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Written Answers

Monday, 10th July 1995.

Domestic Violence: Women Sentenced for Murder

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to their reply of 22nd June (col. WA 27), whether they will place in the Library of the House the transcript of the judge's summing up for each of the four trials which involved domestic violence;

    Further to their reply of 22nd June (col. WA 27), when and where they expect the appeals of each of the four women mentioned to be heard; and

    Further to their reply of 22nd June (col. WA 27), what are the names of each of the four women involved, together with the date of the trial.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): Responsibility for the subject of these questions has been delegated to the Court Service under its Chief Executive, Mr. Michael Huebner. The agency is therefore responding to the questions.

Letters to Lord Braine of Wheatley from the Chief Executive of the Court Service, Mr. Michael Huebner, dated 10th July.

Domestic violence—dates and locations of appeals

The Lord Chancellor has asked me to reply to your Question about when and where the appeals against sentence of the four women serving sentences for murder will be heard.

I am able to provide the following details:

Sara Elizabeth Thornton

The first appeal was refused on 29 July 1991. The case has been referred again by the Home Secretary and the court is awaiting fresh grounds of appeal.

Sharon Roberts

Leave to appeal has been granted. The date for the appeal has not yet been fixed.

Emma Claire Humphries

The appeal was heard on 29 and 30 June 1995. The judgment was delivered on 7 July 1995.

Josephine Smith

Leave to appeal was refused on 22 November 1994.

Domestic violence—women sentenced for murder

The Lord Chancellor has asked me to reply to your Question about the name of each of the four women serving life sentences for murder and the dates of their trial.

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I am able to provide you with the following information:

Sara Elizabeth Thornton 13 to 23 February 1990
Sharon Roberts 20 to 26 October 1988
Emma Claire Humphries 4 December 1985
Josephine Smith 22 to 30 November 1993

Domestic Violence—Transcripts of Trials

The Lord Chancellor has asked me to reply to your Question about the four women serving life sentences for murder. You ask whether a copy of the transcripts of the trial judge's summing up will be placed in the Library of the House.


I can confirm that the transcripts of the trial judge's summing up are public documents. A copy of each will be placed in the Library of the House.

NHS Meeting and Lecture: Costs

Lord Bruce of Donington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    To state the cost to the Department of Health of the meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine held on 20th June last and addressed by the then Secretary of State for Health, and the cost of production, printing and distribution of the lecture "The New NHS: Continuity and Change".

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The cost of the meeting to the department was £1,058. The cost of producing, printing and distribution of the lecture was £3,369.

East London Underground Line

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the East London Line will be re-opened.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The timing of the re-opening of the East London Line will depend on the progress of London Underground's application for listed building consent to strengthen and waterproof the tunnel carrying the line under the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping.

Education Statistics

Lord Skidelsky asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What percentage of pupils in compulsory education paid school fees in 1938, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990; and

    What percentage of pupils receiving compulsory education in the state sector in 1938 paid school fees in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools.

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The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Lord Henley): Information on the numbers of fee-paying pupils in compulsory education is not collected centrally. The table shows the available information on the percentage of all pupils of compulsory school age who were in non-maintained schools in the United Kingdom. Most pupils in such schools would have been fee-paying; some would have been assisted from public funds. Information for the United Kingdom prior to 1965–66 is not readily available.

Percentage of pupils in non-maintained schools(1), 1965–66 to 1990–91

(Percentages)
Academic Year Children of compulsory school age(1)
1965–66 6.0
1970–71 5.1
1980–81 5.4
1990–91 6.1

Source: Education Statistics for the United Kingdom, HMSO.

Notes:

(1) Including former direct grant and grant-aided schools, which hitherto were regarded as part-maintained but are now in the non-maintained sector.

(1) The minimum school leaving age was increased from 15 to 16 in 1972–73.


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European Year of Lifelong Learning

Lord Gladwin of Clee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish their plans and programme for marking 1996 as European Year of Lifelong Learning and how they intend to encourage industry, commerce and academic institutions to follow suit.

Lord Henley: Arrangements for the European Year of Lifelong Learning in the UK will be announced later this year.

School Books: Spending

Baroness David asked Her Majesty's Government:

    On what basis the Prime Minister said in his statement in the House of Commons on 18 April 1995 that spending on school books had been increased by 50 per cent. over and above inflation since 1979.

Lord Henley: The figures are set out in Table 5 of the Department for Education and Office for Standards in Education Departmental Report (Cm 2810), a copy of which is in the Library. Between 1979–80 and 1993–94, spending per pupil on books and equipment increased in real terms by 55 per cent.

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