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Mr. Baldry [holding answer 1 February 1995]: Expenditure from the overseas aid budgets is as follows:


Bilateral programme aid to Zambia   

and Zimbabwe 1989-90 to             

1993-94 (£000)                      

         |Zambia  |Zimbabwe         

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

1989-90  |-       |53               

1990-91  |30,000  |<1>-6            

1991-92  |12,500  |7,500            

1992-93  |27,500  |22,500           

1993-94  |25,000  |15,000           

<1> Undisbursed programme aid       

repaid by Crown Agents.             

During the current financial year, 1994 95, for Zambia we have already spent £12.5 million and plan to disburse a further £12.5 million shortly, and for Zimbabwe we plan


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to disburse £15 million programme aid subject to confirmation from the IMF board that the Government's economic reform programme is on track.

We do not have figures for other donors' balance of payments support for Zimbabwe.

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, for each year since 1988, including current expenditure plans, expenditure on aid to (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Zambia in (i) cash terms and (ii) real terms, broken down according to the principal objectives for British aid as stated in the British aid overseas aid annual review 1994.

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 1 February 1995]: Tables containing the information have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give details of publications produced by his Department assessing the performance of British aid in (a) Zambia and (b) Zimbabwe.

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 1 February 1995]: Recent published reports on British aid projects in Zambia and Zimbabwe are listed in ODA's catalogue of evaluation studies, copies of which are in the Libraries of both Houses.

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, for each of the last five years, total aid expenditure to (a) Zambia and (b) Zimbabwe in support of structural adjustment programmes; and if he will give these figures as a proportion of total aid expenditure to these countries.

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 1 February 1995]: A table showing support for economic reform has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL

Training Courses

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will list each training and tuition course with a total cost exceeding £5, 000 paid for by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies during the last 12 months, showing the title and objectives of each course, the name of the organisations engaged, the total cost of each course, a summary of the responsibilities of staff members taking part and the process for course evaluation by his Department or agency.

Mr. Newton: No training course undertaken by staff of the Privy Council Office in the last 12 months has cost in excess of £5,000. I am not responsible for any agencies.

PRIME MINISTER

Ministerial Visits

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he has to visit Belfast, South.

The Prime Minister: I have no immediate plans to do so.


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Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 2 February.

The Prime Minister: This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.

Countryside Council for Wales

Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 26 January, Official Report, column 300, to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan), if he will list the representations he has received concerning the impact of reduced activity by the Countryside Council for Wales on the commitment arising from the biodiversity convention under the Rio treaty; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: I have now received three such

representations--from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wales Wildlife and Countryside Link and a member of the public. My right hon. Friend has no plans to privatise the Countryside Council for Wales.

Cabinet Office Funding

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Prime Minister what proposals there are to change the 1994 95 cash limit or running costs limit for the Cabinet Office: other service vote.

The Prime Minister: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for the Cabinet Office: Other Services, class XIX, vote 1, will be increased by £1, 500,000 from £44,833,000 to £46,333,000. At the same time the running costs limit will be increased by £1,000,000 from £43,214,000 to £44, 214,000.

The increases reflect transfers from the Cabinet Office: Office of Public Service and Science, class XVIII, vote 1, of £500,000 for central services and £1,000,000 running costs coverage in respect of functions already transferred to class XIX, vote 1.

Both increases are offset by inter-departmental transfers and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Training Courses

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list each training and tuition course with a total cost exceeding £5,000 paid for by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies during the last 12 months, showing the title and objectives of each course, the name of the organisations engaged, the total cost of each course, a summary of the responsibilities of staff members taking part and the process for course evaluation by the Department or agency.

Mr. Dorrell: The breakdown of expenditure over the last 12 months by the Department of National Heritage, including its two executive agencies, Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces is as set out. The breakdown


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covers individual courses or series of courses where the total costs exceeds £5,000.

(a) Training for the Department of National Heritage

(1) Title: Introduction to WordPerfect 6 For Windows

Objectives: To make staff aware of the functions available within WordPerfect 6 For Windows enabling competent use in their everyday work.

Training Provider: Harley-West.

Staff Responsibilities: Open to all grades upon receipt of the software upgrade of WordPerfect 6 on their Personal Computers. Cost: £5,170 (for a series of courses)

Post Course Evaluation: By Information Services Branch of DNH and by the provider, Harley-West.

