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Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assistance she will give the governors of Feversham college in Bradford to submit a fresh application for voluntary-aided status; and what financial assistance is available to the college to make such an application.
Mr. Robin Squire: My right hon. Friend has assured the governors that officials will be available to advise them as they prepare a further application for voluntary-aided status. The Department does not make funding available to help promoters draw up proposals for voluntary-aided status.
Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what grounds she rejected an application for voluntary-aided status by Feversham college in Bradford; when the application was submitted; how many meetings have since taken place between her officials and governors and others to discuss the application; on what dates her officials visited the college; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire: I set out the reasons for the decision in my letter of 16 February to the hon. Member. The school accommodation does not meet the standards required of schools joining the maintained sector. My right hon. Friend was also not persuaded that the school was in a position to deliver the full national curriculum. We have made it clear, however, that we are ready to consider a fresh application from the promoters.
The promoters published their proposals on 26 March last year and submitted them to the Department on 10 May. Officials have since held one meeting with the governors and others, and visited the school on 23 June.
Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is her Department's estimate of the total number of full-time equivalent teaching posts that are
Column 294under threat from a reduction in section 11 funding; and how many, and from which authority, have been given redundancy notices.
Mr. Robin Squire: Section 11 funding is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary. The number of teaching posts to be provided in 1995 96 will depend on detailed decisions by individual local authorities in the light of the outcome of their bids for single regeneration budget and section 11 support. The Department does not collect information about the particular arrangements made by individual authorities for the management of any changes in the number of these posts.
Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list the non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department which will (a) follow the pay arrangements of the sponsoring Department and (b) pursue an independent and separate route under the delegated pay option (i) from April 1995 and (ii) from April 1996.
Mr. Boswell: No DFE-sponsored NDPBs will introduce new arrangements from April 1995. All such bodies that currently follow civil service pay arrangements are considering their preferred option from April 1996. None has yet put forward proposals.
Ms Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what information is held by her Department on charges levied by private nursery schools; and if she will list the available data by geographical area;
to ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is her estimate of the total level of expenditure on private day care for children under the age of five years in the United Kingdom; and what this amount constitutes per head for children under the age of five years who are in the care of private day carers;
(2) what information she has as to the average cost of a child minder to the parent, by local education authority area.
Mr. Bowis: Local authority social services departments, which register day care facilities for children aged under eight, have no responsibility under the Children Act 1989 to collect information on payments or charges for private care.
The precise information requested on national costs is not collected centrally, but relevant information for England of costs in 1990 of the different types of private day care was published in 1994 in the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys report "Day care services for children", a copy of which is in the Library--tables 6.4, 7.5, 8.10, 10.10, 11.10 and table 16.2.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff have been employed in the Industrial Development Board in each of the last three