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Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday 23 July 1993

Lord Chancellor's Department

Knutsford Crown Court

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will give Mr. Ray Veal the opportunity to tender for the cleaning and caretaking facilities at Knutsford Crown court; and if he will make a statement.

It is not the policy of the Lord Chancellor's Department to employ caretakers for court buildings. In accordance with Government policy of securing value for money, cleaning contracts are awarded by competitive tender and the contract for Knutsford has already been let.

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement concerning the compulsory redundancy of Mr. Ray Veal, the court keeper at Knutsford Crown court.

Mr. Ray Veal is an employee of Cheshire county council and his redundancy is a direct result of the county council's decision to sell Sessions house to the Lord Chancellor's Department. Negotiations with Cheshire county council for the freehold purchase of Sessions house proceeded on the basis of full vacant possession and it was clearly 'understood that Cheshire county council would identify suitable alternative accommodation for Mr. and Mrs. Veal. Further, the Lord Chancellor's Department made it clear to Cheshire county council that it would not be able to use the services of Mr. Veal as a caretaker. However, in an attempt to be helpful to both the county council and Mr. and Mrs. Veal, the Government property lawyers have been instructed to investigate and conclude an appropriate occupancy agreement to enable Mr. and Mrs. Veal to remain in their present accommodation.

Legal Aid

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many applications for legal aid have been made by solicitors acting on behalf of clients suffering from tranquilliser addiction and seeking to sue drug companies in the past 10 years; how much money has been paid to solicitors' firms over that period; how many such cases have been concluded in a court of law; and how many legal aid certificates have been issued, cases begun and legal aid subsequently withdrawn.

The only significant tranquilliser action to have received funding from the Legal Aid Board is the current Benzodiazepine action, for which 17,000 legal aid applications were made. These applications cover actions against the companies manufacturing the drugs together with the authorities prescribing them. The generic legal aid expenditure on all the Benzodiazepine drugs in the litigation amounts to approximately £3 million, though further, as yet unquantified, costs have also been incurred. In view of the numbers of individual cases involved, these costs may be considerable. None of the Benzodiazepine cases has yet been concluded. A total of 13,168 legal aid certificates were issued. The position on these is constantly changing, but at present more than 7,000 certificates have been discharged and several hundred are awaiting decisions on appeal. There have also been approximately 20 tranquilliser cases where legal aid was granted, but which were not part of the Benzodiazepine litigation. These have all been discharged and none of the cases was concluded in court.

Non-Departmental Public Bodies

asked the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list each of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Lord Chancellor's Department; to whom these bodies are responsible; whether the public bodies or their members in each case are subject to (a) surcharge, (b) investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner, (c) scrutiny by the National Audit Office, (d) statutory provisions for open Government, (e) performance indicators and (f) provisions under the citizens charters; and whether the chairpersons and members of the boards of each of these bodies are required to declare an interest.

Of the executive NDPBs listed in Public Bodies 1992, the Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board, which is responsible to the Lord Chancellor, was established to develop competition in the provision of conveyancing services and to supervise the provision of those services by authorised practitioners. In response to a parliamentary question on 13 March the Lord Chancellor announced that, due to a lack of demand to become authorised practitioners, he was postponing implementation of those provisions of the 1990 Act necessary to allow the board to begin the process of authorisation.

Answers to specific questions:

  • (a) No
  • (b) Yes
  • (c) Yes
  • (d) Not applicable
  • (e) No. The decision to postpone the authorised practitioner scheme was taken before the board's performance indicators had been finalised.
  • (f) Yes. The chairman and the members of the board would be required to declare an interest.
  • Legal Aid Board

    The responses for the Legal Aid Board, which is responsible to the Lord Chancellor are as follows:

  • (a) No
  • (b) Yes
  • (c) Yes
  • (d) Not applicable
  • (e) Yes
  • (f) Yes. The board is shortly to publish a statement of its charter standards.
  • Before appointing a person to be a member of the board, the Lord Chancellor satisfies himself that the individual's financial and other interests will not prejudice his or her functions as a member of the board. The Lord Chancellor also from time to time satisfies himself as to the members continuing interests. In addition, a member must declare an interest at any time throughout their tenure when a conflict of interest arises. The provisions governing members' interests are covered by schedule 1 of the Legal Aid Act 1988.

    Transport

    Road And Railway Schemes

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the average percentage difference in time taken for (a) roads and (b) railways between the initial consultative plan and the finally approved scheme.

    Road schemes completed in 1992–93 took on average 13·9 years to complete. We are currently looking at ways to reduce this figure and my right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement shortly.Applications for orders for new rail schemes are now governed by the Transport and Works Act, which came into force on 1 January 1993. We have not yet received any applications regarding railway schemes under the provisions of this Act; it is not therefore possible to make comparisons with road schemes. The time scale between receipt of draft orders and approval would depend on the size of the scheme and the degree of controversy surrounding it.

    Computer Consultancies

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all the computer consultancies employed by his Department and agencies since November 1991, the tasks for which they were engaged, and the total cost to his Department.

    Since November 1991, the Department of Transport and its agencies have engaged 55 computer consultancy companies. The tasks on which they were employed range from strategic analysis to systems review. The cost of the commissions is approaching £7 million.

    A550

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the M53/M56 alternative to the A550 improvement scheme was evaluated before or after the public consultation exercise; and if he will publish the results of the evaluation, including projected traffic flows.

    We do not believe that a route via the M53 and M56 presents a viable alternative. Although the question of this alternative was considered carefully prior to the preferred route announcement, no detailed evaluation is available.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment will be made of the traffic generated as a result of stages 1 and 2 of the A550 improvement scheme in considering whether to proceed with stage 3.

    This scheme is now being progressed in two stages. The technical appraisal for stage 2 (Ledsham to the M53) makes allowance for any additional traffic using the route as a result of the stage 1 improvement to the south.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment was made of the extent to which road usage on the Friday afternoon of a bank holiday weekend represented typical road usage for the purposes of photographs included in consultation on the A550 road improvement scheme.

    The photograph was used as an illustration of congestion that can occur. The A550 improvements have been evaluated against forecast annual average daily traffic flows in the design year 2012.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a question asking for views on whether a new road was required did not form part of the public consultation for the A550 improvement scheme.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide full details of the rail schemes assessed as an alternative to the A550 improvement scheme, including the routes assessed, their cost, and the projected changes in rail traffic associated with each alternative.

    No rail schemes have been assessed as possible alternatives to the A550 improvement scheme. Rail would not be a practicable option given the alignment of existing track in the area, which does not run in parallel with the A550 to Ledsham and beyond.

    Road Fuel Duties

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reduction in road traffic volumes is expected to result from the increase in road fuel duties announced on 16 March.

    The increase in road fuel duties announced on 16 March is aimed at contributing toward the Government's commitment to return overall CO2 emissions from the United Kingdom in the year 2000 to the level recorded in 1990. By 2000, the increase in fuel duties is expected to have reduced road transport emissions of CO2 by about 1.5 million tonnes of carbon (mtC), roughly one-seventh of the required savings. That increase in duties will have a greater effect on fuel consumption (and thus CO2) than on traffic levels. This is because the reduction in traffic is just one of the effects likely to follow from higher fuel prices. We would also expect a variety of improvements in fuel economy to come about—for example, improved driver technique, changes in speed, choice of smaller cars and improvements in vehicle design. Under the minimum duty increases announced, the level of traffic (all motor vehicles) in 2000 would be about 500 bn vehicle km instead of the 510 bn vehicle km forecast using the mid-point of the National Road Traffic Forecasts—a 2 per cent. reduction.

    Public Transport

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 24 May, Official Report, column 418, how many passenger miles are expected to transfer from private car to public transport as a result of the public transport initiatives described.

    It is not possible to estimate the number of passenger miles likely to transfer from private car to public transport. In the case of buses, much of the success of the measures depends on action being taken by local authorities.

    Diversions

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the average diversion in road miles over original routes provided by trunk road bypasses of motorway or express road standard over the past five years and planned for the next five years.

    This information is not readily available, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

    M53

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Hooton spur of the M53, north of junction 5, was built as part of a road scheme linking the M53 to a projected Dee barrage.

    The spur at junction 5 of the M53 was constructed in the 1970s for a possible link with the M56 to the west of Ellesmere Port.

    Wirral-North Wales Corridor

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish details of the public transport schemes currently being assessed for the Wirral-North Wales corridor as part of the public transport initiatives contained in his answer of 24 May, Official Report, column 418.

    Improvements to public transport will in many cases be the responsibility of the operators concerned; but it is open to local authorities to bring forward proposals for public transport improvements in their area. The Government can assist by making resources available to local authorities where appropriate. For example, we have made £6·4 million available to Merseyside PTA and Cheshire county council for railway electrification between Hooton, Chester and Ellesmere Port; £2·2 million to Merseyside PTA in 1993–94 for city challenge schemes some of which are in Wirral; and £300,000 to Wirral borough council in 1993–94 for bus priority measures. Local authorities have been invited to put forward further proposals in their transport policies and programmes.

    Road Accidents

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to publish details of the highway engineering measures his Department is taking to achieve the trunk road share of the national target of reducing road accident casualties by one third by the year 2000.

    I am arranging for copies of the departmental trunk road safety plan to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament, along with copies of the regional safety plans that are separately produced in the Department's regional offices.These plans detail the many actions and resources the Department is putting into highway engineering measures to reduce accident casualties on trunk roads. I am pleased to say that these measures are reducing deaths and injuries and are working towards meeting our share of the national target.

    Amesbury-Berwick Down Improvements

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received objecting to (a) the yellow route and (b) the grey route for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme.

    I have received various representations supportng or opposing the yellow route and grey route options for this improvement scheme near Stonehenge. We are now considering responses to the recent public consultation.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what would be the cost of putting the yellow route for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme in a cutting rather than a tunnel.

    The Department did not offer at the recent public consultation an option for a scheme in cutting along the line of the present A303 as we considered such a n option to be unacceptable environmentally, given the importance of Stonehenge. No estimate of cost is available, comparable with those of options offered.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response he is giving to the National Trust's request for more information on alternative routes for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement about the effect of his plans of the inalienability of National Trust land involved.

    The Department is seeking clarification of what further information the National Trust requires. One main purpose of both the Department's consultation options near Stonehenge is to improve conditions for Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. The tenure of National Trust land and the terms on which it might be made available are matters for the National Trust.

    Criminal Offences

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criminal offences he has introduced in the last five years under delegated legislation.

    The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

    Jubilee Line Extension

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total expenditure incurred on the Jubilee line extension project to date; what obstacles now remain before the principal construction works can be started; and if he will make a statement.

    Around £180 million. Leaving aside the exit from administration of the Olympia and York Company, before we can give authorisation for construction work to begin the precise terms of the funding agreement between London Underground Limited and London Transport and the parties involved with the financing of Canary wharf must be satisfactorily settled.

    Aircraft Ventilation

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has held with United Kingdom airline operators about the quality of air in ventilation systems during flights;

    (2) what discussions he has held with the Civil Aviation Authority about the quality of cabin air on board British airlines; and if he will make a statement.

    The European joint aviation authorities' airworthiness standards include requirements for minimum fresh air ventilation flows expressed in terms of fresh air quantity per minute per person. These minimum flows must be provided in the event of a failure in the air supply system; normal flow rates would be appreciably higher. The Civil Aviation Authority sees no reason to review these standards.

    Channel Tunnel Rail Link

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the advice he has received from the merchant banker retained by his Department about finance for the channel tunnel rail link.

    The independent review of Union Railways' work on the rail link was published in March 1993. We shall make an announcement in due course on the Government's conclusion following the consultation on private sector involvement, taking into account the advice provided by Samuel Montagu.

    Dvoit Swansea

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for representatives of the work force of DVOIT Swansea to meet each of the five bidders in the privatisation process before a final choice has been made by his Department.

    Representatives of the DVOIT staff have been offered the opportunity of meeting the prospective purchasers of the agency once a, shortlist has been selected. This stage is likely to be reached in the second half of August.

    Motor Vehicle Licensing Applications

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what considerations govern the number of sub-post offices permitted to conduct motor vehicle licensing applications.

    The aim is to provide an across-the-counter service within reasonable travelling distance for motorists with an option to relicense by post if this is more convenient.Vehicle licences are issued by 4,000 of the 20,000 post offices in Great Britain. For this service the Driver and Vehicle- Licensing Agency (DVLA)—effectively the taxpayer—pays a substantial sum of money to Post Office Counters Ltd. (POCL). Any increase in the number of licence-issuing post offices would increase the cost of collection without increasing the overall sum paid into the Exchequer.

    Home Department

    Immigration Offences

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were received into prison department establishments under Immigration Act powers during (a) 1992 and (b) 1993 to the latest convenient date, by individual prison establishment; what was the average daily population of persons so detained in each of those years; what was the average length of time spent in detention by persons so detained in each of those years; and whether he will give a breakdown by nationality of persons so detained for each of those years.

    The number of detainees received into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales under the Immigration Act 1971 is given by establishment of initial reception in table 1 for the first half of 1992. Information for receptions for the second half of 1992 and for 1993 is not yet available.The average population in 1992, including persons originally received for a criminal offence, was 227. The average for January to May in 1993 is 382. A breakdown of the prison population by nationality is given for June 1992 and May 1993 in table 2.The average period of detention for detainees released in the first half of 1992 is provisionally estimated as nearly 12 weeks. No later information for discharges is yet available.