(2) Title: Introduction to Excel 5

Objectives: To give the user a good understanding of spreadsheet design, commands etc, to help them become competent in the use of the software in their everyday work.

Training Provider: Harley-West

Staff Responsibilities: Those staff who have financial management responsibilities.

Cost: £6,227.50 (for a series of courses)

Post Course Evaluation: Information Services Branch of the DNH and by the provider, Harley-West.

(3) Title: Promotion Board Interviewing Skills Course for Board Members

Objectives: Awareness of procedures which underpin a Promotion board. To provide a full understanding of the importance of good interviewing techniques including assessing candidates fairly and accurately.

Training Provider: Recruitment and Assessment Services

Staff Responsibilities: Staff within the Department who have volunteered to sit on Promotion Boards.

Cost: £6,050 (for a series of courses)

Post Course Evaluation: By Personnel Division of the DNH and by Recruitment and Assessment Services.

(4) Title: Performance Management Course

Objectives: To familiarise and prepare staff for the introduction of the newly created Performance Appraisal System.

Training Provider: KMPG Marketing Consultancy

Staff Responsibilities: For all staff in the Department. Cost: £93,990.61 (for a series of courses)

Post Course Evaluation: By Personnel Division within the DNH and by the provider, KMPG Marketing Consultancy

(b) Training for the Historic Royal Palaces Agency (HRPA) and Royal Parks Agency (RPA)

HRPA: Tower of London

(1) Title: Customer Care and Interpersonal Skills

Objectives: To develop `dealing with people skills' of the Warding staff in the Yeoman body, the Jewel House and sales staff in the Retail Department.

Training Provider: MSB Training

Staff Responsibilities: All front of house staff dealing with the public.

Cost: £13,500

Post Course Evaluation: By Personnel Unit within the Agency and by the provider MSB Training

HRPA: Hampton Court Palace

(1) Title: Customer Care and Interpersonal Skills

Objectives: To develop `dealing with people skills' of the State Apartment Warding Team.

Training Provider: MSB Training

Staff Responsibilities: All front of house staff dealing with the public.

Cost: £31,192 (for a series of courses)


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Post Course Evaluation: By Personnel unit within the Agency and by the provider MSB Training

RPA:

(1) Title: Objective Setting and Appraisal Workshops

Objectives: Direct staff performance towards the Agency goals. Raise standards of performance and appraisal.

Training Provider: RTCC Training Consultancy Company Ltd Staff Responsibilities: All staff excluding constables of the Royal parks Constabulary.

Cost: £10,562 (for a series of courses)

Post Course Evaluation: End of course review conducted jointly by the Personnel Unit and by the course provider.

Summary

The total cost of the training and tuition outlined above was £138,692.11.

National Lottery

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what was the weekly revenue to the Football Trust and the Foundation for Sport and the Arts since 1 April 1994; what is his estimate of the national lottery's impact on the work of these two bodies; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sproat: Details of the weekly revenue to the Football Trust and the Foundation for Sport and the Arts since 1 April 1994 are shown in the table. It is for the foundation and the Football Trust to assess the extent of any impact that the national lottery may have on their operations. I understand that the foundation is considering how best to adjust its grant regime to complement the national lottery, in particular through a greater element of revenue funding. I welcome this.


Week              |FT/RPBD<1>|FT/STB<2> |FSA<3>               

                  |£         |£         |£                    

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2 April 1994      |472,938   |290,772   |1,384,512            

