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Fee-paying Schools

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the fee-paying schools which have received funds under (a) the targeting social needs scheme and (b) the raising school standards initiative, indicating the amounts received in each of the past three years and the sums forecast to be paid in 1997-98; and if he will make a statement. [15108]

Mr. Ancram: Fees in Northern Ireland's voluntary grammar schools are, with two exceptions, limited to a maximum capital fee of £80. All voluntary grammar schools receive some level of assistance from targeting social needs resources, on the principle that money follows the pupils eligible for free school meals. The amount going to voluntary grammar schools represents only 4 per cent. of the funds allocated under the scheme.

The table lists the sums received by each voluntary grammar school.

Armagh Royal6,7908,8495,8714,422
Ballymena Academy8,6927,4215,2847,076
Ballymoney Dalriada13,58113,98712,03612,972
Bangor Grammar6,5195,4234,6975,012
Belfast Bloomfield6,5198,8496,7526,781
Belfast Campbell1,3588562,0553,243
Belfast High12,22311,13210,86214,446
Belfast Hunterhouse8,14810,27611,74211,793
Belfast Methodist8,14810,2769,10012,972
Belfast RBAI8,1488,5635,8716,191
Belfast Royal Academy15,48215,41419,08116,510
Belfast Strathearn3,8033,9963,8165,307
Belfast Victoria4,0745,4237,3399,434
Coleraine Acad Inst14,39612,27412,62313,856
Dungannon Royal5,9768,27812,33010,024
Enniskillen Portora4,0745,7097,0454,717
Holywood Sullivan2,7162,5691,7612,948
Larne Grammar7,0625,4234,6976,486
Lisburn Friend's5,7046,8517,6336,781
Lisburn Wallace4,8896,5659,3949,729
Londonderry Foyle20,09919,69518,20121,227
Magherafelt Rainey Endowed13,30913,41613,50419,163
Armagh St. Patrick's27,97632,25534,05334,788
Ballymena St. Louis'25,53224,54832,58524,764
Ballynahinch Assumption16,84013,70117,90723,585
Belfast Acquinas6,51911,98819,08121,227
Belfast CBS74,96687,05990,41785,201
Belfast Dominican30,14935,39534,05332,724
Belfast Our Lady and St. Pats21,18622,26425,54021,521
Belfast St. Dominic's45,36068,22067,81358,078
Belfast St. Malachy's24,98933,11134,64034,198
Coleraine Loreto College29,06331,11330,53029,481
Donaghmore St. Joseph's35,58236,82239,04444,517
Downpatrick St. Patrick's15,75413,98716,14617,689
Dungannon St. Patrick's Boys'61,11359,94262,52968,387
Dungannon St. Patrick's Girls'57,31159,94258,41960,732
Dunmurry Rathmore18,74125,11925,83320,637
Enniskillen Convent46,44652,80646,83850,118
Eniskillen St. Michael's38,02638,82036,69537,147
Garron Tower23,63021,69326,71425,059
Kilkeel St. Louis'19,01319,98123,19129,481
Londonderry St. Columbl20,869111,036113,021114,682
Londonderry Thornhill90,71991,91295,70198,468
Lurgan St. Michael's28,24825,97523,48528,007
Magherafelt St. Mary's49,16248,52555,18958,963
Newry CBS33,68042,24540,21840,979
Newry Our Lady's45,90353,09248,73150,118
Newry Sacred Heart37,21141,67449,90547,170
Newery St. Colman's28,52031,11331,99833,609
Omagh CBS28,79133,68236,69539,210
Omagh Loreto36,12542,24545,50245,106
Portstewart Dominican6,5197,9929,3949,434
Strabane Convent36,39632,82633,76037,441

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Bloody Sunday

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received from the Taoiseach concerning Bloody Sunday; and if he will make a statement. [15258]

Sir John Wheeler: None. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister spoke to the Taoiseach on Friday 31 January; Bloody Sunday was among the many items discussed. The subject was also raised when my right hon. and learned Friend met the Tanaiste on Thursday 6 February.

3 February 1997: In col. 458-59, written answers, the question and answer relating to the new parliamentary building should read as follows:

Mr. Dixon: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee when construction of the new parliamentary building will commence; and if he will make a statement. [11925]

Sir Raymond Powell: I am pleased to report that good progress is being made with the design and procurement of the new building. Contracts for over 70 per cent. of the work by value have been awarded. For example, prefabrication of the roof is proceeding apace in

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Lancashire, of the stone columns in Derbyshire and the contractors are well advanced with the detailed design and ordering of the mechanical and electrical services.

It had been planned that work would start on site today, 3 February 1997. Unfortunately London Underground Ltd. and its contractor have not made as much progress as they planned with the construction of the new Westminster station and are not able to hand back the site. My Committee has taken evidence in public and in private from the chief executive of LUL and from the project director on a number of occasions and, while we appreciate the magnitude of their task, they have been left in no doubt of the considerable disappointment that they have not been able to return

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the site on the due date. In due course the House will be pursuing the remedies available under the terms of the agreement with LUL.

At this stage I cannot advise my right hon. Friend when work will start on site. There have been progressive slippages in the forecast date for the first stage handover and all the indications are that the current forecast of 29 July 1997 may not be achieved. My Committee continues to press London Underground and will keep the matter under continuous scrutiny.

Until there is a date from London Underground in which we can have confidence, it is not possible to give a firm date for the completion of the building. The aim, however, is that occupation should start during the summer recess 2000.