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Further Education Corporations (Mergers)

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list in date order mergers between further education corporations since April 1993, specifying whether each amounted to a transfer or merger of undertakings. [121301]

Mr. Wicks: There are two types of mergers: the first is a single dissolution where one further education corporation is dissolved and its property, rights and liabilities are transferred to another corporation; and the second is where two or more corporations are closed and their property, rights and liabilities are transferred to a new corporation. The name of the continuing or new corporation, as the case may be, may also change at the time of the merger.

The table lists all mergers between further education corporations since 1 April 1993.

DateCollegesType of mergerName of merged Institution
2 April 1993St. Austell Sixth Form College and Mid-Cornwall CollegeDouble dissolutionSt. Austell College
1 September 1993Cleveland College of Further Education and Sir William Turner's Sixth Form CollegeDouble dissolutionCleveland Tertiary College
15 August 1995The Ridge College and Margaret Danyers CollegeDouble dissolutionRidge Danyers College
1 August 1995Acklam Sixth Form College and Kirby College of Further EducationDouble dissolutionMiddlesbrough College
1 August 1995Longlands College of Further Education and Marton Sixth Form CollegeDouble dissolutionTeesside Tertiary College
1 March 1996Hinckley College and North Warwickshire College for Technology and ArtDouble dissolutionNorth Warwickshire and Hinckley College
1 August 1996Mid Warwickshire College and Warwickshire College for Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine StudiesSingle dissolution (WCAHES)Warwickshire College, Royal Leamington Spa and Moreton Morrell
1 August 1996Monkwearmouth College and Wearside CollegeDouble dissolutionCity of Sunderland College
1 September 1996South Bristol College and Brunel College of Arts and TechnologyDouble dissolutionCity of Bristol College
6 January 1997Reading College of Arts and Technology and Berkshire College of Art and DesignSingle dissolution (BCAD)Reading College of Arts and Technology
1 August 1997Prior Pursglove College and South Park Sixth Form CollegeSingle dissolution (SPSFC)Prior Pursglove College
10 May 1997Worcestershire College of Agriculture and Pershore College of HorticultureSingle dissolution (WCA)Pershore and Hindlip College
18 February 1998Hyde Clarendon College and Tameside CollegeSingle dissolution (HCC)Tameside College
1 August 1998Airedale and Wharfedale College and Park Lane CollegeSingle dissolution (A&WC)Park Lane College
1 August 1998Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture and Norfolk College of Arts and TechnologySingle dissolution (CCAH)College of West Anglia
1 August 1998Clarendon College and Basford Hall CollegeSingle dissolution (BHC)New College, Nottingham
1 August 1998East Birmingham College and Handsworth CollegeSingle dissolution (EBC)City College, Birmingham
1 August 1998North Bolton College and South College, BoltonDouble dissolutionBolton Sixth Form College
1 April 1999York College of Further and Higher Education and York Sixth Form CollegeSingle dissolution (YSFC)York College
1 June 1999Durham College of Agriculture and Horticulture and East Durham Community CollegeDouble dissolutionEast Durham and Houghall Community College
1 August 1999Charles Keene College of Further Education and Leicester South Fields CollegeDouble dissolutionLeicester College
1 April 1999New College, Nottingham and High Pavement Sixth Form CollegeSingle dissolution (HPSFC)New College, Nottingham
1 June 1999Greenhill College, Harrow and Weald CollegeDouble dissolutionHarrow College
1 August 1999Holme Lacey College and Pershore and Hindlip CollegeSingle dissolution (Holme Lacey)The Pershore Group of Colleges
1 September 1999New College, Nottingham and Arnold and Carlton CollegeSingle dissolution (Arnold and Carlton)New College, Nottingham
1 October 1999Bilston Community College and Wulfrun CollegeSingle dissolution (Bilston College)Wolverhampton College
1 January 2000Kirkley Hall College and Northumberland CollegeSingle dissolution (Kirkley Hall)Northumberland College

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Education Funding (Somerset)

Mr. Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what is his latest estimate for real spending on secondary schools in Somerset for each year from 1992-93 to 2000-01; and if he will make a statement; [121222]

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Ms Estelle Morris: Spending on secondary schools in Somerset, and on a per pupil basis, from 1992-93 to 1998-99, the latest year for which this information is available, is set out in the table. The figures are based on Net Institutional Expenditure and expressed at 1998-99 prices.

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Secondary spending at 1998-99 prices

£ million£ per pupil
1992-9371.52,578
1993-9467.32,446
1994-9566.32,381
1995-9668.22,424
1996-9766.42,352
1997-9865.22,295
1998-99(1)68.5(1)2,378

(1) Provisional


The next table sets out the resources being made available to Somerset local education authority for secondary education as part of the drive to raise standards. These figures are not directly comparable with the net institutional figures set out above. The special and specific grant totals include the money for schools announced in the Budget on 21 March.

£ per pupil secondary

Standard Spending AssessmentSpecial and Specific Grants
1998-992,74766
1999-20002,859100
2000-012,984199

Education Authority Performance

Mr. Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the 20 education authorities with (a) the poorest record of pupil performance in GCSE examinations and (b) the highest administration costs (i) per pupil and (ii) as a proportion of their total education budget; and if he will make a statement. [121224]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following tables show, for 1999-2000, (a) the 20 local education authorities with the least proportion of pupils gaining five or more passes at grades A to C in GCSE examinations and (b) the 20 local education authorities with the highest central administration costs (i) per pupil and (ii) in relation to their total education budget.

(a) Percentage of pupils gaining five or more passes in GCSE at grades A-C
Kingston-upon-Hull UA23.4
Knowsley23.6
Islington27.4
Hackney27.8
Nottingham City28.7
Southwark29.5
Sandwell29.7
Manchester30.2
Haringey30.3
Bristol UA31.0
Middlesborough UA31.0
Tower Hamlets31.1
Greenwich31.7
Lambeth31.9
Bradford32.1
Portsmouth UA32.2
Lewisham32.3
Barnsley32.4
Liverpool32.4
Newcastle upon Tyne33.6


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(b)(i) Central administration costs (2)£ per pupil
Kensington and Chelsea167
Greenwich 127
Manchester126
Islington104
Haringey103
Southwark100
Camden99
Tower Hamlets97
Merton95
Lewisham94
Bracknell Forest90
Middlesbrough83
Redbridge82
Blackburn with Darwen81
Hammersmith and Fulham81
Hounslow78
Waltham Forest77
Harrow76
Hackney76
Barnet75

(2) Central costs on statutory and regulatory duties. Corporation of London and the Isles of Scilly have been excluded because of their very small size.


(b)(ii) Central administration costs (3)As percentage of total education budget
Manchester3.88
Greenwich3.53
Merton3.25
Kensington and Chelsea3.20
Bracknell Forest3.20
Middlesbrough3.10
Haringey2.81
Islington2.81
Redbridge2.80
Blackburn with Darwen2.76
Bury2.75
Herefordshire2.68
Swindon2.65
East Sussex2.61
Hartlepool2.57
Redcar and Cleveland2.56
Lewisham2.56
Wokingham2.55
Hounslow2.54
Torbay2.53

(3) Central costs on statutory and regulatory duties. Corporation of London and the Isles of Scilly have been excluded because of their very small size.



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