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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 16 January 2002

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Peter Bottomley: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what body formally employs the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. [27002]

Mr. Kirkwood: The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is an Officer of the House. Her employer is the House of Commons Commission.

Peter Bottomley: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what arrangements are in place for monitoring the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. [27003]

Mr. Kirkwood: Since the appointment of the first Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in 1995 it has been recognised that the formal appraisal arrangements for senior Officers of the House are not appropriate for the special circumstances of the post. Both Commissioners have discussed their work from time to time with the Speaker and the Clerk of the House. In addition, Standing Order No. 149 (1)(b) provides that the Committee on Standards and Privileges shall oversee the work of the Commissioner.

Peter Bottomley: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when (a) the Commission and (b) the Chairman last held a formal meeting with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. [25691]

Mr. Kirkwood: The Commission has not held a formal meeting with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. The Speaker last held a meeting with the Commissioner on 14 January 2002.

Euro

Mr. Allen: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will ensure that the House canteens, refreshment outlets and gift shops will

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accept euros from 1 January 2002, and that those Members who wish it will be entitled to be paid in euros from 1 January 2002. [24957]

Mr. Kirkwood [holding answer 14 January 2002]: With regard to the acceptance of euros by the House of Commons Refreshment Department, I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Paul Flynn) on 9 January 2002, Official Report, column 876W. As for the question of paying Members' salaries in euros, this is a matter for the President of the Council.

EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Returners' Bonus

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were paid the returners' bonus by 31 October. [24889]

Mr. Timms: None. Up to 31 December, 17 local education authorities and one non-maintained special school had submitted claims in respect of payments made to 36 teachers. The bulk of claims will not be made until later this year.

Teacher Vacancies (Kirklees)

Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Kirklees metropolitan council area each month from January 1997 to December 2001 in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools. [26245]

Mr. Timms: The information is not available in the form requested.

Vacancies for full-time teachers in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in Kirklees local authority, in January of each year from 1997, were as follows:

Nursery and primarySecondary
199711
199806
199921
200003
200155

Special Educational Needs

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there are with SEN statements at each of the secondary schools in (a) Teesside area and (b) the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency. [26736]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is shown in the following table.

Maintained secondary schools: Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), as at January 2001

School name LEA name Parliamentary constituencyNumber of pupils with statements of SEN
Brierton SchoolHartlepoolHartlepool24
Dyke House Comprehensive SchoolHartlepoolHartlepool26
High Tunstall Comprehensive SchoolHartlepoolHartlepool13
Manor College of TechnologyHartlepoolHartlepool15
The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form CollegeHartlepoolHartlepool17
Hall Garth SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough32
King's Manor SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough17
Langbaurgh SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough14
Ormesby SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough69
Coulby Newham SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough South and East Cleveland46
Keldholme SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough21
Acklam Grange SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough10
Brackenhoe SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough South and East Cleveland19
St. Anthony's RC SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough15
The Newlands Catholic School FCJMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough South and East Cleveland3
St. David's Roman Catholic SchoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough5
Eston Park SchoolRedcar and ClevelandRedcar42
Laurence Jackson SchoolRedcar and ClevelandMiddlesbrough South and East Cleveland24
Huntcliff SchoolRedcar and ClevelandMiddlesbrough South and East Cleveland10
Bydales SchoolRedcar and ClevelandRedcar23
Gillbrook Technology CollegeRedcar and ClevelandRedcar15
Nunthorpe SchoolRedcar and ClevelandRedcar13
Rye Hills SchoolRedcar and ClevelandRedcar13
West Redcar Community SchoolRedcar and ClevelandRedcar23
Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Comprehensive School, South BankRedcar and ClevelandRedcar8
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Comprehensive SchoolRedcar and ClevelandRedcar4
Thornaby Community SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South55
Egglescliffe SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South8
Conyers SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South8
Northfield SchoolStockton on TeesStockton North6
The Norton SchoolStockton on TeesStockton North30
Bishopsgarth SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South55
Blakeston Community SchoolStockton on TeesStockton North50
Grangefield SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South16
Billingham Campus SchoolStockton on TeesStockton North30
St. Michael's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive SchoolStockton on TeesStockton North5
Our Lady and St. Bede RC SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South15
St. Patrick's RC Comprehensive SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South2
Ian Ramsey Church of England Aided Comprehensive SchoolStockton on TeesStockton South14

Source:

DfES 2001 Secondary school performance tables.


