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Volume 164: debated on Friday 12 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he now expects to be in a position to publish the departmental report on the effect in the salmon fishery of draft netting at sea; and if he will make a statement.

Work on the review required by section 39 of the Salmon Act 1986 is in progress. My colleagues and I will submit a report to Parliament as soon as possible.

candidature were received and the numbers of (a) boys and (b) girls from each school who have received awards under the Army scholarship scheme for pupils aged 15 and 16 years for the latest year in which information is available;

(2) what has been the total cost in grants and tuition paid in respect of (a) boys and (b) girls receiving both grants and tuition in the latest year for which information is available in respect of the Army scholarship scheme for children aged 15 and 16 years.

The information is not available in the format requested. In financial year 1988–89, a total of £92,000 was spent on the Army scholarship scheme. Each scholar received £750 per academic year at that time. The award was increased to £1,050 with effect from 1 April 1989.There are currently 96 scholars, including nine females.The award of an Army scholarship does not rest on the head teacher's endorsement alone. Applicants are required to meet the necessary academic standards as well as passing a test, a medical examination and an interview.