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Departmental Staff

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel have joined his Department from defence or defence-related companies in the last 10 years;

(2) if he will list the personnel who have joined his Department from defence or defence-related companies in the last two years; and what were the companies involved and the numbers joining each company.

Mr. Freeman: Information concerning previous employment is collected during the recruitment process and is retained on an individual's personal file. This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Ian Greer Associates

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items of correspondence were received by Ministers in his Department from Messrs Ian Greer Associates in the last month.

Mr. Freeman: My ministerial colleagues and I keep no comprehensive records of all unsolicited mail or other items that we receive.

SCOTLAND

Accident and Emergency Departments

Mr. Keen: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many accident and emergency departments there are in Scotland; what were the corresponding figures in each year since 1986; and how many accident and emergency departments have been relocated in each year since 1986.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Information on the numbers of accident and emergency units is shown in the table. The relocation of accident and emergency departments is a matter for health boards and the information held centrally does not allow this to be accurately identified.


Numbers of hospitals with accident and emergency units<1>;  

years                                                       

ending 31 March                                             

Year                |Number of hospitals                    

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1986                |104                                    

1987                |106                                    

1988                |103                                    

1989                |101                                    

1990                |100                                    

1991                |100                                    

1992                |101                                    

1993                |101                                    

1994                |101                                    

Note:                                                       

<1> Hospitals with 100 or more accident and emergency       

attendances in each year.                                   

Source:                                                     

Information and statistics division.                        

Medical Register

Mr. Galbraith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if inclusion in the medical register with a T(S) indication is the equivalent of accreditation.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The T(S) indication in the medical register has been used to record that a doctor has been accredited in a specialty--S indicates surgery--or been appointed to a consultant post in the NHS.

Accreditation represents the decision of the relevant royal college body responsible for training in the specialty that the doctor has completed specialist training. The UK's system of specialist medical training is being reformed in the light of the Calman report "Hospital Doctors: Training for the Future".

Peterhead Sheriff Court

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of the cases dealt with by (a) summary complaint and (b) indictment in Peterhead sheriff court in each year from 1974 to 1994 involved accused with two or more previous convictions; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang: The information requested is not available.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of theft by housebreaking were dealt with on summary complaint at Peterhead sheriff court in each year from 1974 to 1994; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang: The available information is set out in table:


Persons called to Peterhead sheriff court on summary  

complaint                                             

where the main crime was theft by housebreaking<1>,   

1976-93                                               

Year              |Persons proceeded                  

                  |against                            

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1976              |18                                 

1977              |25                                 

1978              |27                                 

1979              |38                                 

1980              |26                                 

1981              |44                                 

1982              |56                                 

1983              |31                                 

1984              |52                                 

1985              |76                                 

1986              |65                                 

1987              |80                                 

1988              |98                                 

1989              |55                                 

1990              |58                                 

1991              |51                                 

1992              |53                                 

1993              |28                                 

Notes:                                                

<1> Includes charges of attempted theft by            

housebreaking and housebreaking with intent to steal. 

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of theft by housebreaking were dealt with on indictment at Peterhead sheriff court in each year from 1974 to 1994; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang: The available information is set out in the table:


Persons called to Peterhead sheriff court on          

indictment where the                                  

main crime was theft by housebreaking<1>, 1976-1993   

Year              |Persons proceeded                  

                  |against                            

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1976              |0                                  

1977              |0                                  

1978              |7                                  

1979              |9                                  

1980              |20                                 

1981              |2                                  

1982              |5                                  

1983              |9                                  

1984              |4                                  

1985              |5                                  

1986              |1                                  

1987              |4                                  

1988              |3                                  

1989              |2                                  

1990              |1                                  

1991              |0                                  

1992              |0                                  

1993              |0                                  

<1> Includes charges of attempted theft by            

housebreaking and housebreaking with intent to steal. 

