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Column 511(2) what is the level of hold-back within the expenditure of the Coventry education authority;
(3) what is the level of hold-back within the education expenditure of (a) Coventry, (b) Solihull, (c) Birmingham, (d) Warwickshire, (e) Wandsworth, (f) Westminster, (g) Sandwell, (h) Wolverhampton and (i) Walsall local education authorities.
Mr. Robin Squire: The percentage of the potential schools budget retained centrally for 1994 95 by the LEAs in question is as follows:
|Percentage ------------------------------------ Coventry |12.9 Solihull |9.6 Birmingham |13.2 Warwickshire |14.3 Wandsworth<2> |17.7 Westminster |11.5 Sandwell |13.5 Wolverhampton |11.3 Walsall |12.3 <1> The figures are taken from the answer given on 17 October 1994 to the hon. Member for Billericay ( Mrs. Gorman) Official Report, columns 27-36. <2> In the case of the inner London authorities (other than Westminster) the introduction of local management of Schools was deferred until April 1992, and the delegation requirements applicable to those authorities differ from those applicable elsewhere.
I will write to my hon. Friend about average hold-back by LEAs according to political control.
Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many education authorities have made representations that their budgets of 1995 96 are insufficient for their (a) education and (b) youth services.
Mr. Robin Squire: My colleagues and I have received
representations from a large number of local education authorities about aspects of their budgets for 1995 96.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the state of negotiation of the EC SOCRATES and Youth for Europe III proposals.
Mr. Boswell: Both proposals were finally adopted at the Council of Ministers' meeting on 10 March. The Council agreed that the SOCRATES decision should contain a finance article setting the programme's budget at 850 million ECU--£689 million --over five years, subject to neutral review by the Council and the European Parliament after two years. A finance article was also agreed for Youth for Europe III setting its budget at 126 million ECU--£102 million--over five years. The proposals had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 1 March.
SOCRATES is the first major European Union initiative to encourage practical co-operation at all levels of education across Europe. While each member state will keep its distinctive education system, schools will benefit from developing new partnerships with schools from other European countries. These partnerships will particularly help children learning the languages of the European Union. In addition, there will be continuing support throughout the education system for teachers, colleges and
Column 512universities, including continuation of the ERASMUS programme. I hope, later this month, to launch the national agencies which will distribute money to institutions which bid successfully.
converted at 1 ECU = £0.8103.
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications for loans the Student Loans Company received for the year 1994 95; how many were accepted; and how many of these have not yet been paid to the applicant.
Mr. Boswell: This is a matter for the Student Loans Company. I have asked the acting chief executive to write to the hon. Member.
Sir Ralph Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her answer of 9 February, Official Report, column 392, how much Government proposals on the provision of nursery education will cost (a) nationally and (b) in Norfolk in 1995 96.
Mr. Forth: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has been consulting a wide range of practitioners and professionals to inform the development of detailed proposals on my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's commitment to provide, over time, a pre-school place for all four-year-olds whose parents wish to take it up. The nature of the proposals will determine the costs.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools are being transferred from Hereford and Worcester local education authority to Birmingham local education authority from April.
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the total capital allocation for education to Birmingham local education authority since 1984 85; what has been the actual capital expenditure on education in Birmingham in the same period; and what information she has on the cost of dealing with the backlog in repairs and renovations in Birmingham's schools.
Mr. Robin Squire: The total capital allocation for education and actual capital expenditure on education in Birmingham has been as follows:
£ million |County and|Voluntary |controlled|aided |Total |Actual |schools<1>|schools<5>|allocation|outturn<6> ------------------------------------------------------------------ 1984-85 |<2>6.5 |0.2 |6.7 |<7>- 1985-86 |3.7 |1.1 |4.8 |9.9 1986-87 |5.0 |0.6 |5.6 |7.5 1987-88 |3.9 |1.0 |4.9 |7.5 1988-89 |4.4 |1.8 |6.2 |5.5 1989-90 |5.2 |2.0 |7.2 |10.7 1990-91 |<3>10.5 |1.2 |11.7 |14.7 1991-92 |11.1 |1.1 |12.2 |14.9 1992-93 |10.9 |1.8 |12.7 |13.4 1993-94 |<4>6.2 |1.4 |7.6 |<8>13.3 1994-95 |10.9 |1.1 |12.0 |<9>- 1995-96 |9.2 |0.4 |9.6 |<9>- Notes: <1>All totals given relate to the announced annual allocations only, and therefore exclude any supplementary funding, either in the form of supplementary credit approvals (post-1990), or prescribed additional funding (pre-1990). <2> Figures up to and including 1989-90 represent annual notional capital allocations. The figures prior to 1993-94 also include an element of further education and sixth-form college funding. <3> The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 introduced annual capital guidelines as a means of allocating borrowing power to local education authorities. This took effect from 1 April 1990. <4> The establishment of the Further Education Funding Council in 1993 resulted in the separate determination of funding for further education and sixth-form colleges. ACG figures from 1993-94 therefore exclude this area of funding. <5> Figures for voluntary aided education are as originally announced. They exclude any later allocations made in the year as a result of, for example, the approval of statutory proposals. <6> Figures are derived from capital outturn returns submitted by LEAs to the Department of the Environment. Capital expenditure represents gross outturn on all areas of education, including the urban programme. <7> Department of Environment data not available. <8> 1993-94 figure provisional only. <9> Figures relate to financial years. As 1994-95 FY is not yet complete, figures are not available after 1993-94. Expenditure on repairs and renovations is a matter for the LEA.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many surplus school places there are in Devon.
Mr. Robin Squire: There were 9,032--10 per cent.--primary surplus school places and 4,160--7 per cent.--secondary surplus school places in LEA maintained schools in Devon in January 1994. Data on surplus places in grant-maintained schools in Devon are not available.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the number of surplus school places proposed to be removed as a result of local education authority reorganisation plans submitted to her which were (a) approved and (b) rejected by her as a consequence of a parallel proposal for grant maintained status for each year since 1990.
Mr. Robin Squire: In case where there were both proposals to cease to maintain a school and parallel proposals for grant-maintained status, the table shows for each year since 1990 the school capacity proposed to be removed by local education authority school reorganisation plans which were (a) approved and (b) rejected and the proposals for grant-maintained status approved.