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Pupils aged under five years of age in nursery classes in        
maintained primary schools in each LEA in England January 1994   
                                     |Percentage of              
LEA                    |Pupils<1>    |population                 
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Camden                 |955          |24                         
Greenwich              |2,573        |37                         
Hackney                |2,162        |35                         
Hammersmith and Fulham |1,059        |28                         
Islington              |1,532        |32                         
Kensington and Chelsea |610          |18                         
Lambeth                |1,960        |28                         
Lewisham               |2,418        |34                         
Southwark              |2,524        |35                         
Tower Hamlets          |2,388        |41                         
Wandsworth             |2,144        |33                         
Westminster            |988          |26                         
Barking and Dagenham   |1,833        |40                         
Barnet                 |2,039        |25                         
Bexley                 |1,395        |23                         
Brent                  |2,385        |35                         
Bromley                |166          |2                          
Croydon                |1,081        |12                         
Ealing                 |3,119        |39                         
Enfield                |1,690        |23                         
Haringey               |2,442        |42                         
Harrow                 |1,015        |19                         
Havering               |486          |9                          
Hillingdon             |3,052        |45                         
Hounslow               |2,516        |43                         
Kingston upon Thames   |961          |27                         
Merton                 |2,676        |55                         
Newham                 |3,618        |46                         
Redbridge              |1,198        |19                         
Richmond upon Thames   |785          |18                         
Sutton                 |1,609        |35                         
Waltham Forest         |2,311        |34                         
Birmingham             |8,288        |27                         
Coventry               |2,009        |23                         
Dudley                 |2,862        |35                         
Sandwell               |4,444        |53                         
Solihull               |1,837        |35                         
Walsall                |3,561        |48                         
Wolverhampton          |2,981        |42                         
Knowsley               |2,718        |55                         
Liverpool              |5,873        |47                         
St. Helens             |1,598        |34                         
Sefton                 |2,181        |28                         
Wirral                 |1,961        |21                         
Bolton                 |2,635        |34                         
Bury                   |1,395        |27                         
Manchester             |6,942        |51                         
Oldham                 |2,429        |37                         
Rochdale               |1,206        |19                         
Salford                |2,550        |40                         
Stockport              |1,048        |14                         
Tameside               |2,207        |34                         
Trafford               |2,189        |38                         
Wigan                  |1,982        |23                         
Barnsley               |2,777        |46                         
Doncaster              |3,497        |42                         
Rotherham              |2,853        |39                         
Sheffield              |4,913        |37                         
Bradford               |5,766        |39                         
Calderdale             |1,836        |34                         
Kirklees               |3,846        |36                         
Leeds                  |8,594        |44                         
Wakefield              |4,295        |48                         
Gateshead              |1,772        |35                         
Newcastle upon Tyne    |2,331        |33                         
North Tyneside         |2,380        |49                         
South Tyneside         |1,810        |44                         
Sunderland             |2,317        |29                         
Avon                   |3,523        |14                         
Bedfordshire           |4,039        |25                         
Berkshire              |4,271        |20                         
Buckinghamshire        |2,204        |12                         
Cambridgeshire         |1,500        |8                          
Cheshire               |4,697        |18                         
Cleveland              |9,117        |57                         
Cornwall<2>            |1,546        |13                         
Cumbria                |2,244        |18                         
Derbyshire             |8,126        |32                         
Devon                  |2,490        |10                         
Dorset                 |839          |5                          
Durham                 |4,597        |29                         
East Sussex            |1,301        |8                          
Essex                  |2,266        |5                          
Gloucestershire        |0            |0                          
Hampshire              |1,691        |4                          
Hereford and Worcester |1,287        |7                          
Hertfordshire          |7,161        |26                         
Humberside             |7,991        |34                         
Isle of Wight          |176          |6                          
Kent                   |1,959        |5                          
Lancashire             |4,282        |11                         
Leicestershire         |5,341        |21                         
Lincolnshire           |1,192        |8                          
Norfolk                |467          |3                          
North Yorkshire        |3,475        |19                         
Northamptonshire       |2,338        |14                         
Northumberland         |2,907        |38                         
Nottinghamshire        |12,901       |47                         
Oxfordshire            |1,778        |11                         
Shropshire             |1,808        |16                         
Somerset               |485          |4                          
Staffordshire          |4,761        |17                         
Suffolk                |2,916        |16                         
Surrey                 |2,450        |9                          
Warwickshire           |1,425        |11                         
West Sussex            |596          |3                          
Wiltshire              |578          |4                          
                                                                 
England                |294,331      |23                         
<1> Excludes pupils who became five years of age by 1 January    
1994.                                                            
<2> Includes the Isles of Scilly.                                
<3> Includes the Corporation of London.                          

