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Duckett's Cheese

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Government will amend the Emergency Control Order to allow commercial operations in respect of Duckett's cheese produced on or after a specified date as soon as we are satisfied that problems leading to the making of the order have been addressed.

Officials have been in direct contact with Ducketts and they are working closely with Sedgemoor District Council to ensure that Ducketts are able to resume production with the minimum of delay.

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COT Chairman

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in the light of observations from the House of Commons Select Committee on Agriculture (5th Report, Session 1997-98) that recommendations of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) in relation to Vitamin B6 safety were "palpably wrong", the continue to have confidence in the suitability of Professor Woods to chair (a) the COT and (b) the new Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals.[HL2593]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: We accept the scientific advice of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) on the safety of Vitamin B6 and continue to have every confidence in Professor Woods as Chairman of both the COT and the new Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals.

GCSE and GNVQ Point Score Comparisons

Lord Desai asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are the average scores, as well as the maxima, the minima, the medians, the upper and lower quartiles and the pupil-weighted mean and standard deviations (all rounded to three decimal places) of:


    (a) the total GCSE point scores per pupil in 1993 and 1997 of (i) all schools and (ii) all maintained schools, when they are ranked by their scores: and

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    (b) the total GCSE/GNVQ point scores per pupil in 1997 of (i) all schools and (ii) all maintained schools when they are ranked by their scores;


    using the GNVQ point score system currently adopted by the Department for Education and Employment.[HL2548]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The information requested in respect of GCSE and GCSE/GNVQ point scores per 15 year-old pupil is shown in the following tables.

(a) GCSE point scores for 1993 and 1997

(i) All schools (ii) All maintained schools
1993199719931997
Average score33.10635.82431.74534.870
Maximum133.000107.000131.000107.000
Minimum0.0000.0000.0000.000
Median34.00037.00033.00036.000
Upper quartile48.00051.00046.00049.000
Lower quartile18.00021.00017.00021.000
Mean deviation16.16516.69815.61816.044
Standard deviation19.19520.09718.57619.359

(b) GCSE/GNVQ point scores for 1997

(i) All schools(ii) All maintained schools
Average score35.89334.944
Maximum107.000107.000
Minimum0.0000.000
Median38.00036.000
Upper quartile51.00050.000
Lower quartile21.00021.000
Mean deviation16.70616.057
Standard deviation20.10819.375



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