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Autistic Children

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what recent research studies into the educational needs of autistic children his Department has funded; and if he will make a statement; [142028]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 11 December 2000]: In September 1998 we published "Educational Interventions for Children with Autism: A Literature Review of Recent and Current Research; Jordan, Jones and Murray". A copy is in the Library.

My Department has not issued such guidelines to local education authorities. The Department has established an Autism Working Group which aims to publish guidance,

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including pointers to good practice, next year. The Group plans to include pointers on good practice in the use of Information and Communication Technology aids with autistic children.

Performance Targets

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps he is taking to ensure that head teachers of maintained schools agree performance targets with their governing bodies by 31 December. [142459]

Ms Estelle Morris: The published regulations on performance management--The Education (School Teacher Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2000--require the appointed governors responsible for the head's review to meet the head and a trained external adviser to discuss objectives by 31 December. In order to allow governing bodies some flexibility for this first round, the Secretary of State has proposed to amend the regulations to extend the deadline to 6 April 2001.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many head teachers in maintained schools he estimates will have agreed performance targets with their governors by 31 December; and what percentage this constitutes of all heads of maintained schools. [142460]

Ms Estelle Morris: As of 11 December 2000, 6,762 head teachers had agreed their performance targets with their appointed governors with the assistance of an accredited external adviser. It is estimated that a further 2,076 will have done so by 31 December 2000.

This represents 42 per cent. of heads maintained schools. In order to provide flexibility in the first year of operation, the Secretary of State has proposed to extend the 31 December 2000 deadline until 6 April 2001.

Nuffield Languages Inquiry

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he will respond to the report of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry. [142279]

Jacqui Smith: We will be producing a clear statement of response in the new year which takes account of Nuffield's main recommendations, and which highlights the positive languages policies already in place. We are already doing a great deal to promote learning in this field, for example by expanding our numbers of specialist language colleges and offering attractive incentives to teacher trainees. The statement will reinforce our commitment to broadening opportunities and will point to where there will be scope for development. Our Languages National Training Organisation has already indicated its readiness to participate in vocational language learning initiatives. Additionally we are working with our key partners to promote the programme of events for next year's European Year of Languages. We have recently broached these matters in discussions with our Nuffield colleagues and in formulating our statement we will be working in consultation with them.

Departmental Directorates

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what was the establishment of, and

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how many staff were in post in, (a) each directorate of his Department, (b) his Department's legal adviser's office and (c) Government offices for the regions on business relating to his Department, on 1 July; [142292]

Mr. Wills: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 30 November 2000, Official Report, columns 814-15W.

Departmental Research Budget

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the research and consultancy budget for his Department for (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03. [142285]

Mr. Wills: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 16 November 2000, Official Report, column 753W.

School Funding (Gloucestershire)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much extra funding schools in Gloucestershire will receive as a result of the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Statement. [142100]

Ms Estelle Morris: Schools in Gloucestershire Local Education Authority will receive an extra £2,030,684 Devolved Formula Capital as a result of the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Statement. Schools in South Gloucestershire Local Education Authority will receive an extra £848,866. This brings the total Devolved Formula Capital available to schools in Gloucestershire in 2000-01 to £4,345,860 and in South Gloucestershire to £1,815,936.


Intelligence and Security Committee Report

Mr. Savidge: To ask the Prime Minister when he will respond to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Annual report for 1999-2000. [142684]

The Prime Minister: I have today laid the Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Report before Parliament.


Embryo Cell Research

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation his Department has undertaken on pieces of research that offer an alternative to human embryo cloning for medical research; and if he will list those pieces of research that have been examined. [142037]

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Yvette Cooper: The main pieces of research that were evaluated by the Chief Medical Officer's expert group when preparing their report are included in the key references listed at the end of their published report. The group also consulted a number of organisations and individuals with expertise in this area in preparing their report.

Individual experts on the group keep abreast of published research in their specialist areas of interest. In September 2000, members of the expert group were also asked to look at key papers which had been published since the completion of their report, including the following:

The group's view was that the recent advances in research on adult stem cells, while being encouraging, do not invalidate the conclusions they reached earlier in the year.