Consultants

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what are her latest estimates of the expenditure on all external consultants, including management consultants, for each year since 1987, in 1994 prices, for her Department and its agencies; and what are the quantified annual cost savings which such expenditure has resulted in.

Mr. Boswell: The figures requested, at 1994 prices, are as a follows:


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Year      |£                  
------------------------------
1987      |502,221            
1988      |569,882            
1989      |673,650            
1990      |1,096,699          
1991      |1,597,599          
1992      |2,012,962          
1993      |1,629,000          
1994      |1,800,000          

The information is not readily available to enable resultant cost savings to be calculated.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Secretary of state for education how many schools became grant maintained in each local education authority in England in each school year from 1989 90 and in 1994 95 to date.

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


                        School Years                                                                                           
                                                                                        |1994-95 (to |Total                    
LEA area               |1989-90     |1990-91     |1991-92     |1992-93     |1993-94     |January 95) |January 1995             
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Avon                   |1           |-           |1           |-           |-           |-           |2                        
Barking                |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Barnet                 |2           |-           |-           |1           |9           |-           |12                       
Barnsley               |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Bedfordshire           |1           |-           |1           |8           |3           |1           |14                       
Berkshire              |1           |1           |6           |5           |4           |3           |20                       
Bexley                 |-           |-           |-           |4           |4           |-           |8                        
Birmingham             |2           |2           |-           |6           |13          |-           |23                       
Bolton                 |1           |-           |-           |3           |-           |-           |4                        
Bradford               |-           |-           |1           |4           |4           |4           |13                       
Brent                  |1           |-           |1           |3           |8           |1           |14                       
Bromley                |-           |1           |8           |4           |2           |3           |18                       
Buckinghamshire        |-           |2           |2           |7           |5           |2           |18                       
Bury                   |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Calderdale             |-           |2           |1           |2           |6           |3           |14                       
Cambridgeshire         |-           |-           |2           |16          |4           |-           |22                       
Camden                 |-           |-           |-           |-           |2           |-           |2                        
Cheshire               |1           |-           |1           |2           |2           |1           |7                        
Cleveland              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Cornwall               |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Corporation of London  |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Coventry               |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Croydon                |-           |-           |1           |1           |7           |3           |12                       
Cumbria                |-           |-           |5           |6           |21          |5           |37                       
Derbyshire             |1           |1           |2           |8           |9           |4           |25                       
Devon                  |1           |-           |-           |3           |3           |-           |7                        
Doncaster              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Dorset                 |-           |1           |4           |4           |2           |-           |11                       
Dudley                 |1           |-           |-           |2           |4           |-           |7                        
Durham                 |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Ealing                 |-           |-           |5           |2           |2           |-           |9                        
East Sussex            |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Enfield                |-           |-           |-           |-           |6           |-           |6                        
Essex                  |-           |1           |10          |42          |88          |2           |143                      
Gateshead              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Gloucestershire        |1           |3           |3           |13          |18          |9           |47                       
Greenwich              |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Hackney                |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Hammersmith            |1           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |1                        
Hampshire              |-           |1           |5           |9           |15          |1           |31                       
Haringey               |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Harrow                 |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Havering               |-           |-           |-           |3           |1           |-           |4                        
Hereford and Worcester |-           |-           |-           |2           |3           |-           |5                        
Hertfordshire          |-           |3           |5           |8           |17          |6           |39                       
Hillingdon             |-           |1           |7           |7           |8           |-           |23                       
Hounslow               |-           |-           |-           |2           |-           |-           |2                        
Humberside             |-           |-           |1           |-           |1           |1           |3                        
Isle of Wight          |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Isles of Scilly        |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Islington              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Kensington and Chelsea |1           |-           |-           |-           |2           |-           |3                        
Kent                   |1           |3           |20          |21          |35          |7           |87                       
Kingston upon Thames   |-           |-           |-           |3           |2           |-           |5                        
Kirklees               |2           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |2                        
Knowsley               |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Lambeth                |1           |-           |1           |4           |5           |4           |15                       
Lancashire             |2           |1           |3           |1           |3           |1           |11                       
Leeds                  |-           |-           |-           |-           |2           |-           |2                        
Leicestershire         |1           |-           |-           |4           |-           |-           |5                        
Lewisham               |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |-           |1                        
Lincolnshire           |3           |3           |12          |7           |22          |7           |54                       
Liverpool              |1           |-           |-           |-           |2           |1           |4                        
Manchester             |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Merton                 |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |1                        
Newcastle upon Tyne    |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Newham                 |-           |1           |-           |-           |-           |-           |1                        
Norfolk                |-           |1           |11          |9           |4           |5           |30                       
North Tyneside         |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
North Yorkshire        |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |1                        
Northamptonshire       |1           |1           |5           |8           |6           |2           |23                       
Northumberland         |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Nottinghamshire        |-           |-           |-           |3           |-           |-           |3                        
Oldham                 |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Oxfordshire            |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |-           |1                        
Redbridge              |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Richmond-upon-Thames   |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Rochdale               |-           |-           |1           |3           |1           |3           |8                        
Rotherham              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Salford                |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |1                        
Sandwell               |-           |-           |1           |-           |-           |1           |2                        
Sefton                 |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Sheffield              |-           |-           |-           |1           |7           |3           |11                       
Shropshire             |-           |1           |-           |2           |4           |2           |9                        
Solihull               |-           |-           |-           |1           |-           |-           |1                        
Somerset               |-           |-           |1           |1           |1           |2           |5                        
South Tyneside         |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Southwark              |-           |-           |-           |1           |8           |1           |10                       
St. Helens             |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Staffordshire          |-           |-           |-           |3           |4           |1           |8                        
Stockport              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Suffolk                |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Sunderland             |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Surrey                 |-           |1           |12          |4           |11          |6           |34                       
Sutton                 |1           |-           |4           |3           |3           |-           |11                       
Tameside               |1           |-           |-           |1           |1           |-           |3                        
Tower Hamlets          |-           |-           |1           |-           |-           |-           |1                        
Trafford               |-           |-           |-           |3           |1           |-           |4                        
Wakefield              |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Walsall                |-           |-           |-           |3           |5           |1           |9                        
Waltham Forest         |-           |-           |1           |-           |1           |1           |3                        
Wandsworth             |-           |-           |2           |6           |-           |-           |8                        
Warwickshire           |-1          |-           |5           |2           |1           |-           |8                        
West Sussex            |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |1           |1                        
Westminster            |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Wigan                  |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |-           |0                        
Wiltshire              |-           |-           |1           |3           |24          |4           |32                       
Wirral                 |-           |-           |-           |1           |1           |-           |2                        
Wolverhampton          |-           |1           |1           |-           |1           |-           |3                        
                                                                                                                               