    Table 1
    Receptions of persons detained under the Immigration Act 1971 into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales: by establishment 1 January to 30 June 1992
    EstablishmentNumber of persons1 2
    Remand centres
    Brinsford2
    Dorchester8
    Exeter1
    Feltham13
    Glen Parva1
    Haslar179
    Low Newton3
    Moorland1
    Local prisons
    Bedford3
    Belmarsh7
    Birmingham55
    Bristol8
    Brixton4
    Bullingdon4
    Canterbury14
    Dorchester9
    Durham2
    Exeter12
    Elmley1
    Gloucester3
    Holloway23
    Hull6
    Leeds13
    Leicester15
    Lewis8
    Lincoln5
    Liverpool4
    Norwich3
    Pentonville158
    Preston17
    Pucklechurch1
    Shrewsbury2
    Winchester2
    Wormwood Scrubs11
    Closed training prisons
    Full Sutton1
    All establishments599

    1 The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.

    2 Provisional figures.

    Table 2

    Population of persons detained under the Immigration Act 1971 in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales on 30 June 1992 and 31 May 1993: by nationality

    Nationality

    Number of persons1 2

    30 June 1992

    31 May 1993

    Afghanistan1
    Algeria815
    Angola713
    Argentina1
    Ascension Islands1
    Australia1
    Bangladesh513
    Belgium1
    Brazil1
    Canada12
    Cape Verde1
    Central African Republic2
    Chile11
    China25
    Colombia13
    Congo1
    Cyprus23
    Egypt13
    Ecuador1
    France36
    Gambia11
    Germany3
    Ghana728
    Guyana13
    Hong Kong11
    Hungary11
    India4399
    Indonesia1
    Irish Republic31
    Israel22
    Italy1
    Ivory Coast14
    Iran22
    Jamaica1020
    Jordan1
    Kenya14
    Lebanon62
    Liberia35
    Libya1
    Malaysia11
    Morocco33
    Mauritius11
    Mexico1
    Namibia1
    Netherlands21
    Nepal1
    New Zealand1
    Nicaragua11
    Niger1
    Nigeria3654
    Pakistan1214
    Peru3
    Philippines1
    Poland2
    Portugal1
    Romania9
    Saudi Arabia21
    Sierra Leone15
    Somalia1
    South Africa21
    Spain1
    Sri Lanka12
    St. Lanka1
    St. Vincent and Grenadines1
    Sudan12
    Tanzania3
    Trinidad and Tobago1
    Turkey924

    Nationality

    Number of persons1 2

    30 June 1992

    31 May 1993

    Uganda12
    United States of America33
    Vietnam1
    Yugoslavia11
    Zambia11
    Zaire2517
    Zimbabwe1
    Nationality not recorded4230
    Refusal12
    All establishments268441

    1The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual case would involve disproportionate cost.

    2 Provisional figures.

    Doctors (Work Permits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas doctors have been issued with notices to leave the country; how many of them are waiting for their appeals to be heard; and what are the reasons for asking them to leave.

    Civil Defence Grant Aid

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has any plans to relax the current rules concerning the effect on local authorities' civil defence grant aid allocations of authorities' success in obtaining income from emergency planning activities.

    Officials are considering ways in which local authorities can retain any such income obtained and a further announcement will be made shortly.

    Probation And Bail Hostels

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the bail hostels and (b) the combined probation and bail hostels in England and Wales at present; how many places there are in each hostel; and how many additional places the Government aims to provide (i) in each of these hostels and (ii) elsewhere by 1995.

    There are currently 30 approved bail hostels in England and Wales, as follows:

    Bail hostels in England and Wales in 1993
    Probation AreaHostelBeds
    CheshireBunbury House22
    CheshireLinden Bank22
    ClevelandSouth Bank24
    DevonDudley Centre22
    Greater ManchesterChorlton Hostel27
    GloucestershireRyecroft16
    HampshireDickson House28
    HampshireSouthampton22
    KentDover Bail18
    LancashireBlackburn18
    LeicestershireHoward House20

    Probation Area

    Hostel

    Beds

    London InnerCanadian Avenue23
    London InnerKelley House28
    London InnerTulse Hill27
    London MiddlesexCorfton Road20
    London South WestKew14
    MerseysideMerseybank28
    North WalesTy Newydd12
    NorthumbriaCuthbert House22
    NorthumbriaPennywell22
    OxfordshireClarks House27
    StaffordshireLichfield Road20
    West GlamorganEmroch House15
    West MidlandsMarshall House22
    West MidlandsStonnall Road12
    West MidlandsSycamore Lodge32
    West MidlandsWelford26
    South YorkshireTown Moor25
    West YorkshireHowden House27
    West YorkshireWalmer Villas18
    Beds659
    Hostels30

    There are currently 84 approved probation/bail hostels in England and Wales as listed below:

    Probation/bail hostels in England and Wales 1993

    Probation Area

    Hostel

    Beds

    AvonAshley House20
    AvonBrigstocke Road29
    AvonBridge House15
    BedfordshireBedford25
    BedfordshireNapier Road23
    BerkshireElizabeth Fry20
    BerkshireManor Lodge27
    BerkshireSt. Leonards23
    BerkshireWellesley House18
    BuckinghamshireMilton Keynes16
    CambridgeshirePeterborough26
    CheshireBewsey Street20
    ClevelandThe Crescent25
    CornwallMeneghy House18
    CumbriaBowling Green24
    DerbyshireBurdett Lodge25
    DevonLawson House20
    DorsetBournemouth25
    DorsetWeston27
    DurhamFir Tree Grange28
    East SussexBrighton15
    EssexBasildon32
    EssexWindyridge30
    Greater ManchesterBradshaw27
    Greater ManchesterHopwood18
    Greater ManchesterAscot House22
    Greater ManchesterSt. Josephs29
    Greater ManchesterWilton Place29
    Greater ManchesterWithington Road37
    HampshireThe Grange18
    Hereford and WorcesterBraley House23
    HertfordshireSt. Albans26
    HumbersideQueens Road19
    KentFleming House23
    KentHollywood Manor30
    LancashireHighfield House18
    LancashireHoole House24
    LeicestershireCharnwood House18
    LeicestershireKirk Lodge35
    LincolnshireWordsworth House28
    London InnerBedford/Shenley30
    London InnerCamden House29
    London InnerEllison House25
    London InnerKPH19
    London InnerSt. Edmunds25
    London InnerSt. Mungo25
    London InnerSt. Vincents24
    London InnerWest Park22

    Probation Area

    Hostel

    Beds

    London MiddlesexSeafield Lodge14
    London North EastWestbourne House40
    London South EastBeckenham Road20
    MerseysideAdelaide House22
    MerseysideCanning House27
    MerseysideSouthwood23
    North WalesPlas-y-wern12
    NorfolkJohn Boag House29
    NorthantsBridgewood23
    NorthantsStone House24
    NorthumbriaOzanam House27
    NorthumbriaSt. Christophers22
    NottinghamshireAstral Grove15
    NottinghamshireSouthwell House16
    NottinghamshireTrent House22
    OxfordshireAbingdon Road22
    South GlamorganMandeville House26
    SomersetGlogan House16
    StaffordshireWenger House42
    SuffolkLightfoot House22
    SuffolkThe Cottage18
    SurreySt. Catherines19
    West MidlandsBilston15
    West MidlandsCarpenter House16
    West MidlandsCrowley House18
    West MidlandsStoke Green22
    WarwickshireKenilworth Road18
    WarwickshireMclntyre House18
    South YorkshireCentre 4536
    South YorkshireNorfolk Park49
    South YorkshireRookwood37
    West YorkshireAlbion Street24
    West YorkshireCardigan House23
    West YorkshireElm Bank17
    West YorkshireRipon House17
    West YorkshireSt. Johns House28
    Beds1,993
    Hostels84

    The approved hostel expansion programme aims to provide 1,365 additional places between April 1988 and March 1996. Of these, 914 are already on stream and are included in the tables. The remaining places have been provisionally allocated, but until the appropriate properties or sites are identified the precise numbers cannot be determined.

    Sheehy Report

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many copies of the executive summary of the Sheehy report on police responsibilities and rewards have been produced; to whom they have been circulated; and at what total cost.

    A total of 170,000 copies of the executive summary of the Sheehy report on police responsibilities and rewards were produced. A copy was circulated by the inquiry to every police officer in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; to the clerk to the police authority for each force in the United Kingdom; and to the organisations and individuals who gave oral evidence to the inquiry. The cost of production and distribution was £25,965.

    Youth Organisations

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute an independent evaluation into the performance of the Weston Spirit, Drive for Youth, Fairbridge and other similar charitable organisations specialising in diverting young people from crime; and if he will make a statement.

    A number of local diversionary projects run by charitable organisations, including Fairbridge, receive Home Office funding. Those projects are therefore subject to monitoring and evaluation.

    Deportees

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been deported from the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

    [holding answer 5 July 1993]: The numbers of those deported from the United Kingdom are as follows:

    199019911992
    Male1,6931,9682,008
    Female470601568
    The figures include those who made a supervised or voluntary departure having been served with a notice of the intention to deport them, as well as those who were the subject of a deportation order.

    Employment

    Disability

    To ask the Secretary of State for employment what assessment he has made of the net Exchequer flowback of the personal reader service.

    The most recent assessment of net Exchequer costs for the personal reader service was published in the consultative document "Evaluation of Special Schemes for People with Disabilities: Summary Paper" in November 1990. The figures are shown in the following table:

    Assessment
    Gross costs (1988–89) (£000s)387
    Number helped (1988–89)472
    Gross cost per person helped (£s)820
    Estimated range of costs to Exchequer (£000s)370–510
    Estimated range of net costs per person helped (£s)700–1,000

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the percentage level of employment of (a) blind people and (b) all disabled people.

    The Labour Force Survey (LFS) asks people of working age if they currently have any health problem or disability which limits the kind of paid work they can do. Estimates based on answers to this question will include people with short-term health problems and disabilities as well as those registered as disabled.LFS estimates for winter 1992–93, not seasonally adjusted, show that in Great Britain 38·2 per cent. of working age people with such health problems and disabilities were in employment. Of those who reported that their main health problem was with difficulty in seeing, 45·2 per cent. were in employment.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the extent to which employers take account of the cost of special equipment in deciding whether to employ (a) blind workers or (b) people with other disabilities.

    An assessment of the extent to which employers take account of the cost of special equipment was published in the consultative document "Evaluation of Special Schemes for people with disabilities: Summary Paper", in November 1990. The paper provided details of employer responses to a question which asked whether they would have taken or kept their disabled employees on, without help from the special schemes for people with disabilities. The question was asked in relation to all disabled people, regardless of disability although one third were classified as totally blind. The following table shows employer responses with reference to the special aids to employment scheme:

    Would you have taken/kept him/her on without help from the scheme?'
    Base—175
    ResponsePer cent.
    Definitely75
    Possibly16
    No9

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average cost of equipment given under the special aids to employment schemes (a)£906 for all recipients and (b)£1,373 for blind workers.

    The average cost of equipment supplied under the special aids to employment scheme is (a) £906 for all recipients and (b) £1,373 for blind workers.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has for the personal reader service scheme.

    The assistance currently provided by the personal reader service will continue to be available under access to work from April 1994, and will be extended to include support beyond reading.

    Employment Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what were the main results of the work of the employment service as a next steps agency in 1992–93; and if he will make a statement.

    I am pleased to announce that the Employment Service achieved excellent results in 1992–93. It placed over 1·42 million unemployed people into jobs, of whom 24 per cent. had been out of work for six months or more. It also exceeded its targets for paying benefit accurately and promptly to those entitled to it. The Chief Executive of the Employment Service has provided my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State with the annual report and accounts for 1992–93. Copies have been placed in the Library today.

    National Heritage

    Football

    To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what visits have been made by Ministers in his Department since April 1992 to (i) Premier League football grounds and (ii) Football League grounds.

    Ministers have made official visits to one Premier League and two Football League grounds since April 1992.

    Angling

    To ask the Secretary of State for National Heriage what grants from public funds have been made to the sport of angling since April 1991.

    Most of my Department's funding for sport is made through the Sports Council. In 1991–92 it paid grant of £71,749 to angling bodies, including £20,660 to the National Angling Council which was disbanded at the end of that year. In 1992–93 grant paid by the Sports Council to angling's remaining governing bodies was £46,800.

    Prime Minister

    Foreign Heads Of State (Visits)

    To ask the Prime Minster whether the itinerary of a foreign head of state on an official visit to the United Kingdom is set by Her Majesty's Government.

    [holding answer 13 July 1993]: For an official visit to Britain by a foreign head of state the itinerary is agreed between the British Government and the visitor.

    Northern Ireland

    Tourism

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department invested in marketing and promoting Northern Ireland as a tourist destination during 1991 and 1992; how much his Department intends to have spent on marketing and promotion by the end of the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.

