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Mr. Thurnham: To ask the Secretary of State For Education and Employment how many written questions her Department has failed to answer since it was established; and if she will give an explanation for each such failure, listing the question and any answer now available. [2248]

Mr. Robin Squire: The matter is currently being investigated and I will write to the hon. Member when this is complete.

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Youth Training

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many YT trainees (a) have gained full employment (b) have gone on to further training and

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(c) became unemployed at the end of their training in each year since the scheme began. [2315]

Mr. Paice: The information requested is given in the table:

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Percentage of leavers gaining each outcome Youth Training (including Youth Credits) England and Wales

In full-time employment In part-time employment In self-employment Full-time education or another training programme Unemployed
April 1994-January 199550511522

Source: YT National Follow-up Survey. The YT National Follow-up Survey records 8 separate labour market outcomes plus "not stated". These are; full-time job with same employer, full-time job with different employer, self-employment, part-time job, unemployed, another government training programme, full-time education and something else as stipulated by the trainee.

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Sheffield TEC

Sir Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what negotiations have taken place between her Department and Sheffield TEC to make provision for employment for the over-45 year age group; and if she will make a statement; [2520]

Mr. Paice: The Department continues to provide a wide range of employment and training measures in the Sheffield area to help unemployed people find a job and employed people to enhance their skill and knowledge levels. It also has a campaign for older workers targeted at employers who impose age restrictions to persuade them of the need to recruit, retain and retrain individuals on the basis of ability and not age.

In addition, the Department has contracted with Sheffield TEC to provide during this financial year training, education and enterprise courses amounting to 4,350 adult places; many of which will be filled by those in the over-45 group.

It is these measures and programmes as part of the Government's policy of maintaining the economic conditions of low inflation and a fully competitive and flexible labour market which continues to maintain existing jobs and creates new employment opportunities for all large groups including the over-45s.

Over the last two years, in the Sheffield travel-to-work area, unemployment in the 45-and-over age group has fallen by almost 17 per cent., and long-term unemployment in the same group by almost 11 per cent.

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Child Care Expenses

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will introduce guidelines governing the payment of child care expenses by governing bodies to school governors attending meetings. [2737]

Mr. Robin Squire: No. Being a school governor is a voluntary, unpaid activity. The Government applaud the 300,000 volunteers who give their time and energy to this important work. Governors may receive reimbursement for travel and subsistence costs, but the law does not currently allow payments beyond that, nor does the current pattern of governor recruitment suggest a need to change these arrangements.

National Vocational Qualifications

Sir Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the average cost of obtaining an NVQ; and how many of these have been obtained in Sheffield. [2519]

Mr. Paice: Research carried out by KPMG Management Consultants in 1994 found that, among the 60 firms studied, the median cost to an employer for one member of staff obtaining a national vocational qualification was £200 on direct outlays, such as NVQ registration and certification fees. In addition, staff time was spent on training, assessment and other activities related to achieving an NVQ, and for the typical employer in that survey this amounted to around £3,000.

More than 2 million NVQs have been awarded since their launch. Information on the numbers awarded on the Sheffield area is not available

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Oxford University (Admissions)

Mr. Walden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what percentage of pupils from state schools gained admission to Oxford university in (a) 1969, (b) 1979 and (c) 1994. [2892]

Mr. Forth: Detailed information on admissions to individual universities is not collected centrally. It is for each university to decide its own criteria for the admission of students. I understand that the admissions office of Oxford university produces annual statistics along these lines and my hon. Friend might care to speak to it directly.

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Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the date of (a) the close of the ballot, (b) publication of proposals and (c) the Secretary of State's decision in respect of each school which has become grant-maintained since 31 August 1994; and whether the ballot was initiated by the governors' resolution or parents' petition. [2893]

Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested is set out in the table:

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Name of school LEA of school Ballot initiated by Ballot closed GM proposal published Secretary of State decision Implementation of GM status
North Somercotes CE Primary SchoolLincolnshireG24/02/9304/03/9307/07/9401/09/94
Totley All Saints' CE Junior and Infant SchoolSheffieldG10/03/9305/04/9301/03/9401/09/94
Dr. John Bingham Primary SchoolSheffieldP31/03/9323/07/9311/02/9401/09/94
Barkston and Syston CE (GM) Primary SchoolLincolnshireG02/06/9308/11/9324/03/9401/09/94
Cheltenham Kingsmead SchoolGloucestershireG03/06/9318/10/9314/03/9401/09/94
The Barr Beacon SchoolWalsallG07/06/9324/09/9318/07/9401/09/94
The Corbett CE GM Primary SchoolStaffordshireG30/07/9314/01/9427/06/9401/09/94
Little Reddings Primary SchoolHertfordshireG30/07/9320/10/9310/03/9401/09/94
Broomhill Infant SchoolSheffieldP02/08/9313/09/9311/02/9401/09/94
The John Warner Grant Maintained SchoolHertfordshireG15/10/9331/03/9415/08/9401/09/94
Wincheap Primary SchoolKentG15/10/9324/02/9426/05/9401/09/94
St. Mary's High SchoolHertfordshireG25/10/9328/01/9417/06/9401/09/94
Tadworth Primary SchoolSurreyG01/11/9314/01/9416/05/9401/09/94
Hayes Primary SchoolBromleyG12/11/9331/12/9309/07/9401/09/94
Highfield Infant SchoolBromleyG19/11/9331/01/9404/05/9401/09/94
Highfield Junior SchoolBromleyG19/11/9331/01/9404/05/9401/09/94
Shirley High SchoolCroydonG22/11/9329/11/9316/03/9401/09/94
Charlton Horethorne CE Primary SchoolSomersetG26/11/9310/12/9326/07/9401/09/94
Atwood Primary SchoolCroydonG01/12/9331/01/9406/05/9401/09/94
Wilmington Primary SchoolKentG03/12/9319/01/9411/05/9401/09/94
Chatham House Grammar SchoolKentG03/12/9330/03/9403/08/9401/09/94
Boston Grammar SchoolLincolnshireG03/12/9306/01/9416/05/9401/09/94
Castle Primary School, LudgershallWiltshireG03/12/9304/03/9413/07/9401/09/94
Westgate Junior SchoolLincolnshireG07/12/9325/01/9406/05/9401/09/94
Brymore SchoolSomersetG07/12/9328/01/9421/07/9401/09/94
Loddon First SchoolNorfolkG13/12/9331/01/9419/06/9401/09/94
Sutton Benger CE Primary SchoolWiltshireG17/12/9317/01/9414/04/9401/09/94
Hollingwood First SchoolBradfordG17/12/9311/02/9406/05/9401/09/94
The Curzon CE Primary SchoolDerbyshireG20/12/9304/02/9421/07/9401/09/94
Salesbury CE Primary SchoolLancashireG20/12/9331/12/9315/05/9401/09/94
Heathfield High SchoolSandwellG20/12/9326/01/9426/05/9401/09/94
Ashton CE Middle SchoolBedfordshireG20/12/9320/04/9411/08/9401/09/94
The Archbishop Lanfranc SchoolCroydonG21/12/9328/01/9412/05/9401/09/94
Hill Top CE First SchoolBradfordG22/12/9311/01/9420/04/9401/09/94
Fir Ends SchoolCumbriaG07/01/9422/04/9429/07/9401/09/94
Durand Primary SchoolLambethG19/01/9404/05/9411/08/9401/09/94
Halfway Houses Primary SchoolKentG19/01/9403/02/9416/05/9401/09/94
Brookmans Park SchoolHertfordshireG25/01/9427/01/9401/07/9401/09/94
Chestnut School Grant MaintainedHertfordshireG25/01/9411/02/9401/07/9401/09/94
The Grange Junior SchoolShropshireG25/01/9429/04/9419/07/9401/09/94
St. Catherine of Sienna SchoolHertfordshireG26/01/9425/03/9419/08/9401/09/94
Loudwater Combined SchoolBuckinghamshireG26/01/9404/03/9427/06/9401/09/94
Greenacres Primary SchoolShropshireG31/01/9414/05/9410/08/9401/09/94
Greatstone Primary SchoolKentG31/01/9403/02/9410/05/9401/09/94
Glebe Infants SchoolGloucestershireP31/01/9428/02/9420/05/9401/09/94
Greenway Junior SchoolWest SussexG31/01/9417/02/94406/07/9401/09/94
St. David's School (Grant Maintained)GloucestershireG31/01/9431/03/9406/07/9401/09/94
Holy Trinity CE SchoolWiltshireG01/02/9409/03/9429/06/9401/09/94
St. Joseph's RC Primary SchoolWiltshireG02/02/9403/02/9430/06/9401/09/94
St. Joseph's RC Primary SchoolKentG07/02/9431/03/9428/07/9401/09/94
Swindon Village Primary SchoolGloucestershireG07/02/9428/03/9408/07/9401/09/94
