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Scotland: Analysis of Standard Grade Results

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sewel: The data requested by Lord Pilkington have not been published, but have been made available by the Scottish Office. The data are as follows:

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Number of schools, pupils and percentage of pupils achieving named grades
All pupils

1996-97
%
SectorNumber of schoolsNumber of pupils5 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-7
All schools46364,84231.160.994.4
Publicly Funded40361,66628.459.794.8
Independent603,17663.483.185.9

1995-96
%
SectorNumber of schoolsNumber of pupils5 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-7
All schools46966,30929.558.993.8
Publicly Funded40662,85927.957.994.6
Independent633,45059.176.279.5

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1994-95
%
SectorNumber of schoolsNumber of pupils5 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-7
All schools47264,42929.258.594.1
Publicly Funded40861,12127.557.294.6
Independent643,30861.381.684.4

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1993-94
%
SectorNumber of schoolsNumber of pupils5 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-7
All schools47561,01027.157.494.1
Publicly Funded41157,74425.456.294.7
Independent643,26658.278.382.5

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Percentage of males(1) achieving named grades

Year
1996-97
Sector5 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-7
All schools26.056.493.7
Publicly Funded24.455.394.3
Independent57.178.382.2

Percentage of females(1) achieving named grades

Year
1996-97
Sector5 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-21 + S grades @ 1-7
All schools36.365.595.1
Publicly Funded34.664.395.3
Independent70.188.289.9

(1) Pupils attending publicly funded schools were not split by sex before 1996.


Northern Ireland: Arrests under PACE

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many persons were detained in Northern Ireland under the Police and Criminal Evidence Order 1989, in each of the last five years; and how many persons were subsequently charged with scheduled offences.[HL3694]

Lord Dubs: The following table shows the number of persons arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Order 1989 in each of the last five years and the total number charged with terrorist/serious public order offences.

YearNo. of ArrestsPersons charged*
199323,989372
199425,579349
199527,773440
199626,062595
199725,156405

* Includes persons arrested under Section 14 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. It is not possible to determine which persons may have been arrested under PACT but may subsequently have been charged with a scheduled offence.

Northern Ireland: Prison Deaths

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many deaths have occurred in each of the Northern Irish prisons in each of the last five years.[HL3692]

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Lord Dubs: The information requested is provided in the following table.

Year & EstablishmentSelf-inflicted DeathsDeath by Natural CausesOther DeathsTotal Number of Deaths
1994(6)
Belfast22
Maghaberry123
Magilligan--
Maze11
YOC--
1995(3)
Belfast 112
Maghaberry11
Magilligan--
Maze--
YOC--
1996(5)
Belfast(2)--
Maghaberry2(5)3(4)5
Magilligan--
Maze--
YOC--
1997(8)
Maghaberry1214
Magilligan1(5)12
Maze2(4)2
YOC--
1998(3)(2)
Maghaberry1(6)1
Magilligan--
Maze1(6)1
YOC--

Key:

(2) Belfast Prison closed on 31 March 1996.

(3) Data accurate as at 12 November 1998.

(4) Inquest verdict awaited on two deaths.

(5) One prisoner died at home while on temporary release from prison.

(6) Inquest verdict awaited on one death.


Northern Ireland: Analysis of A-Level Results

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland for all state institutions, independent schools, and all institutions, giving the number of 17 year-olds entering for two or more A-levels and the number of 17 year-olds obtaining two or more A-levels, three or more A-levels and three or more A-levels at A grade in each of the years 1983 to 1998, showing data separately for boys, girls and all students and including for each year and, if possible, for each category of institution, the size of the relevant 17 year-old cohort.[HL3739]

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Lord Dubs: The available information requested is as follows:

Percentage of Final Year Pupils Obtaining Two or More A-Levels at Grades A-E and Three or More A-Levels at Grades A-C
1993-94 to 1996-97

Secondary SchoolsGrammar SchoolsAll Schools(7)
1993-94
Total(8)
Number obtaining 2 or more A-Levels at Grades A-E9356,2737,208
Number obtaining 3 or more A-Levels at Grades A-C2102,7122,922
Number in final year of an A-Level course1,3556,9948,329
Number of 17 year-old population23,449
1994-95
Total(8)
Number obtaining 2 or more A-Levels at Grades A-E9166,4847,400
Number obtaining 3 or more A-Levels at Grades A-C1992,8463,045
Number in final year of an A-Level course1,3357,1238,458
Number of 17 year-old population23,456
1995-96
Number obtaining 2 or more A-Levels at Grades A-E
Boys3442,8783,222
Girls6293,7084,337
Total9736,5867,559
Number obtaining 3 or more A-Levels at Grades A-C
Boys841,3191,403
Girls1491,7771,926
Total2333,0963,329
Number in final year of an A-Level course1,3217,0528,373
Number of 17 year-old population24,062
1996-97
Number obtaining 2 or more A-Levels at Grades A-E
Boys3003,2273,527
Girls6963,8154,511
Total9967,0428,038
Number obtaining 3 or more A-Levels at Grades A-C
Boys791,5811,660
Girls2101,8832,093
Total2893,4643,753
Number in final year of an A-Level course1,2957,5328,827
Number of 17 year-old population24,249

(7) Data are not available in respect of independent schools.

(8) Separate figures for boys and girls are not available.


Northern Ireland: Analysis of GCSE Results

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland showing for modern schools, grammar schools, all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 obtaining one or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C and one or more passes at grades A* to G, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including for each

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    category of school, the number of schools and the number of 16 year-old pupils.[HL3715]

Lord Dubs: The available information requested is as follows:

Percentage of Year 12 Pupils Obtaining One or More GCSE Passes at Grades A*C and One or More Passes at Grades A*G 1993-94 to 1996-97

Secondary SchoolsGrammar SchoolsAll Schools(9)
1993-94
Total(10)
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C65%100%77%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G93%100%95%
Number of Schools16071231
Number of Year 12 pupils15,6688,10223,770
1994-95
Total(10)
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C63%99%76%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G93%100%96%
Number of Schools16171232
Number of Year 12 pupils15,9649,29025,254
1995-96
Boys
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C58%99%72%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G90%100%93%
Girls
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C74%100%84%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G96%100%97%
Total
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C66%100%78%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G93%100%95%
Number of Schools16571236
Number of Year 12 pupils16,9749,39426,368
1996-97
Boys
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C60%100%74%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G91%100%94%
Girls
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C74%100%84%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G96%100%97%
Total
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-C67%100%79%
1+ GCSEs Grades A*-G93%100%96%
Number of Schools16671237
Number of Year 12 pupils16,3999,29925,698

(9) Data are not available in respect of independent schools.

(10) Separate figures for boys and girls are not available.


Mr. Francis McDonnell

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there has been an internal enquiry into the causes of the death of Mr. Francis McDonnell in Her Majesty's Prison Maghaberry on 30 March 1996; if so, with what result; and, if not, whether one will be held and, if not, why not.[HL3691]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs): The death of any person in prison custody in Northern Ireland is the subject of an investigation by the Royal Ulster Constabulary, followed by an inquiry by HM Coroner into the cause of death. The police conducted an investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr. Francis McDonnell and prepared a report for HM Coroner. The timing of the inquest, which will enter into official records the inquest jury's findings on the cause of death, is entirely a matter for HM Coroner.



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