|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures the Treasury has developed of improvements in efficiency in delivering the Treasury's outputs; and if he will make a statement on progress in achieving these measures. 
Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those industrial and provident societies which have deregistered for each of the last five years along with the reasons given for their deregistration. 
|Reason for deregistration||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001(1)|
|Transfer of engagements to another society||30||49||26||24||7|
|Final notification of liquidation||22||68||67||32||2|
|Cancellation of the registration initiated by the Registry||58||133||802||110||25|
|Instrument of Dissolution||0||1||8||16||3|
|Multiple cancellation of the registration initiated by the Registry||0||0||0||386||0|
|Request to cancel from the society||70||87||74||78||25|
|Conversion to a limited company||14||9||10||8||8|
|Final winding up||0||1||5||9||0|
|Transfer to a company||5||1||2||2||2|
(1) Deregistrations up to June 2001
16 Jul 2001 : Column: 25W
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 126W, if he will list those present at each meeting of the cross-party advisory group on preparations for the euro since January 2000; if he will provide a summary of discussions held at such meetings; if he will publish a list of the current membership of the advisory group; and if he will make a statement. 
Richard Ottaway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Croydon, South of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 126W, on the Financial Services Authority inquiry, when he estimates the report will be completed. 
39. Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what contribution the Church Commissioners made to clergy stipends and pensions in the last financial year. 
Mr. Bell: In the year ended 31 December 2000 the Commissioners contributed £22.4 million to the stipends of parish clergy, distributed mostly to the neediest dioceses, plus bishops and cathedral clergy stipends of £6.7 million.
16 Jul 2001 : Column: 26W
if he will make a statement on the powers of the Church Commissioners to set conditions on those who purchase redundant churches. 
Mr. Bell: Section 62 of the Pastoral Measures provides that the Commissioners may include in the conveyance of a redundant church such covenants as they think necessary to secure the suitable use of the building.
41. Miss McIntosh: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, when the Commissioners last reviewed their property portfolio; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bell: The Church Commissioners' property portfolios are each subject to annual professional external and independent valuations. Those property holdings cover three main investment portfolios: commercial, agricultural and minerals, and residential.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the two public investment companies have (a) requested and (b) been sent copies of the report arising from the study commissioned from KPMG by her Department into regulation of offshore financial services in Belize. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates KPMG visited Belize while conducting the study commissioned by her Department into the regulation of offshore financial services in Belize. 
16 Jul 2001 : Column: 27W
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to what extent, and according to what time scale, school budgets are reduced following the exclusion of pupils from schools. 
Mr. Timms: We have significantly increased the standards fund grant available to schools and local education authorities to tackle poor behaviour and provide education to excluded pupils, from £17 million in 199697 to £131 million in 200001 and again to £174 million this yeara 10-fold increase. Before April 2000, most of this money was held centrally by local authorities to support authority-wide initiatives to tackle poor behaviour and provide education to excluded pupils. For the first time in April 2000 the majority of this funding was devolved directly to schools so that they could decide how best to tackle poor behaviour. Schools have, therefore, benefited by an additional £100 million in 200001 and £126 million this year. Where a child has to be permanently excluded some of the money previously held by local authorities, which is now in schools, reverts back to the local authority. The exact amount of between £3,000 and £6,000 is agreed locally. This money can be used by the authority to provide education outside school or to support a reintegration package at a new school. By September 2002, all permanently excluded pupils must be offered full-time education and not the 23 hours per week all too typical in the past.
Schools delegated budget shares are also reduced following permanent exclusion under the principles introduced by the last Government. I have placed in the Library a copy of "Supplement to Circular 11/99" which explains this in more detail.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school decisions to exclude pupils were reversed by local education authorities in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timms: Appeals against permanent exclusions from maintained schools are heard by independent appeal panels established by local education authorities. Figures published on 4 May show that in the school year 19992000, 948 appeals were lodged by parents. Of these, 863 were determined, 546 were rejected and 317 were allowed.
16 Jul 2001 : Column: 28W
Provisional information on exclusions was published in the statistical first release "Permanent Exclusions from Schools and Exclusion Appeals, England 1999/00" on 4 May 2001, copies of which are available from the Library, or alternatively can be accessed from the Department for Education and Skills statistical website www.dfes.gsi.gov.uk/statistics. Final exclusion figures will be published in a statistical first release on 19 July 2001.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|