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Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was (a) the total number and (b) the total value of discretionary awards to (i) students aged 16 to 18 years, and (ii) students aged 19 years and over in the last year for which figures are available. 
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|Number of awards (000s)||Total expenditure (£ million)|
|All discretionary awards of which:||222.2||184.1|
|Further education students aged 16-18||124.6||51.9|
|Further education students aged 19 and over||82.3||90.6|
Constituent parts may not add to totals due to roundings.
Age of student at the beginning of the academic year.
Age breakdown not available.
Mr. Corbett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the present membership of the special educational needs tribunal panel, indicating (a) the experience and (b) the qualifications on which they were selected for appointment. 
Mrs. Gillan [holding answer 26 February 1996]: The special educational needs tribunal has 32 legally qualified chairmen and 89 lay members. Their names are listed in appendix 3 of the president's annual report, a copy of which is in the Library.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State appoints lay members of the SEN tribunal. Lay members are required to have knowledge and experience at a strategic or operational level of either local government or special educational needs. The chairmen of the tribunal are required to have a seven-year legal qualification and are appointed by my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor.
Ms Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those contracts his Department currently holds with EDS indicating for each the (a) date of inception, (b) value and (c) duration. 
Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill will meet the recommendations made by Sir Richard Scott in paragraph K5.1. 
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Mr. Howard: I am considering the implications of these recommendations for the Bill. I hope to be able to announce my conclusions in time for changes to be made to the Bill, if any changes appear to be necessary.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he had with the Secretary to the Cabinet concerning the Government's response to the Scott inquiry; and where and when such consultations took place. 
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the standard method of compiling verbatim transcripts in coroners courts; and what is the fee to bereaved relatives for a full transcript. 
Mr. Sackville: Coroners are required, under the Coroners' Rules 1984, to take notes of evidence at the inquest. In many instances a tape-recording of the proceedings is taken. The fee for a transcript depends on the length of the document and is determined in accordance with the fees set out in the Coroners' Records (Fees for Copies) Rules 1982, as amended.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home department (1) how many cases were referred back by coroners to the Crown Prosecution service or police for further investigation or consideration of a more serious charge in each of the last 10 years; 
(3) how many inquests into road deaths have been held after summary charges have been made; 
(4) how many inquests into road deaths have been held with juries, under section 8(3) (d) of the Coroners Act 1988; 
(5) how many inquests into road deaths were held (a) after six months and (b) after one year from the date of death in each of the last 10 years; 
(6) what were the percentages of (a) accidental death, (b) unlawful killing and (c) open verdicts in respect of road deaths in each of the last 10 years. 
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guilty plea in the crown court in the past 10 years; how many were not reconvened; and what were the reasons for not reconvening inquests. 
Mr. Sackville: Information regarding the number of adjourned inquests which were resumed, or not resumed, is not held centrally. On conclusion of the relevant criminal proceedings, or beforehand, if notified by the Director of Public Prosecutions that it is open to him to do so, a coroner may resume an adjourned inquest when, in his opinion, there is sufficient cause to do so.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the consultative procedure in respect of which statistics relating to inquests should be published by his office; and how frequently the types of statistics published are reviewed. 
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which documents bereaved families are entitled before an inquest to enable them or their legal representatives to ask pertinent questions relating to the death. 
Mr. Sackville: The Home Office provides regular training courses for coroners, dealing with a range of issues relevant to the discharge of their duties. From time to time these courses can be expected to include matters concerning road deaths.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recommendations for action by city or county councils have been issued by coroners in the last 10 years; and what steps have been taken to ensure these recommendations were carried out. 
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what complaints procedures applies in relation to coroners failing to act in accordance with procedures laid down in the Coroners Act 1988; and which Home Office department carries out inquiries into complaints. 
Mr. Sackville: Coroner's decisions or their conduct of proceedings may be challenged in the High Court by means of a statutory procedure or judicial review. Complaints concerning a coroner's non-judicial conduct may be referred to the Home Office for inquiry into the matter on a non-statutory basis. If the investigation reveals a clear instance of grounds for dismissal, the matter will be referred to the Lord Chancellor's Department since my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor alone has the power to dismiss a coroner from office for inability or misbehaviour in the discharge of his duties.
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when Mr. Namir I. D. Al-Nainir of 2 Stratford place, London, an Iraqi citizen (a) entered and (b) left the United Kingdom; what were the nature and terms of his entry permission; and if deportation proceedings were made against him; 
Mr. Kirkhope: It is not normal Home Office policy to disclose information relating to individual foreign nationals to third parties, unless the individuals concerned or their representatives choose to make details public themselves. However, if the hon. Member wishes to write to me explaining his interest in these two persons I will give the matter further consideration.
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