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NATIONAL HERITAGE

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department publish (a) annual reports, (b) annual accounts, (c) the minutes of meetings, (d) the agendas of meetings and (e) a register of members' interests, indicating in each case if this is (i) under a statutory requirement or (ii) voluntary. [16826]

Mr. Sproat: The information is as follows:


The following bodies are statutorily obliged to produce a triennial report:


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All of DNH's executive NDPBs are currently developing registers of members' interests. Many of these are already in place and are open to the public on request.



    1 indicates where this is a statutory requirement. 2 indicates where an annual report is published by the organisation is only statutorily obliged to publish a triennial report.

WALES

Nursery Education

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for (a) each Welsh county and (b) Wales the numbers of children receiving nursery school education and the proportion those children represent of the total number of children of pre-school age for each of the last three available years. [16287]

Mr. Richards: The information is in the tables.

Number of children receiving nursery education(20)

1992-93 1993-94 1994-95
Nursery schoolsNursery classesNursery schoolsNursery classesNursery schoolsNursery classes
Clwyd1724,7571954,5421794,718
Dyfed2222,2481912,1392132,210
Gwent9133,6989153,8668644,026
Gwynedd--887--836--1,042
Mid Glamorgan1,2084,8311,2164,2851,1794,323
Powys--505--298--263
South Glamorgan8032,7488322,8507912,940
West Glamorgan2364,8812304,7252244,659
Wales3,55424,5553,57923,5413,45024,181

(20) At January each year. Aged at 31 December (estimated). Data includes both full-time and part-time pupils in nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools. Pupils in ordinary classes in maintained primary schools, special and independent schools are excluded.


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Proportion of children receiving nursery education(21)

1992-93 1993-94 1994-95
Nursery schoolsNursery classesNursery schoolsNursery classesNursery schoolsNursery classes
Clwyd1.645.01.943.51.743.8
Dyfed2.626.32.325.92.525.9
Gwent7.229.27.431.16.831.8
Gwynedd--14.7--14.0--17.5
Mid Glamorgan7.730.87.928.07.828.6
Powys--17.5--10.7--9.0
South Glamorgan6.923.57.224.56.725.0
West Glamorgan2.551.82.550.52.449.7
Wales4.631.74.730.94.531.4

(21) At January each year. Aged at 31 December (estimated). Data includes both full-time and part-time pupils in nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools as a proportion of the mid-year population estimates for children aged three and four-years-old. Pupils in ordinary classes in maintained primary schools, special and independent schools are excluded.


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Nursery Education

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of children receiving nursery education and the corresponding proportion of those children as a percentage of the total number of children of pre-school age for each county and for Wales as a whole in consequence of the introduction of the proposed nursery voucher scheme; and if he will make a statement. [16288]

Mr. Richards: The voucher scheme is intended to enhance current levels of provision and stimulate greater choice for parents in the maintained, voluntary and private sectors. No estimate has been made of the actual number of four-year-olds who will take up places under the scheme--that will depend on parental choice and the availability of places; but numbers are expected to be no less than at present.

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department publish (a) annual reports, (b) annual accounts, (c) the minutes of meetings, (d) the agendas of meetings and (e) a register of members' interests, indicating in each case if this is (i) under a statutory requirement or (ii) voluntary. [16819]

Mr. Hague:


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Cardiff Bay Barrage

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his current estimate of the outturn cost of the Cardiff bay barrage. [17461]

Mr. Hague: I have asked the corporation to contain total expenditure on the barrage project within the cost figure announced to Parliament. The current estimated outturn cost is therefore £191 million.

Ambulance Services

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 19 February, at column 56, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the investigating team into the management and finances of the South East Wales ambulance trust. [17350]

Mr. Hague: I will make arrangements for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date he proposes to announce (a) the appointment of new board and (b) the re-appointment of existing board members to the South East Wales ambulance trust. [17245]

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Mr. Hague: The appointment of executive directors is a matter for the trust. The terms of appointment of two non-executive directors are due to expire on 30 April 1996. I hope to make an announcement shortly.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 19 February, Official Report, column 88, if he will give the dates on which his Department expressed concern to the South East Wales ambulance trust in relation to its financial problem; if the concern was expressed in writing; if he will place in the Library copies of any such expressions in writing; and if he will make a statement. [17351]

Mr. Hague: My Department has maintained close contact with the trust since its financial problems became apparent, including monthly monitoring of the trust's financial performance, meetings between officials and staff at the trust and frequent correspondence. The director of the Welsh Office Health Directorate met the former chairman of the trust on three separate occasions, 27 March 1995; 30 August 1995 and 7 December 1995. He attended a meeting of the trust board on 21 December 1995 to discuss its financial performance.


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