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Nursery Provision (Durham)

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many three-year-olds are currently receiving nursery education in Durham. [17184]

Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested is shown in table 3, column (viii) of Statistical Bulletin 1/96: "Pupils Under Five Years of Age in Schools in England--January 1995", which is available in the Library.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much was spent by each training and enterprise council on administration for the year 1994-95. [17746]

Mr. Paice: The "in year" administration costs of each of the English training and enterprise councils as stated in their annual statutory audited accounts for 1994-95 are given in the following table:

TEC administration costs 1994-95

£
North-east
County Durham2,844,998
Northumberland2,170,801
Teesside4,101,000
Tyneside3,928,000
Sunderland City (Wearside)1,589,414
Total14,634,213
Merseyside
CEWTEC1,952,421
Merseyside4,626,182
QUALITEC990,569
Total7,569,172
North-west
Bolton/Bury2,452,327
Manchester2,973,860
METROTEC2,173,116
Oldham1,006,057
Rochdale656,133
South and East Cheshire1,051,417
Stockport and High Peak898,243
Cumbria2,439,495
ELTEC2,681,903
LAWTEC2,174,424
NORMID1,203,943
Total19,710,918
Yorkshire and Humberside
Barnsley and Doncaster3,195,000
Bradford and District1,514,564
Calderdale and Kirklees2,348,460
Humberside3,257,145
Leeds2,392,053
North Yorkshire1,481,000
Rotherham1,406,127
Sheffield1,679,000
Wakefield1,188,133
Total18,431,482
Eastern
Bedfordshire1,518,605
CAMBSTEC1,103,244
Essex3,156,151
Greater Peterborough1,010,561
Hertfordshire2,152,000
Norfolk and Waveney2,841,000
Suffolk1,148,694
Total12,930,255
East Midlands
Greater Nottingham1,521,000
Leicester2,293,012
Lincolnshire2,596,050
Northamptonshire1,237,785
North Derbyshire1,935,855
North Nottinghamshire1,364,870
South Derbyshire1,561,000
Total12,509,572
West Midlands
Birmingham2,954,000
Central England897,848
Coventry/Warwick1,336,237
Dudley1,273,292
HAWTEC1,153,623
Sandwell835,866
Shropshire1,175,098
Staffordshire2,995,000
Walsall1,367,391
Wolverhampton1,742,000
Total15,730,355
South-West
WESTEC (Avon)2,950,000
Devon/Cornwall6,405,000
Dorset1,442,896
Gloucester2,726,513
Somerset1,822,761
Wiltshire1,792,597
Total17,139,767
London
AZTEC1,856,188
CENTEC2,878,041
CILNTEC3,116,232
LETEC3,814,563
North London2,587,420
North West London1,141,113
SOLOTEC2,684,946
West London1,747,613
Total19,826,116
South-east
Hampshire2,128,114
Isle of Wight544,541
Kent3,064,096
Milton Keynes/North Buckinghamshire1,005,491
Heart of England2,310,937
Surrey2,365,167
Sussex2,802,000
Thames Valley Enterprise2,186,361
Total16,406,707
Grand total154,888,557

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Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many civil servants her Department employs to oversee and monitor the activities of the training and enterprise councils; and what is their annual cost. [17747]

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Mr. Paice: The Department currently employs 238 civil servants in Government offices whose work is principally about overseeing and monitoring the activities of training and enterprise councils. In 1995-96, the estimated cost of these staff is £6.4 million.

Consultants

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list for each of the last five years (a) the total spent on consultants and (b) the work carried out by consultants. [17748]

Mr. Robin Squire: Information in the form requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

School Buildings

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when she expects to lay guidelines for the governors of maintained schools in respect of standard of premises not within the statute's requirements of the draft school building regulations laid on 22 February. [17816]

Mrs. Gillan: I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Swindon (Mr. Coombs) on 22 February 1996, Official Report, column 245-46.

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment to what school regulations nursery schools or other under-fives provisions in (a) maintained, (b) voluntary and (c) private establishments (i) are now subject and (ii) will be subject if the draft schools regulations laid on 22 February are approved by Parliament. [17817]

Mrs. Gillan: Nursery schools, nursery classes and reception classes in the maintained sector are subject to the Education (School Premises) Regulation 1981 and, subject to the approval of Parliament, will become subject to the Education (Schools Premises) Regulations 1996 from 1 September 1996, when the 1981 regulations will be revoked.

Nursery schools and other under-fives provision outside the maintained sector are subject to other legislation--in particular, the Children Act 1989. Such provision falls within the scope of neither the School Premises Regulations 1981, nor the new 1996 regulations.

Special Educational Needs Tribunal

Mr. Corbett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many applications there have been annually to the special educational needs tribunal since its establishment; and how many have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected. [17331]

Mrs. Gillan [holding answer 26 February 1996]: A total of 1,170 appeals were registered with the special educational needs tribunal between 1 September 1994 and 31 August 1995. The average time taken to dispose of these was within the tribunal's five-month target. A total of 242 appeals were disposed of by 31 August 1995. Of these, 112 were upheld, 85 were dismissed, 27 were dismissed or upheld in part, 11 were remitted to the local education authority for reconsideration and seven were struck out because they were outside the tribunal's jurisdiction.

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Further details about the numbers of appeals for this period can be obtained from the SEN tribunal President's annual report, a copy of which is in the Library.

I have asked the President of the tribunal to write to the hon. Member with up-to-date figures for appeals.

Mr. Corbett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the annual cost to public funds of the special educational needs tribunal. [17326]

Mrs. Gillan [holding reply 26 February 1996]: The figure for the actual cost in the financial year ending 31 March 1996 is not yet available, but we estimate that expenditure in that year will be in the region of £1,400,000.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Prisons (Health Care)

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what percentage of the total annual budget for prisons in Northern Ireland is designated for health care; [16708]

Sir John Wheeler: Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Prison Service under its chief executive, Mr. Alan Shannon. I have asked him to arrange for reply to be given.

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Letter from A. D. Shannon to Mr. Neil Gerrard, dated 26 February 1996:


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