntary redundancy and (c) compulsory redundancy; and what estimate she has made of the yearly total of savings in wages and associated costs as a result of these reductions in each Department, branch and agency.

Mr. Forth: The information requested is not yet available. The Department's staffing plans for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 will be set out in the 1995 departmental report, to be published in late February-early March 1995.

The Government's aim has been, and will continue to be, that reductions in the size of the civil service should as far as possible be achieved without redundancies.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Disabled People

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the number and percentage of disabled people employed by his Department and associated agencies over the past five years; and what are the projected figures for the next five years;

Mr. Waldegrave: The figures for the registered disabled people employed in my Department, including executive agencies, in the past five years are as follows:


           |1990      |1991      |1992      |1993      |1994                            

Number     |139.5     |141.5     |138.5     |159.0     |143.5                           

Percentage |1.4       |1.4       |1.4       |1.6       |1.4                             

In addition to those people registered as disabled, an internal survey of staff shows that the number of people with disabilities is between three and four times greater than the number of those registered as disabled.

No projections have been made for future years.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the budget allocated by his Department and associated agencies for each of the next five years; and how many staff or staff hours equivalent have been allocated to achieve the objectives of the programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity in the civil service for disabled people.

Mr. Waldegrave: Departmental expenditure in support of the programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity in the civil service for disabled people falls to a range of budgets such as accommodation, personnel management, equal opportunities and staff training, and cannot be disaggregated. Similarly, it is not possible to estimate the numbers of staff or staff hours allocated since successful implementation will require commitment not only of equal opportunities officers but of many other sections throughout the Ministry, including executive agencies.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many imported cattle found to be seropositive to foot and mouth disease have been (a) slaughtered and (b) restricted to the holdings on which they are at present.

Mrs. Browning: Of the 249 cattle of Czech and Polish origin which were tested positive last year for the presence of antibodies to foot and mouth disease, a total of 36 have been slaughtered by their owners; 213 animals remain under movement restriction on their current holdings.

Intervention Board Chairman

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food who appointed Mr. John Ellis to the post of chairman of the Intervention Board executive agency which oversees banana import licence arrangements.

Mr. Waldegrave: Mr. John Ellis was appointed chairman of the Intervention Board for Agricultural


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Produce on 22 February 1986 by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland jointly. Bananas were first brought within the scope of the common agricultural policy in July 1993.

Labour Statistics

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of persons by grade and gender employed by his Department and associated offices and agencies, nationally and regionally over the next three years, as a result of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement of 29 November, indicating which branch, agency and region will be affected and stating his estimate of the number of job losses in each year which will be by (a) natural wastage, (b) voluntary redundancy and (c) compulsory redundancy; and what estimate he has made of the yearly total of savings in wages and associated costs as a result of these reductions in each Department, branch and agency.

Mr. Waldegrave: The information requested is not yet available. The Department's staffing plans for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 will be set out in the departmental report, to be published in late February-early March 1995.

The Government's aim has been, and will continue to be, that reductions in the size of the civil service should as far as possible be achieved without redundancies.

Milk Quota

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce measures which would facilitate the acquisition of milk quota by new entrants to farming; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jack: I recognise the difficulties faced by those seeking to establish themselves in the dairy industry, and the Department has in the past looked at ways of attempting to assist new entrants. However, quota for this purpose could be obtained only at the expense of existing producers. Moreover, it would be very costly from an administrative point of view to ensure an equitable distribution of quota to new entrants, not least since any such scheme would inevitably be over-subscribed. There are, therefore, no plans to introduce special measures for new entrants. But we keep the matter under review and discuss it from time to time with the National Farmers Union and others.

Pollution

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many incidents involving sheep dip solution contaminating (a) rivers and lakes and (b) the domestic water supply have been reported for each year since 1987.

Mr. Atkins: I have been asked to reply:

(a) This information has been published since 1990 in National Rivers Authority annual reports on water pollution incidents in England and Wales.

(b) Results of the monitoring of public water supplies in England and Wales are published in the drinking water inspectorate's annual reports. One incident involving a sheep dip chemical was reported in 1994. There is no centrally held data for private supplies, but my


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Department is aware of four incidents at one site between 1991 and 1993 involving sheep dip chemicals.

WALES

Internet

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

Mr. Redwood: My Department is examining the potential of making information available electronically via the Internet through the CCTA Government Information Service.

A55

Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to further control trading in lay-by areas on the A55 in Clwyd.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The Welsh Office has been reviewing its policy towards trading in trunk road lay-bys particularly on high speed dual carriageway routes such as the A55. This review will be finalised very shortly.

Public Expenditure

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the future applications to Wales of the Barnett formula and its implications for each of the major categories of Welsh public expenditure.

Mr. Redwood: Changes in the public expenditure provision for the Welsh block continue to be determined mainly by the well-established, population-based formula linked to changes to comparable programme expenditure in England. I have flexibility in allocating the resources within the block, which comprises all programmes within my responsibility with the exception of agriculture. I shall be announcing the allocations for individual programmes shortly.

Unemployment

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what new policies he will adopt to assist the long-term unemployed.

Mr. Redwood: I will ensure that our main training programme for long -term unemployed people, training for work, is focused more sharply on getting people into work. In addition my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment has announced a number of measures to help the long- term unemployed which will be implemented in Wales. These include extending community action and an expansion of the work trials scheme. Unemployed people in Wales will also benefit from the improved incentives flowing from the social security changes announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security.

Disabled People

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the budget allocated by his Department and associated agencies for each of the next five years for, and how many staff or staff hours equivalent have been


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allocated to achieve the objectives of, the programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity in the civil service for disabled people.

Mr. Redwood: Departmental expenditure in support of its programme of action for people with a disability and the civil service programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity for people with a disability includes costs associated with a number of elements such as the procurement of specialist equipment, positive action training, adaptations of accommodation and buildings, and staff costs and cannot be disaggregated.

The number of staff or staff hours equivalent, allocated to achieve the objectives of the programmes for action cannot be estimated. Successful implementation depends on the co-operation and commitment of a number of staff including the equal opportunities officer, the training officer, personnel specialists, accommodation officers and line managers and also involves consultation with disabled staff.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number and percentage of disabled people employed by his Department and associated agencies over the past five years; and what are the projected figures for the next five years.

Mr. Redwood: The number and percentage of registered disabled people in my Department over the last five years is as follows:


Year       |Number    |Percentage           

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1990       |32        |1.4                  

1991       |30        |1.3                  

1992       |37.5      |1.5                  

1993       |40        |1.5                  

1994       |37        |1.6                  

My Department also employs a number of unregistered disabled people equivalent to 2.1 per cent. of staff.

Projected figures are not available.

Footnote: Figures relate to July each year and include figures for Cadw, Welsh Historic Monuments.

Public Appointments

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for the latest available date a list of public authorities to which he makes appointments, indicating (a) the total number of members of the authorities, (b) the number of members which he appoints and (c) the location of the headquarters of the authority.

Mr. Redwood: The information requested has been placed in the Library of the House.

Public Authorities (Rent Payments)

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the total amount of rent for headquarters paid by each public authority to which he makes appointments and the corresponding per square foot rental per year where headquarters are located in Wales for each of the last three available years together with the grand total.


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Mr. Redwood: This information is not held centrally.

Visual Handicap

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people were registered (a) blind and (b) partially sighted as at 31 March 1986 and 31 March 1991.

Mr. Richards: The numbers of people who were registered as blind or partially sighted in Wales on 31 March 1986 and 1991 are given in the table:


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