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Banned Animal Feeds

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how his Department plans to enforce legislation making it illegal for farmers to have outstanding stocks of banned feed on their premises; when that legislation comes into force; and if he will make a statement. [37357]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 19 July, Official Report, column 699-700.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list each occasion in the last two months in which his Department has consulted farmers directly about policy development concerning BSE and the beef crisis; and if he will make a statement. [37364]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: We have issued consultation documents to the farming unions on the following policy developments in the last two months:


Welsh Office Ministers and officials have met farmers and their representatives on numerous occasions to hear their views on these and other issues.

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Post-16 Education

Mr. Rowlands: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of those remaining in full-time post-16 education were last year in (a) further education colleges, (b) tertiary colleges and (c) school, (i) in Wales and (ii) in each county. [37554]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: The information requested is in the following table:

Proportion of 16-18 Year Olds remaining in Full-time Education in Wales at Further Education Colleges or Schools, 1994-95(35)

Further Education
Colleges(36)Schools(37)
Local Education Authority
Clwyd5443
Dyfed3745
Gwent5344
Gwynedd4737
Mid Glamorgan3751
Powys3862
South Glamorgan3436
West Glamorgan6320
Wales4540

Source:

Further Education Student Record, Higher Education Statistics Agency and Schools Census.

Notes:

(35) Ages as at 31 August 1994. Counties current at time of survey. Excludes students aged 16 to 18 on courses at higher education colleges (15 per cent. of 16 to 18 year olds in full-time education in 1994-95).

(36) Provisional. Includes a small number of students on higher education courses at further education colleges. Includes further education colleges formerly designated as tertiary. At November 1994.

(37) Includes all maintained and independent schools. At January 1995.


Examination Results

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the relative public examination results performance of (a) grant-maintained and (b) locally managed schools. [38882]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: School performance tables covering the results of grant and locally maintained schools are published annually. The record of the former is pleasing: for example in 1994-5, 46 per cent. of 15-year-olds achieved five GCSE A*C, compared with 40 per cent. in locally maintained secondary schools.

Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his oral answer of 15 July to the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, (Mr. Rowlands) Official Report, column 776, what are the private finance initiatives which will allow his Department to make greater investments in education.[38885]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: We have announced radical measures to help local authorities harness private sector finance and management expertise and I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Croydon, North-East (Mr. Congdon) on 21 May 1996 by my hon. Friend, the Minister of State for the Environment, Official Report, column 164.

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Mr. Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list each project currently under consideration through the private finance initiative, indicating the value in each case. [38874]

Mr. Jones: Projects being looked at currently by the Welsh Office, which have been made public, and their estimated capital value are as follows:


Information on schemes costing less than £1 million is not collected.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many children had statements of special educational need in each of the old county councils at the date of their abolition. [38875]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: The available information is as follows:

Number of pupils with statements of special educational needs under section 168 of the Education Act 1993 at 16 January 1996(38).

LEAJanuary 1996
Clwyd2,732
Dyfed2,454
Gwent(38)2,475
Gwynedd(38)1,087
Mid Glamorgan1,721
Powys733
South Glamorgan1,967
West Glamorgan1,886

(38) The figures shown for Gwent and Gwynedd relate to January 1995.


Air Pollution

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each local authority the sampling sites for air pollution measurement, indicating at which sites the European Union guide levels have been exceeded; and what action has been recommended as a result. [38883]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The Government air quality monitoring sites in Wales are as follows:

Local authoritySite name
CardiffCardiff Centre Cardiff East
CeredigionCwmystwyth
FlintshireShotton
GwyneddWaunfawr
Neath Port TalbotCwmgwrach Glyn Neath Port Talbot
NewportMarshfield Newport
PembrokeshireCresselly
PowysAston Hill Welshpool
SwanseaSwansea Centre
TorfaenPontypool
WrexhamWrexham

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There are currently four European directives on air quality which set mandatory and non-mandatory limits for lead, sulphur dioxide and suspended particles, nitrogen dioxide and ozone levels in the air. The only exceedences of the relevant thresholds at Government sites in Wales in the last three years for which figures are available were as follows:

LimitSiteNumber of exceedences (days)
199219931994
Daily basis:
Ozone information thresholdAston Hill311
Cardiff Centre2--1
Annual basis:
Guide value for SO2CwmgwrachExc.----
Glyn NeathExc.Exc.Exc.
Port TalbotExc.----
Guide value for suspended particlesWrexham--Exc.--

Exc. = Exceeded the guide values, based on the average daily readings taken over the year.


Further information is available in the "Environment Digest for Wales" and the report "Air Pollution in the UK 1994", copies of which are in the Library of the House.

The Government will shortly be publishing a consultation draft of the national air quality strategy as required by the Environment Act 1995. It will include air quality standards and objectives and set out the measures required to meet those objectives.

The Environment Act 1995 also introduces a duty on local authorities to assess and review air quality in their areas, and to establish local air quality management areas where standards or objectives are being or likely to be breached. In such areas authorities must draw up action plans to help bring ambient pollution down to acceptable levels. The Government are currently developing guidance for local authorities sot help them discharge those duties.


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