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Non-career Civil Servants

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many non-career civil servants have been appointed to his Department since 1 May 1997. [25856]

Dr. Howells: A non-career civil servant is someone appointed other than on a permanent contract, for example fixed term appointments and casuals. The number of people appointed to posts in the DfEE on fixed term contracts or as casuals since 1 May 1997 is 300.

University Funding

Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on his plans to reallocate resources for universities in England and Wales, with particular reference to the funding of Oxford and Cambridge universities. [25408]

Dr. Howells: The allocation of resources for universities in England is a matter for the Higher Education Funding Council for England, subject to guidance from the Department. A copy of the guidance letter for 1998-99 is in the Library.

Separately we have asked the Funding Council to advise on the mechanisms for setting future funding for universities and colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. We

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received their report in late November and are still considering their advice.

Schools (Expenditure)

Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what is the forecast per capita expenditure for pupils in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Shropshire in 1998-99; [24425]

Mr. Blunkett: Schools do not receive per capita funding directly from the Government, but local education authorities receive resources through the SSA system. The table sets out the provisional primary and secondary SSA per pupil for Southwark and Shropshire in 1998-99 and the equivalent final figures for 1997-98. The latter figure for Shropshire is based on what it would have received if local government reorganisation had taken place a year earlier.

£
1997-981997-981998-991998-99IncreaseIncrease
PrimarySecondaryPrimarySecondaryPrimarySecondary
Southwark3,0294,0303,1974,191168161
Shropshire2,0002,6122,1002,727100115

Notes: The above figures are calculated on the basis of the primary and secondary components of the education standard spending assessments, as defined in the Local Government Finance Report (England) 1997-98 and the draft Report for 1998-99, divided by pupils aged 5-10 and 11-15 respectively, as defined in the reports. These figures reflect the differing socio-economic makeup of the two authorities. I am discussing the consequences of its financial settlement for 1998-99 with Shropshire county council. The SSA methodology for 1999-2000 is under review.


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New Deal

Mr. Dorrell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many employers have signed contractual agreements to provide places under the New Deal arrangements which became effective on 1 January. [23534]

Mr. Andrew Smith: 597 Employer Agreements have been signed nationally and locally.

Lifelong Learning

Mr. Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the date of publication of the White Paper on Lifelong Learning. [28215]

Dr. Howells: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment plans to publish a consultation paper on lifelong learning on 25 February, together with our responses to the reports from the

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Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education and the Further Education Funding Council's Widening Participation Committee.

Employment Training

Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will (a) provide a breakdown of expenditure (i) in cash terms and (ii) at July 1997 prices and (b) indicate the number of starts for (1) restart interviews, (2) 1-2-1, (3) jobfinder interviews, (4) the job interview guarantee scheme, (5) employment training, (6) training for work, (7) learning for work, (8) workskill, (9) community programme, (10) employment action, (11) the national insurance contributions holiday, (12) the enterprise allowance scheme and (13) the business start up scheme since 1987. [25560]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 26 February 1998]: The information requested is given in the following tables. Jobfinder interviews and Workskill pilots both commenced operation in the current financial year, therefore actual starts and expenditure will not be available until after the year end.

Expenditure in cash terms--Great Britain £ million

1987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-97
Restart Interviews32.533.324.424.834.955.647.958.353.151.0
1-2-1(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--0.55.811.3
Job Interview Guarantee Scheme(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--0.910.420.422.322.421.7
Employment Training(12)--(9)619.8(9)1,117.71,076.4(7)737.4(8)629.5(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--
Training for Work(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(8)760.2(8)692.7(8)501.7(8)459.9
Learning for Work(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(8)12.0(8)8.2(12)--(12)--
Community Programme1,085.4671.8(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--
Employment Action(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(7)16.3(10)137.3(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--
National Insurance Contributions Holiday(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(11)0.7
Enterprise Allowance Scheme200.7196.7170.9133.1(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--
Business Start Up Scheme(12)--(12)--(12)--(12)--(7)161.8(8)62.0(8)82.0(8)63.8(12)--(12)--

(7) England/Wales.

(8) England only.

(9) Includes expenditure on adult training predecessor programmes.

(10) England/Scotland.

(11) Provisional outturn. Employers have 6 years in which to claim the holiday.

(12) Scheme not in operation. Notes: Employment Training 1990-91 includes Garden Festival. Training for Work expenditure for 1996-97 is latest provisional outturn. Business Start Up (BSU) expenditure for 1991-92 is not available. Figure shown relates to Business Enterprise Scheme, which consisted of EAS, BSU and Business Enterprise Training. Cash information is not available for Restart for 1987-88 to 1991-92. The figures provided are 1992-93 information reduced downwards by GDP deflators. 1-2-1 assumes the planning average number of interviews per client.


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Expenditure at 1997 Prices--Great Britain £ million

1987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-97
Restart Interviews48.947.032.230.340.261.351.461.654.651.0
1-2-1(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--0.55.911.3
Job Interview Guarantee Scheme(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--1.011.521.923.523.021.7
Employment Training(16)--(15)899.3(15)1,515.81,351.5(13)870.4(14)713.1(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--
Training for Work(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(14)836.8(14)751.2(14)529.5(14)472.3
Learning for Work(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(14)13.2(14)8.9(16)--(16)--
Community Programme1,680.2974.6(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--
Employment Action(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(13)19.2(14)155.5(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--
Enterprise Allowance Scheme310.7285.4231.8167.1(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--
Business Start Up Scheme(16)--(16)--(16)--(16)--(13)191.0(14)70.2(14)90.3(14)69.2(16)--(16)--

(13) England/Wales.

(14) England only.

(15) Includes Adult Training.

(16) Scheme not in operation. Notes: Cash expenditure has been translated to constant 1997 prices by using GDP deflators. Training for Work expenditure for 1996-97 is latest provisional outturn. Business Start Up (BSU) expenditure for 1991-92 is not available. Figure shown relates to Business Enterprise Scheme, which consisted of EAS, BSU and Business Enterprise Training.


Number of starts--Great Britain 000s

1987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-97
Restart Interview2,3002,2001,5001,4001,8502,8182,3243,7593,2723,206
1-2-1(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--454051,140
Job Interview Guarantee Scheme(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--134119412450377216
Employment Training(17)--239431389293291(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--
Training for Work(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--339320254229
Learning for Work(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--90.7(17)--(17)--
Community Programme26984(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--
Employment Action(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--2267(17)--(17)--(17)--
National Insurance Contributions Holiday(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--4
Enterprise Allowance Scheme106997860(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--
Business Start Up Scheme(17)--(17)--(17)--(17)--50414130(17)--(17)--

(17) Scheme not in operation.


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