    Funded by the Government, the Northern Ireland tourist board has spent the following amounts (excluding salary and wages costs) on the marketing and promotion of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination:

    £000's
    1990–912,797
    1991–921,821
    1992–933,515
    1993–943,410
    1 Budget.
    Increased Government funding for tourism has enabled the tourist board to run a major television campaign in parts of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland in addition to its normal marketing activities.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visitors to Northern Ireland in 1992 stated holiday as their main reason for visiting; and what proportion of the total number of visitors that represented during the year.

    In 1992, 247,200 pure holiday visitors came to Northern Ireland. This represents 20 per cent. of the total visitors.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of the target numbers set out in the corporate plan 1992–95 by the Northern Ireland tourist board were achieved in 1992 in respect of (a) visits to friends and relatives, (b) holidays and (c) businesses; and if he will make a statement.

    The number of business visitors to Northern Ireland in 1992 achieved and significantly exceeded the target, with 380,000 visitors as against a target of 336,000. In a difficult year for international tourism and despite achieving a 6 per cent overall increase in visitors, which produced the fourth successive record year for Northern Ireland tourism, the other two targets were not reached.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of tourists visiting Northern Ireland in 1992 also visited the Republic as a component part of their trip; what proportion of those were from (a) EC countries, (b) the United States of America and (c) elsewhere; and what was the average length of stay in both the north and the Republic.

    An estimated 21 per cent. of the visitors to Northern Ireland in 1992 also visited the Republic of Ireland. The form of the tourist data collected is such that the information requested about origin and length of stay is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total expenditure by Northern Ireland residents on (a) leisure day trips and (b) domestic vacations during 1992; and if he will make a statement.

    The total expenditure by Northern Ireland residents on domestic vacations in 1992 was £44·63 million. Expenditure on leisure day trips is not collected on a regular basis although experimental surveys are being pursued to assess methodology of collection and the value of such data.

    Strategic Planning Unit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what work is carried out by the strategic planning unit in the Department of Economic Development.

    The unit, which includes the Department's economists and statisticians, has responsibilities which include the provision of strategic advice on all aspects of economic development policy, policy evaluation, economic research and the collation and interpretation of statistics.

    Education

    Small Businesses

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the achievements of (a) his policies and (b) his Department in helping small businesses over the last 12 months as against the previous 12 months; and if he will publish the performance indicators by which his Department monitors those achievements and the statistical results of such monitoring.

    The Government continue to place a high priority on helping businesses, through improvements to the business climate, through deregulation and through specific programmes of support and assistance.Measures operated by the Department to assist small business include encouragement of small firms to tender for its contracts; each contract also includes a requirement to ensure sub-contractors are paid promptly.The Department monitors both the number and value of its contracts let to small firms. In the first four months of 1993–94, 43 per cent. of contracts were placed with such firms (28 per cent. by value); the corresponding figures for the previous 12 months are 39 per cent. and 29 per cent.

    Open University (Tuition Fees)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students studying with the Open University have had their tuition fees grant-aided by North Yorkshire county council in each of the last five years.

    This information is not collected centrally. Under the Education Act 1962, it is entirely for local education authorities to determine how much to spend on discretionary awards and which students to support.

    Elton Report

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement outlining the progress made to date by his Department on implementing the recommendations of the Elton report.

    The report of the committee of inquiry into discipline in schools chaired by Lord Elton was published in March 1989 and copies were sent by the Department to all schools and local education authorities in England. The report contained recommendations not only to the Government, but also to local education authorities, governing bodies, head teachers, teacher training institutions and other bodies. For its part, the Department has:

    supported through education support grants (ESG) 24 LEA projects designed to improve support services for the most difficult pupils (expenditure of £7·3 million over a three year period ending March 1993);
    supported through ESG 31 projects designed to improve school attendance (£7·4 million over a three-year period ending March 1993). Similar projects to a value of some £9·6 million are being supported in 71 LEAs under the grants for education support and training (GEST) scheme 1993–94;
    monitored permanent exclusions at maintained schools over a two-year period, starting with summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system (NERS). The key findings from the two-year exercise were published on 23 April 1993;
    supported research at Sheffield university designed to identify good practice in relation to discipline in inner-city schools and further work on the evaluation of intervention strategies used to combat bullying;
    required that all initial teacher training courses should include separate, compulsory elements of practical training in how to manage pupil behaviour, and that these skills should be a key factor in assessing a student's performance and competence to teach.

    Youth Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to impose a statutory obligation on local authorities to develop youth services.

    Local education authorities already have a duty under section 41 of the Education Act 1944 as substituted by section 11 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 to secure provision for further education. Further education is defined as including vocational training, social physical and recreational training and organised leisure time occupation. Section 53 of the 1944 Act also provides that the facilities provided by an LEA for primary, secondary and further education must include adequate faclities for recreation, social and physical training.These provisions cover the youth service and it is for individual authorities to decide how they fulfil their duty.

    Pupil Exclusions

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish figures showing the number of pupil exclusions in (a) the primary sector and (b) the secondary sector within each local education authority in England in each year since 1987; and what has been the percentage of excluded pupils within the general school population in each local authority area in each year.

    Information on fixed term and indefinite exclusions has not been collected centrally. Information on permanent exclusions from maintained schools in England was collected by the Department over a two year period, starting with summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system (NERS). The results of the survey were published on 23 April 1993 and showed that a total of 6,743 permanent exclusions had been reported with 2,910 in year one and 3,833 in year two. Exclusions in the primary phase accounted for 13 per cent. of the total in year one and 14 per cent. in year two. The information was gathered for purposes of national aggregation and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the figures by area because of assurances given as to confidentiality.

    Grant-Maintained Schools

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many ballots in England on grant-maintained status have resulted in participation rates (a) above 79 per cent., (b) between 70 and 79 per cent., (c) between 60 and 69 per cent., (d) between 50 and 59 per cent. and (e) below 50 per cent.

    The information requested is as follows, correct as of 21 July.

    Participation ratesNumber of ballots
    80 per cent. or over126
    70 per cent. to less than 80 per cent.294
    60 per cent. to less than 70 per cent.456

    Participation rates

    Number of ballots

    50 per cent, to less than 60 per cent.332
    Less than 50 per cent.33

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 1992, Official Report, column 478, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in England are or have been eligible to apply for grant-maintained status; how many in each case have held ballots under section 61 of the Education Act 1988; how many ballots in each case resulted in votes to seek grant-maintained status, and how many of these have been

    Table of the SG(GM) Voting Patterns by Local Education Authority Primary Schools (As at 21 July 1993)
    LEATotal Number of schools in LEA1 (LEA or SG(GM))Number of ballots heldNumber of ballots that resulted in "yes" votesvotes
    201 Corporation of London1
    202 Camden41
    203 Greenwich7711
    204 Hackney70111
    205 Hammersmith39111
    206 Islington57
    207 Kensington2722
    208 Lambeth7833
    209 Lewisham7411
    210 Southwark7733
    211 Tower Hamlets73
    212 Wandsworth705312
    213 Westminster42
    301 Barking54
    302 Barnet89523
    303 Bexley67321
    304 Brent65221
    305 Bromley78431
    306 Croydon9911
    307 Ealing92442
    308 Enfield69312
    309 Haringey77
    310 Harrow53
    311 Havering74
    312 Hillingdon731111
    313 Hounslow63
    314 Kingston on Thames3611
    315 Merton4911
    316 Newham67
    317 Redbridge56
    318 Richmond on Thames40
    319 Sutton4233
    320 Waltham Forest61
    330 Birmingham3371055
    331 Coventry11011
    332 Dudley8311
    333 Sandwell112
    334 Solihull7011
    335 Walsall106321
    336 Wolverhampton10311
    340 Knowsley64
    341 Liverpool186
    342 St. Helens73111
    343 Sefon94
    344 Wirral106
    350 Bolton10711
    351 Bury72211
    352 Manchester174
    353 Oldham101
    354 Rochdale76541
    355 Salford89

    subject to section 12 or 13 notices; and how many ballots in each case resulted in votes against seeking grant-maintained status.

    The information requested is listed in the table. Column 2 gives the total number of maintained schools in each LEA in January 1992 (other than special schools and nurseries). Column 5 gives the number of schools which were subject to section 12 or 13 proposals when they published proposals for self-governing (GM) status. Information on schools subject to section 12 or 13 proposals which have voted against self-governing (GM) status, or which have voted in favour of self-governing (GM) status but not yet published proposals is not held centrally.

    LEA

    Total Number of schools in LEA1 (LEA or SG(GM))

    Number of ballots held

    Number of ballots that resulted in "yes" votes

    votes

    356 Stockport110
    357 Tameside83
    358 Trafford78
    359 Wigan124
    370 Barnsley98111
    371 Doncaster1274321
    372 Rotherham116
    373 Sheffield181141252
    380 Bradford165211
    381 Calderdale9433
    382 Kirklees16122
    383 Leeds224312
    384 Wakefield131111
    390 Gateshead85
    391 Newcastle8511
    392 North Tyne62211
    393 South Tyne61
    394 Sunderland106
    420 Isles of Scilly4
    901 Avon36944
    902 Bedfordshire21833
    903 Berkshire275972
    904 Buckinghamshire287862
    905 Cambridge264972
    906 Cheshire4607532
    907 Cleveland202
    908 Cornwall25011
    909 Cumbria31219172
    910 Derbyshire4501376
    911 Devon4445213
    912 Dorset199211
    913 Durham297
    914 East Sussex218
    915 Essex57969654
    916 Gloucestershire2641091
    917 Hampshire581201872
    918 Hereford and Worcester28822
    919 Hertfordshire4401183
    920 Humberside354532
    921 Isle of Wight46
    922 Kent575222022
    923 Lancashire601321
    924 Leicester331
    925 Lincolnshire29327243
    926 Norfolk39818144
    927 North Yorkshire39522
    928 Northamptonshire27013103
    929 Northumberland143
    930 Nottinghamshire4231
    931 Oxfordshire24011
    932 Shropshire216332
    933 Somerset233422
    934 Staffordshire41222
    935 Suffolk255
    936 Surrey373191782
    937 Warwickshire244
    938 West Sussex244
    939 Wiltshire29512102
    Totals18,9264383483990

    1 January 1992 totals.

    Table of the SG(GM) Voting Patterns by Local Education Authority Secondary Schools (As at 21 July 1993)

    LEA

    Total Number of schools in LEAl (LEA or SG(GM))

    Number of ballots held

    Number of ballots that resulted in "yes" votes

    votes

    201 Corporation of London
    202 Camden11321
    203 Greenwich1511
    204 Hackney1011
    205 Hammersmith911
    206 Islington9
    207 Kensington4111
    208 Lambeth1055
    209 Lewisham1422
    210 Southwark15551
    211 Tower Hamlets14211
    212 Wandsworth108711
    213 Westminster8—o
    301 Barking8
    302 Barnet20111011
    303 Bexley17541
    304 Brent1411922
    305 Bromley17131211
    306 Croydon20862
    307 Ealing138662
    308 Enfield17651
    309 Haringey9
    310 Harrow10211
    311 Havering1854—"1
    312 Hillingdon17151421
    313 Hounslow14221
    314 Kingston on Thames1044
    315 Merton1111
    316 Newham14111
    317 Redbridge14211
    318 Richmond on Thames8
    319 Sutton1488
    320 Waltham Forest1622
    330 Birmingham7924177
    331 Coventry19
    332 Dudley229712
    333 Sandwell23312
    334 Solihull14211
    335 Walsall221174
    336 Wolverhampton206521
    340 Knowsley11312
    341 Liverpool36431
    342 St. Helens1211
    343 Sefton2211
    344 Wirral22422
    350 Bolton16331
    351 Bury14
    352 Manchester281
    353 Oldham151
    354 Rochdale14312
    355 Salford18413
    356 Stockport1422
    357 Tameside185312
    358 Trafford16642
    359 Wigan22111
    370 Barnsley1522
    371 Doncaster3411
    372 Rotherham17
    373 Sheffield327522
    380 Bradford87862
    381 Calderdale177621
    382 Kirklees365312
    383 Leeds9711
    384 Wakefield38
    390 Gateshead1311
    391 Newcastle2211
    392 North Tyne273211
    393 South Tyne11
    394 Sunderland17
    420 Isles of Scilly1

    LEA

    Total Number of Numbe schools in LEA1 (LEA or SG(GM))

    Number of ballots held

    Number of ballots that resulted in "yes" votes

    votes

    901 Avon604212
    902 Bedfordshire71161016
    903 Berkshire59121012
    904 Buckinghamshire4511101
    905 Cambridge44251718
    906 Cheshire6911427
    907 Cleveland4433
    908 Cornwall31
    909 Cumbria4313134
    910 Derbyshire61221418
    911 Devon69963
    912 Dorset59141341
    913 Durham4411
    914 East Sussex3411
    915 Essex105726913
    916 Gloucestershire42332726
    917 Hampshire94201723
    918 Hereford and Worcester76752
    919 Hertfordshire88272225
    920 Humberside6033
    921 Isle of Wight21
    922 Kent1387066104
    923 Lancashire10716917
    924 Leicester799514
    925 Lincolnshire6327272
    926 Norfolk5216124
    927 North Yorkshire5922
    928 Northamptonshire65201436
    929 Northumberland61312
    930 Nottinghamshire858315
    931 Oxfordshire4322
    932 Shropshire36661
    933 Somerset3911
    934 Staffordshire851055
    935 Suffolk7711
    936 Surrey5113132
    937 Warwickshire369811
    938 West Sussex4133
    939 Wiltshire4420155
    Totals3,73180361573188

    1 January 1992 totals excluding 6th Form Colleges.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many ballots in England under section 61 of the Education Reforms Act 1988, where a simple majority of parents voted in favour of seeking grant-maintained status, the proportion of such parents was (a) above 69 per cent., (b) between 60 and 69 per cent., (c) between 50 and 59 per cent., (d) between 40 and 49 per cent., (e) between 30 and 39 per cent. and (f) below 30 per cent. of the number of parents eligible to vote.

