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Business Rates

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each year since 1978-79 the amount of business rates levied in Scotland in (a) cash terms and (b) current prices. [22402]

Mr. Macdonald [holding answer 12 January 1998]: The available data are:

Net income from business rates

£ million
YearCash termsCurrent (1996-97) prices(5)

(5) Calculated using the Adjusted GDP deflator at market prices--Source HM Treasury. Base Year is 1996-97.

(6) Non-domestic (Business) rates were not separately identifiable until the introduction of the Community Charge in 1989-90--prior to this domestic and non-domestic rates were collected together. Data for 1978-79 to 1988-89 have been estimated and are therefore not directly comparable with later years.

The figures from 1995-96 onwards are subject to revision. The 1996-97 figure is provisional.

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Mailshots (Schools)

Mr. Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the (a) dates and (b) numbers of pages of letters, information and booklets sent in his name to schools and chairmen of schools since 2 May; if he will place copies in the Library; and if he will estimate the costs of sending the materials to schools by (i) first and (ii) second class post. [22575]

Mr. Byers: The table gives the details of the material sent to schools from 2 May to end December. Copies of consultation papers, booklets and circulars are in the Library.

Information on the estimated costs of sending material to schools by first and second class post respectively is not available in the form requested.

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Letters, Information and Booklets sent to Schools(7) since 2 May 1997

DateTitlePagesPublication typePurpose
MayLetter of Introduction from Secretary of State1LetterInformation
MayData Collection on Pupil Absence5Leaflet and formsData collection
JuneCareers Education and Guidance in Further Education Colleges24CircularGuidance
JuneEducation Act 19971PosterGuidance
JuneProgress on taking forward Dearing Proposals3Letter Information
JulySchool Governors: A Guide to the Law for County and Controlled Schools159BookGuidance
JulyExcellence in Schools + summary + Education: What it Means to You99 10 10White PaperConsultation
JulyPublication of Information about Secondary Schools Performance Tables in 19979CircularInformation
JulyGeneral Teaching Council: Teaching High Status, High Standards16BookletConsultation
JulyNew Deal for Schools 1997-98: Phase 16LetterInformation
JulySchool Teachers Pay and Conditions Document31CircularGuidance
JulyTeachers Superannuation Scheme: Certificate of Notice of Intention to Re-elect to Contract out of SERPS3LetterInformation
JulyPart 1 GNVQ Arrangements for 19981LetterInformation
JulyData Collection Timetable 1997-981LetterInformation
AugustInitial Teacher Training46CircularGuidance
AugustPartial Selection and Twice Excluded Pupils Following the Education Act 19973LetterInformation
AugustSeptember Pupil Count2Letter and formsData collection
AugustArrangements for Annual Maintenance Grant for GM Schools in 1998-9916LetterConsultation
SeptemberTeenage Smoking Attitudes Survey 1997--LetterInformation
SeptemberThe SENCO Guide54BookletGuidance
SeptemberSchool Teachers' Pay from 1 September 1997: A Leaflet for School Governors and Teachers5LeafletInformation
September1997 Secondary School Performance Tables--Forms for Checking Information15Letter and formData collection
September1997 National Pupil Absence Tables--Forms for Checking Information10Letter and formData collection
SeptemberInvesting in the Future: Supporting Students in Higher Education--A Summary7LeafletInformation
SeptemberExcellence in Schools--VideoInformation
SeptemberNew Constructional Standards for School Buildings6LetterInformation
SeptemberSchool Leaving Date for 16 Year Olds7CircularInformation
OctoberExcellence for All: Meeting Special Educational Needs99Green PaperConsultation
OctoberConnecting the Learning Society: National Grid for Learning + summary28 15BookletConsultation
OctoberImplementing the National Literacy Strategy8LeafletInformation
OctoberAnnual Schools' Census16Letter and FormsData Collection
OctoberQualifying for Success30BookletConsultation
OctoberInspection Reports on Further Education Colleges and VIth Form Colleges5Letter and ListInformation
OctoberSummary Results of the 1997 NC Assessments of: 7 Year Olds in England 11 Year Olds in England 14 Year Olds in England 9 11 7LeafletsInformation
OctoberLocal Publication and Distribution of Information About the Achievements of Students in Further Education Sector Colleges5LetterInformation
OctoberLocal Publication of the 1997 Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Results in Primary School Performance Tables7CircularInformation
NovemberSchool Governors: A Guide to the Law for Special Schools (1997)141BookGuidance
NovemberEarly Retirement Arrangements for Teachers12CircularGuidance
NovemberFrom Targets to Action: Guidance to Support Effective Target-Setting in Schools31BookletGuidance
NovemberNew Deal for Schools (NDS) 1998-2001: Phase 24LetterInformation
November1997 National Pupil Absence Tables4BookletInformation
NovemberOutline Capability Procedure for Removing Unsatisfactory Teachers3LetterInformation
NovemberSupporting Students in Higher Education from 1998-992LetterInformation
November1997 School and College Performance Tables9BookletInformation
November1997 National Pupil Absence Tables9BookletInformation
November1997 National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Non-Core Teacher Assessment6Information
DecemberIndependent/State School Partnerships2LetterInformation
DecemberChanges to Pupil Registration Requirements: The Education (Pupil Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 SI No 26242Letter and SIGuidanace
DecemberSchool Governors: A Guide to the Law for Voluntary Aided and Special Agreement Schools 1997140BookGuidance
DecemberArrangements for Annual Maintenance Grant for GM Schools in 1998-9911LetterInformation
DecemberProposed Arrangements for Collecting Statistical Information from Schools (Summary)2Consultation
DecemberRaising Standards for All: The Governments Legislative Plans3LeafletInformation
DecemberSchool Security: Dealing With Troublemakers71FolderGuidance

(7)(a) Almost all mailings are sent to both heads and chairs of governors separately, unless clearly of interest to only one party and mainly sent by second class post.

(b) Not all schools will have received all mailings, only those relevant to a school of a given type e.g. all secondary schools, or all voluntary aided schools.

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Student Fees

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of state for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on his policy concerning universities charging students for (a) laboratory fees, (b) library fees, (c) photocopying fees and (d) IT and internet fees. [22368]

Dr. Howells: Under the present funding arrangements, it is for universities to decide what fees to charge students. We have, however, made it clear that top-up fees play no part in our plans for the future funding of higher education. In deciding whether or not to exercise the power to control fees charged by universities under the provisions of the Teaching and Higher Education Bill, my right hon. Friend would consider the circumstances relating to particular types of fee. In particular, he would have regard first to the amount charged and secondly to whether such fees related to an optional service for which students could choose to pay or to essential elements of their courses for which they would be obliged to pay in order to undertake and complete those courses. Small charges for services such as photocopying are entirely a matter for universities.

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