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Grant-maintained Special Schools

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many grant-maintained special schools have admitted pupils who do not have a statement of special educational needs. [29204]

Mrs. Gillan: Most special schools, whether local education authority-maintained or grant-maintained, may admit pupils without statements of special educational need in certain circumstances. The latest available data on the number of pupils and statements relate to January 1995, when there were two grant-maintained special schools. Both had admitted pupils without statements.

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many grant-maintained special schools have admitted pupils who have statements which do not name that grant-maintained school. [29205]

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Mrs. Gillan: The Department does not collect this information. Admissions to grant-maintained special schools are the responsibility of the governors, subject to admissions arrangements approved by the Secretary of State.

Primary Teacher Training

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what percentage of entrants to primary teacher training have had qualifications above GCSE or O-level in English in each of the last five years; [29206]

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Mr. Robin Squire: This information is not collected centrally.

Office Space

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the square footage and cost of office space rented by her Department and its agencies and the number of her Department or agencies' buildings partly, or fully unoccupied together with the square footage of that unoccupied office space and its estimated rental value where available in each of the past five financial years. [27734]

Mr. Robin Squire [holding answer 7 May 1996]: The following tables contain the information available for the DfEE estate, including all headquarters buildings and outstations. The estimated costs for occupied properties include rent, rates and service charge.

Occupied DfEE leasehold properties

DfEE HO and outstations Employment service agency
Area = sq ft for 1995-96621,8318,914,290
Estimated cost 1991-92Not available£44,920,494
Estimated cost 1992-93Not available£57,781,989
Estimated cost 1993-94£29,051,367£62,285,889
Estimated cost 1994-95£29,249,929£59,331,224
Estimated cost 1995-96£27,625,884£56,004,487

Surplus/partly vacant DfEE leasehold properties

DfEE HO and OutstationsEmployment Service Agency
Number of properties in 1995-9621126
Area= sq ft for 1995-96183,039904,176
Estimated rental value 1991-92Not availableNot available
Estimated rental value 1992-93Not availableNot available
Estimated rental value 1993-94£1,965,793Not available
Estimated rental value 1994-951,704,930Not available
Estimated rental value 1995-962,303,8854,022,276

TRANSPORT

Jubilee Line

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the final cost of the Jubilee line extension; and if he will make a statement. [28643]

Mr. Norris: I understand from London Underground Ltd. that it estimates the final outturn cash cost of the Jubilee line extension to be approximately £2.1 billion.

Tottenham Court Road

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he estimates that the present road works in Tottenham Court road will be completed. [29142]

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Mr. Norris: The London borough of Camden is the highway authority responsible for the works in Tottenham Court road. Officers at the borough expect the works to be completed by 15 May 1996.

London Regional Transport

Mr. Keith Hill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the non-executive directors he and his predecessors have appointed to the board of London Regional Transport, giving their main occupations.[28593]

Mr. Norris: The information requested, giving the main occupation at the time of appointment, is as follows:

NameMain occupation on appointment
Mr. Keith BrownPartner, W. Greenwell and Co.
Miss Eileen ColeChairman and Chief Executive of Research International (Unilever Ltd.)
Dr. Stephen GlaisterCassell Reader in Economics with special reference to Transport at the London School of Economics
Sir David HardyDirectorships--Waterford Glass Group, The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Electra Investments (Zimbabwe) Ltd., Effold Properties Ltd., Rothesay Trust Ltd., Carya Pecans Inc., Rowton Hotels plc
Mr. S. JenkinsDirectorships--Faber and Faber Publishers, Municipal Journal Ltd.
Mr. Kenneth JoynerManaging Director, Worldwide Estates Ltd. and other private property companies
Mrs. Helen RobinsonGroup Style Director, Debenhams
Miss Patricia SteelSecretary of the Institution of Highways and Transportation; Director and Company Secretary, Seaway Court (Torquay) Ltd.
Sir Neil ShieldsChairman of the Commission for New Towns
Mr. Oscar RoithRetired
Mr. Roy ThomasFinance Director, Fisons plc
Mr. David ThompsonChairman, Rank Xerox (UK)
Sir Alan BaileyRetired
Mr. Keith DaviesRetired
Mr. Robert DoreyRetired
Mrs. Rosemary DayOperations Director, Allied Dunbar
Mr. Michael LawrenceChief Executive, the London Stock Exchange
Ms Sally O'SullivanEditor-in-Chief, 'Good Housekeeping'
Mr. Brian AppletonRetired
Mr. Robert ChaseGroup Managing Director, the Automobile Association

Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Ms Anderson) of 30 April, Official Report, column 444 on revenue spending under the private finance initiative, if he will reconcile the figures in that answer with those for spending on design, build, finance and operate road schemes in his Department's transport report 1996, Cm. 3206; and if he will provide a breakdown of these figures for each year for 1995-96 to 1997-98. [29220]

Mr. Watts: The figures given in my answer of 30 April to the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Ms Anderson) were current estimates of the revenue

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spend by my Department on all private finance initiative projects, not design, build, finance and operate road schemes alone.

Air Traffic Control

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the regulations on the award of contracts for local air traffic control in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement on the criteria upon which the contracts tendered this year for Glasgow airport and Edinburgh airport will be awarded. [29341]

Mr. Norris: Provision of air traffic control services in the UK must be in line with approvals granted by the Civil Aviation Authority under article 77 of the Air Navigation (No. 2) Order 1995. Before it grants such approvals, the authority must satisfy itself that the applicant is competent to provide a safe service, having regard to organisation, staffing, equipment, maintenance and other matters. Any air traffic controllers employed by the applicant must also obtain a licence from the authority under the terms of article 81 of the order.

The criteria for awarding the ATC supply contracts for Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are a matter for BAA plc, the owner of both airports.

Railways (Disabled Access)

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which rail lines wheelchair users are required to travel in the guard's van; and if he will make a statement. [23187]

Mr. Watts: The necessity for wheelchair users to travel in the guard's van is becoming increasingly rare. The extent to which train operating companies operate accessible trains in which wheelchair users are carried in the passenger saloon is as follows:


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Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has given to the franchise director in respect of train operating companies guaranteeing disabled access to train. [25503]

Mr. Watts [pursuant to his answer, 23 April 1996, c. 76]: None. The Rail Regulator is responsible for protecting the interests of disabled rail passengers. All train and station operators are required to submit for the regulator's approval, a disabled people's protection policy, as a condition of being granted a licence to operate. Details of the accessibility of rolling stock were set out in my answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms Short) today.


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