Breast Cancer Screening

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent guidelines he has issued to national health service trusts and clinics regarding the subject of breast cancer screening programmes; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 February 1995]: A number of guidelines have been produced in recent years by the Scottish breast screening programme on breast cancer screening. Recent publications are set out in the table:


Title                                         |Date Published               

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Quality Assurance Guidelines for                                            

  Mammography (Pritchard)                     |March 1989                   

Guidelines for Pathologists                   |February 1990                

Pathology Reporting in Breast Cancer                                        

  Screening                                   |February 1990                

Breast Cancer Screening-A Practical Guide                                   

  for Primary Care Teams                      |1990                         

Quality Assurance Guidelines for Radiologists |June 1990                    

Radiographic Quality Control Manual for                                     

  Mammography                                 |February 1992                

Quality Assurance Guidelines for Surgeons                                   

  and Beast Cancer Screening                  |May 1992                     

Guidelines for Cytology Procedures                                          

  and Reporting in Breast Cancer Screening    |September 1992               

Breast Clinics

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many breast clinics there are in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole; of these how many are located in out-patient departments; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 February 1995]: There are five specialist breast clinics for out-patients in Scotland located in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and two in Glasgow.

Breast Care Nurses

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of breast care nurses


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employed in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland; of these nurses how many are employed by way of funding from outwith the national health service; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 February 1995]: Statistics on the number of nurses engaged on breast care duties are not maintained centrally.

Disabled People

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what recent discussions he has held with the Art Council concerning barrier-free access to theatres, galleries, museums and other buildings and freedom of movement within such for people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what recent discussions he has held with the owners of cinemas regarding barrier-free access to their establishments and the freedom of movement within such for people suffering from disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: None. The provisions in the Disability Discrimination Bill will require service providers, including those who operate cultural and entertainment facilities, to remove physical barriers, where reasonable, in order to improve access for disabled people to their service. The Government's White Paper "Ending Discrimination against Disabled People" makes it clear that there will be a continuing process of consultation on the detailed implementation of their proposals.

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has held with representatives of amateur and professional football clubs, cricket clubs and rugby clubs and others regarding (a) barrier-free access to sporting grounds and (b) the freedom of movement within such for people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The provisions in the Disability Discrimination Bill, currently before the House, will require service providers, including those who operate sports stadiums, to remove physical barriers, where reasonable, in order to improve access for disabled people to their service. The Government's White Paper "Ending Discrimination against Disabled People" makes it clear that there will be a continuing process of consultation on the detailed implementation of its proposals. The Scottish Sports Council, as the Government's advisory body on sport in Scotland, has a strong track record in providing quality information on the design of facilities where people with a disability are concerned. The council has paid particular attention to such needs in preparing the guidelines for application for national lottery funding.

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the conduct of the Sports Council in relation to the provision of sporting facilities and activities for people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The Government regard the promotion of sport for people with disabilities as particularly important. The Scottish Sports Council is committed to a programme of initiatives, in partnership with the Scottish Sports Association for People with a Disability and others, to develop opportunities for people with disabilities to


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participate at all levels of sport and generally to raise the profile of athletes with a disability in Scotland. Recent examples of the Scottish Sports Council's commitment in this area include their support for the ready, willing and able initiative, and the inclusion of sport for people with a disability within the teamsport programme.

National Lottery

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money will be made available from the national lottery in the current financial year to distribute to voluntary organisations and charities; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The control and management of the national lottery distribution fund which channels lottery proceeds to the various distributing bodies is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for National Heritage.

Farmers and Crofters

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many farm or croft holdings are estimated to occur within the environmentally sensitive areas of (a) the Shetland Islands, (b) the Cairngorm Straths, (c) the Argyll Islands and (d) the revised Machair of the Uists.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The number of potentially eligible farm or croft holdings is estimated to be as follows:


                                                |Number       

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The Shetland Islands                            |1,300        

The Cairngorms Straths                          |400          

The Argyll Islands                              |950          

The Revised Machair of the Uists and Benbecula,               

  Barra and Vatersay                            |1,050        

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many farmers or crofters have to date completed agreements with the Scottish Office under the environmentally sensitive area schemes in (a) the Shetland Islands, (b) the Cairngorm Straths, (c) the Argyll Islands and (d) the revised Machair of the Uists.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The number of farmers, crofters and crofters grazings committees who currently have environmentally sensitive area scheme agreements with the Secretary of State is as follows:


                                                      |Number       

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The Shetland Islands Environmentally Sensitive Area   |9            

The Cairngorms Straths Environmentally Sensitive Area |10           

The Argyll Islands Environmentally Sensitive Area     |13           

Machair of the Uists, Benbecula, Barra and Vatersay                 

  Environmentally Sensitive Area (revised boundaries) |612          

Ground Nesting Birds

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many approved farm conservation plans in the Argyll Islands

environmentally sensitive area scheme include measures to be undertaken under the voluntary 2 prescriptions for ground nesting birds.


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Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: Five.

Agri-environment Programme

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 8 February, Official Report, column 308, if he will give a breakdown of the funds allocated to each of the schemes introduced under the Scottish agri-environment programme in (a) the current financial year, (b) 1995 96 and (c) 1996 97.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The table sets out the 1994 95 supply estimates provision and the Government's present plans for spending on these schemes for 1995 96 and 1996 97.


                           Financial Year                         

                          |1994-95  |1995-96  |1996-97            

Scheme                    |£ million|£ million|£ million          

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Environmentally Sensitive                                         

  Areas<1>                |4.5      |5.7      |7.8                

Heather Moorland          |Nil      |0.6      |2.9                

Habitats                  |Nil      |0.6      |0.6                

Organic Aid               |0.1      |0.1      |0.2                

Access to Set-aside       |Nil      |0.5      |0.5                

                                                                  

Total                     |4.6      |7.5      |12.0               

<1>Including new scheme for informal recreation in ESAs.          

Community Care

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what national care standards are being prescribed for care in the community.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 February 1995]: Standards can only realistically be set at local level. The general policy is that care should be such as to allow vulnerable people to live as independent lives as practical in homely settings in the community. Following reorganisation, we will ask local authorities to develop community care charters in which they will set our standards by which their performance can be judged locally.

NHS Consultants

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hospital consultants have been dismissed from their employment with national health service hospitals in each of the past 15 years; of those how many were reinstated following a successful appeal to him; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 27 February 1995]: Information on dismissals is not held centrally. The NHS management executive is informed of dismissals only when a consultant appeals to the Secretary of State against termination of the contract of employment. Since 1983, the earliest date of available records, there have been six such appeals by NHS consultants, two of which resulted in reinstatement.


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EDUCATION

Class Sizes

Mrs. Peacock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what were the average class sizes in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in 1979 80; and what were the average class sizes for the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Robin Squire: The average sizes of single-teacher classes in maintained primary and secondary schools in England in 1980 and 1994 are shown in the table.


Position in January each year                       

             |Primary     |Secondary<1>             

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

1980         |25.4        |21.0                     

1994         |26.9        |21.4                     

<1> Excludes sixth form colleges which ceased to be 

classified as schools from 1 April 1993.            

School Places

Sir David Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average cost of a school place in a local education authority school in Hampshire; and how many surplus school places there are in local education authority schools in Hampshire.

Mr. Robin Squire: The national average premises-related cost of maintaining a school place is estimated to be £182 a year for a primary school and £303 a year for a secondary school at 1995 96 prices. It is not possible to give separate estimates at LEA level. The actual cost and the scope for realising savings from removal of surplus school places in practice will depend on local circumstances.

In January 1994, there were 18,287--13 per cent.-- primary surplus school places and 8,834--13 per cent.--secondary places in local education authority schools in Hampshire. The authority has recently completed a reorganisation which, together with pupil population growth, will have reduced the amount of surplus from these levels.

National Youth Agency

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when she plans to announce her decision on the future of the National Youth Agency.

Mr. Boswell: As my noble Friend the Lord Lucas said on Monday 23 January 1995, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 860 61, my right hon. Friend will not be making a decision on the policy review of the National Youth Agency until the final report is submitted. Meanwhile, some responses to the second phase consultations of the review team are still outstanding.

Youth Service Unit

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people work in the youth service unit.

Mr. Boswell: The youth service unit of the Department for Education at present comprises 13 members of staff.