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with (a) the bioscience industry, (b) religious organisations and (c) other interested groups on the recommendations of the Donaldson Report; and what was the outcome of these discussions. [142039]

Yvette Cooper: The Chief Medical Officer's expert group sought information on the scientific and ethical issues from a range of outside groups and individuals. The group considered written submissions from over 100 respondents from all sides of the debate. A list of responders is in the table. The outcome of these consultations is reflected in the recommendations made in the Donaldson Report.

Since the finalisation of the report, officials from the Department have had discussions with a number of groups interested in this issue, mainly from medical, ethics and patient support backgrounds. A number of these groups have provided briefing to hon. Members on the recommendations contained in the Donaldson Report.

List of respondents to CMO's consultation on therapeutic cloning

NumberRespondent identifier
1Neurology Department University of Newcastle upon Tyne
2Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory-- Colorado State University, USA
3E. Jones
4The Data Protection Registrar
5A. Robinson
6R. Miller
7Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine--Division of Developmental Genetics Baltimore, USA
8Reproductive Genetics Unit--Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences--University of California, San Francisco, USA
9I. Barnes
10P. Kemp
11Medical Research Council--MRC
12The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
13Association of Medical Research Charities--AMRC
14UCL/UCLH/NHNN Ethics Review Committee
15M. McEwan-Reid
16G. Spittles
17M. Shamblott
18J. Scotson
19J. Boffey
20Church of Ireland--The General Synod
21R. Cheesewright
22Quaker Ethics and Genetics Network
24Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland--Committee on Public Morals
25Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
26European Bioethical Research
27Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy
28International Underwriting Association
30P. Perry
31Centre for Applied Ethics--Canterbury
33Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments
34Institute of Biology
35Biological and Biotechnological Science Research Council-- BSRC
36Catholic Bishops' Joint Committee on Bioethical Issues
37International Right to Life Federation
38E. King
39M. Hobbs
40F. Young
41Department of Histochemistry--Imperial College School of Medicine
42Centre for Early Human Development, Australia
43PPL Therapeutics
44Imperial Cancer Research Fund
45Student LifeNet
46J. Harvey
47J. McCarthy
48Department of Social Anthropology--Cambridge
49Genetic Interest Group
50B. Murray
51R. Gilkison
52M. Hendrickx
53P. Houston
54S. Tyler
55Church of Scotland Society, Religion and Technology Project
56J. Proom
57L. Plant
58C. Greeve
59D. Morley
60A. Baily
61M. Arif
62CAHGE--The Campaign Against Human Genetic Engineering
63F. Pinto
64Methodist Church--North Hertfordshire Circuit--Social Responsibility Committee
65CORE--Comment on Reproductive Ethics
66J. Bell
67Medical Women's Federation
68The Royal Society of Edinburgh
69CARE--Christian Action Research & Education
70BMA--British Medical Association
71Theology Department--Chester College of Higher Education
72SPUC--The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
73The Royal Society
74Geron BioMed Ltd.
75J. Hallett
76W. Hansen
77M. Grech-Marguerat
78A. Burnett
79D. Foley
80T. Moris
81E. Toye
82D. Morley
83R. Beale
84F. Reid
85S. Dias
86C. Musgrave
87M. Hobbs
88M. Kelly
89A. Clark
90T. Harte
91I. Benson
92N. Smith
93Centre for Genome Research--Edinburgh
94Guild of Catholic Doctors
95Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
96E. Souter
97Wellcome CRC Institute
98M. Sparshott
99C. Bull
100Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
101Special Parkinson's Research Interest Group
102All-Party Parliamentary Pro-life Group
103Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
104D. Munroe
107Name withheld

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Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the estimated financial benefit to the bioscience industry based on the proposed extension of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. [142038]

Yvette Cooper: No such estimate has been made. An extension of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 was recommended in the report "Stem Cell Research: Medical Progress with Responsibility" on the grounds of the significant therapeutic benefits which could result from research across a range of possible sources of stem cells, including embryos.

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