9 April 1994      |455,776   |260,358   |1,368,005            

16 April 1994     |496,706   |299,212   |1,489,597            

23 April 1994     |460,668   |284,011   |1,381,482            

30 April 1994     |467,729   |287,575   |1,401,470            

7 May 1994        |465,822   |257,018   |1,396,952            

14 May 1994       |446,456   |321,889   |1,338,873            

21 May 1994       |453,330   |285,620   |1,359,497            

28 May 1994       |442,890   |292,099   |1,328,156            

4 June 1994       |425,367   |240,062   |1,275,652            

11 June 1994      |439,093   |297,768   |1,316,772            

18 June 1994      |437,215   |291,187   |1,311,169            

25 June 1994      |428,668   |268,868   |1,285,525            

2 July 1994       |426,861   |268,395   |1,280,104            

9 July 1994       |419,999   |262,881   |1,259,535            

16 July 1994      |428,982   |246,560   |1,286,472            

23 July 1994      |431,189   |265,883   |1,293,081            

30 July 1994      |415,037   |248,205   |1,235,054            

6 August 1994     |417,838   |243,639   |1,253,026            

13 August 1994    |429,801   |250,760   |1,288,889            

20 August 1994    |435,782   |247,901   |1,306,816            

27 August 1994    |453,486   |249,846   |1,359,927            

3 September 1994  |460,306   |262,087   |1,380,386            

10 September 1994 |453,154   |273,094   |1,358,920            

17 September 1994 |459,028   |270,485   |1,376,437            

24 September 1994 |467,589   |274,187   |1,402,085            

1 October 1994    |471,486   |254,502   |1,413,657            

8 October 1994    |467,954   |255,235   |1,402,557            

15 October 1994   |473,433   |260,026   |1,420,043            

22 October 1994   |473,752   |259,998   |1,419,991            

29 October 1994   |468,851   |255,899   |1,406,937            

5 November 1994   |479,946   |279,026   |1,439,882            

12 November 1994  |473,315   |256,843   |1,420,410            

19 November 1994  |455,816   |248,092   |1,367,132            

26 November 1994  |450,908   |243,429   |1,354,540            

3 December 1994   |448,161   |227,548   |1,343,960            

10 December 1994  |460,085   |236,057   |1,379,731            

17 December 1994  |924,477   |535,887   |2,772,122            

26 December 1994  |116,368   |2,955     |349,055              

31 December 1994  |160,420   |1,329     |481,210              

7 January 1995    |393,654   |189,906   |1,180,499            

14 January 1995   |404,662   |205,343   |1,213,509            

<1> Funding received from the pools companies, representing a 

2.5 per cent. reduction in pool betting duty.                 

<2> Funding received from the pools companies from spotting   

the ball and spot the ball competitions.                      

<3> Funding received from the pools companies, representing a 

further 2.5 per cent. RPBD; and from a 5p in the pound levy   

on pools coupons.                                             

Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made of (a) the revenue earned for the Exchequer to date by national lottery ticket sales, (b) the interest earned on the moneys lodged in the national lottery distribution fund prior to disbursement by the lottery distribution bodies and (c) the revenue accrued to the Exchequer from any of the funds under (b) above invested in gilt- edged securities.

Mr. Dorrell: Lottery duty collected by Customs and Excise for the period to the end of December 1994 was £44,348,381. Interest earned to date by the national lottery distribution fund through investment of the proceeds of the lottery, and which accrues to the good causes, totals £661,699. No revenue accrues to the Exchequer from the investment of the NLDF in gilt-edged securities; all gains are for the benefit of the good causes.

Electricity Companies (Sponsorship)

Mr. Clelland: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is his estimate of the amount spent on sponsorship of arts, sporting and other local community events by (a) Northern Electric and (b) the other regional electricity companies.

Mr. Dorrell: Detailed information on the sponsorship activities of individual companies is not held by my Department.

Departmental Funding

Mr. Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what changes he proposes to make to his Department's cash limits and running costs limits for 1994 95.

Mr. Dorrell: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the following changes will be made: (i) The cash limit of class XI, vote 1, museums and galleries, will be increased by £4,226,000 from £223,122,000 to £227,348,000 to increase provision for the Government indemnity scheme by £200,000 and for assets accepted in lieu of tax by £4,160,000.

(ii) The cash limit for class XI, vote 3, libraries, will be increased by £6,500,000 from £139,303,000 to £145,803,000 to increase provision for British Library St. Pancras project.

(iii) The provision for class XI, vote 4, home broadcasting, will be increased by £8,438,000 from £1,826,205,000 to £1,834,643,000 to provide extra funds for the British Broadcasting Corporation of £10, 107,000, additional provision for the Independent Television Commission to reimburse certain independent television companies who paid excess levy to the consolidated fund in 1992 of


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£330,000, and to meet certain reimbursement costs in respect of the overpayment of television broadcasting licence fees of £390,000. (iv) The cash limit for class XI, vote 5, film, tourism, sport and broadcasting, will be increased by £3,122,000 from £129,653,000 to £132,775,000 to reflect the increased receipts in respect of tourism grant repayments of £250,000, the appropriation in aid of certain receipts from the Sports Council of £459,000, increased provision for the Broadcasting Standards Council and for broadcasting regulatory services of £1,244,000, and to provide provision for the commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of world war II of £3,000,000.

