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Beef Bones (Disposal)

Mr. Gill: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advice he plans to issue on the disposal of beef bones for which there is no longer a commercial market. [25876]

Mr. Rooker: Such bones must be disposed of in accordance with the requirements of the Animal By-Products Order 1992, as amended, which is enforced by local authorities. An explanatory note on the 1997 amendment to the Order and which covers butchers' waste is being sent to local authority bodies and is available to inquirers. I am sending a copy to the hon. Member and have arranged for one to be placed in the Library of the House.

Sheep Exports

Angela Smith: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to prevent live

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sheep being exported from the United Kingdom for slaughter in France at the Eid-el-Kebir festival; and if he will make a statement. [25641]

Mr. Morley: A judgment against the United Kingdom in the European Court of Justice has made clear that there are severe constraints on our power to prevent the export of livestock because of the way they may be treated in the Member State of destination. We are however considering the position. We will in particular be contacting the French government to seek their assurance that steps will be taken to prevent a repeat of the sort of scenes that have occurred with the Festival of Eid-el-Kebir in recent years.

Food Standards

Mr. Spring: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures he is taking to ensure that food standards in other member states of the EU match those in the United Kingdom. [25861]

Mr. Rooker: Most areas of food law are harmonised in the EU through EC legislation. The UK negotiates hard to make sure that the health of the consumer is properly safeguarded at home and abroad.

Sustainable Development

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what mechanisms he has put in place to ensure the Government's objective of promoting sustainable development is reflected in the outcome of the comprehensive spending reviews for his Department. [25902]

Mr. Morley: In accordance with the terms of reference for the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, the Department is reviewing all aspects of its expenditure and determining how best its programme can contribute to the Government's objectives, including in particular the aims of enhancing opportunity and fairness and promoting employment and investment for sustained economic growth.

Farming Industry (Meetings)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how regularly Ministers meet representatives of the farming industry; what formal fora for discussion exist; and if he will make a statement. [25295]

Dr. John Cunningham: I and my Ministerial team are in regular contact with representatives of the farming industry at both a national and regional level.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Tuition Fees

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to pay the fourth year of tuition fees for eligible English and Welsh students beginning degrees at Scottish universities from 1998 onwards; and if he will make a statement. [27046]

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Dr. Howells: Students domiciled in England and Wales who begin degree courses at Scottish universities from 1998 onwards will be eligible for financial support with the payment of fees for each year of their course, depending on their parents' or spouse's and their own income. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans for the whole fourth-year tuition fee to be paid out of public funds for all such students, regardless of income.

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment at what income level EU migrant workers resident in England and applying to a Scottish university for a four year degree will be means tested for eligibility for the fourth year tuition fee. [26973]

Dr. Howells: From 1 September 1998, new entrants to full-time higher education domiciled in England will be eligible for assistance with their fees for all years of their courses. An EU migrant worker living in England who is eligible for assistance is entitled to be treated no less favourably than a UK national who is similarly eligible and living in England. It is not possible to say now what the relevant income figures will be in assessing eligibility for assistance with fees in four years' time.

Child Care

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many new child care places have been created since 1 May 1997. [27076]

Mr. Alan Howarth: The number of new out of school child care places created by the Out of School Childcare Initiative is collected cumulatively within each financial year. For the financial year 1997-98, 5,278 new places have been created up to 28 December 1997.

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the average cost of a current child care place; and what was the average cost in 1996. [27077]

Mr. Alan Howarth: The average cost of child care places is not collected on a national basis. However, the third evaluation of Out of School Childcare Initiative, based on a survey of 145 schemes and undertaken in the second half of 1997, found that the average weekly charge for an after-school place was £18.60, a before and after school place £29.50, and a holiday place £50.40. The report was published on 22 January and a copy has been placed in the Library.

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many child care places were created by the out of school child care initiative in each of the years (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997. [27075]

Mr. Alan Howarth: The number of new out of school child care places created by the Out of School Childcare Initiative is collected on a financial year basis and is as follows: in 1994-95, 22,286 places, in 1995-96 35,182 places, and in 1996-97 12,446 places.