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for


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Education (1) what was the work programme of the youth service unit for 1994 95;

(2) what is the proposed work programme of the youth service unit for 1995 96.

Mr. Boswell: In addition to normal official duties, including policy advice to Ministers, the activities of officials in the Department's youth service unit include the following:

administration of relevant DFE grants, including grants to the National Youth Agency, the youth exchange centre, and 60 national voluntary youth organisations;

co-ordination within Whitehall of the Government's interest in youth issues in the European Union and the Council of Europe, including the proposed youth for Europe III programme, and representation of United Kingdom interests at meetings;

commissioning or sponsoring national programmes and studies including the GEST youth action scheme and its national evaluation, the GEST activity on the training and youth and community workers, and a survey of youth service participation carried out as part of the OPCS omnibus survey;

co-ordination of the Department for Education's policy on volunteering;

liaison with other Government Departments on issues relevant to the youth service, including crime prevention and health education; co-ordination with the Department of Employment of national consultations on the scope for developing NVQ standards for youth and community work;

policy review of the National Youth Agency and review of the administration of grants to national voluntary youth organisations.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many grant-maintained schools were formerly (a) country, (b) voluntary aided, (c) voluntary controlled and (d) special agreement schools.

Mr. Robin Squire: The numbers of grant-maintained primary and secondary schools in each category is as follows:


Former status        |Number                     

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

County               |698                        

Voluntary aided      |226                        

Voluntary controlled |95                         

Special agreement    |13                         

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list, by local authority, the capital bids from grant-maintained schools for 1995 96.

Mr. Robin Squire: These matters are now the responsibility of the Funding Agency for Schools. I have asked the chairman of the funding agency to write to the hon. Member with this information.

Student Loan Fund

Mr. Jim Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans she has to amend the rules of the Student Loan Fund to meet the specific and special needs of medical students in the fourth and fifth year of their undergraduate training.


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Mr. Boswell: The Government keep the operation of the loans scheme under review, but have no current plans to introduce any major changes.

Schools

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the total number of (a) voluntary controlled, (b) voluntary aided, (c) county and (d) special agreement schools in each year from 1992 to 1995.

Mr. Robin Squire: The number of voluntary schools and county schools in England in the years 1992 to 1994, the latest date for which information is available, are shown in the table.


Voluntary and County Schools<1> in England    

1992-1994                                     

Position in January each year                 

                  |1992  |1992  |1994         

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Voluntary schools                             

Controlled        |2,998 |2,968 |2,909        

Aided             |4,221 |4,174 |4,032        

Special agreement |67    |64    |54           

                                              

County Schools    |15,230|14,942|14,503       

<1> Excluding sixth form colleges which       

ceased to be classified as schools in April   

1993.                                         

Ian Greer Associates

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what items of correspondence were received by Ministers in her Department from Messrs Ian Greer Associates in the last month.

Mr. Boswell: As stated in my previous answer, on Wednesday 8 February 1995, Official Report, column 310, during the month of February three Ministers in the Department received invitations to a social event, which have been declined.

School Attendance

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether she will publish the results of the survey of arrangements for enforcing school attendance undertaken by her Department last year.

Mr. Forth: The survey showed that 2,689 education welfare officers were employed by English local education authorities as at September 1994. LEAs were also asked to provide information on the number of school attendance orders, education supervision orders and prosecutions mounted against parents over the three school years up to and including 1993 94. The survey revealed that, over the period in question, the total number of SAOs had risen from 40 to 56 a year, ESOs from 81 to 314 a year, and the number of prosecutions had risen from 2,803 to 3,688 a year. The position for individual LEAs is set out in the following table.


