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Grant-maintained Schools (Funding)

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when grant-maintained schools were transferred from the public sector to the private sector in respect of their treatment over capital expenditure. [18834]

Mrs. Gillan: Grant-maintained schools have always been considered to be private sector institutions.

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what undertakings she has given to grant-maintained school governors in respect of increasing the annual maintenance grant to cover the cost of any private sector loans secured by grant-maintained schools. [18835]

Mr. Robin Squire: None. Except in areas where the common funding formula is in operation, annual maintenance grant for grant-maintained schools will continue to be calculated with reference to the local management of schools scheme of the local education authority in which the school is situated. In CFF areas, AMG is derived from the standard spending assessment for education for the authority in which the schools are situated.

Jobfinder's Grant

Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many applications for a jobfinder's grant have been (a) approved and (b) not approved; and what were the gross weekly wages of those approved in gradations of £10 for (i) each standard region and (ii) Great Britain. [18746]

Mr. Forth: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

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Letter from Mike Fogden to Mr. Terry Rooney, dated 4 March 1996:


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School Premises Regulations

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the cost of the last quinquennial review of the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1981. [18831]

Mrs. Gillan: The regulations were reviewed as part of the normal work of the Department and it would not be possible to separate out the cost of the work involved.

Travel to Interviews Scheme

Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what have been (a) the

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number of applications received, (b) the number approved, (c) the number not approved, (d) the average level of each award and (e) the total expenditure in each year of operation of the travel to interviews scheme; and what is the projected expenditure and number of awards in 1996-97 shown by (i) standard region and (ii) in total. [18747]

Mr. Forth: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

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Letter from Mike Fogden to Mr. Terry Rooney, dated 4 March 1996:


The following chart gives the anticipated figures and spend for the regions for 1996-97. Unlike some other programmes, TIS has to respond to demand. The provision and numbers we expect to help are, therefore, based on best estimates and may fluctuate according to demand and variations in transport costs.

RegionAllocationNumber helped
East Midlands173,9074,241
London and South East261,6306,381
North West207,7655,067
Northern152,3613,716
Scotland173,9074,241
South West195,4534,767
Wales107,7302,627
West Midlands93,8792,289
Yorkshire and Humberside172,3684,204
Total1,539,00037,533

I hope this is helpful.


Civil Servants (Company Directors)

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment which serving civil servants in her Department are currently directors of companies; and if she will indicate for each (a) the name of the company concerned and (b) if the annual remuneration was (i) £1 to £5,000, (ii) £5,000 to £10,000 and (c) above £10,000. [18135]

Mr. Robin Squire [holding answer 1 March 1996]: I am not aware that there are any serving civil servants in the Department currently holding or receiving remuneration in respect of directorships for either developmental or ex-officio purposes. Details of privately held directorships are not held centrally by the Department.


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