School Budgets

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the answer of 26 January 1998, Official Report, column 91, what extra

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amount per pupil would be made available to schools if all local authorities held back the same percentage as Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. [26853]

Mr. Byers: The following table gives the information requested as a listing of local education authorities in England for 1997-98. The figures are derived from the budget statements produced by the local education authorities under section 122 of the 1996 Education Act.

Extract--Section 122 Budget statements (England) 1997-98
Extra amount per pupil which would be made available to schools if all local authorities held back the same percentage as Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (96.3 per cent. of PSB)

Authority£
Corporation of London261
Camden233
Greenwich34
Hackney129
Hammersmith and Fulham100
Islington96
Kensington and Chelsea198
Lambeth179
Lewisham102
Southwark170
Tower Hamlets173
Wandsworth137
Westminster175
Barking/Dagenham172
Barnet147
Bexley82
Brent41
Bromley151
Croydon101
Ealing145
Enfield150
Haringey254
Harrow132
Havering90
Hillingdon124
Hounslow146
Kingston130
Merton137
Newham238
Redbridge91
Richmond125
Sutton88
Waltham Forest56
Birmingham99
Coventry114
Dudley0
Sandwell82
Solihull39
Walsall146
Wolverhampton78
Knowsley90
Liverpool71
St. Helens131
Sefton142
Wirral119
Bolton170
Bury64
Manchester96
Oldham93
Rochdale54
Salford109
Stockport158
Tameside117
Trafford145
Wigan74
Barnsley144
Doncaster172
Rotherham108
Sheffield139
Bradford111
Calderdale158
Kirklees148
Leeds50
Wakefield156
Gateshead217
Newcastle148
North Tyneside85
South Tyneside141
Sunderland53
Isles of Scilly141
Bath and North East Somerset128
Bristol144
North Somerset142
South Gloucestershire158
Hartlepool103
Middlesbrough145
Redcar and Cleveland147
Stockton on Tees126
Hull110
East Riding144
North East Lincolnshire111
North Lincolnshire158
North Yorkshire120
York131
Luton118
Milton Keynes120
Derby City142
Poole64
Bournemouth214
Darlington162
Brighton and Hove151
Portsmouth120
Southampton80
Leicester City169
Rutland103
Stoke-on-Trent113
Swindon112
Bedfordshire62
Berkshire56
Buckinghamshire92
Cambridgeshire160
Cheshire94
Cornwall177
Cumbria78
Derbyshire135
Devon105
Dorset103
Durham151
East Sussex117
Essex125
Gloucestershire88
Hampshire108
Hereford/Worcester118
Hertfordshire58
Isle of Wight127
Kent131
Lancashire129
Leicestershire147
Lincolnshire155
Norfolk81
Northamptonshire60
Northumberland89
Nottinghamshire137
Oxfordshire83
Shropshire84
Somerset114
Staffordshire72
Suffolk75
Surrey114
Warwickshire134
West Sussex130
Wiltshire132
England115

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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list by local education authority (a) the percentage of their schools budget that is not delegated to schools, (b) the amount in (a) expressed in pounds per pupil and (c) the amount not delegated to schools allocated for special educational needs expressed in pounds per pupil; and what proportion (c) represents of (b). [26833]

Mr. Byers: The following table gives the information requested as a listing of local education authorities in England for 1997-98. The figures are derived from the budget statements produced by the local education authorities under section 122 of the 1996 Education Act.

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Section 122 Budget Statement (England) 1997-98

