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Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her answer of 20 January, Official Report , column 720 , on what date she was informed of the allegations made concerning the Student Loans Company; what was the nature of these allegations; at what date management consultants were invited to tender to carry out an investigation into the allegations; if she will identify those consultants who were invited to tender; which consultant submitted the lowest tender; on what date the contract was awarded; on what date the provisional findings were received; and if she will place a copy in the Library.
Mr. Boswell: My right hon. Friend was informed of the most recent allegations of impropriety at the Student Loans Company on 5 October 1994. Tenders for the contract to carry out an investigation were invited from three organisations--Robson Rhodes, Ernst and Young and Coopers and Lybrand --on 10 October 1994.
The contract was awarded to Coopers and Lybrand on 12 October. The winning tender was not the lowest. The contract was awarded to the tenderer who was considered to offer the best value for money. Lowest cost alone is not necessarily the best indicator of this. My right hon. Friend received a report of Coopers and Lybrand's provisional findings on 9 January 1995. The investigation into the allegations is not complete. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the nature of allegations which are still under investigation, nor to make public provisional findings. The full conclusions of the investigation will be reported to the Public Accounts Committee in the usual way.
Mr. Galbraith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if she will give the names and locations of any other schools that have applied for, or will be participating in, the basic boxing skills training scheme similar to that given at Croxteth community school; when the scheme will be launched; and what will be the extent of Government funding;
(2) what funding has been made available to Croxteth community school to teach basic boxing skills.
Mr. Forth: The boxing skills training scheme at the Croxteth community school is privately sponsored and attracts support of £5, 000 through the Government's sports match scheme. Information about similar schemes is not collected centrally.
Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what offer of regional selective assistance has been made to the Abu Dhabi Investment Group in relation to its bid for the Health Care International hospital at Clydebank; on what this RSA assistance will be spent; if the offer is conditional on the original employment targets at the Health Care International being achieved; and what these targets are.
Mr. Stewart: No further offer of regional selective assistance has been made. If a new investor were prepared to take the project forward, it is possible that the balance of existing offer could be transferred. Such a transfer would be subject to appropriate conditions and would be based upon the project being taken forward as previously envisaged. If the offer were transferred, the unpaid balance of grant would be released by stages, in line with the achievement of job targets which would otherwise have applied to HCI. These targets envisaged the ultimate creation of 1,800 direct new jobs at Clydebank.
(2) which housing associations have been invited to make a bid to take over Scottish Homes's property in (a) Springburn, (b) the Royston area and (c) Dennistown;
(3) when the board of Scottish Homes decided that its officers and staff would form Gemini Housing Association;
(4) how many officers of Scottish Homes have been involved with the setting up of Gemini Housing Association;
(5) how many hours Scottish Homes's officials and staff have devoted to the running of Gemini Housing Association during 1994.
Mr. Lang: The Government are committed to ensuring that the benefits of local government reorganisation and compulsory competitive tendering are realised across Scotland. To achieve both aims, a flexible programme is required, linked closely to Scottish circumstances.
I therefore issued a consultation paper on compulsory competitive tendering and local government reorganisation last July. I have considered carefully the responses submitted and have decided on certain adjustments to the timetables proposed in the consultation paper.
For work subject to CCT under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980, competition will be reintroduced with effect from 1 July 1997. By this date, contracts must be commenced. There will be no
Column 419exemptions for construction contracts worth over £0.5 million. For work subject to the Local Government Act 1988, competition will be reintroduced and contracts will require to be let between July 1997 and July 1998.
The new manual services, security services and vehicle management will follow the same timetable as for the existing 1988 Act activities.
The new professional services will require to be let between April 1998 and April 1999. Authorities will have flexibility during that period to decide the areas of work that they wish to put out to competition first.
The timetable for housing management remains unchanged. However, the dates will now refer to when contracts are let rather than when the contracts commence. This is in line with the timetable for professional services.
Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit (a) Penyffordd voluntary primary school and (b) Penyffordd county primary school, Clwyd; and if he will meet the governors of each school.
Mr. Richards: Neither my right hon. Friend nor I have any plans at present to visit Penyffordd voluntary primary school or Penyfford county primary school. We will, however, bear these in mind when arranging our future programmes of school visits.