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Enforcement of School Attendance                                                                                     

                      Education Welfare                                                                              

                      Officers<1>     School Attendance       Education               Prosecutions<2>                

                              Orders<2>                       Supervision                                            

                                              Orders<2>                                                              

LEA                  |Total  |FTE    |1991-92|1992-93|1993-94|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Avon                 |61     |56.0   |0      |0      |0      |2      |12     |8      |27     |19     |14             

Barking and Dagenham |11     |11.0   |0      |0      |0      |1      |3      |2      |50     |62     |35             

Barnet               |12     |12.0   |2      |2      |1      |0      |0      |0      |3      |4      |6              

Barnsley             |17     |17.0   |3      |0      |0      |0      |6      |0      |13     |16     |26             

Bedfordshire         |32     |32.0   |0      |0      |0      |1      |3      |2      |36     |39     |74             

Berkshire            |31     |31.0   |0      |0      |2      |2      |6      |1      |68     |22     |56             

Bexley               |7      |7.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |2      |24     |19     |21             

Birmingham           |89     |86.0   |0      |0      |1      |0      |0      |1      |48     |67     |54             

Bolton               |22     |19.8   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |10     |12     |15             

Bradford             |37     |31.5   |1      |0      |0      |2      |4      |0      |91     |32     |78             

Brent                |19     |19.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |14     |6      |16             

Bromley              |11     |11.0   |0      |0      |1      |1      |1      |0      |33     |33     |27             

Buckinghamshire      |29     |28.5   |1      |3      |1      |1      |2      |2      |10     |52     |65             

Bury                 |8      |8.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |22     |20     |33             

Calderdale           |14     |14.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |2      |4      |6      |4      |6              

Cambridgeshire       |28     |26.6   |2      |1      |3      |2      |3      |6      |28     |24     |18             

Camden               |17     |16.7   |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |1      |0      |0      |6              

Cheshire             |32     |32.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |6      |12     |24     |58             

Cleveland            |47     |45.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |6      |2      |3              

Cornwall             |15     |15.0   |0      |0      |0      |1      |1      |1      |14     |19     |22             

Coventry             |19     |19.0   |0      |1      |0      |0      |0      |1      |38     |16     |21             

Croydon              |16     |16.0   |0      |0      |1      |2      |1      |4      |21     |29     |47             

Cumbria              |39     |36.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |1      |0      |4      |4      |11             

Derbyshire           |46     |41.5   |0      |0      |0      |1      |4      |3      |43     |45     |40             

Devon                |32     |31.0   |0      |0      |1      |0      |0      |1      |22     |28     |38             

Doncaster            |27     |24.0   |0      |0      |0      |1      |1      |1      |12     |12     |5              

Dorset               |30     |28.0   |0      |0      |1      |1      |1      |1      |1      |2      |2              

Dudley               |10     |10.0   |1      |0      |0      |1      |0      |4      |5      |5      |14             

Durham               |38     |38.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |6      |5      |9      |21     |33             

Ealing               |20     |18.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |117    |83     |81             

East Sussex          |21     |12.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |2      |2      |37     |12     |22             

Enfield              |19     |16.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |11     |7      |3              

Essex                |79     |75.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |11     |51     |64     |105            

Gateshead            |20     |20.0   |1      |0      |0      |8      |5      |4      |22     |45     |46             

Gloucestershire      |16     |16.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |15     |11     |19             

Greenwich            |17     |15.3   |1      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |109    |138    |151            

Hackney              |15     |14.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |5      |14     |4              

Hammersmith and                                                                                                      

  Fulham             |15     |12.5   |1      |4      |6      |6      |4      |9      |10     |12     |14             

Hampshire            |83     |80.6   |1      |0      |0      |1      |1      |17     |48     |32     |65             

Haringey             |12     |11.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |2      |5      |7      |8              

Harrow               |9      |9.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |9      |3      |5              

Havering             |13     |13.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |3      |9      |15     |19             

Hereford and                                                                                                         

  Worcester          |20     |20.0   |2      |1      |0      |0      |0      |1      |22     |33     |49             

Hertfordshire        |43     |40.3   |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |0      |8      |16     |14             

Hillingdon           |10     |10.0   |0      |0      |0      |3      |3      |0      |2      |0      |1              

Hounslow             |9      |9.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |2      |1      |2      |8      |2              

Humberside           |47     |46.5   |0      |1      |0      |1      |6      |6      |83     |94     |83             

Isle of Wight        |9      |8.5    |0      |0      |0      |1      |2      |2      |4      |5      |5              

Isles of Scilly<3>   |0      |0.0    |0      |0      |0      |1      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0              

