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Pension Schemes

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-compliant pension schemes have been named by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority, broken down by the different types of offence. [50036]

Mr. McCartney: Under pensions legislation, the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) may publish the details of particular cases as they think fit. Up until June 2001, Opra used its discretion to name six of the most serious cases. Since June 2001, it has decided to publish the names of all schemes against which a penalty has been imposed. 201 such schemes have been named to date.

The table shows a breakdown of offences.

Type of offenceBefore June 2001After June 2001
No auditor332
No actuary21
No statement of investment principles20
Breach of disclosure regulations30
No internal dispute resolution22
No member nominated trustee or director12
No or late payment schedule3
Late accounts or auditors statement125
Late contributions118
No minimum funding requirement valuation5


The data are shown by offence and not simply by named schemes. About 40 schemes have been named in connection with more than one offence—for example one scheme had committed five different offences. Consequently the total of the figures in the table is more than the total number of schemes that have been named.

Means-tested Benefits

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the take-up of means-tested benefits has changed (a) since 1997, (b) since 1998, (c) since 1999 and (d) since 2000. [44245]

Malcolm Wicks: Estimates of take-up of income- related benefits for the financial years 1999–2000 and 1998–99 were published in "Income Related Benefits—Estimates of Take-Up 1999–2000". Estimates for 1997–98 were published in "Income Related Benefits—Estimates of Take-Up 1998–99". Copies of both publications are available in the Library.

Estimates are presented as percentage ranges within which departmental statisticians judge the level of true take-up to lie. The ranges for different years overlap; as a result it is not possible to make firm statements about changes in take-up rates between 1997–98 and 1999–2000.

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Housing Benefit

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of new housing benefit claims were determined within 14 days in each year since 1997. [41785]

Malcolm Wicks: Information is not available in the format requested.

Appeal Tribunals

Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what policy changes have been made to the conduct of appeal tribunal hearings in the UK as a result of the Tribunal of Commissioners decision in CSDLA/1019/99. [49010]

Maria Eagle: The jurisdiction of appeal tribunals administered by the Appeals Service extends to Great Britain. Northern Ireland has a separate appeal tribunal jurisdiction. This decision is currently the subject of an appeal to the Court of Session. There have been no policy changes in the conduct of tribunal hearings.


Women (Public Appointments)

Linda Perham: To ask the Minister for Women what progress she has made towards increasing the number of women holding public appointments. [50530]

Ms Hewitt: The Government believe that women and men should hold an equal proportion of all public appointments. Public Bodies 2001, published on 14 February, shows that at 31 March 2001, women held 34 per cent. of all appointments to the boards of non-departmental public bodies, nationalised industries, public corporations and health bodies.

The document "Public Bodies: Opening Up Appointments" which was also published on 14 February sets out the targets that individual Government Departments are working towards for increasing the proportion of appointments held by women and the action plans to achieve these targets.

We want to encourage more women to apply for national public appointments. That is why my hon. Friend, Minister for Women in the Cabinet Office, is currently hosting a series of regional seminars to give information and offer practical support.

The seminars aim to inspire women through real- life case studies, provide information about what appointments are available and practical advice on how to go about getting a public appointment. The seminars hosted so far have been very successful, and the programme is being extended. Research will also be conducted into the usefulness of the seminars.

The Women's National Commission is offering women who attend the seminars the chance to join an e-network. This will offer notifications of specific opportunities, occasional workshops and mentors.

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Commercial Materials (Schools)

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on the use of commercial materials in schools. [50597]

Mr. Timms: While we welcome business involvement in schools, decisions on the use of commercial materials in this sector are for the schools themselves to make. My Department issued guidelines entitled "Best Practice Principles: Commercial Activities in Schools" last year, to help schools make informed and sensible decisions about this. The guidelines make clear that schools should satisfy themselves that the educational benefits of the commercial activity outweigh the potential disbenefits; that it is free of incentives to children to engage in unhealthy, unsafe or unlawful activities; that explicit sales messages should be avoided wherever possible; and that the level of any branding should be appropriate to the activity.