Mr. Richards: The Department has received many representations on the issue of education funding in Clwyd in 1995 96 from school governors, head teachers, parents and others. My right hon. Friend does not set individual county education budgets. It is for each local authority to determine how much of its available resources to direct towards the services it provides, including education, in the light of its statutory responsibilities and its perception of local needs and priorities.
Details for Cadw are not separately identified; they are included in the Welsh Office totals.
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many official Christmas cards he and his Ministers intend to send in 1994; how much these cards will cost, (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in staff time to sign, address and place in envelopes; and if he will place in the Members' Library a sample copy of the official Christmas card he intends to send this year.
Ministers in this Department sent out 900 official Christmas cards in 1994 costing (a) £755 to buy, and (b) £200 to post. The disaggregated cost for staff time is not available.
Mrs. Maddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees for which his Department is responsible were women (a) in 1991, (b) in 1992, (c) in 1993 and (d) in 1994; and, of these, how many were (i) at grade 7 level, (ii) at grade 3, (iii) at executive officer level, (iv) at administrative officer level and (v) at administrative assistant level.
As at 1 April |1991 |1992 |1993 |1994 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total women |1,016 |1,140.5 |1,021 |948 Grade 3 |- |- |1 |1 Grade 7 |25 |26 |24 |23 Executive officer |200 |207.5 |191 |190 Administrative officer |295.5 |282.5 |259 |240 Administrative assistant |161 |187.5 |157 |158
Aberdare girls high school
Ashgrove Special School
Bedwas Comprehensive School
Column 420Bishop Vaughan Grant-Maintained School
Bishopston Comprehensive School
Brynmawr Grant-Maintained School
Coed y Lan Comprehensive School
Corpus Christi High School
Crickhowell High School
Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School
Dame Anna Childs Endowed School
Dynevor Comprehensive School
Eglwys Wen and Melin Gruffydd Primary School
Column 421Eirias High School
Garnfach Infants School
Glan Ely High School
Heol Ddu Comprehensive School
Holyhead High School
John Beddoes School
Llandovery College (Independent)
Llandrindod County Primary School
Llanfigangel Rhydithon County Primary School
Lliswerry Comprehensive School
Llwyn Crwn County Primary School
Maes Dyfan Special School
Marlborough Road Junior School
Palmerston County Primary School
Pencoed Comprehensive School
Pilgwenlly County Primary School
Radyr Comprehensive School
St David's College (Independent)
St David's High School, Wrexham
Tredegar Comprehensive School
Tregynon (Special Needs) School
Trelai County Primary School
Windsor Clive Infants & Junior Schools
Ysgol Bro Lleu
Ysgol Caergeiliog (Grant Maintained)
Ysgos Croes Atti
Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan (Grant Maintained)
Ysgol Esgob Morgan
Ysgol Glan Clywd
Ysgol Gwynllyw (County Secondary)
Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelin
Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Brynsierfel
Sir Wyn Roberts: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many companies in Wales employ (a) more than 200 persons; (b) fewer than 200 but more than 20 persons and (c) fewer than 20 persons; and what are the percentages represented by each of all companies.
Mr. Redwood: The information requested is not available for companies in Wales. However, a breakdown of census of employment data units, which are roughly equivalent to workplaces, is available and is shown in the table:
|Number of units<1> |in Size of units |Wales |Per cent. of total (Number of employees) |(thousands) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-24 |52.5 |88.4 25-199 |6.3 |10.6 200 and over |0.6 |1.0 All sizes |59.4 |100.0 Source: NOMIS. <1> The figures relate only to data units with employees. Solo proprietors and HM forces are excluded. Also excluded are agricultural and horticultural holdings. Some workplaces may comprise several data units because of the way the information is collected eg. because of different pay arrangements, for weekly and monthly paid staff.
Column 422staff to his Department and its executive agencies; and how many staff were recruited.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the European Union on the criteria to be used and the control and compliance mechanisms in adjudicating applications for assistance under the SMART scheme.
Mr. Redwood: SMART is a nationwide competition whose guidelines are drawn up by the DTI as the lead Department. The European Commission was consulted and notified of the criteria used for running the competition and judging the entries. All SMART programmes receive EC approval prior to launch.