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Teacher Vacancies (Hillingdon)

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in the London borough of Hillingdon local education authority at (a) January 2001, (b) September 2001 and (c) January 2002 in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools. [26943]

Mr. Timms: The numbers of full-time vacancies for teachers in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in Hillingdon in January 2001 were as follows:

Number of vacancies
Nursery and primary16
Secondary30

The sample survey conducted by my Department in September 2001 did not collect vacancy data by local education authority. The results of the January 2002 survey of teacher numbers and vacancies will be published in April, in the normal way.

Overseas Teachers (Hillingdon)

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas teachers were working in the London borough of Hillingdon local education authority at December 2001 in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools, broken down by country of origin. [26944]

Mr. Timms: This information is not collected centrally.

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Teacher Vacancies (Chesham and Amersham)

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there are in local education authority schools in Chesham and Amersham. [27123]

Mr. Timms: My Department only collects teacher vacancies at local education authority level. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale, West (Mr. Brady) on 19 November 2001, Official Report, columns 59–60W.

Revenue Funding

Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount of revenue funding per pupil available for children in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Staffordshire, (ii) Hertfordshire and (iii) England has been in each of the last five years. [27259]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is contained in the table.

£ per pupil

Primary Secondary
CashSSAGrantsTotalSSAGrants Total
Staffordshire
1997–981,930301,9702,530302,560
1998–992,040402,0702,650302,680
1999–20002,150902,2502,760602,820
2000–012,2402502,4902,8802003,080
2001–022,3304102,7403,0003103,310
Change(1)390380770470280750
Real
1997–982,070302,1102,710302,740
1998–992,120402,1602,760302,800
1999–20002,1901002,2902,810602,870
2000–012,2402502,4902,8802003,080
2001–022,2704002,6702,9303003,230
Change(1)200370570210270480
Hertfordshire
1997–982,130302,1702,790302,810
1998–992,260402,3002,930302,960
1999–20002,3701002,4703,020703,090
2000–012,2402502,7203,1701903,360
2001–022,6104303,0303,3303103,640
Change(1)470390860540280830
Real
1997–982,290302,3202,990303,010
1998–992,350402,3903,050403,090
1999–20002,4101002,5103,080703,140
2000–012,4702502,7203,1701903,360
2001–022,5404202,9603,2503003,550
Change(1)250380640260270540
England
1997–982,130302,1602,780302,810
1998–992,250402,2902,920402,960
1999–20002,3701102,4903,030803,110
2000–012,4702902,7603,1802303,410
2001–022,5905003,0903,3103802,690
Change(1)460470930530350880
Real
1997–982,280302,3202,980303,010
1998–992,340502,3903,040403,080
1999–20002,4101202,5303,080803,170
2000–012,4702902,7603,1802303,410
2001–022,5204903,0103,2303703,600
Change(1)240450700250340590

(1) Change since 1997–98

Notes:

1. The figures reflect Education SSA (primary and secondary blocks respectively) plus all school related revenue grants in DfES's DEL relevant to pupils aged 5–10 (primary) and 11–15 (secondary).

2. The primary and secondary grant figures include notional allocations for those grants in support of more than one sector.

3. Pupil numbers underlying the £ per pupil figures are those underlying the SSA calculations (primary and secondary sub- blocks respectively).

4. Real terms figures are calculated using GDP deflators published by the Treasury 20 December 2001.

5. 2001–02 figures are provisional as decisions on some funding allocations have yet to be finalised. The figures are thus liable to be revised later on in the year.

6. Figures rounded to the £10. Difference figures may not sum due to funding.


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