    The information requested is as follows, correct as of 21 July.

    Percentage of eligible parents voting "yes"Number of ballots
    70 per cent, or over104
    60 per cent.—less than 70 per cent.138
    50 per cent.—less than 60 per cent.242
    40 per cent.—less than 50 per cent.287
    30 per cent.—less than 40 per cent.167
    less than 30 per cent.25

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list those grant-maintained schools which have been required to repay any or all of any grant under section 79 of the Education Reform Act 1988.

    The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, by local education authority, those grant-maintained schools for which the final budgets for the financial year 1993–94 were below the value of the proposed final annual maintenance grant, in each case stating (a) the proposed final AMG and (b) the final AMG.

    The information requested is given in the table.

    GM AMG—1993–94
    SchoolProposed final AMGFinal AMG
    ££
    Barnet
    Queen Elizabeth's GM School For Boys2,685,4342,675,943

    School

    Proposed final AMG

    Final AMG

    £

    £

    Bedfordshire

    Thomas Whitehead CE School326,490318,337
    Manshead CE Upper School1,819,2811,804,759

    Berkshire

    Southlands School1,388,7151,336,886
    Desborough Comprehensive School2,374,5782,326,426
    Whitelocke Infant and Nursery School268,260267,466

    Bexley

    St. Columba's RC Boys School1,728,3911,598,267
    St. Mary and St. Joseph's School1,604,6861,522,403

    Bolton

    George Tomlinson School1,502,7431,340,663

    Bradford

    Bingley Grammar School2,107,2502,078,799
    Oakbank School2,463,2112,391,363

    Cambridgeshire

    Bassingbourn Village College902,676858,366
    Gamlingay Village College415,101412,435
    The Queen's School, Wisbech3,067,6743,024,982
    Sawtry Village College1,354,9211,291,906
    Wheatfields Junior School505,856498,875
    The King's School, Peterborough1,834,7901,782,920
    Jack Hunt School3,071,1773,011,650
    Longsands Community College2,834,4722,813,248
    Sawston Village College2,339,9412,315,722

    Derbyshire

    The Merrill Community School2,296,8882,142,353
    John Port School3,466,4003,455,267
    Murray Park Community School2,020,9001,961,579
    Noel Baker School2,772,1862,691,008
    Repton Primary School286,568272,386

    Dudley

    Old Swinford Hospital School1,353,9321,333,690

    Essex

    Beauchamps School, Wickford1,632,5981,500,912
    King Edward VI Girls School, Chelmsford1,668,2851,645,444
    King Harold School1,654,7511,611,949
    North Crescent Primary School331,361309,353
    Rickstones School1,354,3461,304,412
    Torells Comprehensive School1,348,5621,323,256
    The Appleton School2,403,8312,351,509
    The Hedley Walter School2,039,4991,914,949
    Westcliff High School For Girls1,979,7841,963,536
    Belfairs Community College2,668,1552,601,882
    Northwick Park County Infant School331,619329,561
    The Eastwood School1,772,8341,748,207

    Hampshire

    Abbotswood Middle School844,731826,691
    Bay House Grant-maintained School3,276,6553,203,364
    Blackfield Middle School586,385578,966

    Hertfordshire

    Parmiters School2,333,8132,322,198
    Christ Church CE JMI School, Chorley319,139311,975
    Hertingfordbury School244,250240,010
    Bushey Hall School2,571,8852,397,349

    Hillingdon

    Hayes Manor School1,747,6941,727,799
    Mellow Lane School2,372,7972,318,510
    Northwood School2,278,8872,201,048

    School

    Proposed final AMG

    Final AMG

    £

    £

    Swakeleys School1,856,8141,833,869
    Vyners School2,161,8042,004,307

    Hounslow

    Gumley House Convent School2,251,1402,220,884

    Kent

    Thamesview School2,280,9852,254,247
    Oakwood Park Grammar School1,077,9261,005,749
    Sir Roger Manwood's School1,505,1231,451,715
    Mascalls School2,868,1922,848,129
    Meopham School986,030935,095
    The Wildernesse School1,456,5541,389,844
    Oldborough Manor High School1,537,1671,535,140

    Kingston

    Richard Challoner School1,569,7101,534,475
    Tiffin School2,369,8202,258,964

    Lincolnshire

    Skegness Grammar School1,505,7271,482,438
    The Kings School, Grantham1,916,9421,891,740
    Carre's Grammar School1,091,1031,078,102
    Yarborough High School2,415,9862,364,073
    North Kesteven School2,648,9882,586,321
    Robert Pattinson School2,444,0922,415,355
    Ancaster High School1,267,5021,262,259
    William Farr CE School1,735,5401,679,426
    Gleed Girls School1,208,9251,130,082
    Monks' Dyke School1,504,8241,504,382
    Lacey Gardens Junior School592,816587,612

    Norfolk

    Acle High School1,175,3581,144,641
    Cromer High School1,285,6991,244,563
    Great Yarmouth High School1,616,1591,585,705
    St. Clements High School1,196,5561,170,746
    West Flegg Middle School678,538660,604
    Wymondham College2,341,7382,303,400
    Gresham County Primary School175,466161,864
    Heacham Middle School390,702363,868
    Redgate Middle School, Hunstanton309,338289,155

    Northamptonshire

    Lodge Park School1,876,1941,810,351
    Windmill Primary School617,400578,154

    Sandwell

    Manor High School1,848,5551,789,513

    Sheffield

    Clifford First School144,612120,602

    Southwark

    London Nautical School1,495,2971,491,358

    Surrey

    Gordon's School787,666756,557
    Hawkedale First School182,746161,194
    Manor First School259,389240,411
    Send CE First School243,980232,999

    Walsall

    Shire Oak Community School1,459,7901,400,817
    The Steetly School2,385,6782,321,781

    Warwickshire

    Avon Valley School730,195727,515
    Ash Green School (Exhall)1,111,8201,103,673
    Hartshill School1,350,2621,346,854
    Queen Elizabeth School Atherstone1,554,1241,552,689
    Myton School2,235,9522,226,965
    Rugby High School For Girls1,230,4691,226,666

    School

    Proposed final AMG

    Final AMG

    £

    £

    Wiltshire

    Highbury School1,158,5551,093,707
    Lavington School

    11,077,939

    1,056,388

    1 Updated from previous answer to exclude adjustments in respect of 1992–93.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, by local education authority, those schools which will be operating with grant-maintained status from September.

    The schools which have been approved for self-governing status as of 21 July, or which my right hon. Friend is minded to approve, and which will be operating as self-governing (GM) state schools in September are listed. Further applications with proposed start dates in September are still under consideration.

    Avon

    • Oldfield School
    • Beechen Cliff School

    Barnet

    • Queen Elizabeth's GM School for Boys
    • Mill Hill Grant-Maintained High School
    • St. Mary's CE High School
    • Hendon School

    Bedfordshire

    • Lea Manor High School and Community College
    • Crawley Green Grant Maintained Infant School
    • Holywell School
    • Thomas Whitehead CE School
    • Ashcroft High School
    • Queensbury School
    • Ashton St. Peters (VA) Lower School
    • Sharnbrook Upper School
    • Icknield High School
    • Manshead School
    • Stopsley High School and Community College
    • Wootton Upper School
    • Lincroft Middle School (Grant Maintained)

    Berkshire

    • Herschel Grammar School
    • Slough Grammar School (Formerly Upton Grammar)
    • The Downs School
    • Denefield School
    • Priory School
    • Cippenham Middle School (Grant Maintained)
    • Reading School
    • Whitelocke Infant and Nursery School
    • Langley Grammr School
    • Desborough Comprehensive School
    • Holy Family RC School
    • Castlevitw Combined School
    • St. Bartholomew's School
    • Westgate School
    • Southlands School

    Bexley

    • St. Columba's RC Boys School
    • St. Catherine's RC School for Girls
    • Bexley Erith Technical High School for Boys
    • St. Mary & St. Joseph's Grant Maintained School
    • Barnehurst Infant Grant-Maintained School
    • Barnehurst Junior Grant-Maintained School

    Birmingham

    • Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
    • King Edward VI Handsworth School
    • Ninestiles School
    • King Edward VI Aston School
    • Hall Green School
    • Baverstock Grant-Maintained School
    • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
    • Small Heath School
    • Great Barr Grant-Maintained School
    • The Fairfax School
    • Deanery Junior School
    • Deanery Infant School
    • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
    • King Edward VI Five Ways School

    Bolton

    • George Tomlinson School
    • St. James' CE School
    • Canon Slade School
    • Crompton Fold Primary School

    Bradford

    • Oakbank School
    • Bingley Grammar School
    • Laisterdyke Grant-Maintained Middle School
    • Thornton School
    • Hanson Grant-Maintained School
    • Killinghall School

    Brent

    • Claremont High School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Kingsbury High School
    • Convent of Jesus and Mary GM High School
    • Queens Park Community School (GM)
    • Copland Community School and Technology Centre

    Bromley

    • Beaverwood School for Girls
    • Crofton Junior School
    • Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Primary School
    • Newstead Wood School for Girls (GM)
    • Bullers Wood School for Girls
    • Hayes School
    • Charles Darwin School
    • St. John Rigby School
    • Ravens Wood School for Boys
    • Langley Park School for Boys
    • Coopers School
    • Kelsey Park School
    • St. Olave's and St. Saviour's Grammar School

    Buckinghamshire

    • Castlefield Combined School
    • Hamilton Combined School
    • Bridgewater Hall School, Stantonbury Campus
    • Beaconsfield High School
    • Overstone Grant Maintained Combined School
    • Brindley Hall School
    • Wycome Royal Grammar School
    • Lord Grey School
    • Wing School
    • Beechview Middle School (Grant-Maintained)
    • The Chalfonts Community College (GM)
    • The Radcliffe School
    • Brookmead School
    • Brushwood Middle School

    Calderdale

    • Rastrick High School
    • Salterlee Primary School
    • The North Halifax Grammar School
    • Holy Trinity CE Senior School (GM)
    • The Crossley Heath School

    Cambridgeshire

    • Jack Hunt School, Peterborough
    • Deacon's School
    • The King's School (Peterborough Cathedral Sc)
    • Sawston Village College
    • Sawtry Village College GM School
    • St. John Fisher RC Comprehensive School
    • St. Peter's School
    • Longsands Community College
    • The Village College, Comberton
    • Gamlingay (Grant-Maintained) Village College
    • Bassingbourn GM Village College
    • Stanground College (Grant-Maintained)
    • Orton Wistow Primary School
    • Wheatfields Junior School
    • The Queen's School
    • St. Helen's Primary School
    • Crosshall Junior School
    • Ailwyn Community School
    • The Park Lane Primary School
    • Crosshall Infant School

    Cheshire

    • Henbury County High School
    • Fallibroome High School
    • Bankfield High School (GM)
    • Mottram St. Andrew Primary School
    • Kettleshulme St. James CE G.M. Primary School

    Croydon

    • St. Joseph's Colleage
    • Thomas More Grant Maintained School
    • Riddlesdown Grant-Maintained School
    • Edenham School

    Cumbria

    • Hayton CE Grant-Maintained School
    • Appleby Grammar School
    • Warwick Bridge (GM) Primary School
    • Dallam School
    • Scotby CE Grant Maintained Primary School
    • Harraby School
    • Kirkby Stephen Grammar School
    • Parkview School
    • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
    • Kirkbie Kendal School
    • Cartmel Priory CE School
    • The Queen Katherine School
    • Brampton Junior School
    • St. Aidan's County High School
    • Trinity School, Carlisle

    Derbyshire

    • Murray Park Community School
    • The Pingle School
    • Chellaston School
    • Belper Grant-Maintained School
    • Heanor Gate School
    • Linton Primary School
    • Noel-Baker Community School (GM)
    • Repton Primary School
    • Netherthorpe School
    • West Park Community School
    • Lady Manners School
    • The Merrill Community School
    • Friesland School
    • Belmont Primary School
    • John Port School
    • The Ecclesbourne School
    • Chellaston Junior School
    • Borrow Wood Junior School

    Devon

    • St. Boniface's College
    • Teign School
    • Knowles Hill School
    • Colyton Grammar School
    • Torquay Boys' Grammar School (GM)

    Dorset

    • St. Peter's RC School
    • The Woodroffe School
    • Highcliffe Comprehensive School
    • Parkstone Grammar School
    • Budmouth School
    • St. Walburga's RC Primary School
    • Poole Technical High School (ex Henry Harbin)
    • Bournemouth School
    • Bournemouth School for Girls
    • Avonbourne School

