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Youth Training (Accidents)

Mr. Heppell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many accidents and fatalities have occurred involving people placed on youth training schemes each year since youth training began in 1983. [977]

Mr. Paice: The following table gives the total GB fatal, major and minor accident figures for youth training and its predecessor programme6s from 1983-84 to 1994-95.

Total youth training accident statistics (GB) from 1983-84 to 1994-95

FatalMajorMinor
1983-844100843
1984-8551841,748
1985-8622221,913
1986-87123261,761
1987-8885092,541
1988-8985732,729
1989-9045482,495
1990-9144571,925
1991-9223441,597
1992-9312901,362
1993-9442871,579
1994-9512831,473

Notes: 1. Department for Education and Employment figures for youth trainees are compiled on a similar basis to those prepared by the Health and Safety Executive for employed persons. However, the Department's figures include a number of accidents to trainees in educational establishments and road traffic accidents which would not have been reportable to HSE had the individuals been employed. 2. Major injuries are classified according to the severity criteria laid down in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 1985 (RIDDOR). 3. The former "Youth Training Scheme" commenced in April 1983 and was succeeded by Youth Training in April 1990.


School Inspections

Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what reimbursement is made to schools whose teachers spend time away from their own school while undertaking Ofsted school inspections elsewhere. [22]

Mr. Robin Squire: These are matters for Her Majesty's chief inspector of schools, who heads the Office for Standards in Education. I have asked Mr. Chris Woodhead to write to the hon. Member.

Higher Education Contribution Scheme

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will make an assessment of the Australian Government's higher education contribution scheme. [1582]

Mr. Forth: This Australian scheme requires students in higher education to contribute to the cost of their tuition at university either through cash payments during their study or through repayments over time after graduation.

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Physical Education Teachers

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is her estimate of the number of physical education teachers who have been made redundant since 1992. [1470]

Mr. Robin Squire: Data on which to base such an estimate are not available.

Assisted Places Scheme

Mr. Walden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment to what proportion of places in existing private schools it is her policy to extend the assisted places scheme. [1626]

Mrs. Gillan: We will shortly be announcing our detailed plans for expanding the assisted places scheme, including arrangements for inviting eligible schools to bid for new places.

Invoices

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many orders and firms are represented by the 5 per cent. of invoices not paid by her Department within 30 days or in accordance with contractual agreements in 1994-95; and how many of these are related to firms with fewer than 500 employees. [942]

Mr. Forth: A total of 6,419 invoices were sampled in four separate prompt payment of bills exercises during 1994-95. The result showed that 332 of these invoices were paid late--5 per cent. of the sample. The Department does not hold information on the number of employees in the companies involved.

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the amount owed to those businesses whose invoices were not paid within 30 days in each of the last five years. [1079]

Mr. Forth: The Department does not maintain separate records of the sums involved when invoices were not paid within 30 days. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how her Department publicises payment practices other than as percentages of invoices paid late. [955]

Mr. Forth: The Department publicises information on its prompt payment performance in the departmental report. The Department's contracts branch, leading buying units and purchasing sections, when negotiating contracts, inform suppliers of goods and services of the standard payment terms including the complaint procedure when negotiating contracts if the Department fails to pay on time.

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the average length of time it takes for her Department to pay invoices. [933]

Mr. Forth: The Department does not have statistical information on the average time taken for the payment of invoices. Under an internal service level agreement, invoices are processed within five working days of receipt by the finance directorate. The Department is committed

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to meeting the objective of the Confederation of British Industry's prompt payment code to pay all valid invoices within 30 days of their receipt.

Staffing

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many staff her Department employs on a regional basis in each standard English region: what is the cost of running these regional operations: what is the total budget for each region in 1994-95; and what are the main purposes for which each budget is used. [267]

Mr. Paice: The information is not available in the form requested. The new Department for Education and Employment was created on 5 July 1995. The following information relates to the current financial year.

Table 1 gives the information requested for Department for Education and Employment staff working in, and budgets delivered through, Government offices for the regions.

Table 1: Government offices

Running Costs(7) Programme Budgets(7)
RegionStaff in Post(6)£ million£ million
South east54.52.2174.9
London683.2215.1
Eastern46.51.9138.5
South west59.52.1136.7
West Midlands71.52.6174.2
East Midlands55.61.8134.4
Yorkshire and Humberside 64.6 2.2 197.7
Merseyside411.4212.3
North west78.52.988.6
North east622.1146.7

Notes:

(6) As at 1 November 1995.

(7) Provision for 1995-96.


The main purposes for which these budgets are used are adult and youth training programmes, vocational education programmes and the provision of careers advice.

Table 2 gives information for the Employment Service. The ES has different regional boundaries to the Government office network.

Table 2: Employment services

Running Costs(9) Programme Budgets(9)
RegionStaff in Post(8)£ million£ million
Northern2,22846.38.9
Yorkshire and Humberside 3,420 68.6 12.6
East Midlands and eastern 3,520 72.4 14.1
London and South east 11,652 265.8 56.1
South west3,13164.612.4
West Midlands3,56475.115.8
North west4,79899.219.8

Notes:

(8) As at 1 April 1995.

(9) Provision for 1995-96.

The main purposes for which these budgets are used are on employment measures to help people into work, placement and advisory services, employment services for people with disabilities and administering the payment of unemployment benefit.


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The Department carries out its headquarters functions in London, Darlington, Sheffield and Runcorn.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the members of the board for each TEC stating which members have experience of running small businesses. [948]

Mr. Paice: A list showing private sector board members of each English TEC, and approximate company size, has been placed in the Library. Where the employee figure is shown as 0, the information has not been collected. No information is held about the experience of board members prior to joining their current company.

A complete list of all TEC board members is held in the Library. It is updated quarterly.

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much money each TEC earmarked in each of the last five years for small businesses. [943]

Mr. Page: I have been asked to reply.

Information on how much money each TEC earmarked in each of the last five years for small firms is not available centrally. This is because the funding which TECs use to support small businesses comes from a number of different sources including their own surpluses. Government funding for small businesses is available through TECs and business links from the DTI, Departments for Education and Employment and Environment and TECs can also draw on European funds to assist small firms.


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