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Post-devolution Expenditure

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the expenditure to be incurred this year by his Department on programmes or activities located in Wales as part of UK-wide programmes; and what will be the mechanism for supporting such expenditure when the National Assembly for Wales has been established. [63478]

Mr. Mudie: As part of UK-wide programmes, I estimate that the Department for Education and Employment will spend around £200,000 on programmes or activities located in Wales. The Government of Wales Act 1998 provided for a Transfer of Functions Order to be made to transfer Ministerial functions to the National Assembly for Wales. This Order was published in draft for public consultation on 12 November. Until the content of the Order has been finalised it is not possible to say with certainty what functions will transfer. Work is continuing within government to finalise the text of the Order and to establish whether any programme expenditure relates to those functions which will transfer. Funds will be transferred as necessary on this basis.

School Sport

Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what representations he has received concerning the teaching of sport in schools. [63442]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Department has received a number of representations from organisations and individuals about aspects of teaching PE, including sport, in schools. Physical education must be taught to all children throughout their compulsory schooling and is a key part of providing them with a broad and balanced education.

Class Sizes

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will require admission limits for infant Key Stage 1 schools to be limited to multiples of 30 in order to meet the class size regulations. [63310]

Ms Estelle Morris: No. Although admission authorities have a duty to vary standard numbers where these are incompatible with the class size limit, adjusting school admission numbers to multiples of 30 is only one of a number of ways of meeting the limit.

Disabled Students' Allowance

Mr. Levitt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many students in full-time post school education took up the disabled students' allowance in each of the last five years. [63399]

Mr. Mudie: The disabled students allowance forms part of the mandatory award. Mandatory awards are payable to personally eligible students attending full-time sandwich courses leading to a first-degree or comparable qualification, DipHE or HND courses and courses of initial teacher training. There are three separate allowances--that for specialist equipment; for non-medical helpers; and the general disabled students allowance. Travel costs resulting from a disability can also be met as part of the award. The number of disabled students' allowances made by Local

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Education Authorities in England and Wales as part of mandatory awards in the academic years 1992-93 to 1996-97--the latest year for which figures are available--are shown in the table:

Number(11) of disabled students' allowances
England and Wales(12): academic years 1992-93 to 1996-97

Academic yearNumber of awards (13)

(11) The table shows the number of awards, not the number of students. Students can receive more than one type of disabled students allowance.

(12) Made by Local Education Authorities in England and Wales to students normally domiciled in their area.

(13) Number of awards rounded to the nearest 10.



Education Action Zones

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list those schools in education action zones that (a) have been identified by Ofsted as failing and (b) are under special measures. [63313]

Ms Estelle Morris: The table lists the schools within an education action zone which are, or have been, in special measures.

Education action zone area School name
Barnsley PrioryHunningley Junior and Infant School
Milefield Primary School
Birmingham Kitts GreenAudley Infant School
Heathland Primary School
Sir Wilfrid Martineau School
Blackburn and DarwenIntack Primary School*
St. Antony's RC VA Primary School
St. Mary's and St. Joseph's RC VA Primary School*
Brighton & HoveColdean Infant School
Falmer School
St. Mark's CE (VA) Primary School*
The Marina High School
CalderdaleMixenden Primary School
Parkinson Lane Primary School
The Ridings School*
East BasildonBradfield Junior School
Briscoe County Junior
Fairview Special School
Manor County Junior School
Northlands Infants School and Nursery
Ryedene County Primary
Vange County Primary School
Kingston Upon HullPerronet Thompson School
LambethArchbishop Summer's CE VA Primary
Lilian Baylis School*
Loughborough Primary School
Mostyn Gardens Primary School
St. Stephen's CE VA Primary School*
LeicesterMary Linwood School
New Parks Community College
New Parks House Primary School
Newry Junior School
Queensmead Junior School
Rowley Fields Secondary School*
Southfields Infant School
Wycliffe Community College
North East LincolnshireBradley Park Junior School
NewhamEastlea Community School
Gainsborough Primary School*
Scott Wilkie Primary School
Star Primary School
Norfolk--ThetfordAbbey Farm Middle School*
Canterbury First School
Redcastle Furze First and Middle School
Nottingham CityAlderman Derbyshire School
PlymouthTamarside Secondary School*
Salford and TraffordOld Trafford County Primary School
Windsor High School
SheffieldHartley Brook Primary School
Hinde House School
South TynesideMargaret Sutton School
SouthwarkCharles Dickens Primary School
Geoffrey Chaucer Secondary School*
Grange Primary School
St. Joseph's RC VA Primary*


1. Schools in special measures are often referred to as failing schools.

2. * denotes that the school has been removed from special measures.

3. The information contained in the table is correct as of 8 December 1998.

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Public Bodies

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement about Public Bodies 1998 and the Executive NDPB 1998 report. [64385]

Mr. Kilfoyle: The Government have today published Public Bodies 1998, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House, and the Executive NDPB 1998 Report (CM 4157) which has been laid before both Houses. Quangos: Opening the Doors, published on 29 June 1998, promised that future editions of both publications would develop in line with the Government's policy of making public bodies more efficient, transparent and accountable. Public Bodies 1998 and the Executive NDPB Report 1998 take important steps in that direction.

Public Bodies 1998 provides a range of statistical information on those national and regional public bodies for which Ministers retain a degree of responsibility. This includes all nationalised industries and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) as well as certain public corporations and NHS bodies. On 1 April 1998, there were 1,073 NDPBs, a reduction of 55 over the previous year. As of 1 September 1998, 32 per cent. of appointments to bodies listed in Public Bodies were held by women; and 3.7 per cent. were held by ethnic minorities. In line with the Government's commitment to increase substantially the information publicly available on these bodies, Public Bodies includes for the first time the terms of reference of each of the bodies listed, the names of individual chairmen and chief executives (or their equivalents) and e-mail and Internet addresses where these are available. Public Bodies 1998 provides more information than ever before in a single document about this sector of government.

The Executive NDPB 1998 Report brings together performance and trend data on 81 of the largest executive NDPBs each with expenditure of over £20 million in 1997-98. The contribution of NDPBs is important to achieving the policy goals of the Government and the

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results that people want. The individual entries covering annual performance measures and key business summary data show that some NDPBs are performing well both in terms of meeting stringent performance targets and delivering more efficient and effective services. However, there are no grounds for complacency. Too many of the bodies do not have adequate performance measures in place nor proper measures of efficiency. It is vital that these measures are put in place so that it is clear where success is being achieved and where there are problems to be resolved if we are to make the best use of taxpayers' money.

NDPBs, like other parts of government, have the opportunity to increase the impact of their work and contribute to improvements in the quality and convenience of public services by linking up with other public bodies and working across boundaries to match people's needs. This will be a key area for further development over the next few years, and the Better Government White Paper to be published in the Spring will have more to say about what has been achieved and possible ways forward.

The Public Bodies and the Executive NDPB 1998 Report will in future years continue to develop and widen in scope. The Government recognise the important roles performed by the bodies listed in these publications and are committed to ensuring that they, like other parts of the public service, play their full part in helping to achieve the high level policy objectives set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review and the Public Service Agreements.

Both Public Bodies 1998 and the Executive NDPB 1998 Report are available on the Internet via the Cabinet Office home page (

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