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Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the number of deaths of (a) men and (b) women in England, Wales and Scotland for which mesothelioma is mentioned on the death certificate for each year since 1968. 
Deaths in Great Britain where Mesothelioma was specifically mentioned on the death certificate, 1968-1991. |Male |Female|Total ------------------------------------ 1968 |115 |39 |154 1969 |123 |36 |159 1970 |145 |49 |194 1971 |141 |40 |181 1972 |169 |43 |212 1973 |182 |42 |224 1974 |185 |58 |243 1975 |218 |52 |270 1976 |256 |56 |312 1977 |273 |60 |333 1978 |328 |63 |391 1979 |340 |93 |433 1980 |355 |102 |457 1981 |395 |73 |468 1982 |411 |91 |502 1983 |474 |95 |569 1984 |534 |84 |618 1985 |531 |83 |614 1986 |599 |101 |700 1987 |702 |106 |808 1988 |751 |111 |862 1989 |767 |132 |899 1990 |763 |117 |880 1991<1> |861 |148 |1,009 <1> Provisional.
Mr. Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the circumstances in which a person with no formal medical qualifications was asked to assist in a hip replacement operation at Newham general hospital; who was the employee; and what was his or her contract of employment. 
Mr. Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what grades of personnel, other than qualified medical practitioners and nurses are, under health service regulations, permitted to participate in surgical operations; and what records are kept of such occasions. 
Mr. Sackville: The law does not specify who may participate in an operation. Theatre nurses, operating department assistants and operating department orderlies working under the direct supervision of medical staff may assist in some operations where needed, within the limits of their competence.
Mrs. Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make available in the Library copies of the written evidence submitted to, and the transcripts of oral evidence taken by, the Warnock committee which produced the report on human fertilisation and embryology; and if that evidence and those transcripts have ever been published. 
Mr. Sackville: Copies of written evidence to the committee of inquiry into human fertilisation and embryology and responses to the Warnock report from organisations were placed in the Library in 1985, where the organisation consented. Transcripts of oral evidence to the committee were not made. Organisations who gave oral and written evidence to the committee are listed in the appendix to the Warnock report. Some of them are believed to have published their own evidence.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, the hon. Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis) on 1 February, Official Report , column 1036 , if she will list the schedule
Column 356of dates for the meetings of the Community Care Forum, its terms of reference, and who is to be appointed to the chair. 
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assurances about maintenance or planned improvements of service delivery were given to her predecessor when authority was sought to close the accident and emergency department at Orsett hospital in Thurrock; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many vacancies exist for teachers of the deaf;  (2) how many teachers of the deaf have qualified in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Robin Squire: The results of a DFE survey covering the 1993 94 financial year indicate that in the 87 local education authorities that completed the survey, 68 teachers completed their training to gain a mandatory qualification in the teaching of hearing impaired children.
The same survey indicated that there were 24.2 vacancies for teachers of hearing impaired children in the 87 LEAs concerned. Figures are not available for earlier years, but a similar survey is currently being undertaken covering the 1994 95 financial year.
(2) which colleges of further education in the north-west have made the biggest claims for demand lead element in 1994 95; and what vocational training contributed most to these demand lead element bids; 
(3) what are the consequences for colleges that have been awarded grants but not achieved their targets; in which cases reimbursement of public funds will be sought; and how the reimbursement will be operated. 
Mr. Boswell: These are matters for the Further Education Funding Council. I have written to the FEFC's chief executive, Sir William Stubbs, and asked him to respond to the hon. Member's questions directly by letter.
i. £755,000 for the interim and final Dearing reports on the national curriculum;
ii. £528,000 for work on slimming down the curriculum by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority and its advisory groups, excluding SCAA internal staff costs;
iii. £2 million for the consultation on the revised curriculum proposals, including the cost of publishing and distributing the consultation documents and a report on the outcome of consultation; iv. £1.4 million for publication and distribution of the final subject documents in January 1995, excluding staff costs.