(v) The cash limit for class XI, vote 6, royal palaces, Historic Royal Palaces Agency, Royal Parks Agency, historic buildings, ancient monuments and national heritage, will be increased by £2,154,000 from £194,962,000 to £197,116,000. The increase is the net result of additional provision of £1,438,000 for urgent capital works and maintenance expenditure on certain historic buildings and £100,000 in the Royal Parks; and to cover the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England superannuation costs of £675,000.

(vi) The cash limit for class XI, vote 7, administration, has been increased by £283,000 from £21,600,000 to £21,883,000. This is required to provide for the transfer of functions of the conservation unit from the Department of the Environment to the Department of National Heritage. As a result, the Department's gross running cost limit will be increased by £281,000 from £27,928,000 to £28,209,000. (vii) The cash limit for class XI, vote 8, Office of the National Lottery, has been increased by £500,000 from £2,500,000 to £3,000, 000. This is required to meet the capital costs of setting up Oflot's new offices and as a result of firmer costs being produced for consultancy, professional and legal advice associated with the grant of licences. Consequently, the Departments running costs limit will be increased by £266,000 from £2,070,000 to £2,336,000. A sum equal to the net provision required will be paid from the national lottery distribution fund to the consolidated fund as extra receipts. (viii) The increases will be offset by savings and charges to the reserve, and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

EDUCATION

Private Schools

Mr. Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Eduction how many and what percentage of the school-age population, aged five to 16 years, are being educated in private schools.

Mr. Robin Squire: In England in January 1994 there were 411,200 pupils aged five to 16 in independent schools. This represents 6.2 per cent. of pupils aged five to 16 in all schools.

Nursery Education

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many four-year-olds are in receipt of nursery education; and what percentage of the total number of children in that age group that constitutes.

Mr. Forth: In January 1994, 48,000 four-year-olds, who were also aged four at the previous 31 August in England were being taught in maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools, representing 11 per cent. of the relevant age group. The


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number of pupils who reached age four during the autumn term is not collected centrally.

Absenteeism

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what were the absenteeism rates for (a) her Department and (b) the Teachers' Pensions Agency in 1994.

Mr. Forth: Information about sickness absence rates for 1994 in the Department, including the Teachers' Pensions Agency, is not yet available.

Schools, Warwickshire

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the current number of children of statutory school age in Warwickshire schools other than grant-maintained schools; and what was it in 1990.

Mr. Robin Squire: In January 1994, 57,900 pupils aged five to 16 were being taught in primary, middle secondary and special schools maintained by Warwickshire local education authority. In January 1990, the corresponding figure was 60,100.

The World at War"

Mr. Critchley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will encourage all secondary schools in the public sector to show the Thames Television film "The World at War" every four years.

Mr. Forth: Decisions on the use of any particular television programme or other source material as a teaching aid in schools are a matter for individual schools and teachers. However, the Government have taken steps to ensure that pupils are taught about the second world war by ensuring that it remains a compulsory part of the history curriculum taught to pupils aged 11 to 14 in maintained schools in England and Wales. In addition, and in view of the importance of the forthcoming national commemorations of the end of the second world war, the Department has commissioned the production of educational packs for all primary and secondary schools on the ending of the second world war and the significance of VE and VJ days.

Local Education Authorities

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information he has (a) on the capital borrowing allocation given to each local education authority, the bid submitted by each authority and the number of pupils in the area and (b) the same information for grant- maintained schools within each local education authority area.

Mr. Robin Squire: Information on local education authority capital bids for 1995 96 was given in the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Byers) on 1 December 1994, Official Report , columns 955 58 . Information on capital borrowing allocations for 1995 96 was given in the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Gravesham (Mr. Arnold) on 20 December 1994, Official Report , columns 119 20 . Information on numbers of


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pupils in maintained schools and grant- maintained schools by local authority area, as at January 1994, is attached.

The information requested on capital bids and allocations for grant- maintained schools are a matter for the Funding Agency for Schools. I have asked the chairman of the Funding Agency for Schools to write to the hon. Member with this information.


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