England                |30          |32          |154         |277         |437         |104         |1034                     

Access Funds

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if she will list (a) at current prices and (b) in cash terms the allocation of access funds to each further education institution in each year since 1992 93;

(2) if she will list the total number of students in receipt of access funds of each further education institution in each year since 1992 93.

Mr. Boswell: I will write to the hon. Member shortly with the information requested.


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Pupil Costs

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average cost per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools for (i) teaching staff, (ii) books, (iii) equipment and (iv) premises refurbishment, as estimated by the Government, in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Robin Squire: The table shows LEA expenditure per pupil in pre- primary, primary and secondary schools on (i) teaching staff, (ii) books and equipment combined, and (iii) repairs and maintenance. Figures disaggregating expenditure on books and equipment are not collected. Equivalent information on grant-maintained schools is not available.


LEA expenditure per pupil (in 1993-94 prices)                                                   
             Teaching staff          Books and               Repairs and                        
                         Equipment                           Maintenance                        
            |Nursery and            |Nursery and            |Nursery and                        
Year        |Primary    |Secondary  |Primary    |Secondary  |Primary    |Secondary              
            |£          |£          |£          |£          |£          |£                      
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1984-85     |857        |1,230      |38         |68         |73         |89                     
1985-86     |867        |1,271      |38         |68         |70         |86                     
1986-87     |935        |1,403      |42         |85         |78         |96                     
1987-88     |987        |1,509      |43         |87         |79         |100                    
1988-89     |1,021      |1,587      |42         |92         |72         |99                     
1989-90     |1,021      |1,592      |47         |97         |80         |108                    
1990-91     |1,015      |1,561      |47         |91         |76         |109                    
1991-92     |1,057      |1,609      |58         |99         |75         |112                    
1992-93     |1,116      |1,672      |61         |101        |73         |101                    
1993-94<1>  |1,100      |1,596      |61         |101        |71         |94                     
<1> provisional-figures include unchecked data on 85 LEAs and estimated figures for 24 LEAs.    

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average cost per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools for (i) teaching staff, (ii) books, (iii) equipment and (iv) premises refurbishment, estimated for each local education authority in the last two years.