    Dudley

    • Alder Coppice Primary School
    • Old Swinford Hospital
    • The Ellowes Hall School
    • The High Areal School
    • The Kingswinford Grant-Maintained School

    Ealing

    • Wood End Middle School
    • Wood End First School
    • Greenford High School
    • Drayton Manor High School
    • Brentside High School
    • Northolt High School
    • The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

    Enfield

    • The Latymer School
    • Albany School
    • Broomfield School

    Essex

    • The Rickstones School
    • Beauchamps Grant-Maintained School
    • Colbayns High Grant Maintained School
    • Katherines Primary School
    • The King John School
    • Bromfords School, Wickford
    • King Harold Grant-Maintained School
    • The Greensward School
    • Rodings Central Primary School
    • St. Martin's Grant-Maintained School
    • Tendring High School
    • Torells Grant-Maintained School
    • St. Katherine's CE VA Primary School
    • Holland Haven Grant-Maintained Primary School
    • Rolph CE VA Primary School
    • Chelmsford County High School for Girls
    • Chelmer Valley High School (Grant Maintained)
    • St. Clare's RC Primary School
    • St. Helena School
    • Southend High School for Boys
    • Southend Girls High School
    • St. Clere's School
    • South Benfleet Primary School
    • Thurstable School
    • Hassenbrook School
    • Sir Charles Lucas School
    • Chalvedon School
    • Newlands Spring Grant Maintained School
    • Takeley Grant-Maintained Primary School
    • Cecil Jones High School
    • The Gilberd School
    • Newport Free Grammar School
    • Saffron Walden County High School
    • Westcliff High School for Girls
    • Holland Park County Primary School
    • Castle View School
    • The Grays School (Grant Maintained)
    • Great Totham Primary School
    • St. Osyth EC Aided Primary School
    • Colchester Royal Grammar School
    • Rainsford School
    • Gable Hall Grant-Maintained Comprehensive School
    • Anglo European School (Ingatestone)
    • Furtherwick Park School
    • Millfield County Primary School
    • The Plume School
    • St. Thomas More High School for Boys
    • Elmstead County Primary School
    • Davenant Foundation School
    • Belfairs Community College
    • Eastwood County High School & 6th Form Centre
    • Northwick Park Grant Maintained Junior School
    • Northwick Park Grant Maintained Infant School
    • Northlands Grant-Maintained Junior School
    • North Crescent Primary School
    • King Edward VI Grammar School (G.M.)
    • The Bramston School
    • The Appleton School
    • William Edwards School
    • William De Ferrers School
    • Westcliff High School for Boys
    • Westborough County Primary School
    • West Hatch High School
    • St. Thomas More RC Primary School
    • Thorpedene Infant School
    • The Boswells School
    • Clacton County High School
    • The Thorpe Bay School
    • The Philip Morant School
    • All Saints Church of England Primary School
    • The King Edmund School
    • Woodville County Primary School
    • St. Andrew's Grant Maintained CE Primary School
    • Jotmans Hall Primary School
    • The Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh
    • The Elmwood Primary School
    • The Deanes School
    • The Cornelius Vermuyden School
    • The Hedley Walter High School (GM)
    • Coppins Green Grant Maintained School
    • St. Mary' CE Primary School

    Gloucestershire

    • Katharine Lady Berkeley's School
    • Stroud High School
    • Balcarras School
    • Churchdown Gran-Maintained School
    • Chosen Hill School, Gloucester
    • Chipping Campden School
    • Cheltenham Bournside School and 6th form Centre
    • Tewkesbury Grant-Maintained School
    • Saintbridge GM Technology School
    • St. Benedict's RC School
    • Robinswood Primary School
    • The Cotswold School
    • Ribston Hall High School
    • Picklenash Junior School
    • Pate's Grant Maintained Grammar School Andoversford Primary School
    • Wyedean School, Grant Maintained Status
    • Winchcombe Community School
    • Newent Community School
    • Marling School
    • The Rednock School
    • The Crypt School
    • Blue Coat CE Grant-Maintained Primary School
    • The Catholic School of St. Gregory the Great

    Hammersmith

    • London Oratory School

    Hampshire

    • The Arnewood School
    • Bohunt Community School
    • Testwood School
    • Testbourne Community School
    • All Hallows RC School
    • Hordle CE (C) Grant-Maintained Primary School
    • St. Joseph's RC Primary School Hardley School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Applemore Technology School
    • Ringwood School (GM Comprehensive)
    • Blackfield Middle School (Grant Maintained)
    • Calmore Grant-Maintained Middle School
    • Front Lawn Middle School
    • Bay House Grant-Maintained School
    • Oaklands RC Comprehensive School
    • Burgate School
    • Abbotswood Grant Maintained Middle School
    • The Priory School
    • Crofton School, Fareham
    • The City of Portsmouth Boys' School

    Havering

    • Abbs Cross School
    • The Frances Bardsley School for Girls
    • The Coopers' Company and Coborn (GM School)
    • The Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

    Hereford and Worcester

    • Blessed Edward Oldcorne RC High School
    • St. Bede's Catholic Grant Maintained School
    • St. Augustine's Catholic GM School
    • Prince Henry's Grant-Maintained High School
    • Bromsgrove CE Middle School

    Hertfordshire

    • The Bishop's Stortford High School
    • Ashlyns Grant-Maintained School
    • Christ Church CE School
    • St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
    • Hertingfordbury Cowper JMI School
    • Watford Grammar School for Girls
    • Rickmansworth School
    • Goffs School
    • Queens' School
    • Francis Bacon School
    • Parmiters School
    • Parkside First School
    • Bushey Meads Grant-Maintained School
    • Bushey Hall School
    • Nicholas Breakspear Roman Catholic GM School
    • Mount Grace (GM) School
    • Watford Grammar School for Boys
    • Dame Alice Owen's School
    • Marlborough School
    • The Leventhorpe School
    • The John Henry Newman School

    Hillingdon

    • Swakeleys School
    • Mellow Lane School
    • Bishopshalt School
    • Abbotsfield School
    • Haydon School
    • Grange Park Junior School
    • Grange Park Infant School Queensmead School
    • Oak Farm Junior Mixed School (G.M.)
    • Oak Farm Infant School (Grant-Maintained) Northwood School
    • Uxbridge High School
    • The Hayes Manor School
    • The Douay Martyrs School
    • Vyners School
    • Hillside Infant School

    Hounslow

    • Gunnersbury Catholic School for Boys
    • Gumley House Convent School

    Humberside

    • Wold Newton Grant-Maintained Primary School

    Kensington

    • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

    Kent

    • The Canterbury High School
    • The Bradbourne School
    • Borough Green Primary School
    • The Archbishop's CE Grant Maintained School
    • Thamesview School
    • Allington County Primary School
    • Sutton-at-Hone CE GM Primary School
    • Homewood School
    • St. Simon Stock School
    • Holy Trinity CE Primary School
    • Holy Family RC Grant Maintained Primary School
    • The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells
    • The Malting School
    • St. John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School
    • Hillview School for Girls
    • Cheyne Middle School
    • St. George's Church of England School
    • St. George's CE High School
    • St. Francis' RC Primary School
    • St. Edmund's RC Comprehensive School
    • St. Botolph's CE Primary School
    • Herne Bay Junior School (Grant Maintained)
    • Herne Bay High School
    • St. Anselm's RC School
    • Southlands Comprehensive School
    • Chatham Grammar School for Girls
    • Southfields School
    • Snodland CE Primary School
    • Sir Roger Manwood's School
    • Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys
    • Senacre Technology School
    • Sandown Court Community College
    • Roseacre Junior School
    • Rochester Grammar School for Girls
    • Rainham Mark Grammar School
    • Queen Elizabeth's School
    • Fulston Manor School
    • Angley School
    • Oldborough Manor Community College
    • Oakwood Park Grammar School
    • Barton Court Grammar School
    • Wrotham School
    • Ditton CE Primary School
    • Dartford Grammar School
    • Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
    • Westlands High School
    • St. Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive School
    • Minster College
    • Dartford Grammar School for Girls
    • Meopham Grant-maintained School
    • Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls
    • Mascalls School
    • The Wildernesse School
    • The Thomas Aveling School
    • The Robert Napier Grant-Maintained School
    • The Maplesden Noakes School
    • Aylesford School
    • The Hugh Christie School
    • Cranbrook School
    • The Grammar School for Girls Wilmington
    • The Frank Montgomery School
    • The Folkestone School for Girls
    • The Cornwallis School
    • The Charles Dickens School
    • Chaucer Technology School

    Kingston-upon-Thames

    • Holy Cross Convent School
    • Beverley School
    • Richard Challoner School
    • Tiffin School

    Kirklees

    • Heckmondwike Grammar School
    • Castle Hall Grant-Maintained School

    Knowsley

    • The St. Thomas Becket School

    Lambeth

    • Bishop Thomas Grant School
    • St. Bernadette RC Junior Mixed School
    • Archbishop Tenison's School
    • Dunraven Grant-maintained School
    • La Retraite R.C. Girls, (G.M.) School
    • St. Martin-in-the-Fields High School

    Lancashire

    • Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
    • Archbishop Temple School (Ex William Temple)
    • Newton Bluecoat C of E GM Primary School
    • Baines School
    • Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School
    • Lancaster Royal Grammar School
    • Lancaster Girls Grammar School

    Leicestershire

    • South Wigston High School
    • Abington High School
    • Bushloe High School, Grant Maintained
    • Uppingham Community College
    • Long Field GM High School

    Lewisham

    • Turnham Primary with Nursery G.M. School

    Lincolnshire

    • The Ancaster High School, Lincoln
    • Huttoft County Primary School
    • Washingborough School
    • St. George's Grant-Maintained School
    • St. Andrews CE Primary School
    • Spalding County Primary School
    • Skegness Grammar School
    • Chapel St. Leonards County Primary School
    • The Malcolm Sargent Grant Maintained School
    • Robert Pattinson Grant-Maintained School
    • Carre's Grammar School
    • Rauceby School CE G.M.
    • Gleed Girls Grant Maintained School
    • Queen Elizabeth's GM Grammar School
    • Qheen Elizabeth's G.M. Grammar School
    • Caistor Grammar School
    • Ermine Junior Grant Maintained School
    • North Kesteven Grant-Maintained School
    • William Farr CE Comprehensive School
    • William Alvey CE Junior School
    • Monks' Dyke High School
    • The Magdalen School
    • Branston School and Community College
    • Yarborough High School
    • The Kings School Grantham
    • Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
    • Cranwell County Primary School
    • The Gartree Grant Maintained School
    • Lacey Gardens Junior School
    • Bourne Abbey Primary School
    • King Edward VI School
    • The Castle Hills GM School, Gainsborough

    Liverpool

    • St. Francis Xavier's College

    Newham

    • Stratford School

    Norfolk

    • Cliff Park High School (Grant Maintained)
    • St. Clement's High School
    • Heacham Middle School (G.M.)
    • South Wootton Grant-Maintained Junior School
    • Sheringham High School
    • Gresham Village School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Robert Kett Grant-Maintained Middle School
    • Great Yarmouth High School
    • Redgate Grant-Maintained Middle School
    • Flegg High School
    • Norwich Road School
    • Wymondham College (GMS)
    • Downham Market High School-Grant-Maintained
    • Dereham Church CE Grant-Maintained School
    • West Flegg Middle School (G.M.)
    • Marshland High School
    • Lynn Grove VC High School
    • Cromer High School—Grant-Maintained
    • Acle High School
    • Loddon Middle Grant-Maintained School
    • Costessey High School, Grant-Maintained
    • Barnham Broom Primary School

    Northamptonshire

    • Collingtree CE Primary School
    • Southfield School for Girls
    • Sir Christopher Hatton Grant-Maintained School
    • Beanfield Junior School (G.M.)
    • Queen Elizabeth (Grant-Maintained) School
    • Northampton (G.M.) School for Boys
    • Wrenn School
    • Woodnewton Way Junior School
    • Moulton Primary School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Weavers School
    • Montagu School
    • Millbrook Infant School
    • Danesholme Junior School
    • The Windmill County G.M. Primary School
    • Manor School, Northamptonshire
    • Lodge Park School
    • The King John School
    • Kingswood School
    • Kingsley Park Middle School

    Nottinghamshire

    • Greenwood Dale School
    • Ravensdale Grant Maintained Middle School
    • The George Spencer School

    Oxfordshire

    • Shenington CE Primary School

    Redbridge

    • Chadwell Heath High School

    Rochdale

    • St. James CE Primary School
    • Smithy Bridge Primary School
    • Wardle High School
    • Crossgates Primary School

    Sandwell

    • Manor High School, Sandwell

    Sheffield

    • Clifford CE Grant-Maintained School
    • St. John Fisher RC (VA) Primary School
    • Notre Dame School
    • All Saints RC Secondary School

    Shropshire

    • Abraham Darby School
    • Holy Cross CE Junior School
    • Charlton School
    • Ercall Wood School
    • Adams' Grammar School
    • The Corbet Grant-Maintained School

    Solihull

    • Hatchford Grant-Maintained Primary School

    Somerset

    • Sexey's School
    • Bruton Primary School

    Southwark

    • St. Michael's School
    • St. Francesca Cabrini Grant Maintained School
    • Notre Dame High School
    • The St. Thomas the Apostle GM College
    • London Nautical School

    Staffordshire

    • St. Thomas More RC High School
    • Hollinsclough CE Primary School
    • Chasetown High School
    • Rising Brook Grant-Maintained School
    • Cardinal Griffin RC Comprehensive
    • Cannock Chase High School (G.M.)

