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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Capital Spending Projects (Schools)

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate she has made of the value of the capital spending projects in schools which have taken advantage of the private finance initiative. [11340]

Mrs. Gillan: My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Local Government announced on 8 October 1996 that the Government would make available additional revenue support for £50 million of PFI investment in the local education authority schools sector between then and 31 March 1998. A good number of LEAs are very keen to reap the benefits of PFI partnerships with the private sector, and the are developing projects covering a wide range of asset-based services for schools. Provision is also available for grant maintained and voluntary-aided school PFI projects.

Clinical and Academic Medicine (Pay Parity)

Miss Emma Nicholson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what factors underlay her decision to end pay parity between clinical and academic medicine. [11771]

Mr. Forth: My right hon. Friend has taken no such decision. Indeed, she announced at the time of the Budget statement that a new condition of grant would be placed on the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 1997-98 requiring the council to enable universities and colleges to meet any additional costs for medical schools arising from any pay increase awarded by the Government to NHS clinicians.

Teachers (Early Retirement)

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what advice she has issued to the Funding Agency for Schools in respect of the proposed changes to the early retirement provisions in the teachers's superannuation arrangements. [12072]

Mrs. Gillan: The Funding Agency for Schools has received a copy of the Department's consultation letter of 22 October on this matter. Advice on these changes was also set out in the annual grant letter to the agency, setting out the planned funding for the grant-maintained sector in 1997-98 and beyond. A copy of that letter was placed in the Library on 28 November 1996.

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Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list those who have responded to her consultation document on the proposed changes in the teachers pension fund. [11959]

Mrs. Gillan: My right hon. Friend has so far received written representations from 33 consultees in respect of the proposed changes to early retirement provisions for teachers. They are listed in the table.


Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate she has made of the number of teachers in Devon who have taken early retirement; and what percentage did so on the grounds of ill health, in each of the past five years. [12009]

Mrs. Gillan: The following table shows the information for teachers taking early retirement from the maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special sector in Devon.

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Financial yearNumber of early retirements(8)Percentage retiring on ill-health grounds
1991-9216747
1992-9319642
1993-9424340
1994-9521654
1995-96 (provisional)30034

(8) Excludes those last recorded as in sixth form colleges.


Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what guidance the Funding Agency for Schools has issued to head teachers of grant-maintained schools in respect of premature retirements in 1997-98 and beyond; [12073]

Mrs. Gillan: The Funding Agency for Schools will offer assistance towards the cost of premature retirement in GM schools in 1997-98 and beyond on a case by case basis, according to criteria set by the agency, from within the total allocation set aside for special purpose grants. It is for the Agency to determine what advice and financial assistance is made available to GM schools in respect of premature retirements having regard to the proposed changes in the regulations. I have asked the chairman of the Funding Agency for Schools to write to the hon. Member with this information.

Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will place copies of the responses to her consultation document on teachers pension fund in the Library. [11960]

Mrs. Gillan: I will place copies of the responses from consultees to our proposals for the reform of early retirement arrangements for the teachers' superannuation scheme in the Library, except for any where the consultee has asked for the response to remain confidential.

Mr. Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the total number of teachers who have retired before the age of 60 years for reasons of health or disability during the last four years. [11850]

Mrs. Gillan: The numbers of teachers who have retired on grounds of ill health before the age 60 in each of the last four years is given in the table.

YearNumber of retirees
1992-934,900
1993-945,730
1994-956,303
1995-965,980

Local Education Authorities (Finance)

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the capital allocations for 1997-98 to each local education authority (a) in cash terms and (b) at 1995-96 prices together with the average allocation at 1995-96 prices for the five years between 1992-93 and 1996-97 for each authority. [11958]

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Mrs. Gillan: The table lists each local education authority's 1997-98 annual capital guideline in cash terms and at 1995-96 prices. It also lists, at 1995-96 prices, the average capital allocation--annual capital guideline plus any supplementary credit approvals--for each LEA for the period 1993-94 to 1996-97. Comparable data for 1992-93 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

We expect to issue further supplementary credit approvals in 1996-97, and to issue supplementary credit approvals totalling about £66 million--or £63 million at 1995-96 prices--in 1997-98. The table does not include allocations under capital challenge.

LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITIES CAPITAL ALLOCATIONS (Annual capital guidelines and supplementary credit approvals)
Real terms' = 1995-96 prices All figures in £000

LEA1997-98 ACG1997-98 ACG in real termsAverage real terms allocation 1993-94 to 1996-97
Avon----6,425
Barking1,0219772,028
Barnet9018622,838
Barnsley1,1531,1032,622
Bath and North-east Somerset1,2211,168388
Bedfordshire2,2472,1492,313
Berkshire1,6341,5633,605
Bexley3,5453,3911,914
Birmingham1,0611,0158,762
Bolton1,4221,360802
Bournemouth1,4701,406--
Bradford3,9813,8086,650
Brent5452595
Brighton and Hove3,0042,873--
Bristol174166794
Bromley1,0359901,979
Bukinghamshire4,2354,0519,455
Bury5553702
Calderdale88841,836
Cambridgeshire6,9856,6817,721
Camden3634541
Cheshire4,8334,6238,680
City003
Cleveland----5,567
Cornwall6,3726,0954,015
Coventry5,4865,2472,277
Croydon3082951,454
Cumbria3,4843,3326,137
Darlington5351--
Derby832796--
Derbyshire2,1102,0187,962
Devon10,95810,48111,425
Doncaster7907565,258
Dorset1,6371,5664,736
Dudley6916611,270
Durham7,6707,3364,271
Ealing3,5283,3742,832
East Riding of Yorkshire385368108
East Sussex11,76311,25114,665
Enfield7,5507,2213,973
Essex8,5638,19011,035
Gateshead1,8841,8022,785
Gloucestershire7,8237,48310,550
Greenwich1,3761,316791
Hackney7717371,079
Hammersmith125120481
Hampshire9,3068,90116,154
Haringey3,9603,7882,464
Harrow1,0971,0492,912
Hartlepool5510
Havering6158507
Hereford and Worcester2,8452,7214,707
Hertfordshire9,9869,5514,000
Hillingdon2,0381,9492,072
Hounslow3,0952,9603,005
Humberside----5,599
Isle of Wight2,6042,4913,458
Isles of Scilly494754
Islington7269384
Kensington8480633
Kent19,93719,06919,973
Kingston upon Hull969240
Kingston upon Thames3,0092,878660
Kirklees1,5541,4862,988
Knowsley1,4471,3841,180
Lambeth651623829
Lancashire5,2254,9989,509
Leeds7,0466,7394,353
Leicester162155--
Leicestershire1,5631,4955,710
Lewisham8137781,510
Lincolnshire5,9495,6909,585
Liverpool4,9474,7413,866
Luton845808--
Manchester5,9445,68511,990
Merton4745658
Middlesbrough616589251
Milton Keynes2,7242,605--
Newcastle4073892,970
Newham2,8922,7662,036
Norfolk2,3012,2014,050
North-east Lincolnshire47445358
North Lincolnshire31930540
North Somerset3,2073,067599
North Tyneside1,1161,0673,360
North Yorkshire3,7893,6244,708
Northamptonshire6,6936,4025,022
Northumberland1,3251,2672,513
Nottinghamshire3,0742,9402,741
Oldham1,6301,5592,126
Oxfordshire5,1674,9425,852
Poole1,0671,021--
Portsmouth2,2752,176--
Redbridge7,6887,3534,787
Redcar and Cleveland169162285
Richmond129123225
Rochdale910870739
Rotherham1,5471,4801,252
Rutland44--
Salford4,4624,2684,129
Sandwell2,4812,3731,648
Sefton70671,640
Sheffield4,6764,4734,674
Shropshire3,8913,7226,758
Solihull2,4252,3192,172
Somerset2,0281,9403,423
South Gloucestershire4,4144,222599
South Tyneside571546874
Southampton512490--
Southwark1,7891,7111,088
St. Helen's5265031,257
Staffordshire4,3684,1783,355
Stockport737705860
Stockton on Tees165158158
Stoke196187--
Suffolk4,6104,4097,576
Sunderland4,6584,4553,806
Surrey9,1148,7179,693
Sutton3,4843,3322,201
Tameside2,1172,0252,603
Thamesdown1,0541,008--
Tower Hamlets3,0852,95110,755
Trafford4,0963,9181,404
Wakefield4,0373,86110,567
Walsall557533666
Waltham Forest1,1611,1102,447
Wandsworth50482,103
Warwickshire9709288,654
West Sussex5,8935,6373,587
Westminster608582373
Wigan1,6851,6121,911
Wiltshire4,3114,1233,130
Wirral1,4681,4042,057
Wolverhampton6856551,927
York476455185

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Mr. Rooker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list for each local education authority (a) its percentage of the national school population and (b) the percentage of extra resources from the increase in the latest standard spending assessment allocated to it. [11942]

Mr. Robin Squire: The following table sets out the percentage for each authority of the national total of pupils underlying the provisional education standard spending assessment calculations for 1997-98 and the provisional percentage for each authority of the £592 million increase in the national total of education standard spending assessments, net of specific grants. The further additional resources available through the specific grant programmes are not included in this analysis, as they are not necessarily allocated on the basis of pupil numbers.