Mr. Robin Squire: I have placed tables in the Library showing LEA expenditure per pupil in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools on, (i) teaching staff,(ii) books and equipment combined, and (iii) repairs and maintenance. Information is given for 1991 92 and 1992 93, the latest year for which final figures for each LEA are available. Figures disaggregating expenditure on books and equipment are not collected. Equivalent information on grant-maintained schools is not available.

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the average cost per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools of meeting the requirements of the national curriculum for each year since 1989.

Mr. Forth: Schools meet the requirements of the national curriculum largely from within their own unhypothecated resources. Central Government expenditure specifically on the implementation of the national curriculum in the financial years in question has been:


£ million                                                                                
            |1989-90   |1990-91   |1991-92   |1992-93   |1993-94   |1994-95<1>           
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Expenditure |90        |99        |131       |140       |141       |127                  
Expenditure                                                                              
  per pupil |15        |17        |22        |23        |23        |22                   
<1>Estimate                                                                              

Most of this expenditure has been in the form of grants for education support and training and, to a much lesser extent, grants to the Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority and its predecessors: it is not possible to separate out this expenditure as between primary and secondary education other than pro rata to pupil numbers.

Further Education Funding

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the total allocation of funds from the European social fund under objective 3 to ruther education colleges in 1994; and what was the total allocation for each region designated by the Further Education Funding Council.


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Mr. Boswell: The total allocation of funds from the European social fund under objective 3 to further education colleges in England in the calendar year 1994 was £43.503 million. The total allocation for each region was:


                         |£ millions           
-----------------------------------------------
East Midlands            |3.349                
Eastern                  |2.725                
London                   |6.866                
Northern                 |4.790                
North west               |6.267                
South east               |3.165                
South west               |3.060                
West Midlands            |7.340                
Yorkshire and Humberside |5.941                

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many colleges of further education have been visited by the Further Education Funding Council's audit service; and how many of these were found to have unreliable internal audit systems.

Mr. Boswell: The questions raised by the hon. Member are matters for the funding council. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the total allocation of funds from the European social fund under objective 3 to further education colleges in the last three years for which figures are available in (a) cash prices and (b) current prices.

Mr. Boswell: The total allocation of funds from the European social fund under objective 3 to further education colleges in England in the last three calendar years for which figures are available, in cash and current prices, is:


          |Cash     |1995-96            
          |prices   |prices             
Year      |£ million|£ million          
----------------------------------------
1993      |41.783   |44.004             
1994      |43.503   |44.917             
1995      |44.030   |44.030             

Assisted Places

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the current average cost per pupil under the assisted places scheme for 1993 94 for each participating school in the scheme in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested, which relates to the academic year 1993 94, is given in the table:


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B
                                |Average cost per                 
School name                     |assisted pupil                   
                                |£                                
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Dame Allan's Boys               |2,239                            
Dame Allan's Girls              |2,507                            
Central Newcastle High          |2,267                            
La Sagesse Convent              |2,962                            
Newcastle upon Tyne Church High |2,194                            
Royal Grammar, Newcastle        |2,182                            

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the marginal tax rate implied by the withdrawal of support against income under the assisted places scheme means test; and when the means test scheme was last revised.

Mr. Robin Squire: Parents whose incomes are above the threshold for full fee remission--currently £9,352 for academic year 1994 95--are required to pay a proportion of their income towards assisted place fees in accordance with a parental contribution scale. The scale has six successive income bands, and three percentage rates in each band according to the number of children holding assisted places in the family. For 1994 95, the lowest percentage required in respect of one assisted place holder is 9 per cent. of the income in the first tranche above the threshold. The corresponding percentages in the successively higher income bands are 12 per cent., 15 per cent., 21 per cent., 24 per cent. and 33 per cent.--the later percentage applying to that part of income exceeding £18,183.

Parental contribution scales are reviewed annually. The uprating proposed for academic year 1995 96 compared with 1994 95 is set out in the answer given to the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds (Mr. Spring) on 26 January, Official Report , columns 316-17 .

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 13 January, Official Report , column 219 , if she will make a statement indicating for the financial year 1993 94 for each school covered by the assisted places scheme which is not covered in that answer in descending order the amounts which each school received, the number of pupils covered by the assisted places scheme at each school, the proportion of the school roll covered by the assisted places scheme and the fees charged for assisted places scheme pupils at each school.

Mr. Forth [holding answer 26 January 1995]: The information requested, as collected for the academic year 1993 94, has been placed in the Library.

Inflation

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is her Department's estimate of inflation for education costs in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Robin Squire: No such estimate is made by the Department.