    Surrey

    • The Beacon School
    • Thamesmead School
    • Stoneleigh First School (Grant-Maintained)
    • St. Paul's Catholic School
    • Holy Trinity CE Middle School
    • St. John the Baptist School
    • Heathside Secondary School
    • Hawkedale First School
    • Send C of E First School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Guildford County School
    • Rosebery School
    • Gordon's Grant-Maintained School
    • Glyn School
    • Pewley Down County First School
    • Park Mead County First School
    • Epsom and Ewell High School
    • de Stafford School
    • The Manor County First School
    • Collingwood Grant-Maintained School

    Sutton

    • Sutton Grammar School for Boys
    • St. Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls
    • Cheam High School
    • Nonsuch High School for Girls
    • Wilsons School
    • Wallington High School for Girls
    • Wallington High School for Boys
    • The John Fisher School
    • All Saints CE Primary School

    Tameside

    • Fairfield High School
    • West Hill School
    • Audenshaw High School

    Tower Hamlets

    • Raines Foundation School

    Trafford

    • Ashton on Mersey School
    • Sale Moor School
    • New Wellington School
    • Blessed Thomas Holford School

    Walsall

    • Streetly School
    • St. Thomas Moore RC Comprehensive G. M. School
    • Aldridge School
    • Shire Oak Grant-Maintained Community School
    • Queen Mary's High School
    • Queen Mary's Grammar School

    Waltham Forest

    • Chingford School
    • Highams Park School

    Wandsworth

    • John Paul II RC School
    • Hillbrook Primary School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Southfields School (GM)
    • Salesian College
    • Graveney School
    • Ethelburga Primary School (Grant-Maintained)
    • Elliott School (GM)
    • Burntwood School

    Warwickshire

    • The Avon Valley Grant-Maintained School
    • Studley High School
    • Ash Green Grant-Maintained School
    • Hartshill Grant Maintained School
    • Alcester Grammar School
    • Rugby High School for Girls
    • Queen Elizabeth School, Atherstone
    • Myton School

    Wiltshire

    • Highbury Secondary Boys' School
    • St. Augustine RC (G.M.) Comprehesnive School
    • Sheldon School
    • Pewsey Vale School (Grant Maintained)
    • Downton CE (VC) Primary School
    • Aloeric Grant-Maintained School
    • Lowbourne Grant Maintained Infants' School
    • Lavington Comprehensive School

    Wirral

    • Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby
    • Wirral Grammar Schol for Boys

    Wolverhampton

    • Wolverhampton Girls High School
    • Moseley Park GM School

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list in rank order those grant-maintained schools from which pupils have been permanently excluded, giving in each case (a) the number of such exclusions, (b) the pupil roll of the school and (c) the date it was incorporated as a grant-maintained school.

    Information on permanent exclusions from maintained schools in England was collected by the Department over a two-year period, starting with summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system (NERS). The results of the survey were published on 23 April and showed that a total of 6,743 permanent exclusions had been reported, with 2,910 in year one and 3,833 in year two. This information was collected for purposes of national aggregation and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the figures by school or by sector because of assurances given as to confidentiality.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the total number of schools from which his Department has received inquiries about acquiring grant-maintained status; how many ballots have now been held under section 61 of the Education Reform Act; and how many of these resulted in votes to seek grant-maintained status.

    The Department does not keep records of inquiries related specifically to the acquisition of self-governing status. The high overall level of interest is evident from the numbers of publications issued and attendance at conferences. To date, the Department has distributed 2·5 million publications, largely in response to requests for information. Some 3,500 heads and governors have attended the conferences on self-governing status since November 1992.As of 21 July, 1,241 ballots on self-governing (GM) status have been held in England and 963 of these have resulted in votes in favour of applying for self-governing (GM) status.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 22 June, Official Report, columns 123–34, if he will list, by local education authority, those grant-maintained schools which still have yet to receive their final budgets for the 1993–94 financial year.

    The information requested is given in the table. The vast majority of all GM schools will have received their final budgets by the end of this month. GM AMG—1993–94SCHOOL

    Avon

    • Beechen Cliff School
    • Oldfield School

    Birmingham

    • Baverstock GM School
    • Small Heath School
    • Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
    • Great Barr School
    • Hall Green School
    • King Edward VI Aston School
    • King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School
    • King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls School
    • King Edward VI Five Ways School
    • King Edward VI Handsworth School

    Bradford

    • Hanson GM School

    Brent

    • Claremont High School
    • Copland Community School
    • Convent of Jesus and Mary
    • Kingsbury High School
    • Queens Park Community School

    Buckinghamshire

    • Bridgewater Hall School
    • Brindley Hall School
    • Beaconsfield High School
    • Brookmead County Combined Middle School
    • The Chalfonts School
    • Overstone Combined School
    • Beechview Middle School
    • Hamilton Combined School
    • Lord Grey School
    • The Radcliffe School
    • Wycombe Royal Grammar School

    Cheshire

    • Bankfield High School
    • Kettleshulme CE Primary School
    • Fallibroome High School
    • Henbury County High School

    Croydon

    • Riddlesdown High School
    • Edenham School

    Cumbria

    • Kirbie Kendal School
    • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
    • Hayton CE Primary school
    • St. Aidan's School
    • Trinity School
    • Scotby CE Primary School
    • The Queen Katharine School, Kendal
    • Appleby Grammar School
    • Dallam School
    • Harraby School
    • Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

    Devon

    • Colyton Grammar School
    • Torquay Boys Grammar School
    • St. Boniface's College
    • Teign School

    Ealing

    • Brentside High School
    • Drayton Manor High School
    • Ellen Wilkinson High School
    • Greenford High School
    • Northolt High School
    • Wood End First School
    • Wood End Middle School

    Gloucestershire

    • Ribston Hall High School
    • Marling School
    • Pate's Grammar School
    • Stroud High School
    • Robinswood Primary School
    • Tewkesbury School
    • The Crypt School
    • Balcarras School
    • Chosen Hill School
    • Katharine Lady Berkeley School
    • Churchdown School
    • The Cotswold School
    • Newent Community School Rednock School
    • Saintbridge School
    • Chipping Camden School
    • St. Gregory RC Primary School
    • Blue Coat CE Grant-Maintained School
    • Picklenash County Junior School
    • Wyedean School

    Hammersmith

    • London Oratory School

    Havering

    • Abbs Cross School
    • Coopers Company & Coborn School
    • Frances Bardsley School

    Kensington

    • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

    Kent

    • Southlands Comprehensive School

    Lambeth

    • La Retraite School
    • St. Bernadette Junior School
    • Archbishop Tenison's School
    • Bishop Thomas Grant School
    • Dunraven GM School

    Lewisham

    • Turnham Primary School

    Nottinghamshire

    • Ravensdale Middle School
    • Greenwood Dale School
    • George Spencer School

    Rochdale

    • Crossgates Primary School
    • Smithy Bridge Primary School
    • St. James CE Primary
    • Wardle High School

    Shropshire

    • Adams' Grammar School
    • Corbet GM School

    Southwark

    • St. Francesca Cabrini RC Primary

    Staffordshire

    • St. Thomas More School

    Going GM Conferences

    (a) Venue

    Date

    (b) Invitations

    (c) Delegates

    (d) Cost (£)

    North West

    Leeds16 Nov. 1992956,202
    Bolton12 Dec. 19921606,873
    Sheffield15 Jan. 19932078,164
    Manchester30 Jan 199312,5001387,734

    North East

    Newcastle 110 Feb. 19933,29022217,078
    Newcastle 211 Feb. 1993204

    Midlands

    Leicester15 Feb. 19931084,306
    Nottingham 11 Mar. 19931977,751
    Birmingham10 Mar. 19932028,512
    Nottingham 229 Mar. 19931767,378
    Daventry126 Apr. 19936,812774,150

    London and Home Counties

    Maidstone4 May 19932197,894
    St. Albans7 May 19931989,772
    Heathrow13 May 199320910,077
    Esher19 May 19932098,019
    Watford27 May 199311,6501976,876

    South and West

    Bournemouth18 June 19931806,669
    Cheltenham28 June 19931946,263

    Cannock Chase High School

    Sutton

    • Wilsons School
    • Nonsuch High School for Girls
    • John Fisher School
    • Cheam High School
    • Sutton Grammar School for Boys
    • St. Philomena's School
    • Wallington High School for Boys
    • Wallington High School for Girls

    Waltham Forest

    • Highams Park School

    Wandsworth

    • Graveney School
    • Burntwood School
    • Elliott School
    • Salesian College
    • Ethelburga Primary School
    • Hillbrook Primary School
    • John Paul II RC School
    • Southfields School

    Wirral

    • Calday Grange Grammar School
    • as at 22 July 1993

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, in date order, his Department's conferences for head teachers and governors on grant-maintained status, giving in each case (a) details of the venue, (b) the number of invitations issued, (c) the number of (i) head teachers and (ii) governors attending and (d) the cost.

    Conference invitations are issued in respect of a regional round of conferences in order to allow head teachers and governors to select the most convenient time and location. Schools are invited to send two representatives and generally nominate the head teacher and a governor. A precise breakdown of representatives between these two categories is not available. Further details are set out in the table.

    (a) Venue

    Date

    (b) Invitations

    (c) Delegates

    (d) Cost (£)

    Exeter13 July 19936,4261737,638

    Ad Hoc Events

    Taunton8 Mar. 1993903,491
    Haydock30 Apr. 1993622,858
    Total excluding ad hoc3,270141,356
    Total40,6783,422

    1147,705

    1 In addition, there is a contract for support services which for the 21 conferences has totalled £134,714.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education which grant-maintained schools have been visited by Her Majesty's inspectors; and in each case (a) by how many inspectors, (b) for how long and (c) at what cost.

    In the period up to July 1992, HMI had visited the GM schools listed. I will write to the hon. Member with details of the schools visited in the period since July 1992.

    SchoolTotal HMI daysCost (£)
    Audenshaw7·02,590
    Bacup and Rawtenstall4·0960
    Baverstock29·07,260
    Heckmondwike Grammar13·53,840
    London Oratory9·02,890
    Old Swinford Hospital6·01,740
    Queen Elizabeth Grammar4·0960
    Queensbury25·06,600
    Skegness Grammar4·0960
    Small Heath11·03,370
    St· James CE8·02,220
    Wilmington Girls' Grammar24·08,360
    King's Grantham5·01,200
    Wilson's Sutton4·51,380
    Castle Hall5·01,330
    Hendon9·02,850
    Queen Elizabeth's Barnet7·01,940
    Colyton Grammar21·07,380
    Bankfield High24·06,060
    St· Francis Xavier8·02,650
    Cardinal Vaughan5·01,200
    Claremont High5·01,500
    Lancaster Royal Grammar2·0610
    London Nautical27·09,630
    Netherthorpe1·0240
    Ribston Hall High2·5825
    Southfield Girls3·0720
    Southlands3·01,000
    Beechen Cliff2·0610
    Long Field High7·02,280
    Adams' Grammar4·01,350
    Bishopshalt2·5795
    Bournemouth Grammar4·01,090
    Bridgewater Hall2·0630
    Brindley Hall1·0240
    Carre's Grammar3·0720
    Ecclesbourne7·52,625
    Guildford2·0610
    Marling2·0630
    Pate's Grammar2·0480
    Rickmansworth17·06,030
    Stroud High4·01,370
    Wolverhampton Girls High5·01,630
    Bullers Wood Girls3·01,020
    Francis Bacon3·0850
    Handsworth Grammar6·52,385
    Hardley1·0370
    St· Georges (Lincolnshire)2·0740
    Wymondham College1·0370
    Chalvedon2·0740

    School

    Total HMI days

    Cost (£)

    Crossley Heath4·01,520
    Great Barr4·01,520
    Kingsley Park Middle1·0370
    Lancaster Girls Grammar3·01,150
    North Halifax3·01,130
    Reading1·0370
    Stratford5·01,910
    Clitheroe Royal Grammar1·0370
    The Cornwallis1·0370
    The Maplesden Noakes2·5925
    Caistor Grammar1·0370
    Dartford Grammar1·0370
    Graveney1·0370
    Moseley Park1·0370
    Queensmead1·0370
    St· Augustine's RC2·0740
    Queen Elizabeth2·0780
    Kings School, Lincoln3·01,170
    Southlands1·0390
    Watford Boys' GS2·0780
    Wilmington Boys' GS2·0780
    King Edward VI, Lincoln1·0390
    Watford Girls' GS1·0390
    Vyners1·0390
    Haydon1·0390
    Homewood1·5585
    Bourne County Primary2·0780
    Moulton Primary2·0780
    Kingswood1·0390
    Manor High1·5585
    Avon Valley1·0390
    Christs Hospital2·0780
    The Gartree Tattershall1·0390
    Salterlee Primary0·5195
    Bassingboume Village College1·0390
    Minster College1·0390
    Myton2·0780

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list by local education authority those grant-maintained schools which are denominational in character, stating in each case which denomination and whether they were previously voluntary aided, voluntary controlled or special agreement schools.

