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Cambridgeshire Local Education Authority

Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will estimate the revenue resources allocated to Cambridgeshire local education authority for 1999-2000 and the percentage increase this represents over the previous year in (a) real terms and (b) cash terms. [102696]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is shown in the table.

SSA and standards fund only

Cash1999-2000 prices
1998-1999 (£ million)186.733190.935
1999-2000 (£ million)199.463199.463
Percentage increase6.84.5

Grammar Schools (Barnet)

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment in relation to a petition needed to trigger a ballot on the future of grammar schools in Barnet, (a) what is the total number of signatures required for a petition, (b) what methods exist (i) for the parents seeking change, to validate the total required and (ii) for independent validation of the total required and (c) who has provided the data on which the number of signatures required is based. [102757]

Ms Estelle Morris: The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998 define the number of signatures required to trigger a ballot on the future of selective admissions to grammar schools (the petition threshold) as 20 per cent. of the total number of eligible parents. The Secretary of State has appointed an independent ballot administration company, Electoral Reform (Ballot Services) Ltd. (ERBS), to receive and check petitions and run any ballots. The ERBS has calculated that in Barnet the petition threshold is 7,209. The legislation does not require the ERBS to submit the number of eligible parents to scrutiny by (i) parents or (ii) any other body.

In order to calculate the petition threshold, the ERBS required the three grammar schools in Barnet to provide details of all schools from which pupils came in the last three years. Those schools where a total of five or more children had transferred, over the last three years, to a grammar school in Barnet qualified as feeder schools and had to provide the ERBS with lists of eligible parents. From this information, the ERBS calculated the total number of parents entitled to sign a petition or vote in a ballot, and subsequently the petition threshold.

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list, in relation to petitions needed to trigger ballots on the future of grammar schools in Barnet, (a) the names of the schools in respect of which parents are eligible to be balloted and (b) the number of parents eligible to be balloted in each of these schools; and how many children transferred to each of the Barnet grammar schools from each of the primary schools in each of the last three years. [102755]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is shown in the following table. The number of parents eligible to ballot entered at column two, is that provided

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by the schools themselves and includes some duplication where parents have more than one child attending feeder schools. After entering all the names onto a single computer database, Electoral Reform (Ballot Services)

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Ltd have carried out checks and have removed those names entered more than once. The total number of eligible parents from the 'cleared' database was 36,045 which resulted in a petition threshold of 7,209.

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Number of pupils transferred to each grammar school in each of the past three years
Name of schoolNumber of parents eligible to ballot Henrietta Barnett 199719981999St. Michael's Catholic School 199719981999Queen Elizabeth 199719981999
Alpha Preparatory School327------------51--
Aylward School628111------2----
Belmont School589----1------312
Broadfields School38221--------612
Brookland Junior School556351--------32
Buckingham College177------------221
Channing Junior School72732--------------
Christ Church C E School256----------1113
Coleridge Infant and Junior School66942--1----------
Colindale Primary School5403--2------112
Cromer Road School296------------4--1
Deansbrook Junior School4651--2--------51
Dollis School693--22------123
Elmgrove Middle390--1------1112
Eversley School642--21------623
Fairway Junior School26731--------321
Frith Manor School8511--41----2--1
Garden Suburb Junior School558327----1477
Gower School201----------1--22
Grange Park960----1------3--2
Grimsdyke School573------------125
Hadley Wood School2822--1------324
Hartsbourne JMI School306------------4--2
Holland House School23514--------111
Lochniver House School516------------133
Manor Lodge School513------------311
Michael Sobell Sinai School985113--------22
Monken Hadley School165------------4--1
Moss Hall Junior School5352211----335
Mount Stewart School58012--------2--4
Northbridge House1,325112----------1
Oliver Goldsmith655----1------2--2
Osidge Junior School568--------1--324
Our Lady of Grace Junior School365------123------
Our Lady of Lourdes School N12275----1632----1
Our Lady of Lourdes School N11274------133------
Our Lady of Muswell School375------538------
Queenswell Junior School477211------141
Radlett Prepatory School732311------1377
Roe Green311----21----1--1
Rokesly School41511--------112
Rosh Pinah School6382----------22--
Sacred Heart School52321--41311--21
Salcombe Preparatory School815------------311
St. Agnes408------221------
St. Andrew C E School307--11------432
St. Bernadette School592------733------
St. Catherine R C School392------1--2131
St. George's School530------727------
St. James295121----------2
St. John Vianney334------113------
St. Johns' School2622----------13--
St. Joseph RC Junior School NW4395------522------
St. Joseph School W93541----153------
St. Martha's Convent School243------634------
St. Martin De Pores School343------222----2
St. Mary Magdalen School510------15--------
St. Mary's N36223--3--1--351
St. Mary's Preparatory School NW434811----------22
St. Mary's Primary School NW3422--21321------
St. Michael's CE Primary School657--22------122
St. Monica's School609------101323--1
St. Nicholas' School10311--------3----
St. Paul's C E School Mill Hill280----1------734
St. Paul's School N215911--2------111
St. Robert Southwell492------112--1--
St. Theresa's RC School296111545------
St. Vincent's RC School90------96611--
Stanburn School558------------562
Underhill Junior School523------------251
Walker School595--1--------142
Wolfson Hillel School553113------1--3
Woodridge School28811----1--11--

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