Islington            |26     |22.6   |0      |0      |0      |6      |5      |6      |6      |6      |7              

Kensington and                                                                                                       

  Chelsea            |15     |15.0   |0      |0      |1      |2      |4      |4      |11     |23     |4              

Kent                 |47     |42.0   |2      |1      |0      |0      |8      |4      |96     |236    |244            

Kingston upon                                                                                                        

  Thames             |6      |6.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |1      |0      |4      |0      |0              

Kirklees             |26     |23.0   |1      |0      |2      |2      |2      |0      |30     |49     |42             

Knowsley             |15     |14.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |72     |53     |27             

Lambeth              |32     |28.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |2      |0      |0      |11     |0              

Lancashire           |86     |84.8   |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |4      |40     |36     |57             

Leeds                |62     |56.0   |1      |3      |3      |1      |3      |5      |18     |31     |21             

Leicestershire       |39     |38.5   |1      |0      |4      |1      |7      |11     |25     |35     |69             

Lewisham             |17     |14.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |25             

Lincolnshire         |22     |22.0   |3      |6      |7      |0      |1      |2      |74     |52     |74             

Liverpool            |60     |56.0   |0      |6      |0      |1      |1      |1      |32     |45     |61             

London,                                                                                                              

  Corporation of     |1      |1.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0              

Manchester           |29     |27.5   |3      |0      |0      |7      |5      |5      |142    |148    |129            

Merton               |8      |8.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |2      |0      |19     |39     |37             

Newcastle upon                                                                                                       

  Tyne               |14     |14.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |21     |3      |0              

Newham               |17     |17.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |151    |77     |104            

Norfolk              |35     |30.5   |0      |0      |1      |0      |0      |0      |16     |17     |26             

Northamptonshire     |26     |25.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |1      |6      |70     |97     |79             

Northumberland       |12     |12.0   |0      |0      |1      |0      |0      |3      |6      |6      |7              

North Tyneside       |12     |11.3   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |7      |0      |0      |6              

North Yorkshire      |37     |35.0   |0      |1      |0      |0      |4      |3      |4      |17     |21             

Nottinghamshire      |63     |63.0   |2      |3      |5      |0      |0      |0      |66     |148    |229            

Oldham               |7      |7.0    |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |14     |11     |14     |39             

Oxfordshire          |25     |20.0   |0      |0      |0      |2      |0      |7      |5      |5      |12             

Redbridge            |10     |9.8    |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |1      |6      |13     |5              

Richmond upon                                                                                                        

  Thames             |10     |9.0    |0      |1      |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |5      |4              

Rochdale             |13     |12.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |1      |1              

Rotherham            |19     |18.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |45     |35     |45             

St. Helens           |12     |11.0   |0      |1      |0      |0      |0      |0      |24     |16     |30             

Salford              |22     |22.0   |2      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |10     |20     |27             

Sandwell             |23     |22.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |15     |21     |25             

Sefton               |24     |23.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |5      |3      |8      |21     |18             

Sheffield            |53     |48.5   |1      |1      |0      |0      |0      |0      |14     |21     |23             

Shropshire           |18     |17.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |44     |59     |25             

Solihull             |13     |10.0   |0      |0      |0      |2      |2      |2      |7      |0      |6              

Somerset<4>          |0      |0.0    |0      |0      |0      |2      |2      |10     |12     |10     |17             

South Tyneside       |17     |16.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |17     |21     |14             

Southwark            |18     |18.0   |3      |2      |5      |2      |4      |3      |12     |12     |11             

Staffordshire        |57     |57.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |15     |33     |8      |50             

Stockport            |19     |19.0   |0      |0      |0      |1      |0      |0      |24     |18     |23             

Suffolk              |24     |24.0   |0      |0      |1      |0      |2      |2      |19     |26     |23             

Sunderland           |24     |24.0   |1      |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |50     |76     |121            

Surrey               |28     |26.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |16     |14     |18             

Sutton               |10     |10.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |5      |3      |5      |8              

Tameside             |16     |16.0   |0      |0      |0      |1      |8      |8      |53     |43     |35             