    A list of denominational schools which are currently operating as self-governing (GM) schools is given in the table, together with their denominations and former status.

    DenominationFormer Status
    Bedfordshire
    Thomas Whitehead CE SchoolCEVA
    Manshead SchoolCEVC
    Berkshire
    Holy Family RC SchoolRCVA

    Denomination

    Former Status

    Bexley

    St. Mary and St. Joseph's Grant Maintained SchoolRCVA
    St. Columba's RC Boys SchoolRCVA

    Bolton

    St. James' CE SchoolCESA
    Canon Slade SchoolCEVA

    Brent

    Convent of Jesus and Mary GM High SchoolRCVA

    Bromley

    St. Olave's and St. Saviour's Grammar SchoolCEVA
    Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Primary SchoolRCVA
    St. John Rigby SchoolRCVA

    Calderdale

    Holy Trinity CE Senior School (GM)CEVA

    Cambridgeshire

    The King's School (Peterborough Cathedral School)CEVA

    Cheshire

    Kettleshulme St. James CE G.M. Primary SchoolCEVC

    Cumbria

    Trinity School, CarlisleCEVC
    Hayton CE Grant-Maintained SchoolCEVC
    Scotby CE Grant-Maintained Primary SchoolCEVA

    Devon

    St. Boniface's CollegeRCVA

    Dorset

    St. Walburga's RC Primary SchoolRCVA

    Essex

    St. Andrew's Grant Maintained CE Primary SchoolCEVA
    Rolph CE VA Primary SchoolCEVA

    Gloucestershire

    Blue Coat CE Grant Maintained Primary SchoolCEVC
    The Catholic School of St. Gregory the GreatRCVC

    Hammersmith

    London Oratory SchoolRCVA

    Hampshire

    St. Joseph's RC Primary SchoolRCVA
    All Hallows RC SchoolRCVA

    Hereford and Worcester

    St. Bede's Catholic Grant Maintained SchoolRCVA
    St. Augustine's Catholic GM SchoolRCVA

    Denomination

    Former Status

    Hertfordshire

    Hertingfordbury Cowper JMI SchoolCEVA
    Christ Church CE SchoolCEVA
    St Mary's Catholic Primary SchoolRCVA

    Hillingdon

    The Dousay Martyrs SchoolRCVA

    Hounslow

    Gunnerbury Catholic School for BoysRCVA
    Gumley House Convent SchoolRCVA

    Kensington

    Cardinal Vaughan Memorial SchoolRCVA

    Kent

    The Archbishop's CE Grant Maintaned SchoolCEVA
    Sutton-at-Hone CE GM Primary SchoolCEVC
    St. Simon Stock SchoolRCVA
    St. John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive SchoolRCVA
    St. Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive SchoolRCVA
    St. George Church of England SchoolCESA
    Snodland CE Primary SchoolCEVC
    Holy Trinity CE Primary SchoolCEVA

    Kingston-Upon-Thames

    Holy Cross Convent SchoolRCVA
    Richard Challoner SchoolRCSA

    Lambeth

    Bishop Thomas Grant SchoolRCVA
    Archbishop Tenison's SchoolCEVA
    La Retraite R.C. Girls (G.M.) SchoolRCVA
    St. Bernadette RC Junior Mixed SchoolRCVA

    Lancashire

    Newton Bluecoat C of E GM Primary SchoolCEVA
    Archbishop Temple School (Ex William Temple)CEVA

    Lincolnshire

    Rauceby School CE G.M.CEVC
    William Farr CE Comprehensive SchoolCEVC
    William Alvey CE Junior SchoolCEVC
    The Magdalon SchoolCE/MEVC

    Liverpool

    St. Francis Xavier's CollegeRCVA

    Norfolk

    Dereham Church CE Grant-MaintainedCEVA

    Oxfordshire

    Shenington CE Primary SchoolCEVA

    Rochdale

    St. James CE Primary SchoolCEVC

    Denomination

    Former Status

    Sheffield

    Clifford CE Grant-MaintainedCEVC

    Somerset

    Sexey's SchoolCEVC

    Southwark

    St. Francesca Cabrini Grant Maintained SchoolRCVA

    Staffordshire

    St. Thomas More RC High SchoolRCVA

    Surrey

    St. Paul's Catholic SchoolRCVA
    St. John the Baptist SchoolRCVA
    Send C of E First School (Grant-Maintained)CEVC

    Sutton

    Wilsons SchoolCEVA
    The John Fisher SchoolRCVA
    St. Philomena's Catholic High School for GirlsRCVA

    Tower Hamlets

    Raines Foundation SchoolCEVA

    Walsall

    St. Thomas More RC Comprehensive G.M. SchoolRCVA

    Percentage of primary and secondary pupils in grant maintained schools (September figures include all schools approved as at 21 July 1993)

    (All data based on January 1992 Form 7)

    LEA Name

    Percentage of secondary pupils in GM schools as at July 1993

    Rank

    Percentage of secondary pupils in GM

    Rank

    201 Corporation of London0·00·00·00·0
    202 Camden0·00·00·00·0
    203 Greenwich0·00·00·00·0
    204 Hackney0·00·00·00·0
    205 Hammersmith20·02120·0290·00·0
    206 Islington0·00·00·00·0
    207 Kensington19·82219·8320·00·0
    208 Lambeth46·5553·461·3191·327
    209 Lewisham0·00·010221028
    210 Southwark4·35223·22220152016
    211 Tower Hamlets8·0448·0500·00·0
    212 Wandsworth70·4270·423·283·212
    213 Westminster0·00·00·00·0
    301 Barking0·00·00·00·0
    302 Barnet17·42522·7250·00·0
    303 Bexley10·14019·9312·5132·515
    304 Brent43·0743·0100·00·0
    305 Bromley63·6363·634·434·45
    306 Croydon14·13425·7160·00·0
    307 Ealing43·1643·191·8161·818
    308Enfield0·019·9300·00·0
    309 Haringey0·00·00·00·0
    310 Harrow0·00·00·00·0
    311 Havering20·51925·5180·00·0
    312 Hillingdon75·1175·116·417·32
    313 Hounslow15·63115·6400·00·0
    314 Kingston upon Thames280·091238·0120·00·0
    315 Merton0·00·00·00·0
    316 Newham40·02534·2590·00·0
    317 Redbridge0·07·6510·00·0
    318 Richmond on Thames0·00·00·00·0
    319 Sutton59·2459·240·01·720
    320 Waltham Forest9·94117·1370·00·0

    Denomination

    Former Status

    Wandsworth

    John Paul II RC SchoolRCVA
    Salesian CollegeRVVA

    Wiltshire

    St. Augustine RC (G.M.) Comprehensive SchoolRCVA

    Key to abbreviations:

    CE—Church of England
    RC—Roman Catholic
    ME—Methodist
    VA—Voluntary Aided
    SA—Special Agreement
    VC—Voluntary Controlled

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list in rank order local education authorities giving the percentage of pupils in (a) the primary and (b) the secondary sector in grant-maintained schools (i) this summer term and (ii) from next September.

    les give the percentages of state-educated secondary and primary pupils attending schools which are currently self-governing (GM) state schools, or will be from September, together with rankings. Percentages for September are based on schools which have been approved, or which my right hon. Friend is minded to approve (as at 21 July) for starting dates in September. Further applications with proposed starting dates in September are still under consideration.

    LEA Name

    Percentage of secondary pupils in GM schools as at July 1993

    Rank

    Percentage of secondary pupils in GM

    Rank

    330 Birmingham14·73317·7360·00·535
    331 Coventry0·00·00·00·0
    332 Dudley12·13816·4380·01·526
    333 Sandwell3·7563·76100
    334 Solihull002·6122·614
    335 Walsall15·93029·41400
    336 Wolverhampton11·4391144400
    340 Knowsley08·14800·0
    341 Liverpool3·6573·66200
    342 St. Helens0000
    343 Sefton0000
    344 Wirral5·2499·44600·0
    350 Bolton12·33512·3431·6171·625
    351 Bury0000
    352 Manchester0000
    353 Oldham000—.0
    354 Rochdale8·1438·1494·344·36
    355 Salford0000
    356 Stockport0000·0
    357 Tameside12·33618·33500·0
    358 Trafford20·42025·6170—_0·0
    359 Wigan0000·0
    370 Barnsley0000·0
    371 Doncaster0000
    372 Rotherham0000
    373 Sheffield07·6520·2330·634
    380 Bradford9·8429·84500·732
    381 Calderdale24·21424·2210·4300·436
    382 Kirklees4·8504·85800
    383 Leeds0000·0
    384 Wakefield0000
    390 Gateshead0000
    391 Newcastle0000
    392 North Tyne0000
    393 South Tyne0000
    394 Sunderland0000
    420 Isles of Scilly0000·0
    901 Avon2·8602·86400
    902 Bedfordshire16·42719·0331·2211·623
    903 Berkshire15·13216·1392·6113·210
    904 Bucks23·21524·5202·4143·68
    905 Cambridge27·61332·1133·373·39
    906 Cheshire3·8553·8600350·140
    907 Cleveland0000
    908 Cornwall0000
    909 Cumbria22·31726·0150·7282·017
    910 Derbyshire16·32824·7191·0231·721
    911 Devon5·3486·65400·0
    912 Dorset17·72421·4260·9250·930
    913 Durham0000
    914 East Sussex0000
    915 Essex41·6954·053·0106·33
    916 Gloucestershire42·0849·473·093·211
    917 Hampshire12·23715·4411·5181·722
    918 Hereford and Worcester2·9597·55300
    919 Hertfordshire16·32922·7240·9240·929
    920 Humberside003439
    921 Isle of Wight0000
    922 Kent33·01143·581·3202·613
    923 Lancashire5·4465·4560·2310·237
    924 Leicester5·4475·45700·0
    925 Lincolnshire35·61038·6115·327·91
    926 Norfolk21·21821·2273·653·77
    927 North Yorks0000·0
    928 Northants19·12320·5283·364·94
    929 Northumberland0000·0
    930 Notts3·0583·06300·0
    931 Oxfordshire000·2320·238
    932 Shropshire6·94514·04200·831
    933 Somerset1·4611·4650·6290·633
    934 Staffordshire3·8546·3550041
    935 Suffolk0000
    936 Surrey22·81622·8230·8271·624
    937 Warwickshire17·02618·83400

    LEA Name

    Percentage of secondary pupils in GM schools as at July 1993

    Rank

    Percentage of secondary pupils in GM

    Rank

    938 West Sussex0·00·00·00·0
    939 Wiltshire4·4518·8470·8261·719
    Number of GM relevant LEAs61653541

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many ballots on grant-maintained status where a simple majority of parents voted in favour of seeking grant-maintained status the margin between the percentage voting yes and the percentage voting no has been 60:40 or closer; and, of these, how many (i) have been approved, (ii) have been rejected and (iii) have not yet received a decision from him.

    In 127 (13 per cent.) of the 963 ballots which had resulted in a majority in favour of applying for self-governing (GM) status as at 21 July, 60 per cent. of voters or less voted "yes"; 94 of these applications have been approved, four have been rejected, and my right hon. Friend has not yet reached a decision on the remaining 29.

    DFE seminars for TECs: table showing numbers of invitees and attendees1 and costs2 by region
    North-westNorth and North-eastEast Anglia and East MidlandsSouth-eastWest MidlandsLondonSouth-west
    TECs
    Invitees42424224302719
    Attendees39373817232519
    LEAs
    Invitees1919121011338
    Attendees19191059258
    Colleges and schools
    Invitees511888810
    Attendees51157489
    Government Departments, Further Education Funding Council, OFSTED
    Invitees15141715141417
    Attendees13141515131414
    Cost (£)3,3445,1885,1124,3125,1758,5975,559
    1 Precise figures for attendance are not available; the figures are based on final acceptances.
    2 The cost figures include the cost of facilitators and consultancy support utilised after the first seminar in the North-west.

    Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

    Potatoes

    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will make a statement outlining the implications for producers within the United Kingdom of European Commission proposals on member state aid to potato producers.

    The European Commission's proposals for a common organisation of the market in potatoes would end national support arrangements. If adopted in their present form, this would mean the end of the planting controls and intervention buying arrangements which form part of the Potato Marketing Scheme. The Council of Ministers has yet to make a decision on the proposal. My right hon. Friend stated on 24 June at columns 391–96 the current

    Training And Enterprise Councils

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the purpose of the recent Department for Education regional conferences for the directors and board members of the TECs; and if he will list in each (a) the number of invitations sent, and to which categories of invitee, (b) the numbers from each category attending and (c) the cost of the conference.

    The series of regional seminars run by the Department for Education between July 1992 and May 1993 was designed principally for TEC chairmen and TEC business directors with an interest in education. The purpose was to bring TECs up to date on key education issues and policies; to develop a better understanding between the Department and TECs of their respective roles; and to bring together representatives of the education service with TECs at local level.The information requested for each is in the table.policy on the United Kingdom potato marketing scheme and our negotiating position on a Community regime for potatoes.

    Fur Farms

    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list, by county and showing their location, all the fur farms currently operating, the type of fur-bearing animals they are farming and the number of each type of fur-bearing animals in each of the fur farms.