Mr. Forth: Central Government expenditure on the national curriculum between 1988 and 1993 was an estimated £469 million. Some £350 million of this was in the form of grants for education support and training to support expenditure by local education authorities and schools mainly on books, equipment and training. The £469 million also includes the full grants to the former National Curriculum Council and the School Examinations and Assessment Council, and thus includes some expenditure on the curriculum and assessment which was not directly concerned with the national curriculum.
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when she will be in a position to give a full answer to the letter from the hon. Member for Walthamstow of 27 February, regarding Whittingham school: and when the council of the London borough of Waltham Forest will be giving a decision on the rebuilding of Whittingham school. 
Mr. Robin Squire: My letter of 13 March to the hon. Member explained the position on the proposals to establish the Whittingham community primary school. I expect a decision to be made shortly and shall advise the hon. Member of the outcome.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the cost of (a) an average primary school Office for Standards in Education and (b) an average secondary school Ofsted inspection for the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Robin Squire: The sum of £1.044 million was spent on the FAS headquarters in York, initial staff-related costs, and other miscellaneous items prior to the agency's formal establishment on 1 April 1994.
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps her Department has taken over the last year to inform local education authorities and grant-maintained schools of the dangers of school buildings containing asbestos for individuals carrying out repair, refurbishment and building maintenance work;  (2) what consideration her Department has given to the sending of a guidance note to head teachers informing them of the dangers of asbestos for individuals carrying out repair, refurbishment and building maintenance work on school buildings; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Robin Squire: General information and advice about asbestos is set out in the Department of the Environment's booklet "Asbestos Materials in Buildings", which was revised most recently in 1991. The Department for Education will shortly be issuing, as part of a document dealing with building matters generally, additional guidance about asbestos.
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration her Department has given to the risk of voluntary staff facing exposure to asbestos dust when carrying out repair, refurbishment and building maintenance work on school buildings. 
Mr. Robin Squire: All work with asbestos is regulated by the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987. These regulations impose duties on employers, including local education authorities and schools, to protect their employees from exposure to asbestos, but also extend this duty to include the protection of anyone else who may be affected by the work. Schools can seek professional advice about asbestos either from their local education authority or other sources. They should certainly do so if they believe that asbestos poses any threat to staff or pupils. Detailed guidance is available in the Department of the Environment booklet "Asbestos Materials in Buildings".
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration her Department has given to encouraging local education authorities to survey school buildings so as to create detailed registers of school buildings that contain asbestos; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Robin Squire: Responsibility for the condition of school buildings and the health and safety of pupils and staff lies with local education authorities and school governors. Although the Department would suggest that in all cases the presence of asbestos in school buildings should be recorded and its condition monitored, how local education authorities and schools exercise their responsibilities for health and safety must be for them to decide.
Mr. Forman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial provision has been made by central Government for increases in teachers' pay in 1996 both in cash terms and in percentage terms. 
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the capital allocation to each grant-maintained schools in Birmingham since their establishment; and what information she has on the annual capital expenditure of each school. 
Column 360the announcement of the standard spending assessment for education. 
Mr. Robin Squire: The Government consulted the local authority associations through the Consultative Council on Local Government Finance and the working groups which support it. In addition, my right hon. Friend and other Ministers and I regularly meet representatives of local education authorities and other bodies; discussions cover a range of issues including education funding.
Mr. Thurnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the registered capacity of Green Fold school in Bolton, Lancashire when it was first opened in 1981; what has been the registered capacity for each year since then; and what is the latest projection. 
Mr. Robin Squire: Our records show that in 1981 Green Fold special school had approval for 80 "educationally sub-normal (severe)" boys and girls aged three to 18. The capacity remained the same until 1988, when the then Secretary of State gave approval for the school for 60 boys and girls with severe learning difficulties aged three to 11. The capacity has remained at this level for each year since then. Any change to this figure would require Bolton local education authority to submit proposals to the Secretary of State under section 183 of the Education Act 1993.