National Curriculum

Mr. Booth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff are employed to formulate the national curriculum and at what cost.


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Mr. Forth: Formulating, and monitoring, the national curriculum in England is the responsibility of the Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority. The SCAA advises the Secretary of State for Education on all aspects of the school curriculum, not just the national curriculum, and of school examinations and assessment. The SCAA employs 200 staff at a staff cost of £5.8 million--1994 95 estimate. It is not possible accurately to apportion these staff between their work on the national curriculum and their other work.

Pupil Statistics

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England and Wales for each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Robin Squire: The numbers of pupils in maintained primary and secondary schools in England in January for years 1985 to 1994 are shown in the table. Pupil numbers in Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.


Pupils in maintained primary and secondary schools  
in England                                          
Position in January each year                       
             |Primary     |Secondary<1>             
Year         |(millions)  |(millions)               
----------------------------------------------------
1985         |3.75        |3.46                     
1986         |3.76        |3.32                     
1987         |3.79        |3.18                     
1988         |3.84        |3.01                     
1989         |3.91        |2.87                     
1990         |3.98        |2.79                     
1991         |4.05        |2.77                     
1992         |4.09        |2.82                     
1993         |4.17        |2.87                     
1994         |4.24        |2.94                     
<1> Excludes pupils in sixth form colleges which    
ceased to be classified as schools in April 1993    

Further Education

Mrs. Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many cases, and in which local education authorities the Education Assets Board has been called in to determine the ownership of land or assets following the transfer of further education institutions from local authority to Further Education Funding Council control.

Mr. Boswell: The Education Assets Board has determined, or is determining, 99 disputes involving the transfer of land or other property from 44 local education authorities to colleges in the further education sector.

Local education authorities where disputes over the transfer of property to colleges in the further education sector have been or are being determined by the Education Assets Board

Avon

Barking and Dagenham

Barnsley

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Birmingham

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

Cleveland

Cornwall


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Cumbria

Devon

East Sussex

Essex

Gloucestershire

Hampshire

Harrow

Hillingdon

Kirkless

Kent

Lambeth

Leeds

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Manchester

Northamptonshire

North Yorkshire

Oxfordshire

Richmond upon Thames

Sefton

Sheffield

Shropshire

Somerset

Staffordshire

Sunderland

Sutton

Tameside

Tower Hamlets

Walsall

Waltham Forest

Wandsworth

Warwickshire

West Sussex

Mrs. Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what grounds the Education Assets Board is required to consider when making decisions about the transfer of assets from a local authority to institutions funded by the Further Education Funding Council.

Mr. Boswell: Under schedule 5 to the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, the Education Assets Board may determine disputes about the transfer of property only where it appears unlikely that agreement will be reached, or where agreement has not been reached within a prescribed period.

The board may determine whether assets were being used or held for the purposes of the institution on the transfer date, or whether they were being used or held for other purposes of the authority. In the first case, the assets will have transferred to the institution on the transfer date, in the second they will have remained the property of the authority.

If the board determines that assets were used or held partly for the purposes of the institution and partly for other purposes of the authority, the board must, where the nature of the property permits, divide or apportion the assets in such proportion as may be appropriate. Where division or apportionment is not feasible, the board must direct that the assets be either transferred to the institution or retained by the authority in accordance with the criteria laid down in paragraph 1(3) of schedule 5. In any such case, the board must direct that arrangements be made for the protection of the party who does not keep or receive the assets.


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Special Advisers

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the severance payments made to special advisers in the last five years, indicating (a) the amount and (b) the date.

Mr. Boswell: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Treasury gave on 6 February 1995, Official Report , column 69 .

WALES

Speech Therapists

Sir Wyn Roberts: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to provide bursaries for postgraduates pursuing two-year courses to qualify as speech therapists.

Mr. Richards: It is for employers to consider whether bursaries for postgraduates are needed to recruit and retain staff.

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of speech therapists per head of population in (a) Wales and (b) Clwyd.

Mr. Richards: Provisional figures for 31 December 1994 show that there were 7.5 whole-time equivalent NHS speech therapists per 100, 000 population in Clwyd and 6.2 per 100,000 population in Wales as a whole.

Art Collection

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) when and where the Welsh Arts Council's art collection is likely to be housed in the immediate future;

(2) what was the total purchase value of the Welsh Arts Council's art collection; and what is its present estimated value;

(3) where the Welsh Arts Council's art collection is currently held;

(4) when the Welsh Arts Council's art collection was last examined for inventory purposes.

Mr. Richards: This is a matter for the Arts Council of Wales, and I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Library of the House.


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