Tower Hamlets        |18     |17.5   |4      |7      |3      |0      |5      |8      |31     |42     |30             

Trafford             |10     |10.0   |0      |0      |1      |1      |4      |3      |21     |31     |41             

Wakefield            |20     |20.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |0      |37     |24     |38             

Walsall              |21     |21.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |64     |44     |54             

Waltham Forest       |14     |14.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |4      |12             

Wandsworth           |17     |17.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |1      |0      |12     |9              

Warwickshire         |30     |25.8   |0      |0      |0      |7      |1      |4      |10     |31     |29             

Westminster,                                                                                                         

  City of            |13     |13.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |3      |1      |3      |2              

West Sussex          |27     |24.0   |0      |0      |2      |0      |4      |30     |0      |12     |25             

Wigan                |17     |17.0   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |10     |0      |0              

Wiltshire            |21     |21.0   |0      |0      |1      |1      |1      |3      |15     |17     |10             

Wirral               |21     |20.5   |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |0      |8      |9      |1              

Wolverhampton        |18     |18.0   |0      |1      |1      |3      |5      |10     |21     |21     |48             

                                                                                                                     

Total                |2,689  |2,556.6|40     |47     |56     |81     |220    |314    |2,803  |3,080  |3,688          

<1> Position as at September 1994.                                                                                   

<2> Relates to school years.                                                                                         

<3> On the Isles of Scilly, attendance problems are dealt with by headteachers (under 300 pupils in 4 schools).      

<4> In Somerset, school attendance enforcement is dealt with by Education officers rather than EWOs.                 

Sixteen to Eighteen-year-olds

Ms Estelle Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students between the ages of 16 and 18 were studying in (a) sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) colleges of further education in each of the last five years.

Mr. Boswell: The following table shows the number of pupils in school sixth forms, and students in sixth form colleges and colleges of further education in each of the years 1989 90 to 1993 94.


16 to 18-year-olds in (a) school sixth forms (b) sixth form colleges,  

and (c) colleges of further education: 1989-90-1993-94                 

                        Academic                                       

                        year-numbers (000s)                            

                       |1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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School sixth forms     |315.8  |322.3  |339.3  |344.3  |343.0          

Sixth form colleges    |73.8   |77.7   |84.1   |91.4   |98.7           

                                                                       

FE sector colleges<1>                                                  

Full-time              |293.4  |303.6  |341.8  |357.7  |369.6          

Part-time              |311.8  |265.4  |217.2  |172.6  |148.7          

<1>Excluding sixth form colleges.                                      

Business Link, Wirral

Ms Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial help her Department or its agencies has given to the Business Link, Wirral since its inception.

Mr. Boswell: None. This Department is not responsible, either directly or indirectly, for the funding of Business Links.

School Budgets

Mr. Elletson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list in rank order the percentages of their total budgets under local management of schools which county councils delegate to individual schools; and if she will calculate how much extra per pupil Lancashire would have been able to spend if it had delegated as much as the authority which delegated most.


Column 528

Mr. Robin Squire: The percentages of general schools budgets delegated to schools by county councils in 1994 95 are shown in the table below. The percentage delegated does not affect the total spending per pupil by the education authority concerned; but if Lancashire had delegated 78.8 per cent. of the general schools budget rather than 70.3 per cent., schools' delegated budgets would have been larger by approximately £200 per pupil.


