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Schools' Reserves

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the level of schools' reserves; whether the present level of reserves is in excess of guidelines; and if she will make a statement. [27050]

Mr. Timms: At the end of the financial year 1999–2000, balances held by maintained schools in England amounted in total to approximately £723 million: this figure is derived from the outturn statements prepared by local education authorities under section 52 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and represents surpluses net of deficits.

Prudent financial management will normally entail the retention by schools of reasonable reserves, whether on a contingency basis or by way of saving to meet large planned items of future expenditure. In view of the widely varying circumstances of individual schools, my right hon. Friend does not consider that the promulgation of specific guideline figures by the Department would be helpful. It is the responsibility of LEAs to monitor the level of balances in the schools which they maintain, and

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to challenge those schools whose balances appear, in all the circumstances, to be excessive. Where a school persistently retains a large balance for no clear reason, it is open to the LEA to consider whether delegation should be suspended under section 51 of the School Standards and Framework Act.

Teachers' Pay

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average starting salary is for newly qualified teachers in (a) London and (b) the rest of the UK; after how long a newly qualified teacher will receive a pay rise; and if she will make a statement on teachers' pay with special reference to rises they have had since 1997, and pay rises they will receive. [27673]

Mr. Timms: A newly qualified teacher in England and Wales with a second class honours degree or above currently starts at point two of the main scale on £17,001 pa. Others start on £16,038 pa. Schools may start teachers higher up the scale to recognise any other experience they consider relevant. Teachers working in inner London receive an extra £3,000 pa; those in outer London receive an extra £1,974 pa and those on the fringe receive an extra £765 pa. All teachers receive a pay increase in April of each year when the pay scales are revalorised. In the early part of their career, teachers will also receive an increment in September when, subject to satisfactory performance, they move up one point on the main qualified teachers' pay scale. Schools have discretion to advance excellent performers by two points in any year. Later in their career, any further pay advancement can be justified only by excellent performance or promotion.

As a result of the performance threshold system and other pay improvements, good experienced teachers in England and Wales have received an extra 25 per cent. in pay since 1997. This is 17 per cent. in real terms. We have established a new upper pay spine for teachers with a maximum of £31,128. The maximum pay for the advanced skills teacher grade we have introduced is £44,571. Our school leaders can now earn up to £78,783.

Teachers' pay in England and Wales is based on recommendations made by the independent School Teachers' Review Body (STRB). They are shortly due to publish their report detailing their recommendations for 2002–03. My right hon. Friend will consult key stakeholders before implementing any changes. Scotland and Northern Ireland are responsible for their own pay arrangements for their teachers.


Business Regulation

Dr. Cable: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new regulations affecting business have been introduced since June 2001; and how many have been repealed. [26764]

Ms Hewitt: I have been asked to reply.

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The Department has proposed 49 regulations to Parliament since June. Of these regulations, more than half were public telecommunications operator licences, amended or simplified regulations or preserved commercial electricity supply agreements.

Records relating to repealed regulations are not held centrally. The information requested could be obtained and collated only at disproportionate cost.



Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of policing each parade in Kilkeel and Annalong between 1 April 2001 and 30 September 2001; and if he will make a statement. [25930]

Jane Kennedy: There were 19 parades in Kilkeel and Annalong between 1 April 2001 and 30 September 2001. The cost of policing each parade is as follows:

ParadeDateCost (£)
Rising Son of Valley21 April28,359
Annalong Single Star18 May11,269
Mourne LOL No. 627 May436
Pride of Balinaran23 June42,791
St. Mary's GAC1 July269
Ballymartin LOL2 July1,458
Annalong2 July23,827
Mourne LOL No. 68 July269
Apprentice/Schomberg11 July13,037
Kilkeel District LOL12 July43,630
Mourne Defenders12 July643
Orange Hall Committee28 July16,403
Mourne LOL No. 629 July356
Mourne Defenders3 August12,814
Brunswick Accordion10 August14,954
AOH15 August85,636
Scrogg Road Community19 August1,106
Mourne District RBC19 August1,106
Mourne District RPB25 August2,192

Armed Theft (Belfast)

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 568W, to the hon. Member for Belfast, North (Mr. Dodds) on armed theft (Belfast), which Republican paramilitary groups the police believe were responsible. [26820]

Jane Kennedy: As I stated in my answer to the hon. Member for Belfast, North the police believe that those involved in the robberies had an association to republican paramilitary groups. It is not possible to attribute the robberies to any specific grouping.

Paramilitary Violence

Mr. Trimble: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) shootings, (b) bombings and (c) beatings there were in each of the last six months by (i) Republican paramilitaries purported to be on

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ceasefire, (ii) Republican paramilitaries not on ceasefire, (iii) Loyalist paramilitaries claiming to be on ceasefire and (iv) Loyalist paramilitaries not on ceasefire. [26883]

Jane Kennedy: The following tables provide the security statistics attributed to all Republican and Loyalist groupings. It is not possible to provide attribution by specific groups, purportedly on ceasefire or otherwise.

Security situation statistics: July to December 2001—number of deaths as a result of the security situation

By LoyalistBy RepublicanTotal

Number of shooting incidents

By LoyalistBy RepublicanOther N/KTotal


1. The following types of incidents are included:

Shots fired by terrorists

Shots fired by the security forces

Paramilitary-style attacks involved shootings

Shots heard (and later confirmed)

Other violent incidents where shots are fired (eg armed robbery).

2. Statistics are provisional and may be subject to minor adjustment.

Number of bombing incidents

By LoyalistBy RepublicanOther N/KTotal


1. An individual bombing incident may involve one or more explosive devices. Incidents recorded include explosions and defusings. Incidents involving hoax devices, petrol bombings or incendiaries are excluded.

2. Statistics are provisional and may be subject to minor adjustment.

Number of casualties as a result of paramilitary style assaults

By LoyalistBy RepublicanTotal

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Number of casualties as a result of paramilitary style shootings

By LoyalistBy RepublicanTotal


Statistics are provisional and may be subject to minor adjustment.

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