    Information is not collected on the farming for fur of animals other than mink. Information on individual mink farms, including the exact location and numbers of mink kept, are not divulged. There are at present 13 mink farms operating in England in which approximately 33,000 mink are being kept for fur. These establishments are situated in the following counties:

    Number

    Northumberland1
    Lancashire4
    West Yorkshire2
    Staffordshire1
    Suffolk2
    Hampshire1
    Isle of Wight1
    Cornwall1

    Fishing Vessels

    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the number of times each British registered fishing vessel formerly Spanish registered or owned by Spanish individuals or companies landed fish in British ports in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

    Information relating to the fishing operations of individual vessels is confidential. The table contains details of the total number of landings into British ports by the vessels concerned.

    1991199219931
    Total number of landings28437195
    Vessels making live or more landings9183
    Vessels making less than five landings373529
    1 To date.

    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the current holders of 10 m and under fishing licences for area VII F and G.

    The 10 metre and under licences are general authorities to fish in all appropriate EC waters. All holders of such licences are therefore authorised to fish in area VII F and G. At 1 July 1993 Fisheries Departments had issued 5,193 10 metre and under licences; these could only be listed at disproportionate cost.

    Salmonella

    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether existing arrangements for the payment of compensation to producers whose poultry breeding flocks are slaughtered because of salmonella will continue when directive 92/117/EEC is implemented in Great Britain.

    Producers will continue to receive compensation for poultry breeding flocks slaughtered because of salmonella when Directive 92/117/EEC is implemented in Great Britain. However, the Government has reviewed the existing legislative provisions for the slaughter of poultry, in particular schedule 3(5) of the Animal Health Act 1981, and concluded that they form an unsatisfactory basis for dealing with salmonella in poultry in that the absence of clinical signs in the live bird makes it difficult to distinguish between birds which are infected and those that are not. The Government believe that the principle of distinguishing between infected birds and non-infected birds for the purpose of assessing compensation is correct but that the existing legislation provides an insufficiently clear basis on which to do so.

    The Government therefore intend to bring forward proposals as soon as parliamentary time permits and after full consultation with the industry, to amend the Animal Health Act 1981 so as to provide a clear statutory basis for the payment of compensation for birds compulsorily slaughtered because of salmonella. In the meantime, the Government proposed to pay full compensation for all birds compulsorily slaughtered because of salmonella, including those slaughtered since the policy was introduced in March 1989. Payment made since March 1989 will be adjusted accordingly.

    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements she is making to implement directive 92/117/EEC with regard to the control of salmonella in poultry.

    The Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1993, which brings existing arrangements for the testing and registration of poultry breeding flocks into line with those required under Directive 92/117/EEC, was made today and will come into force on 30 August.The size of breeding flocks subject to controls is to be raised from 25 to 250 birds. While the bacteriological testing arrangements for grandparent and elite flocks remain unchanged, those for parent breeding flocks are to be eased so that samples are taken and tested at the owner's expense every two weeks instead of every week as at present, and under the supervision of the Ministry every eight weeks instead of every four weeks as at present. Existing statutory testing requirements for breeding flocks of turkeys, ducks and geese will be replaced by voluntary arrangements. There will no longer be a requirement to test poultry breeding flocks for Salmonella pullorum.Breeding flocks of domestic fowl, turkeys, ducks and geese comprising 250 or more birds of a single species and hatcheries with an incubator capacity of more than 1,000 eggs will be required to register with Agriculture Departments on a simple "once and for all" basis and will no longer be subject to an annual inspection of the premises.The Government remain committed to firm action against salmonella and continued protection for the consumer while avoiding disproportionate burdens on producers. These changes, which have been the subject of full consultation with interested organisations, are being introduced in advance of the directive coming into force on 1 January 1994 and taken together with the ending of controls on commercial egg-laying flocks earlier this year will significantly reduce burdens on poultry producers and remove some of the disadvantages they currently bear due to more stringent controls compared with their counterparts in other member states.

    Defence

    Royal Navy

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel are currently serving in sea-going posts; how many will be so serving after the planned reduction in the number of ships in the fleet; and, in each case, what percentage of the personnel strength of the Royal Navy will be in sea-going appointments.

    There are currently 18,240 trained RN and WRNS personnel serving in sea-going appointments. This represents some 38 per cent. of the total trained manpower. The manpower requirement beyond 1995 will be kept under review in the light of changing circumstances, but it is expected that the proportion of sea-going appointments will remain broadly the same.

    Collision, Irish Sea

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the collision between the fishing trawler Amber Rose from Portavogie harbour and the submarine HMS Oppossum in the Irish sea on 14 July; if the submarine was submerged; and if the submarine's radar system was operational on that date.

    I can confirm that a minor collision occurred between the Royal Navy submarine HMS Oppossum and the fishing vessel Amber Rose in the Irish sea on 14 July. There were no casualties. HMS Oppossum was on the surface at the time of the collision. An investigation is under way to establish the full facts of the incident.

    Raf Order Of Battle

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement of the current RAF order of battle.

    I refer my hon. Friend to annex D of the 1993 Statement on the Defence Estimates, "Defending Our Future" (Cm. 2270).

    Radiation Sample Analysis

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 July, Official Report, column 710, what were the criteria adopted in choosing British Nuclear Fuels for the radiation sample analysis contract in 1992; and whether the renewal of BNFL's contract followed a process of competitive tendering.

    BNFL won the sample analysis contract in 1992, following competitive tendering during which it was judged to have offered the best bid in terms of value for money and technical competence. Competitive tendering was not considered appropriate for the 1993 renewal. The need to build up a consistent and reliable database makes it advisable to continue with the same contractor for at least three years, provided the technical performance is satisfactory.

    Non-Departmental Bodies

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 6 July, Official Report, column 113–14, whether a register of interests of appointees to the executive non-departmental bodies sponsored by his Ministry is maintained by (a) his Department and (b) the various bodies; and whether such registers of interests are available for public scrutiny.

    A register of interests of appointees is not maintained centrally by my Department or by any of the executive non-departmental bodies. The Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) is, however, both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Its directors are required under company law to disclose any other directorships they hold. These disclosures are registered at Companies house and therefore available for public scrutiny.

    Depots (Rail Connections)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's depots had rail connections in (a) 1990, (b) 1991 and (c) 1992.

    The number of Ministry of Defence depots with rail connections was 37 in 1990, 21 in 1991 and 20 in1992.

    D Notice System

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) of 26 October 1992, Official Report, column 510, whether the review of the D notice system has been completed.

    Responsibility for the management of the D notice system lies with the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Committee (DPBC), a joint forum of Government and media representatives chaired by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. The DPBC decided last year to expand its annual review of the D notices to consider the purpose, scope and operation of the system in the light of international changes and the increased emphasis of openness in Government.I understand that the DPBC has approved a number of significant changes to the D notice system as a result of the review. The number of notices has been reduced from eight to six and their content and style has been revised to make them more relevant and user-friendly. The notices will now be known as defence advisory notices, and the DPBC has become the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee, better to reflect the voluntary and advisory nature of the system.The new notices are published today for the first time, with their introduction and an explanation of how the system works, in an open government document. They will come into effect on 1 August. Their publication is intended to promote a better understanding of the system and to be a contribution to greater openness. I am placing a copy of the open government document in the Library of the House.

    Military Service Defence Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what performance targets have been set for the Military Survey Defence Agency for 1993–94.

    The Military Survey Defence Agency key targets for 1993–94 are:

  • 1. To deliver 3,600 man-days of uniformed personnel in support of operations.
  • 2. To deliver 26,000 man-days of uniformed personnel in support of exercises and military training.
  • 3. To implement the military survey modernisation project by starting the installation check and test phase by 1 October 1993.
  • 4. To meet the following targets for pre-planned production and services:
  • (a) originate or revise 425 maps/charts;
  • (b) produce 820 digital geographic products;
  • (c) reproduce 7,000,000 copies of maps/charts;
  • (d) issue from stock 7,000,000 copies of maps/charts.
  • 5. To carry out 5,300 man days training for students from outside military survey.
  • 6. To make further efficiency improvements to the value of 2·5 per cent. of the budget.
  • 7. To keep within the cash allocation of £48,870,000 for 1993–94.
  • Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what performance targets have been set for the Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation Defence Support Agency for 1993–94.

    The Director General Aircraft (Navy), acting as the owner of the agency on behalf of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence under the terms of the agency's framework document has set the following key targets for this financial year:

    Quantity:

    To complete 100 per cent. of the funded task as detailed in DGA(N)'s tri-service schedule of identified repair work.

    Quality:

    To reduce by 2 per cent. the weighted number of allied quality assurance publication non-conformances in 1993–94.

    Timelines:

    To complete more than 85 per cent. of contracts on time in 1993–94 and to increase this figure to over 95 per cent. by the end of 1994–95.

    Cost:

    To maintain the cost of direct output units at its current level throughout 1993–94 and to achieve a 7·5 per cent. reduction over the 1991–92 launch values by the end of 1994–95.

    Efficiency:

    To improve the efficiency index (measured work content divided by the measured time taken) from 61·4 per cent. in 1992–93 to 63·3 per cent. by the end of 1993–94.

    Productivity:

    To improve productivity from the achieved 1992–93 figure of 560 to an average of 575 direct output units per employee by the end of 1993–94.

    These targets are similar to those set for last year, but the way the productivity and timeliness targets have been set has changed. The target for productivity for 1992–93 was calculated on the basis of overtime that could not be met from within the available funding. The target for timeliness for 1992–93 was specifically developed as a new method of measuring contract performance for the agency, but there were no historical data to provide a realistic baseline. Nevertheless, improvements of 2 per cent. and 18·3 per cent. were achieved in productivity and timeliness last year.

    House Of Commons

    Disabled People (Access)

    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee (1) what has been the cost, at current prices, of making the Palace of Westminster more accessible to people with disabilities, both users of the Palace and visitors, since 1 September 1970; and if he will set out the details and cost of each adaptation since that date;(2) what estimates have been made of the costs of adapting the Palace of Westminster to make it fully accessible to people with disabilities, both as users of the Palace and as visitors; and if he will make a statement;(3) if, in considering proposals for adapting the Palace of Westminster to make it fully accessible to people with disabilities, both users of the Palace and visitors, he will examine the possibility of phasing the costs over a period of three, five and seven years; and if he will make a statement.

    The Palace of Westminster's Victorian design presents fundamental obstacles to easy access and movement of persons with disabilities. Improvements have nevertheless been made in certain areas, such as the construction and adaptation of lavatories, the installation of a stairlift to the Grand Committee Room in Westminster Hall, and the provision of sound induction loops in the public galleries of the Chamber and a number of Committee Rooms. It is not possible, however, separately to identify all such improvements or their cost.The Accommodation and Works Committee has recently received and given preliminary consideration to a comprehensive consultants' report containing a number of recommendations for improvement. It is to be given further consideration in the autumn with the benefit of advice from the all-party group on disablement and from English Heritage. It is hoped that a phased programme of improvements can be agreed which will be incorporated into the programme of works. Estimates for each of the report's recommendations are being prepared.

    Consumers Association

    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if he has considered an application for an exhibition relating the Consumers Association to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.

    I understand that under procedures agreed by the Administration Committee arrangements have been made for the exhibition to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall from 1 to 5 November.

    Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

    Islamic Dress Code

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer on 19 July, Official Report, column 20, if he will seek the views of the female United Kingdom citizens currently employed in the British embassy in Tehran on the imposition of the Islamic dress code.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 19 July, Official Report, column 20, (1) if he will discuss with other non-Islamic countries having embassies in Tehran the imposition of the Islamic dress code on female diplomatic staff, with a view to establishing a common position.(2) if he will now make representations to the Government of Iran regarding the obligation of female diplomats to conform to the Islamic dress code.

    Her Majesty's embassy in Tehran is in touch with other missions in Tehran about a range of issues. It is accepted practice among the diplomatic community, male and female, in Iran to abide by the Islamic dress code.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 19 July, Official Report, column 20, regarding the imposition of the Islamic dress code on female diplomatic staff in Tehran, on what occaions male diplomatic staff have been obliged by foreign Governments to comply with dress codes; and if he will give details.

    All diplomatic personnel, whether male or female, comply with the appropriate foreign dress code whenever it is necessary to enable them to carry out their duties effectively.

    Religious Freedom, Russia

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to President Yeltsin on the recent amendment of the 1990 law on religious freedom by the Russian Parliament to restrict foreign Christian missionary work; and if he will make a statement.

    We have raised our concerns at a senior level in the President's Administration and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We have called the amendment, which has not yet received President Yeltson's approval, a retrograde step and have drawn attention to Russia's international commitments under the CSCE in relation to religious freedom and the free passage of information.

    Vietnamese Boat People

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the sum of money owed to the Hong Kong Government, and by whom, for the cost of keeping the Vietnamese boat people.

    The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) currently owes the Hong Kong Government approximately 90 million United States dollars for the care and maintenance of refugees in the territory.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when it is expected that all remaining Vietnamese boat people at present being held in detention in Hong Kong will have been repatriated to Vietnam.

    If the 1993 rates of voluntary repatriation and refugee resettlement can be maintained, and there are no more new arrivals, the Hong Kong camps could be empty within three years.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Vietnamese boat people in total had been repatriated to Vietnam from Hong Kong up to 10 July.