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Indonesia (Exports)

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment she has made of the practice of granting export licences for the export of military, security and police equipment or services to Indonesia; if she intends to continue with the practice; and if she will make a statement. [3384]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: I have been asked to reply.

We announced on 22 May, Official Report, column 135, an urgent review of the detailed criteria used in considering licence applications for the export of conventional arms worldwide. All countries will be judged against the new criteria.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Class Sizes (Colchester)

Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the total additional expenditure needed to reduce class sizes to 30 or under for (a) all five, six and seven-year-olds and (b) all eight, nine and 10-year-olds in the Colchester parliamentary constituency. [4177]

Mr. Byers: Our pledge is to phase out classes of over 30 for all five, six and seven year olds during the lifetime of this Parliament. We will be discussing with local education authorities and others the implementation of our policy following the publication of a White Paper this summer.

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Class Sizes (Bolton)

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are the (a) average and (b) maximum numbers of children in primary school classes in (i) Bolton West, (ii) Bolton North-east and (iii) Bolton South-east; and how many are educated in class sizes of over 30 pupils. [3081]

Mr. Byers: The available information is shown in the following table.

The information in table 2 puts into context the information on maximum class sizes in table 1.

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Table 1: Average and maximum class size and number of pupils in classes of 31 or more pupils for classes taught by one teacher in maintained primary schools in the Bolton Parliamentary Constituencies in January 1996

Average class sizeMaximum class sizePupils in classes of 31 or more
Bolton West27.9413,137
Bolton North-east28.8604,033
Bolton South-east28.7604,549


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Table 2: Numbers of classes and pupils by class size for classes taught by one teacher in maintained primary schools in the Bolton Parliamentary constituencies in January 1996

Size of class
1-20 21-30 31-35 36-40 41 or more Total
Number of classesNumber of pupilsNumber of classesNumber of pupilsNumber of classesNumber of pupilsNumber of classesNumber of pupilsNumber of classesNumber of pupilsNumber of classesNumber of pupils
Bolton West274121152,996752,465165902822356,545
Bolton North-east223611503,917953,1331764152592898,311
Bolton South-east315061413,6801003,326281,02941943048,735

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School Exclusions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary-aged children have been permanently excluded from school in each local education authority area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [4169]

Ms Estelle Morris: The numbers of primary, secondary and special school pupils permanently excluded from school in the 1994-95 school year in each local education authority area are set out in the following table. Details of exclusions in 1995-96 are currently being collated and will be available later in the year. Information on exclusions in previous years is not available centrally for each local education authority area.

Permanent exclusions from maintained primary, secondary and special schools and non-maintained special schools in the 1994-95 school year

Number of permanent exclusions
LEA areaPrimarySecondarySpecial
City of London0(10)--(10)--
Camden7416
Greenwich9453
Hackney896
Hammersmith and Fulham9631
Islington7582
Kensington and Chelsea4270
Lambeth12394
Lewisham15467
Southwark12822
Tower Hamlets8465
Wandsworth96912
Westminster6530
Barking and Dagenham9471
Barnet15921
Bexley6472
Brent9932
Bromley9866
Croydon111185
Ealing3700
Enfield9751
Haringey2170
Harrow6472
Havering2580
Hillingdon11477
Hounslow7800
Kingston-upon-Thames2240
Merton1313
Newham11430
Redbridge2473
Richmond upon Thames3310
Sutton4312
Waltham Forest8812
Birmingham651992
Coventry6953
Dudley9424
Sandwell91092
Solihull11246
Walsall7492
Wolverhampton10573
Knowsley2261
Liverpool1411414
St. Helens2271
Sefton6410
Wirral10393
Bolton7862
Bury7560
Manchester2611610
Oldham5422
Rochdale3262
Salford131020
Stockport1309
Tamside9520
Trafford6374
Wigan6472
Barnsley0160
Doncaster6927
Rotherham4451
Sheffield16735
Bradford21251
Calderdale4200
Kirklees14382
Leeds151598
Wakefield15854
Gateshead2311
Newcastle upon Tyne18743
North Tyneside6531
South Tyneside1651
Sunderland8401
Isles of Scilly00(10)--
Avon4917126
Bedfordshire121178
Berkshire2316714
Buckinghamshire17834
Cambridge71071
Cheshire1615210
Cleveland16668
Cornwall11700
Cumbria9700
Derbyshire231368
Devon2210116
Dorset17936
Durham91005
East Sussex2411413
Essex291747
Gloucestershire18965
Hampshire4430824
Hereford and Worcester101161
Hertfordshire241559
Humberside13914
Isle of Wight1120
Kent5228921
Lancashire4127213
Leicestershire211585
Lincolnshire91044
Norfolk14873
North Yorkshire10717
Northamptonshire151259
Northumberland6537
Nottinghamshire252094
Oxfordshire10363
Shropshire7997
Somerset13463
Staffordshire252265
Suffolk131031
Surrey2517617
Warwichshire11606
West Sussex22944
Wiltshire138812
England1,3078,870492

(10) No schools of this type in LEA area.


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Secondary Schools (Staffordshire)

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many secondary schools in Staffordshire offered the teaching of more than one foreign language to (a) GCSE level and (b) A level in the latest year for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of the advantages of all such

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schools offering more than one foreign language to these levels; and what plans he has to change the national curriculum requirement in respect of the number of foreign languages to be offered. [4032]

Ms Estelle Morris: The latest figures we have are for the 1995-96 school year and relate to pupils attempting GCSE or GCE A level examinations in two or more foreign languages. We do not have separate information on how many pupils were actually taught the languages. All of the seventy-one secondary schools in Staffordshire had pupils tgaking at least two GCSEs in foreign languages. The most popular languages were French, German and Spanish. Forty-six had pupils taking at least two GCE A levels in foreign languages. French and German were by far the most popular languages at that level.

All secondary schools must now teach pupils at least one modern foreign language, and they are free to offer more than one if they have the resources to do so and the demand is there. Foreign language learning is important in promoting international understanding, and in providing insights into other cultures, and our own. For the United Kingdom as a trading nation, competence in modern foreign languages is of crucial importance in an increasingly competitive world. Nineteen modern foreign languages are eligible to be National Curriculum foundation subjects.

We have promised stability in the National Curriculum at key stages 1 to 3 until the year 2000. The School Curriculum and Assessment Authority are currently monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the revised National Curriculum introduced in schools in 1995, and will provide advice to Ministers in due course on the need for and nature of any future modifications.


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