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Merrywood School

Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): With the permission of Bristol local education authority, I am placing a copy of the letter in the Library.

School Performance Comparison Exercise

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blackstone: The department is arranging to provide Mr Naylor, the author of this request, with access to anonymised individual pupil KS3 to GCSE/GNVQ information in order that he can, under the appropriate confidentiality constraints imposed by the department, conduct research on behalf of the National Grammar Schools Association. The linkage over the last few years of information on individual pupils' progress provides a more robust basis of analysing the relative performance of schools and local authorities than does the method and information used in Statistical Bulletin 13/84.

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Religious Education Policy: Legality

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they are taking to ensure that government policies on religious education conform with the law.[HL1534]

Baroness Blackstone: All maintained schools must provide RE and daily collective worship for all registered pupils and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development. These requirements are set out in DfEE circular 1/94, which was sent to all schools. The requirements are underpinned by Ofsted inspections which report on the extent to which schools are meeting their statutory requirements, including those in relation to collective worship. Schools whose provision has been criticised following Ofsted inspection can seek support from their local Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education. In addition, there is a statutory complaints procedure under which any individual can raise concerns about provisions relating to the school curriculum, including religious education and collective worship. Complaints must be dealt with by the local education authority, with ultimate right of appeal to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment.

Mexico: Trade Prospects

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they expect United Kingdom exports of goods to Mexico to increase as a direct result of the European Union/Mexico Free Trade Agreement.[HL1497]

The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Mexico is an increasingly important trading partner for the UK. Our exports are on a rising trend, having more than doubled since 1995. It is difficult to estimate the future effects of the EU/Mexico Free Trade Agreement on this performance, but the agreement presents major opportunities which British Trade International will promote in its three year Mexico campaign which my right honourable friend the Minister for Trade launched on 20 January.

UK Motor Vehicle Exports and Imports

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In respect of the years 1996, 1997 and 1998, how many cars and commercial vehicles were: (a) produced in the United Kingdom; (b) exported from the United Kingdom to other European Union

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    countries; and (c) imported from other European Union countries into the United Kingdom; and what were the corresponding values, for the three years concerned, of production in the United

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    Kingdom, exports to the European Union and imports from the European Union.[HL1498]

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The information is in the table.

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Motor Vehicles: UK Production Exports and Imports
Number (Thousands)

Production Exports to EU Imports from EU
Year CarsCommercial VehiclesCarsCommercial VehiclesCarsCommercial Vehicles

Value (£ million)

Production Exports to EU Imports from EU
Year CarsCommercial VehiclesCarsCommercial VehiclesCarsCommercial Vehicles


Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT).

External trade data have been derived by SMMT from HM Customs & Excise data.

The value of production has been estimated by SMMT by applying list prices, which include all taxes and fees payable, in particular Value Added Tax. To this extent, they are not comparable with the value of exports or imports.

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Staff Officer's Handbook

Lord Stewartby asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Staff Officers' Handbook, Army Code 71038, issue 1, of July 1999, is a classified document; and, if not, why not[HL1331]

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The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The current edition of the Staff Officers' Handbook is not a classified document. However, its conditions of release make clear that it should only be issued to those persons who need to know its contents in the course of their official duties and that it is subject to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act 1911-1989.

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