Dersingham First SchoolNorfolkG14/02/9408/03/9420/07/9401/09/94
Cam Woodfield Junior SchoolGloucestershireG14/02/9416/03/9428/06/9401/09/94
Reay Primary SchoolLambethG16/02/9415/03/9408/07/9401/09/94
Preston Manor High SchoolBrentG16/02/9405/05/9430/08/9401/09/94
Immanuel and St. Andrew CE Primary SchoolLambethG16/02/9415/03/9429/06/9401/06/94
Lincoln School of Science and TechnologyLincolnshireG23/02/9428/03/9421/07/9401/09/94
Myrtle Park First SchoolBradfordG28/02/9425/03/9401/07/9401/09/94
Whyteleafe SchoolSurreyG28/02/9410/03/9403/06/9401/09/94
Prospect SchoolBerkshireG04/03/9418/03/9404/08/9401/09/94
Earls Colne Primary SchoolEssexG07/03/9429/04/9421/07/9401/09/94
Flimby Primary SchoolCumbriaG09/03/9406/05/9419/08/9401/09/94
Healey Primary SchoolRochdaleG14/03/9418/03/9429/06/9401/09/94
Wallace Fields Junior SchoolSurreyG14/03/9421/04/9416/08/9401/09/94
Wicklewood Primary SchoolNorfolkG18/03/9427/04/9410/08/9401/09/94
High Faringdon SchoolBerkshireG21/03/9322/04/9426/08/9401/09/94
Oakworth First SchoolBradfordG24/03/9414/04/9425/07/9401/109/94
Fullbrook SchoolSurreyG25/03/9420/04/9415/08/9401/09/94
Christ Church Primary SchoolGloucestershireG25/03/9427/04/9401/08/9401/09/94
Woodlands Community SchoolDerbyshireG28/03/9418/04/9422/08/9401/09/94
St. John Houghton RC SchoolDerbyshireG05/04/9427/04/9431/08/9401/09/94
Hollingworth High SchoolRochdaleG06/04/9416/04/9422/07/9401/09/94
Thrapston Primary SchoolNorthamptonshireG11/04/9415/04/9422/08/9401/09/94
Fair Meadows Primary SchoolDerbyshireG11/04/9415/04/9422/08/9401/09/94
Two Mile Ash Middle SchoolBuckinghamshireG26/04/9410/05/9425/08/9401/09/94
Severnbanks Primary SchoolGloucestershireG02/05/9409/05/9428/07/9401/09/94
The Winston Churchill SchoolSurreyG13/05/9401/06/9425/08/9401/09/94
Beaconside CE Infant SchoolCumbriaG24/05/9428/05/9407/11/9401/12/94
Beaconside CE Junior SchoolCumbriaG24/05/9428/05/9408/11/9401/12/94
Barmby Moor CE Primary SchoolHumbersideP02/06/9301/02/9411/10/9401/01/95
Mount Street Infant SchoolLincolnshireG31/01/9414/05/9430/11/9401/01/95
Nun Monkton GM SchoolNorth YorkshireP11/02/9418/02/9408/12/9401/01/95
Pott Shrigley Church SchoolCheshireP22/02/9417/06/9421/11/9401/01/95
St. Hilda's CE High SchoolLiverpoolG25/02/9425/05/9406/09/9401/01/95
Petersfield SchoolHampshireG07/03/9425/05/9422/09/9401/01/95
The Turnpike SchoolBerkshireG09/03/9428/03/9418/10/9401/01/95
Sir William Romney's Community SchoolGloucestershireG14/03/9411/07/9402/12/9401/01/95
Ursuline Convent High SchoolMertonG21/03/9422/04/9405/10/9401/01/95
Sandwich High SchoolKentG22/03/9430/06/9402/11/9401/01/95
Halifax Catholic High SchoolCalderdaleG29/03/9414/06/9408/12/9401/01/95
Lightcliffe CE Junior and Infants SchoolCalderdaleG05/04/9408/07/9428/11/9401/01/95
Ruskington Chestnut Street CE Primary SchoolLincolnshireG18/04/9425/05/9417/10/9401/01/95
Castle Carrock Primary SchoolCumbriaG29/04/9415/07/9401/11/9401/01/95
Stanion CE Primary SchoolNorthamptonshireG02/05/9430/05/9403/11/9401/01/95
Bamford Primary SchoolRochdaleG03/05/9428/05/9401/09/9401/01/95
Surrey Square Infant and Junior SchoolSouthwarkG16/05/9408/07/9424/10/9401/01/95
Toftwood First SchoolNorfolkG02/06/9423/06/9427/10/9401/01/95
West Vale Junior and Infants SchoolCalderdaleG10/06/9408/07/9416/11/9401/01/95
Burpham Primary SchoolSurreyG13/06/9412/08/9419/12/9401/01/95
Milton Hall GM Primary SchoolEssexG15/06/9422/06/9423/12/9401/01/95
Docking Primary School GMNorfolkG27/06/9415/07/9404/11/9401/01/95
Moat Junior SchoolGloucestershireP01/07/9412/09/9415/12/9401/01/95
Hinchley Wood SchoolSurreyG30/06/9301/10/9309/03/9501/04/95
Minchinhampton SchoolGloucestershireG16/02/9425/05/9403/11/9401/04/95
Haselor SchoolWarwickshireP14/03/9418/04/9409/11/9401/04/95
The Central SchoolLincolnshireG05/04/9423/12/9429/03/9501/04/95
