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Judiciary (Race and Gender Discrimination)

Mr. Corbett: To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the standard of proof used to determine complaints of race or gender discrimination or prejudice against members of the judiciary by other members of the judiciary who are women or from a minority ethnic background. [68488]

Mr. Hoon: Having regard to the gravity of the allegation the Lord Chancellor requires clear and convincing proof before he would be satisfied that the complaint was made out.

Barristers' Services

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the sets of barristers' chambers in London who have rendered services for his Department since 1 May 1997 and the remuneration made in respect of such services in each case. [68623]

Mr. Hoon: The remuneration received by sets of barristers' chambers in London which have rendered services to the Lord Chancellor's Department over this period is set out in the table. This includes work done for the Court Service Agency and work by the Treasury Junior.

London ChambersTotal paid (£)
Blackstone Chambers, Blackstone House, (formerly 2 Hare Court)13,491
4 Breams Buildings6,373
1 Brick Court3,995
1 Crown Office Row, Ground Floor5,551
Devereux Chambers, Devereux Court1,486
5 Essex Court164
39 Essex Street20,180
Falcon Chambers2,361
4-5 Gray's Inn Square3,624
1 Hare Court3,348
Keating Chambers, 10 Essex Street1,586
1 King's Bench Walk3,965
6 King's Bench Walk7,832
11 King's Bench Walk, Ground Floor36,687
11 King's Bench Walk, 1st Floor1,645
Monckton Chambers, 4 Raymond Buildings1,879
13 Old Square, 1st Floor2,393
3 Pump Court, Upper Ground Floor2,173
6 Pump Court, Ground and Lower Ground Floor2,350
Queen Elizabeth Building23,735
3 Raymond Buildings1,092
3 Serjeants' Inn840
7 Stone Buildings, Ground Floor1,175
1 Temple Gardens31,531

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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Carers (Further and Higher Education)

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what policies the Government are implementing to encourage carers to enter further and higher education. [67971]

Mr. Mudie: We are committed to widening participation in both further and higher education and our plans will enable many people, including carers, to pursue their studies. We are promoting flexible learning opportunities through our new initiatives such as the University for Industry and other possibilities for distance learning. Our enhanced student support arrangements for FE and HE will also promote access to learning; and the introduction of Individual Learning Accounts will give people the flexibility to decide what, how and when to learn, and empower them to take greater control of their own career and personal development needs.

Education (Portsmouth)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the increase in standard spending assessment for education for Portsmouth Education Authority for 1999-2000. [67241]

Ms Estelle Morris: The provisional education SSA for Portsmouth in 1999-2000 represents an underlying increase of £4.1 million or 6 per cent. These figures illustrate the effect of allowing for local authority changes of function and taking account of new arrangements for funding music and student support.

Teachers (PE)

Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many students enrolled for PE teacher training (secondary) in each year since 1980. [67740]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following table shows the number of new entrants to physical education (PE) initial teacher training for the years 1982-83 to 1998-99. Information for 1980-81 and 1981-82 is not available.

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Recruitment to physical education initial teacher training courses(16), England, 1982-83 to 1998-99

YearIntake
1982-83(17)866
1983-84(17)745
1984-85(17)711
1985-86(17)700
1986-87(17)738
1987-88(17)848
1988-89(17)863
1989-90(17)964
1990-91(17)898
1991-92(17)1,078
1992-93(18)1,153
1993-94(18)1,084
1994-95(18)1,309
1995-96(18)1,311
1996-97(18)1,384
1997-98(18)1,644
1998-99(18)(19)1,491

(16) Includes School Centred ITT and Open University

(17) Between 1982-83 and 1991-92 all figures represent full-time equivalents

(18) From 1992-93 to 1998-99 figures represent head-counts; that is the total of full-time and part-time recruitment

(19) Provisional

Sources:

1982-83 to 1993-94: DFE Annual Recruitment Survey

1994-95: Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) Early Statistics Survey

1995-96 to 1998-99: TTA Survey of ITT Providers


Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what funding there is for in-service education for physical education. [67739]

Mr. Charles Clarke: This information is not collected or held centrally.

Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 15 December 1998, Official Report, column 482, how many hours of training are given to primary teachers to deliver the whole physical education curriculum. [67858]

Mr. Charles Clarke: We do not specify the amount of training to be given for any subject. It is for individual providers of primary initial teacher training to ensure that their courses enable trainees to meet the standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Early Education (3-year-olds)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) of 14 January 1999, Official Report, column 261, what is the participation rate of 3-year-olds in early education in England. [67853]

Ms Hodge: The information is not available in the form requested. There were 222,000 or 35 per cent. of three-year-olds maintained nursery and primary schools in England in January 1998; this figure rises to 251,000 or 40 per cent. of three-year-olds if special and independent schools are included. In addition, the Government have set a target to double the national participation rate of three-year-olds in free early education places to 66 per cent. by 2002, using the maintained, voluntary and private sectors.

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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) of 14 January 1999, Official Report, column 261, what is the participation rate of 3-year-olds in early education in Southampton. [67857]

Ms Hodge: The information is not available in the form requested. There were 406 3-year-olds in maintained nursery and primary schools in the Southampton Local Education Authority in January 1998. In addition, the Government have set a target to double the national participation rate of 3-year-olds in free early education places to 66 per cent. by 2002, using the maintained, voluntary and private sectors.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the additional factors relating to young children used by his Department in determining the 50 local education authority areas which have been given preference in distributing funding for early education places for 3-year-olds. [68524]

Ms Hodge: The 50 Local Education Authorities which will receive Funding in 1999-2000 for early education places for 3-year-olds are those with the highest levels of social need measured by the Government's Index of Local Deprivation (ILD) augmented by two factors: low birth weight and the proportion of births to teenage mothers.

The indicators that were used to draw up the ILD are:



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