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Learning Difficulties

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has to ensure that newly qualified teachers are able to identify and give appropriate teaching to children at risk of (i) specific learning difficulties and (ii) dyslexia. [9497]

Mr. Forth: There will be wide consultation on revised requirements for initial teacher training in the new year.

The existing criteria for courses of initial teacher training require that newly qualified teachers should have acquired the necessary foundation to develop the ability to identify and provide for special educational needs and specific learning difficulties.

Staff

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list for her

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Department (a) how many people in total are employed, (b) how many of the total number of staff are (i) male and (ii) female and (c) how many (I) men and (II) women are employed on a (1) full-time and (2) part-time basis. [9494]

Mr. Robin Squire: There are 5,022 people employed in the Department, including those employed in Government Offices. The numbers of male and female staff working full-time or part-time hours are shown in the table.

Number
Men
Full-time2,310
Part-time36
Total2,346
Women
Full-time2,232
Part-time444
Total2,676

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) permanent and (b) non-permanent staff there have been in (i) her Department and (ii) executive agencies of her Department in each year since 1992. [9629]

Mr. Squire: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 25 November 1996, Official Report, column 15.

Training Schemes

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many people after leaving the (1) action credit, (2) adult employment subsidy, (3) access to information technology, (4) adult training strategy, (5) business enterprise programme, (6) business enterprise training, (7) business growth training, (8) business start-up scheme, (9) back to work bonus, (10) community action, (11) career development loans, (12) compacts/education business partnerships/education initiatives/careers service partnerships, (13) community enterprise programme, (14) careers guidance review implementation, (15) community industry, (16) community programme, (17) careers service, (18) careers service strengthening, (19) direct training service, (20) employment action, (21) enterprise allowance scheme, (22) enterprise awareness in teacher education, (23) enterprise in higher education and (24) employer investment in people scheme, (a) went into employment and (b) went on to further schemes and became unemployed; how many started and how many finished each scheme, including those who left before completion of the scheme, in each year of each scheme's operation and what type and level of qualification each leaver obtained, for each year of the scheme's operation up to the latest available year for which data are available. [8630]

Mr. Paice: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many people after attending (1) training and enterprise council--TEC--schemes, (2) TEC challenge schemes, (3) temporary employment

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subsidy, (4) training and education support, (5) training for enterprise, (6) training for work, (7) the travel to interview scheme, (8) the training opportunities programme, (9) the temporary short-time working compensation scheme, (10) the technical and vocational education initiative, (11) the voluntary projects programme, (12) the working experience programme, (13) workstart pilots, (14) the wider opportunities training programme, (15) work trial, (16) work wise, (17) the youth enterprise initiative, (18) the youth employment service, (19) youth employment subsidy, (20) the youth opportunities programme, (21) youth credits, (22) modern apprenticeships and accelerated modern apprenticeships, (23) the youth training scheme and (24) the young workers scheme, (a) went into employment and (b) went on to further schemes including those who left before completion of the scheme, in each year of each scheme's operation; and what type and level of qualification each leaver obtained, for each year of the scheme's operation up to the latest available year for which data are available. [9131]

Mr. Paice: The information requested can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Information Technology (Euro)

Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what tenders her Department has put out to convert its information technology systems to be euro compliant; what are the cost and person hours required to convert the systems to handle the euro; and when she expects her Department's systems to be fully economic and monetary union compliant. [9461]

Mr. Robin Squire: The Department and agencies will need to assess the impact which a single currency, assumed to be starting on 1 January 1999, would have on their information systems, whether or not the United Kingdom decides to participate in the third stage of economic and monetary union.

Career Development Loans (Fraud)

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what police investigations are presently being conducted into cases of fraud concerning the granting of career development loans; what sums of money are involved; and if she will make a statement. [9706]

Mr. Paice: The police have been asked to investigate eight individual applications for career development loans which are suspected of being fraudulent. The total amount loaned by the banks on these eight cases is £103,204.

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will introduce new safeguards to protect the career development loan scheme from fraudulent applications. [9707]

Mr. Paice: The career development loan scheme has stringent and effective fraud prevention measures built in. Currently, I have no plans to add to them.

Student Grants

Mr. Bryan Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many and what percentage of students in full-time higher education

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(a) received full maintenance grants and (b) received no maintenance grants at the latest date for which figures are available. [9749]

Mr. Forth: The Department has figures available for holders of mandatory awards only. In the academic year 1994-95, of 761,000 mandatory award holders, excluding placement year sandwich students, 344,300--45 per cent.--received full maintenance grants and 175,400--23 per cent.--received a nil maintenance grant.

European Union Programmes

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what European Union programmes are covered in the Europes adjustments to her Department's budget; what is the total amount involved in such adjustments; how that total is distributed between the Department's programmes; and how the individual programme adjustments are calculated for both 1996-97 and 1997-98. [9708]

Mr. Paice: Europes adjustments are made to the Department's budget in respect of European Union programmes in which the Department has a policy interest. These programmes are listed.

Total adjustments made to departmental budgets in 1996 were £53 million, £3 million and £4 million for 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 respectively. Reductions are distributed between departmental programmes broadly in proportion to their shares of the Department's total programme budget, taking into account specific circumstances which apply to particular programmes. This method was followed by the former Department for Education and the former Employment Department in 1996-97, and by the Department for Education and Employment in 1997-98.


























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