Non-delegated total as % of GSBGSB less ASB per pupilAll S.E.N. (non-delegated) funding per pupilColumn (c) as % of column (b)
%££%
(a)(b)(c)(d)
Corporation of London35.81,65700.0
Camden33.51,28313610.6
Greenwich22.7690142.1
Hackney28.4961575.9
Hammersmith and Fulham25.3873515.8
Islington32.71,133554.9
Kensington and Chelsea27.21,050959.0
Lambeth26.392914115.2
Lewisham20.2604223.7
Southwark27.6871687.8
Tower Hamlets32.91,1481069.2
Wandsworth25.884012214.5
Westminster30.21,040989.5
Barking/Dagenham30.791211112.2
Barnet30.085813015.1
Bexley24.35595610.0
Brent25.2722304.2
Bromley31.680513316.5
Croydon28.17637710.1
Ealing26.072011616.2
Enfield30.58659110.5
Haringey34.81,1491139.8
Harrow22.561411118.1
Havering18.14297718.0
Hillingdon21.7535254.6
Hounslow27.6815435.3
Kingston21.34997715.4
Merton18.545311124.5
Newham30.384210612.6
Redbridge23.5609203.3
Richmond17.844610122.7
Sutton29.6821384.6
Waltham Forest25.575240.5
Birmingham22.4589579.6
Coventry24.1622589.4
Dudley19.6447265.8
Sandwell21.95105510.9
Solihull19.84575612.3
Walsall23.05386111.3
Wolverhampton25.1602396.5
Knowsley23.1573233.9
Liverpool24.5592457.5
St. Helens23.95747012.1
Sefton21.04946212.5
Wirral24.4569529.1
Bolton27.765612819.6
Bury21.5464194.2
Manchester27.2696263.7
Oldham24.3588467.8
Rochdale23.45365310.0
Salford32.5863647.4
Stockport26.893812413.2
Tameside34.9858526.0
Trafford29.66687210.8
Wigan23.4583254.3
Barnsley30.568710715.6
Doncaster26.665910616.0
Rotherham23.65395710.5
Sheffield35.2949757.9
Bradford35.191610311.2
Calderdale32.679011514.6
Kirklees28.06667411.1
Leeds26.3675213.1
Wakefield36.9957879.1
Gateshead36.31,033949.1
Newcastle26.0659538.0
North Tyneside27.6685659.6
South Tyneside26.36076310.4
Sunderland21.95165310.3
Isles of Scilly25.81,16416414.1
Bath and North East Somerset21.45377313.7
Bristol22.0563437.7
North Somerset29.8806779.5
South Gloucestershire23.169110214.8
Hartlepool21.14535211.5
Middlesbrough25.26026310.4
Redcar and Cleveland22.95226813.1
Stockton on Tees22.3510499.6
Hull22.5521529.9
East Riding23.1563539.3
North East Lincolnshire21.6501499.9
North Lincolnshire26.0629589.3
North Yorkshire21.55116612.9
York21.04716714.3
Luton27.0637426.6
Milton Keynes30.2729608.3
Derby City29.162810116.2
Poole28.06126811.0
Bournemouth35.48779811.2
Darlington23.95158516.4
Brighton and Hove25.86509414.5
Portsmouth28.6776405.1
Southampton19.2465245.2
Leicester City24.25709817.2
Rutland20.54426113.8
Stoke-on-Trent23.6520519.8
Swindon24.55337914.8
Bedfordshire23.5556203.7
Berkshire17.4394266.5
Buckinghamshire29.5739405.5
Cambridgeshire33.282614818.0
Cheshire22.05155811.3
Cornwall29.974513618.3
Cumbria25.76006310.6
Derbyshire30.469110014.4
Devon24.75887312.4
Dorset20.04335813.4
Durham28.16828913.0
East Sussex27.2705588.3
Essex26.26289815.7
Gloucestershire24.95597513.4
Hampshire21.4510265.1
Hereford/Worcester24.75778514.7
Hertfordshire22.55377614.2
Isle of Wight21.04869018.6
Kent24.35639917.6
Lancashire25.560810417.2
Leicestershire22.95337414.0
Lincolnshire24.258710618.0
Norfolk24.66186510.6
Northamptonshire23.8555325.7
Northumberland24.25616812.1
Nottinghamshire26.7599599.8
Oxfordshire25.46256610.6
Shropshire28.5703425.9
Somerset23.555510118.2
Staffordshire23.75275710.7
Suffolk20.3480479.8
Surrey26.76927310.6
Warwickshire28.16878011.7
West Sussex21.65106713.1
Wiltshire28.96918011.6
England25.66337011.0

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