Some care must be taken in drawing conclusions from this table. Each authority's share of the extra resources will reflect the year on year change in its pupil numbers and therefore may not be proportionate to its share of the national total of pupil numbers. Variations in the shares of the extra resources are also affected in particular by year-on-year changes in the proportion of children in each authority who are entitled to free school meals.

LEASSA increasePupil numbers
City of London0.00.0
Camden0.50.3
Greenwich0.20.5
Hackney0.70.3
Hammersmith and Fulham0.30.2
Islington0.40.3
Kensington and Chelsea0.10.1
Lambeth0.00.3
Lewisham0.70.4
Southwark0.30.4
Tower Hamlets1.00.5
Wandsworth0.50.4
Westminster0.30.2
Barking and Dagenham0.80.4
Barnet0.90.6
Bexley0.80.5
Brent0.60.5
Bromley1.20.6
Croydon0.90.6
Ealing0.70.5
Enfield1.10.6
Haringey0.90.4
Harrow0.20.4
Havering0.40.5
Hillingdon0.70.5
Hounslow0.60.5
Kingston upon Thames0.30.3
Merton0.40.3
Newham1.30.6
Redbridge0.90.5
Richmond upon Thames0.40.3
Sutton0.50.4
Waltham Forest0.40.4
Birmingham1.62.3
Coventry0.60.7
Dudley0.50.6
Sandwell0.70.7
Solihull0.80.5
Walsall0.70.6
Wolverhampton0.30.5
Knowsley0.70.4
Liverpool1.31.1
St. Helens0.50.4
Sefton0.60.6
Wirral0.30.7
Bolton0.70.6
Bury0.40.4
Manchester-0.10.9
Oldham0.60.5
Rochdale0.60.5
Salford0.50.5
Stockport0.50.6
Tameside0.80.5
Trafford0.70.5
Wigan0.50.7
Barnsley0.40.5
Doncaster0.60.7
Rotherham0.50.6
Sheffield0.71.0
Bradford1.01.2
Calderdale0.40.5
Kirklees1.10.8
Leeds1.81.5
Wakefield0.70.7
Gateshead0.20.4
Newcastle upon Tyne0.30.5
North Tyneside0.30.4
South Tyneside0.50.3
Sunderland0.50.7
Isles of Scilly0.00.0
Bath and North-east Somerset0.20.3
Bristol0.40.7
North Somerset0.40.4
South Gloucestershire0.60.5
Hartlepool0.20.2
Middlesbrough0.20.3
Redcar and Cleveland0.10.3
Stockton on Tees0.40.4
Kingston upon Hull0.40.6
East Riding of Yorkshire0.70.6
North-east Lincolnshire0.30.4
North Lincolnshire0.30.3
North Yorkshire1.21.1
York0.20.3
Bedfordshire0.90.8
Luton0.30.4
Buckinghamshire0.71.0
Milton Keynes0.50.5
Derbyshire1.41.5
Derby0.70.5
Dorset0.70.7
Poole0.30.3
Bournemouth0.30.3
Durham0.41.1
Darlington0.20.2
East Sussex1.20.9
Brighton and Hove0.40.4
Hampshire2.12.3
Portsmouth0.10.3
Southampton0.30.4
Leicestershire1.21.3
Leicester0.00.6
Rutland0.00.1
Staffordshire1.71.8
Stoke on Trent0.50.5
Wiltshire0.90.8
Thamesdown0.40.4
Berkshire1.41.6
Cambridgeshire0.81.4
Cheshire2.12.1
Cornwall1.11.0
Cumbria0.91.0
Devon2.22.1
Essex2.93.2
Gloucestershire1.31.1
Hereford and Worcester1.01.4
Hertfordshire2.02.2
Isle of Wight Council0.40.3
Kent3.43.3
Lancashire3.13.0
Lincolnshire1.41.3
Norfolk1.21.5
Northamptonshire1.31.3
Northumberland0.80.7
Nottinghamshire1.82.1
Oxfordshire1.11.1
Shropshire0.90.9
Somerset0.70.9
Suffolk1.51.3
Surrey2.31.8
Warwickshire0.71.0
West Sussex1.01.4
100.0100.0

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