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Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many grant-maintained schools have applied for a change of character; what was the nature of the change; and what was the Secretary of State's decision. [12183]

Mrs. Gillan: There have been 211 applications for a significant change of character by grant-maintained schools. The following table shows the nature of the changes applied for and the Secretary of State's decision.

Number
To add or extend sixth form
Applications89
Approved38
Rejected33
Under consideration18
To add or extend nursery provision
Applications49
Approved16
Rejected11
Under consideration22
Other change of age range
Applications44
Approved40
Rejected2
Under consideration2
To add whole or partial selection
Applications26
Approved16
Rejected5
Under consideration5
To add or remove boarding
Applications2
Approved2
Rejected0
Under consideration0
Single-sex to co-educational
Applications1
Approved0
Rejected1
Under consideration0

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many grant-maintained schools interview as part of their admissions procedure. [12184]

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Mrs. Gillan: Some 20 grant-maintained schools have approved admission arrangements which enable them to use interviews other than for the purpose of assessing religious suitability.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has to ensure that the membership of training and enterprise council boards includes representatives from firms with (a) under 50 employees, (b) under 20 employees, and (c) under 10 employees. [11959]

Mr. Paice: I am satisfied that the current arrangements ensure that small firms are represented on training and enterprise council boards and that TECs consult widely with small businesses in the preparation of their plans.

Business Start-up Scheme

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 15 January, Official Report, column 357, how many start-ups in each of his tables benefited from (a) start-up grants, (b) survival grants and (c) both. [11945]

Mr. Paice: All starts received a start-up grant. The number of 52-week survival grants paid in 1993-94 and 1994-95 is given in the following table. All survivors, therefore, received both start-up and survival grants.

Business start-up scheme: 52 week survivors in England

Year52-week survivors
1993-9425,282
1994-9524,344

European Social Fund

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many training places were created (a) in total and (b) by standard region, with assistance from the European social fund in the United Kingdom in each year from 1990 to 1994. [11700]

Mr. Forth: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy in the Library.

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much in (a) ecus and (b) pounds the United Kingdom has been allocated from the European social fund under objectives 3 and 4 between 1994 and 1999. [11701]

Mr. Forth: The United Kingdom was allocated 3,377 mecu under objectives 3 and 4 of the European social fund between 1994 and 1999. At an exchange rate of 1.2ecu = £1 this would be £2,815 million.

Training Schemes

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment her Department has made of the numbers and percentages of (a) firms with under (i) 100 employees, (ii) 50 employees,

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(iii) 20 employees and (iv) 10 employees and (b) start-ups that have participated in Government-funded training schemes in each of the last five years. [11956]

Mr. Paice: The Department does not hold the information in the specific form requested. I will write to the hon. Member in due course.

School Budgets

Mr. Dunn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will publish the delegated schools budget for 1995-96 for each local education authority combining the budgets for grant-maintained and for local education authority maintained primary and secondary schools. [12341]

Mr. Robin Squire: The following table shows, for each local education authority, the amount delegated to primary, middle and secondary schools through the aggregated schools budget in 1995-96. The figures are derived from the local management of schools budget statements produced by local education authorities under section 42 of the Education Reform Act 1988.

The funding of grant-maintained schools is a matter for the Funding Agency for Schools, and I have asked the chairman of the funding agency to arrange for a reply to be sent to the hon. member in respect of the GM sector.

Funding delegated (1995-96) to primary, middle and secondary schools through ASB

LEA£ million
Avon234.4
Barking and Dagenham50.8
Barnet61.4
Barnsley51.4
Bedfordshire127.8
Berkshire163.9
Bexley50.5
Birmingham275.1
Bolton66.7
Bradford127.8
Brent38.8
Bromley39.5
Buckinghamshire138.1
Bury45.1
Calderdale37.7
Cambridgeshire130.4
Camden43.1
Cheshire248.9
Corporation of London0.7
Cleveland157.3
Cornwall113.9
Coventry87.4
Croydon62.1
Cumbria98.0
Derbyshire185.4
Devon224.4
Doncaster85.1
Dorset117.7
Dudley67.7
Durham146.6
Ealing57.4
East Sussex153.4
Enfield64.9
Essex222.2
Gateshead50.5
Gloucestershire71.2
Greenwich74.0
Hackney51.6
Hammersmith and Fulham31.2
Hampshire338.7
Haringey59.3
Harrow53.3
Havering56.7
Hereford and Worcester149.3
Hertfordshire226.2
Hillingdon33.8
Hounslow59.7
Humberside237.8
Isle of Wight30.6
Isles of Scilly0.8
Islington53.1
Kensington and Chelsea22.1
Kent277.4
Kingston26.5
Kirklees96.6
Knowsley45.3
Lambeth43.7
Lancashire320.6
Leeds190.2
Leicestershire226.6
Lewisham65.7
Lincolnshire105.3
Liverpool129.4
Manchester114.6
Merton39.8
Newcastle upon Tyne66.2
Newham72.6
Norfolk155.6
North Tyneside49.6
North Yorkshire177.1
Northamptonshire138.1
Northumberland81.7
Nottinghamshire250.3
Oldham68.8
Oxfordshire130.9
Redbridge63.2
Richmond36.0
Rochdale48.7
Rotherham70.5
Salford58.9
Sandwell79.3
Sefton78.5
Sheffield103.9
Shropshire89.9
Solihull59.1
Somerset108.9
South Tyneside39.6
Southwark55.7
St. Helens48.7
Staffordshire243.5
Stockport69.7
Suffolk162.1
Sunderland81.9
Surrey173.2
Sutton30.5
Tameside50.9
Tower Hamlets72.6
Trafford44.2
Wakefield79.1
Walsall62.8
Waltham Forest57.2
Wandsworth37.3
Warwickshire105.4
West Sussex167.2
Westminster38.8
Wigan83.8
Wiltshire104.4
Wirral83.7
Wolverhampton64.7


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ENVIRONMENT

Housing (Elderly People)

Mr. Callaghan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of the housing stock in England and Wales was earmarked for the elderly in (a) 1992, (b) 1993, (c) 1994 and (d) 1995; and if he will make a statement. [9477]

Mr. Clappison [holding answer 15 January 1996]: The available data on local authority and housing association dwellings in England for elderly people are set out. The figures relate to the stock at 31 March/1 April. Comprehensive data for the private sector are not available.

Per cent.

Local authorities Housing associations
Proportion of stock which is: Proportion of stock Proportion of bedspaces in
sheltered housingother housing intended for the elderlywhich is for the elderlyhostels which are for the elderly
19927.99.126.623.9
19938.09.124.718.4
19948.09.423.919.0
19958.09.3n/an/a

Sources:

Local authority--Housing Investment Programme (HIP1) returns Housing associations--HAR10/1 returns.

For information about Wales, I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.



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