External Contracts

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which non-accounting and non- information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) her Department and (b) executive agencies in each of the past five years; [38753]

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Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 28 February 2002]: This information could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Faith Schools

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the denomination and type of publicly funded Christian schools which are neither Anglican or Catholic; and of these which are teaching creationism. [45762]

Mr. Timms: The available information is shown in the table. Information is not collected about whether or not a school is teaching creationism.

Maintained primary and secondary schools in England by type and denomination—as at January 2001

School name LEA nameDenominationType of establishment
Maintained primary schools
Bearnes Voluntary Primary SchoolDevonChristianVoluntary controlled
Wray with Botton Endowed Primary SchoolLancashireChristianVoluntary controlled
Warton Archbishop Hutton's Primary SchoolLancashireChristianVoluntary controlled
Richard Durning's Endowed Primary SchoolLancashireChristianVoluntary controlled
Cawthorne's Endowed SchoolLancashireChristianVoluntary aided
Edmund de Moundeford VC Primary School, FeltwellNorfolkChristianVoluntary controlled
Burnsall Voluntary Aided Primary SchoolNorth YorkshireChristianVoluntary aided
Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary SchoolNorthamptonshireChristianVoluntary controlled
Longworth Primary SchoolOxfordshireChristianVoluntary controlled
Church Eaton (A) Primary SchoolStaffordshireChristianVoluntary aided
Dauntsey's (Aided) Primary SchoolWiltshireChristianVoluntary aided
Woodhouses Voluntary Primary SchoolOldhamChurch of England/Free ChurchVoluntary controlled
Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary SchoolBoltonChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Radcliffe Hall Church of England/Methodist Controlled Primary SchoolBuryChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Hey-with-Zion Primary SchoolOldhamChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Stansfield Hall Church of England/Free Church Primary SchoolRochdaleChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Aspull Church Primary SchoolWiganChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
Emmanuel Anglican/Methodist Junior SchoolSheffieldChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
Holy Trinity Primary SchoolSouth GloucestershireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
St. Mark's Voluntary Aided Ecumenical CofE/Methodist Primary SchoolNorth SomersetChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
St. Andrew's CofE Methodist (Aided) Primary SchoolDerbyshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
New Holland Church of England and Methodist Primary SchoolNorth LincolnshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Trinity SchoolLancashireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Hapton Church of England/Methodist Primary SchoolLancashireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Turton and Edgworth CofE/Methodist Controlled Primary SchoolBlackburn with DarwenChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Church SchoolLancashireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
Brinscall St. John's CofE and Methodist Primary SchoolLancashireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
The Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary SchoolLincolnshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
The Caistor Church of England and Methodist Primary SchoolLincolnshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
The Brant Broughton Church of England and Methodist Primary SchoolLincolnshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
The Wainfleet Magdalen Church of England/Methodist SchoolLincolnshireChurch of England/MethodistFoundation
Forest of Galtres Anglican/Methodist Primary SchoolNorth YorkshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Lowe's Wong Junior SchoolNottinghamshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Elston All Saints Primary SchoolNottinghamshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
John Fletcher Church of England/Methodist Junior SchoolTelford and WrekinChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Knights Templar Church of England/Methodist Community SchoolSomersetChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
Hob Hill CofE/Methodist Primary SchoolStaffordshireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
Trinity and St. Michael's VA CofE/Methodist Primary SchoolLancashireChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
