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Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Historic Buildings

Lord Steel of Aikwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will issue regulations as provided for in Section 21(3) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 exempting historic or listed buildings from the provisions of Section 21(2) of the Act.[HL974]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): When in force, Section 21(2) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 will require service providers to take reasonable steps to remove, alter, or provide a way of avoiding physical features of premises which make it impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people to use a service. Alternatively, they can provide the service by another reasonable means.

Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG 15) issued by the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions makes it clear that "it is important in principle that disabled people should have dignified easy access to and within historic buildings", and that with a proper approach "it should normally be possible to plan suitable access for disabled people without compromising a building's special interest". English Heritage's booklet Easy Access to Historic Properties is designed to help those who own, manage, or are professionally concerned with historic properties to strike a balance between conservation and access.

The Disability Discrimination Act, in common with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Race Relations Act, cannot require anything to be done that would contravene another piece of legislation. Where a service provider must get statutory consent to a

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particular alteration, including listed building or scheduled monument consent, and that consent is not given, the Disability Discrimination Act will not have been contravened. However, a service provider would still need to take whatever other steps under the Act were reasonable to provide the service.

The Government will be consulting on proposals for regulations when they have announced the timetable for introducing the remaining rights in Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act, including those in Section 21.

England: Analysis of National Curriculum Tests 1994-1997

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing for all state schools, independent and all schools taken together, the percentage of all 7 year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 passing National Curriculum tests at level 2 or better together with the average level attained per pupils and the corresponding average subject age of pupils, calculated using the relationship between expected National Curriculum level and actual pupil age published by the Department for Education and Employment, in the following subjects; mathematics, reading (where appropriate, showing data separately for the reading task and the reading comprehension test) and writing, showing separately for the state schools the percentages and averages for local education authority schools, voluntary schools (including together voluntary controlled, voluntary aided and special agreement schools) and grant-maintained schools showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 7 year-old pupils.[HL866]

Baroness Blackstone: The attached tables present the information requested for (i) reading, (ii) writing, and (iii) mathematics for 1994 to 1997 for boys and girls separately. The department does not collect individual pupil data at Key Stage 1 and therefore cannot calculate the age standardised levels attained.

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Key Stage 1 Table 1: Percentage of 7 year-olds attaining level 2 and above in the reading test/task Per cent.

1997 1996 1995 1994
BoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and Girls
LEA Maintained738277708175718176738378
LEA Maintained Voluntary school818985788783798783808884
Grant Maintained839086818884818885808884
All Maintained schools758480738378738378758580
Independent School969897959796969998959897
All schools758580738378738378768580

Table 2: Average level attained by 7 year-olds in the reading test/task

1997 1996 1995 1994
BoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and Girls
LEA Maintained1.82.01.91.92.12.01.92.22.01.92.12.0
LEA Maintained Voluntary school1.92.12.02.02.22.12.12.32.22.12.22.1
Grant Maintained2.02.22.12.12.32.22.22.32.22.12.22.1
All Maintained schools1.82.01.91.92.12.02.02.22.12.02.22.1
Independent School2.42.62.52.52.62.62.62.72.72.52.62.6
All schools1.82.01.91.02.12.02.02.22.12.02.22.1

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Table 3: Percentage of 7 year-olds attaining level 2 and above in the writing test Per cent.

1997 1996 1995 1994
BoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and Girls
LEA Maintained738378728377738378587265
LEA Maintained Voluntary school808984798883808884657771
Grant Maintained829086828985818985777771
All Maintained schools758580748579758580617467
Independent School949796959796969997889592
All schools758580748579758580617467

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Table 4: Average level attained by 7 year-olds in the writing test

1997 1996 1995 1994
BoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and Girls
LEA Maintained1.71.91.81.71.91.81.82.01.91.61.91.8
LEA Maintained Voluntary school1.82.01.91.82.01.91.92.12.01.71.91.8
Grant Maintained1.82.01.91.82.01.92.02.12.01.82.01.9
All Maintained schools1.71.91.81.71.91.81.82.01.91.71.91.8
Independent School2.12.22.12.12.22.22.42.52.52.22.42.3
All schools1.71.91.81.71.91.81.82.01.91.71.91.8

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Table 5: Percentage of seven year-olds attaining level 2 and above in the mathematics test
Per cent.

1997 1996 1995 1994
BoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and Girls
LEA Maintained808482798280757977788280
LEA Maintained Voluntary school868987858786828483838685
Grant Maintained878988868787838684828784
All Maintained schools828584818382778079808381
Independent School979897969796969797959796
All schools828584818482778179808382

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Table 6: Average level attained by seven year-olds in the mathematics test

1997 1996 1995 1994
BoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and GirlsBoysGirlsBoys and Girls
LEA Maintained2.02.02.01.92.01.91.91.91.91.92.02.0
LEA Maintained Voluntary school2.12.12.12.02.02.02.02.02.02.12.12.1
Grant Maintained2.12.12.12.12.12.12.12.12.12.12.12.1
All Maintained schools2.02.02.02.02.02.01.92.02.02.02.02.0
Independent School2.42.42.42.42.42.42.52.42.42.52.52.5
All schools2.02.02.02.02.02.01.92.02.02.02.02.0

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Table 7: Number of Schools and 7 year-olds participating in the Key Stage 1 assessment tests

1997 1996 1995 1994
SchoolsPupilsSchoolsPupilsSchoolsPupilsSchoolsPupils
LEA Maintained10,333426,60110,325418,39610,159419,0604,982186,266
LEA Maintained Voluntary school5,841163,5295,851159,4465,815159,2313,64090,139
Grant Maintained39216,48136315,17632913,9751657,240
All Maintained schools16,566606,61116,539593,01816,303592,2668,787283,645
Independent school2745,7652354,9602114,4441623,465
All schools16,840612,37616,774597,97816,514596,7108,949287,110

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