English counties 1994-95                           

                   |Percentage of                  

Local education    |GSB delegated                  

authority                                          

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Hertfordshire      |78.8                           

Northamptonshire   |76.6                           

Suffolk            |75.5                           

Berkshire          |75.5                           

West Sussex        |75.3                           

Avon               |74.9                           

North Yorkshire    |74.7                           

Northumberland     |74.3                           

Staffordshire      |74.2                           

Nottinghamshire    |74.1                           

Warwickshire       |74.0                           

Cheshire           |74.0                           

Leicestershire     |73.9                           

Hereford/Worcester |73.9                           

Hampshire          |73.7                           

Somerset           |73.2                           

Durham             |72.8                           

Wiltshire          |72.7                           

Gloucestershire    |72.6                           

Bedfordshire       |72.5                           

Cleveland          |72.5                           

Humberside         |72.4                           

Essex              |72.2                           

Lincolnshire       |71.9                           

Norfolk            |71.7                           

East Sussex        |71.1                           

Devon              |70.9                           

Dorset             |70.8                           

Kent               |70.8                           

Buckinghamshire    |70.7                           

Lancashire         |70.3                           

Isle of Wight      |70.1                           

Cornwall           |70.1                           

Cambridgeshire     |69.9                           

Oxfordshire        |69.8                           

Shropshire         |69.1                           

Cumbria            |68.9                           

Derbyshire         |68.7                           

Surrey             |67.9                           

Note:                                              

The figures have been derived from budget          

statements published by local education            

authorities under section 42 of the Education      

Reform Act in respect of the financial year        

1994-95, and received by the Department prior to   

17 October 1994. The percentages have been rounded 

in the table to one decimal place.                 

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the bid for capital allocation--permission to borrow--by Kirklees metropolitan council to assist with the removal of surplus places; and what is the sum allocated.

Mr. Robin Squire: Kirklees metropolitan council bid for £445,000 in its 1995 96 annual capital guidelines to assist with the removal of surplus places. The notional allocation came to £165,000. It is, however, for Kirklees to decide how much of the ACG is spent on surplus place removal.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State of Education how much her Department is allowing Kirklees metropolitan council in capital allocation, permission to borrow, for the upgrading of science facilities at St. John Fisher RC high school in Dewsbury.

Mr. Robin Squire: Kirklees metropolitan council has been allocated £16,000 to cover its liability on improvement minor works projects at voluntary aided and special agreement schools in 1995 96. The St. John Fisher RC high school project is in this category in the LEA's bid. All LEAs have received an allocation for their liability on such projects based on 20 per cent. of the total allocated for governors' expenditure.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the bids for capital allocation--permission to borrow--submitted by Kirklees metropolitan council for 1995 96 and the projects and amounts approved and rejected.

Mr. Robin Squire: The council's annual capital guideline for county and voluntary controlled schools for 1995 96 has been calculated on the following basis. It is, however, for the LEA to use the allocation as it wishes.


                                 |Bid                             |Allocation                                                       

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Commitments                      |£1,473,000                      |£1,026,000 (Provisional                                          

                                                                  |Indicator of £1,022,000, plus                                    

                                                                  |£4,000 for Fartown surplus                                       

                                                                  |place removal)                                                   

                                                                                                                                    

Basic need                       |£594,000                        |£137,000 (For Shelley First and                                  

                                                                  |Shelley High; bids for Fixby                                     

                                                                  |and Lydgate were unsuccessful)                                   

                                                                                                                                    

Surplus place                    |£445,000                        |£165,000 (For Birkenshaw,                                        

  removal                                                         |Slaithwaite, Wooldale, Shepley                                   

                                                                  |and Marsden. Cover for Royd                                      

                                                                  |Edge bid was placed in the                                       

                                                                  |1995-96 Reserve. Rawthorpe                                       

                                                                  |and Deighton bids were                                           

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                    

Special education                |£1,085,000                      |Nil (unsuccessful bids were for                                  

                                                                  |Fairfield, Highfield and                                         

                                                                  |Turnshaws schools)                                               

                                                                                                                                    

VA liability                     |£20,000                         |£16,000 (Formula allocation; St.                                 

                                                                  |Saviour's bid placed in the                                      

                                                                  |Reserve and All Saints bid was                                   

                                                                  |unsuccessful)                                                    

                                                                                                                                    

Remainder                        |£6,145,000                      |£110,000 (given by a national                                    

                                                                  |formula)                                                         

                                                                                                                                    

Total                            |£9,762,000                      |£1,455,000                                                       

Temporary Classrooms

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many temporary classrooms are in current use in each local education authority area in England and Wales.

Mr. Robin Squire: This information is not held centrally.

University of Cornwall

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will give her support to proposals to set up a university of Cornwall.

Mr. Boswell: Support in the form of public funding for this purpose is a matter for the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


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