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Written Answers

Wednesday, 8th November 1995.

Mr. Kani Yilmaz

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether valid evidence has been provided by Germany, whereby Mr. Kani Yilmaz might be extradited for trial; and whether they will request that he be granted bail, pending a decision on his case by the High Court, since he has been held under maximum security conditions for one year in HMP Belmarsh.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The documents provided by the German Government in support of its extradition request for Kani Yilmaz, also known as Faisal Dunlayici, comply fully with the requirements laid down in the Extradition Act 1989 and the European Convention on Extradition. As I made clear in my Written Answer of 22 June (col. WA28), there is no requirement for a prima facie case to be made out where the requesting state is a signatory to the convention. Decisions on bail are a matter for the courts and it would not be proper for the Government to make such an approach.

UK Human Rights: Question on UN Report

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether any of the Ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office were consulted about the terms in which Lord Archer of Sandwell's starred Question should be answered on 26 October 1995.

Baroness Blatch: It is not the practice to itemise the detailed processes of consultation within government which precede decisions on, or the public expression of, policy positions.

Human Rights Treaties: Duty of Compliance

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to Baroness Blatch's Answer of 30 October 1995 (WA 146), and to Baroness Chalker of Wallasey's Answer of 30 October 1995 (WA 134), whether they will explain the scope and effect of the duty of Ministers and Civil Servants (referred to in the proposed Civil Service Code, and in Questions of Procedure for Ministers) "to comply with the law, including international law and treaty obligations."

Baroness Blatch: The duty to comply with the law, to which the Civil Service Code and "Questions of Procedure for Ministers" refer, is a duty owed by Ministers, civil servants and citizens alike. As regards international law and treaty obligations, I refer to the

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Answer given by Baroness Chalker of Wallasey to the noble Lord on 9 January 1995.

Former Yugoslavia: Peace Implementation Force

Baroness Young asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have to contribute to a NATO led Implementation Force in the event of an overall peace agreement in the Former Yugoslavia.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): Contingency planning for a NATO-led Implementation Force in the event of an overall peace agreement in the former Yugoslavia is continuing in parallel with the current peace talks in Dayton, Ohio. We would expect to make a substantial contribution.

As part of this contribution, we envisage a need to make use of a number of members of the Territorial Army and the Regular Army Reserve. On present estimates, the number would not exceed 350 personnel, who would, as far as possible, be sought on a voluntary basis. My department will shortly be setting in hand the necessary arrangements.

State Pensions in the EU

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the average increase in real terms since 1980 in state pensions in the European Union.

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): I will write to the noble Lord shortly.

Income Support: Duration of Claims

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the average length of time claimants remain on income support.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The information available is in the table.

Duration of claims

Length of time on Income Support as at November 1994 Number of cases (000's)
Under 1 year 1,633
Between 1 year and 2 years 852
Between 2 years and 3 years 737
Over 3 years 2,477
All cases 5,700

Source:

Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiry November 1994.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. Reliable data on Income Support claims made before November 1991 are not available and therefore an average cannot be calculated.


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Teacher Numbers

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the proportion of teachers employed in primary and secondary schools in 1994, 1984 and 1974.

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Lord Henley): The readily available comparable information on the proportion of teachers employed in primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom is shown in the table. Information for 1973/74 and 1974/76 is not available on a comparable basis.

Proportion of teachers(i) in maintained primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom: 1975/76 to 1994/95

(Percentages)
1975/76 1983/84 1993/94 1994/95
Teachers in primary schools as % of teachers in all(ii) schools 43 37 42 43
Teachers in secondary schools as % of teachers in all(ii) schools 46 50 (iii)43 (iii)42

Source:

Education Statistics for the United Kingdom.

Notes:

(i) Based on full-time equivalent numbers of teachers. Includes all teachers in England and Scotland but qualified teachers only in Wales and Northern Ireland.

(ii) Maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and non-maintained mainstream and special schools.

(iii) Excludes Sixth Form Colleges in England and Wales which were reclassified as Further Education colleges from April 1993.


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Schools Access Initiative

Lord Rix asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will confirm that the recently launched Schools Access Initiative is intended to help both children with physical and sensory disabilities and children with severe learning disabilities, who can benefit from improved access to the curriculum through teacher training, information technology, adapted teaching materials and adaptation of the curriculum.

Lord Henley: The Schools Access Initiative provides capital funding to extend access in mainstream schools for the full range of pupils with disabilities mentioned by the noble Lord. Such funding will enable those pupils to gain access not only to the building but also to the curriculum and to participate fully in the life of the school. Recurrent funding, including that required for items such as those mentioned in the Question, will normally be specified in a pupil's statement of social educational needs.



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