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Full-time Education (Wiltshire)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the percentage of 16-year-olds in full-time education was in Wiltshire in 1999. [157789]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 23 April 2001]: At the heart of our drive to improve participation and attainment is the new Connexions Service which is being phased in from this month. The service will provide information, advice, support and access to personal development opportunities for all 13 to 19-year-olds, whatever their needs and circumstances, to keep them learning. Latest figures show that the numbers of 16 to

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18-year-olds not in education, employment or training in England fell by 28,000 from 185,000 in 1998 to 157,000 in 1999.

Participation rates by LEA for 16 and 17-year-olds are published in Statistical Bulletin 11/00: Participation in education and training by young people aged 16 and 17 in each local area and region, England, 1994-95 to 1998-99.

The percentage of 16-year-olds in full-time education in Wiltshire local education authority was 73 per cent. in 1998-99, the latest year for which figures are available.

Further Education (Burnley)

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many children have gone on to (a) higher education and (b) further education since leaving secondary school in Burnley in the latest year for which figures are available. [158398]

Mr. Wicks: At the heart of our drive to improve participation and attainment is the new Connexions Service which is being phased in from this month. The service will provide information, advice, support and access to personal development opportunities for all 13 to 19-year-olds, whatever their needs and circumstances, to keep them learning. Latest figures show that the numbers of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training in England fell by 28,000 from 185,000 in 1998 to 157,000 in 1999.

Data on the percentage of students continuing in post-compulsory education at age 16 are not calculated for areas smaller than LEAs. Participation rates by LEA for 16 and 17-year-olds are published in Statistical Bulletin 11/00: Participation in education and training by young people aged 16 and 17 in each local area and region, England, 1994-95 to 1998-99.

The percentage of 16-year-olds in further education for Lancashire LEA, which includes the constituency of Burnley, was 76 per cent. in 1998-99, the latest year for which figures are available.

Figures for the number of school leavers from Burnley who go on to higher education are not available centrally.

Education Investment

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average total education investment per state school pupil was in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and what he estimates it will be in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003. [158124]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is set out in the table.

£

Financial yearPer pupil funding in cash termsPer pupil funding in real termsYear on year increase
1999-2000(3)2,8602,860--
2000-01(4)3,1103,050190
2001-02(5)3,3903,250200
2002-03(5)3,6103,380130

(3) Actual

(4) Provisional

(5) Planned


WALESGross Domestic Product

Mr. Alan W. Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will present figures for the gross domestic product per head at basic prices in Wales in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 on the same basis as that used in table 5.29 of the 2000 edition of Social Trends. [155457]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The figures in table 5.29 of the 2000 edition of Social Trends are at factor cost. More recent figures are calculated at basic prices and reflect changes in the European System of Accounts used in calculating gross domestic product. Figures for 1989 up to 1999 at basic prices were published on 27 February 2001 in the Office for National Statistics news release "Regional gross domestic product" and are available in the March 2001 edition of "Economic Trends", a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Figures for the year 2000 will be published on the same basis during the Spring.

Single Rail Franchise

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions regarding the commencement date for the single rail franchise for Wales; and if he will make a statement. [158095]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I have regular discussions with my Cabinet colleagues about a range of issues affecting Wales.

On 15 February, the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) announced that Arriva plc in conjunction with Connex Transport UK Limited, FirstGroup plc, National Express Group plc, and Serco Rail had been shortlisted to compete for the Wales and Borders franchise. It will be for the SRA to determine a commencement date for the franchise.

Waste Recycling (Wales)

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much of Wales' waste has been recycled for each of the last five years. [156349]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Figures for Wales alone are available only in respect of municipal waste. These are as follows:




Information on recycling since 1 July 1999 is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.

Departmental Policies

(Ynys Mon/Caernarfon/Meirionnydd Nant Conwy)

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Ynys Mon constituency, the effects on Ynys Mon of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997; [154962]

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Mr. Paul Murphy: As these questions were originally addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health, my response concentrates on the effects of my Department's policies and actions on health services prior to 1 July 1999, when responsibility for their provision transferred to the National Assembly for Wales.

Because of the way in which health services are organised, it is not practicable to provide information which is specific to individual constituencies. The timing of financial and statistical exercises also means that some of the figures quoted relate to periods ending shortly before or shortly after 30 June 1999.

In October 1997, an additional £2.2 million was made available to North Wales health authority, over and above its financial allocation for the year, to provide enhanced patient care. The authority's basic allocation for 1998-99, at £381.3 million, represented a year-on-year cash increase of £13.6 million. This was further enhanced by £4.1 million in April 1998 to address waiting list issues, and £2.6 million in November for dealing with winter pressures.

Between annual counts taken in September 1997 and September 1999, the number of directly employed NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in the area of the North Wales health authority increased by 267.4 in full-time equivalent terms. Over the same period, medical and dental staff increased by 29.8.

Health services in these constituencies will also have benefited from a range of important all-Wales policy initiatives which were developed between May 1997 and June 1999. These include:






Departmental Policies (Ceredigion)

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Ceredigion constituency, the effects on Ceredigion of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [154963]

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Mr. Paul Murphy: As this question was originally addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health, my response concentrates on the effects of my Department's policies and actions on health services prior to 1 July 1999, when responsibility for their provision transferred to the National Assembly for Wales.

Because of the way in which health services are organised, it is not practicable to provide information which is specific to an individual constituency. The timing of financial and statistical exercises also means that some of the figures quoted relate to periods ending shortly before or shortly after 30 June 1999.

In October 1997, an additional £1.8 million was made available to Dyfed Powys health authority, over and above its financial allocation for the year, to provide enhanced patient care. The authority's basic allocation for 1998-99, at £283.4 million, represented a year-on-year cash increase of £9.6 million. This was further enhanced by £3.0 million in April 1998 to address waiting list issues, and £1.9 million in November for dealing with winter pressures.

Between annual counts taken in September 1997 and September 1999, the number of directly employed NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in the area of the Dyfed Powys health authority increased by 20.9 in full-time equivalent terms. Over the same period, medical and dental staff increased by 28.3.

Health services in Ceredigion will also have benefited from a range of important all-Wales policy initiatives which were developed between May 1997 and June 1999. These included:







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