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Agricultural Workers

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the Welsh workforce was engaged in agricultural work in each of previous 10 years. [135235]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Information cannot be provided in the form requested. Percentages of civilian employee jobs in agriculture are in the table. These exclude the self employed, for whom an industry-specific breakdown is not available.

Per cent.
19892.1
19902.0
19912.1
19922.0
19932.0
19941.8
19951.8
19961.8
19971.8
19982.1

Since 1 July 1999, this has been the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales.

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Farm Incomes

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the average farmer's income by constituency in Wales for the last five years. [135234]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Figures are not available at the constituency level.

New Deal (Young People)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the New Deal for Young People in Wales. [134410]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The New Deal for 18-24 year olds continues to make excellent progress in Wales. We are already well past our target of helping 13,000 young unemployed people into work by the end of this Parliament. Latest figures show that more than 15,600 young people in Wales have secured employment.

A further 6,800 people are currently being helped through the New Deal; receiving advice and guidance or pursuing education, training, or work experience.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Class Sizes

Jackie Ballard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what class sizes were for each age group in each year since 1979 in the Taunton constituency. [134317]

Ms Estelle Morris: The available information on average class sizes collected in January for the parliamentary constituency of Taunton is shown in the tables. Information on average class sizes by individual ages and by parliamentary constituency is not available prior to 1996.

The Government are well on course to deliver their pledge to limit infant classes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 or below by September 2001. When the Government came to power, there were nearly half a million children in large infant classes. By January 2000, this had been reduced to 177,000--300,000 infants are already benefiting from the initiative. £620 million is available to support the pledge, and allocations to schools in Taunton so far amount to £579,000. This helped Somerset LEA to reduce the average size of Key Stage 1 classes in the constituency to 26.7 in January 2000. In January 1997, the figure was 27.4.

January 2000 also saw a fall in the size of the average junior class in England; and a continuing fall in the size of the average primary class, after rising for a decade. The size of the average secondary class nationally, at 22, is still five below the average primary class. Secondary headteachers are receiving up to £70,000 in direct grant to spend as they choose. If this were spent on recruiting teachers, the average secondary class size could be reduced by up to 0.8. Information at national and local

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education authority area level on infant class sizes for September 2000 will be published in a Statistical First Release on the 1st November, copies of which will be

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placed in the House of Commons Library. The figures will also be available on the Department's statistical website www.dfee.gov.uk/statistics.

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Average size of classes taught by one teacher by year group in maintained primary schools(5) in the parliamentary constituency of Taunton 1996-2000
Position as at January

Year group
Reception1234567MixedOverall(6)
2000(7)
Average class size 25.927.728.729.628.730.930.6(8)----28.4
Pupils855415517444431495490(8)--4,1177,798
Classes33151815151616(8)--145275
1999(7)
Average class size26.228.128.629.129.528.828.1(8)--29.228.9
Pupils1,020451522571517471463(8)--4,1448,212
Classes39161819171515(8)--142284
1998(7)
Average class size25.628.729.630.931.130.833.1(9)--28.728.8
Pupils920516533433436370397(9)--4,3408,004
Classes36181814141212(9)--151278
1997(7)
Average class size(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--28.4
Pupils(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--7,773
Classes(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--274
1996(7)
Average class size(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--28.0
Pupils(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--7,481
Classes(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--(9)--267

(5) Classes as taught at a selected time on the census day

(6) Includes all year groups and nursery classes

(7) Excludes classes taught by two or more teachers. The number of such classes can vary significantly from year to year which may impact on the overall pupil numbers recorded in one teacher classes

(8) Not applicable (no classes of this type)

(9) Not available


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Average size of classes taught by one teacher by age band in maintained secondary schools(10) in the parliamentary constituency of Taunton 1996-2000
Position as at January

Ages(11)
Middle classesMainly under 14sMainly 14 and 1516 or olderOverall
2000
Average class size17.026.821.8(12)--24.5
Pupils1023,4312,026(12)--5,559
Classes612893(12)--227
1999
Average class size29.026.021.8(12)--24.3
Pupils293,2811,965(12)--5,275
Classes112690(12)--217
1998
Average class size22.325.522.9(12)--24.4
Pupils893,1882,018(12)--5,295
Classes412588(12)--217
1997
Average class size18.124.222.7(12)--23.4
Pupils1273,0712,041(12)--5,239
Classes712790(12)--224
1996
Average class size17.824.922.3(12)--23.5
Pupils1422,7671,982(12)--4,891
Classes811189(12)--208

(10) Classes as taught at a selected time on the census day

(11) Ages as the start of the academic year (August 31)

(12) Not applicable (no classes of this type)


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