Haven SchoolEast SussexChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary aided
Holt Voluntary Controlled Primary SchoolWiltshireChurch of England/United Reformed ChurchVoluntary controlled
Queen's Park CofE URC Primary SchoolSt. HelensChurch of England/United Reformed ChurchVoluntary controlled
Affetside Primary SchoolBuryCongregational ChurchVoluntary controlled
St. Cyprian's Greek Orthodox Primary SchoolCroydonGreekVoluntary aided
Nutgrove Methodist Community Primary SchoolSt. HelensMethodistVoluntary aided
Summerseat Methodist Primary SchoolBuryMethodistVoluntary controlled
Wesley Methodist Primary SchoolBuryMethodistVoluntary controlled
St. Andrew's Methodist Primary SchoolSalfordMethodistVoluntary controlled
Boothstown Methodist Primary SchoolSalfordMethodistVoluntary controlled
Hurst Methodist Junior SchoolTamesideMethodistVoluntary controlled
Leigh Westleigh Methodist Primary SchoolWiganMethodistVoluntary controlled
Bedford Hall Methodist Primary SchoolWiganMethodistVoluntary controlled
Wakefield Methodist Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant SchoolWakefieldMethodistVoluntary controlled
Bakewell Methodist Junior SchoolDerbyshireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Staplecross Methodist Primary SchoolEast SussexMethodistVoluntary controlled
Boughton-under-Blean Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary SchoolKentMethodistVoluntary controlled
St. Peter's Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary SchoolKentMethodistVoluntary controlled
Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Bamber Bridge Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Rishton Methodist Primary SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Oswaldtwistle Hippings Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Leyland Methodist Junior SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Leyland Methodist Infant SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Burscough Bridge Methodist SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Holmeswood Methodist SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
North Meols Banks Methodist (Controlled) Primary SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Wheatley Lane Methodist Voluntary Aided Primary SchoolLancashireMethodistVoluntary aided
Gunnerside Methodist Primary SchoolNorth YorkshireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Melsonby Methodist Primary SchoolNorth YorkshireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Richmond Methodist Primary SchoolNorth YorkshireMethodistVoluntary controlled
Rode Methodist VC First SchoolSomersetMethodistVoluntary controlled
Hawkesley CofE/Methodist Primary SchoolBirminghamMethodistVoluntary aided
Holly Hill Methodist CofE Infant SchoolBirminghamMethodist/Church of EnglandVoluntary aided
William Penn Primary SchoolWest SussexQuakerVoluntary controlled
Barrow SchoolLancashireUnited Reformed ChurchVoluntary controlled
Maintained secondary schools
Westminster City SchoolWestminsterChristianVoluntary aided
The Coopers' Company and Coborn SchoolHaveringChristianVoluntary aided
King Edward VI Handsworth SchoolBirminghamChristianVoluntary aided
King Edward VI Five Ways SchoolBirminghamChristianVoluntary aided
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for GirlsBirminghamChristianVoluntary aided
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for BoysBirminghamChristianVoluntary aided
King Edward VI Aston SchoolBirminghamChristianVoluntary aided
Royal Latin SchoolBuckinghamshireChristianVoluntary controlled
Beaminster SchoolDorsetChristianVoluntary controlled
Davenant Foundation SchoolEssexChristianVoluntary aided
Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolEssexChristianFoundation
St. George's SchoolHertfordshireChristianVoluntary aided
Cranbrook SchoolKentChristianVoluntary aided
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancashireChristianVoluntary aided
Bourne Grammar SchoolLincolnshireChristianVoluntary controlled
Market Rasen De Aston SchoolLincolnshireChristianVoluntary controlled
Lincoln Christ's Hospital SchoolLincolnshireChristianVoluntary aided
St. Laurence SchoolWiltshireChurch of England/ChristianVoluntary controlled
Selwood Anglican/Methodist Middle SchoolSomersetChurch of England/MethodistVoluntary controlled
The John Loughborough SchoolHaringeySeventh Day AdventistVoluntary aided


Register of Educational Establishments.

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Foundation schools and voluntary schools only may have a religious character. They are designated as such by the Secretary of State under section 69 (3) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (SSFA). City technology colleges are independent schools and therefore cannot be designated as having a religious character.

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