St. Joseph's RC Primary SchoolBrentG27/04/9417/11/9416/03/9501/04/95
Holmshill SchoolHertfordshireG31/05/9415/07/9430/01/9501/04/95
Heron Primary SchoolGloucestershireG13/06/9410/10/9409/02/9501/04/95
Pippins First SchoolBerkshireG15/06/9401/09/9427/03/9501/04/95
Caister High SchoolNorfolkG01/07/9421/10/9423/02/9501/04/95
Mill Hill SchoolDerbyshireG26/10/9404/11/9428/02/9501/04/95
Shelton Junior SchoolDerbyshireG31/10/9420/12/9427/03/9501/04/95
Langley Park School for GirlsBromleyG04/11/9430/11/9415/02/9501/04/95
Stalbridge GM Primary SchoolDorsetG21/11/9424/11/9428/03/9501/04/95
Keelham First SchoolBradfordG23/11/9420/12/9429/03/9501/04/95
The Ravensbourne SchoolBromleyG29/11/9419/12/9416/03/9501/04/95
The Hayfield SchoolDoncasterG30/11/9422/12/9429/03/9501/04/95
Crosby on Eden CE Primary SchoolCumbriaG02/12/9423/12/9429/03/9501/04/95
Pitton Primary SchoolWiltshireG22/11/9411/01/9518/05/9501/06/95
St. Kentigerns RC Primary SchoolManchesterG06/12/9407/12/9423/05/9501/06/95
Brookfield Junior SchoolKentP12/12/9420/01/9501/06/9501/07/95
Keswick SchoolCumbriaG10/03/9514/03/9528/06/9501/07/95
Bestwood Community SchoolNottinghamshireG23/03/9415/04/9428/04/9501/09/95
Clarendon Infants SchoolWiltshireG23/03/9414/06/9407/07/9501/09/95
Clarendon Junior SchoolWiltshireG23/03/9414/06/9407/07/9501/09/95
Dunchurch First SchoolWarwickshireP29/03/9413/05/9408/08/9501/09/95
Dunnington CE Primary SchoolWarwickshireP30/03/9415/04/9418/07/9501/09/95
Middlemarsh Middle SchoolWarwickshireP26/04/9408/06/9407/07/9501/09/95
Wolverton Primary SchoolWarwickshireP24/08/9425/11/9507/07/9501/09/95
Longridge GM Primary SchoolLancashireG22/11/9419/12/9415/08/9501/09/95
Pennine Way Junior School (G.M.)DerbyshireG09/12/9427/02/9504/08/9501/09/95
Longtown Junior SchoolCumbriaG27/12/9406/02/9502/05/9501/09/95
William Hildyard C of E Primary SchoolLincolnshireG28/12/9414/01/9516/06/9501/09/95
Engaines Primary SchoolEssexG11/01/9515/02/9521/06/9501/09/95
Zouch Primary SchoolWiltshireG18/01/9524/02/9523/06/9501/09/95
Rochford Primary SchoolEssexG01/03/9520/04/9524/08/9501/09/95
Harcourt Primary SchoolKentG06/03/9530/03/9518/08/9501/09/95
All Souls' CE Primary SchoolKentG06/03/9516/03/9521/06/9501/09/95
Gravesend Grammar School for BoysKentG31/03/9507/04/9511/08/9501/09/95
St. Mary's R C Primary SchoolLambethG03/04/9507/04/9520/07/9501/09/95
Castledown Comprehensive SchoolWiltshireG07/04/9509/06/9515/08/9501/09/95
Carrant Brook Junior SchoolGloucestershireG07/04/9516/05/9502/08/9501/09/95
Kilburn Park Junior SchoolBrentG16/05/9522/05/9531/08/9501/09/95
Enmore CE GM Primary SchoolSomersetG13/03/9521/03/9528/09/9501/10/95
King David Primary SchoolLiverpoolG13/06/9430/09/9409/10/9501/11/95
St. Mary's RC Primary SchoolWiltshireG08/07/9411/11/9415/08/9501/11/95

Note: In the 'ballot initiated by' column 'P' = Parents and 'G' Governors.

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Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the grant-maintained schools which have applied for loans under section 92 of the Education Act 1993, in each case stating (a) the size of loan requested, (b) the purpose for which the loan was agree, (c) the size of the loan agreed, (d) the period of repayment and (e) the interest rate applied. [2895]

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

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the grant-maintained schools which have applied for special purpose grant (restructuring), in each case stating (a) the number of (i) teaching and (ii) non-teaching posts affected, (b) the posts for which grant was awarded and (c) if (i) premature retirement compensation or (ii) statutory redundancy payment was awarded. [2897]

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

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