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European Parliamentary Elections:Ballot Papers

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The form of the ballot paper is, subject to the regulations, a matter for the regional returning officer. Its size will depend on the number of parties and individual candidates who stand validly nominated and the number of seats to be filled in the region concerned.

I understand that the approximate sizes of the ballot papers in the British electoral regions for the forthcoming European parliamentary elections will be as follows:



    East Midlands 42cm x 14.5cm


    London 77.5cm x 17.5cm


    North East 36.5cm x 15cm


    North West 47.5cm x 19.5cm


    South East 48.5cm x 21.5cm


    South West 40.5cm x 17cm


    West Midlands 46.5cm x 18cm


    Yorkshire & Humberside 37cm x 15.2cm


    Scotland 52cm x 16cm


    Wales 42.5cm x 18cm

It is for returning officers to ensure that they have sufficient ballot boxes to accommodate all the votes cast.

Secondary Education: Percentage of Children in Private Schools

Lord Peston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the percentage of children in secondary education in private schools per English local education authority and in England as a whole for the latest available year and the two preceding years.[HL2500]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The information currently available is shown in the table.

Percentage of secondary age pupils being taught in independent schools in England--January of each year.

199619971998
Hartlepool0.10.10.0
Middlesbrough0.20.30.3
Redcar and Cleveland0.00.00.0
Stockton-on-Tees7.98.08.3
Darlington5.65.85.7
Durham3.83.83.8
Northumberland1.41.61.6
Gateshead1.61.71.7
Newcastle-upon-Tyne18.418.218.1
North Tyneside5.25.05.0
South Tyneside0.20.20.1
Sunderland2.22.32.4
NORTH EAST4.54.54.5
Cheshire6.96.86.9
Cumbria6.86.56.6
Bolton10.810.710.8
Bury15.514.915.1
Manchester18.518.418.2
Oldham6.86.76.7
Rochdale0.60.70.8
Salford5.55.96.2
Stockport13.713.713.5
Tameside0.30.40.5
Trafford13.112.82.8
Wigan0.00.00.0
Lancashire6.36.26.5
NORTH WEST7.87.77.4
Knowsley0.00.00.0
Liverpool6.06.13.7
St. Helens2.12.22.3
Sefton10.910.810.5
Wirral5.95.95.8
MERSEYSIDE6.06.05.1
NORTH WEST AND MERSEYSIDE7.47.36.9
East Riding of Yorkshire3.83.83.5
City of Kingston-Upon-Hull6.36.36.2
North East Lincolnshire1.31.31.4
North Lincolnshire0.00.00.0
York15.515.515.7
North Yorkshire9.19.18.5
Barnsley0.20.20.2
Doncaster1.11.00.9
Rotherham0.20.20.2
Sheffield4.24.44.5
Bradford6.36.26.2
Calderdale4.84.74.9
Kirklees5.25.45.6
Leeds5.75.65.6
Wakefield11.010.610.3
YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER5.45.45.3
Derby2.72.92.9
Derbyshire5.65.65.5
Leicester City5.86.26.3
Rutland42.142.943.1
Leicestershire6.97.17.2
Lincolnshire4.74.54.4
Northamptonshire7.27.17.1
Nottinghamshire4.74.64.7
EAST MIDLANDS6.16.16.1
Hereford and Worcester13.913.813.5
Shropshire11.411.211.1
Stoke2.02.40.0
Staffordshire4.94.74.6
Warwickshire11.610.310.1
Birmingham4.84.94.9
Coventry8.48.28.1
Dudley0.70.70.7
Sandwell0.00.00.0
Solihull7.06.86.8
Walsall0.80.80.9
Wolverhampton7.67.78.0
WEST MIDLANDS6.86.76.5
Luton0.00.10.2
Bedfordshire12.512.311.9
Cambridgeshire10.610.611.0
Essex3.93.93.8
Hertfordshire13.813.913.9
Norfolk7.77.67.5
Suffolk11.110.810.6
EASTERN9.08.98.9
City of London100.0100.0100.0
Camden17.317.317.4
Hackney11.912.413.7
Hammersmith and Fulham28.028.028.0
Haringey11.010.510.7
Islington2.61.91.9
Kensington and Chelsea57.857.857.3
Lambeth6.46.46.4
Lewisham9.29.38.4
Newham0.00.00.0
Southwark24.724.724.3
Tower Hamlets0.81.01.0
Wandsworth15.615.916.0
Westminster27.328.028.1
INNER LONDON15.916.015.9
Barking and Dagenham0.00.00.0
Barnet12.012.012.6
Bexley0.00.00.0
Brent2.32.83.1
Bromley10.710.210.0
Croydon21.922.220.5
Ealing16.016.216.1
Enfield1.31.21.3
Greenwich8.68.78.5
Harrow26.026.025.2
Havering0.80.70.6
Hillingdon9.710.010.1
Hounslow1.71.61.6
Kingston-upon-Thames15.916.316.4
Merton19.519.619.3
Redbridge8.07.67.6
Richmond-upon-Thames31.933.033.7
Sutton5.15.04.7
Waltham Forest9.58.38.0
OUTER LONDON10.210.210.0
LONDON12.112.112.0
Berkshire18.217.617.3
Milton Keynes4.03.33.2
Buckinghamshire8.27.89.2
Brighton & Hove18.818.918.0
East Sussex15.915.513.8
Portsmouth18.717.216.8
Southampton13.312.512.4
Hampshire9.39.29.3
Isle of Wight7.26.45.7
Kent8.28.18.2
Oxfordshire20.320.520.0
Surrey25.325.124.9
West Sussex12.612.512.5
SOUTH EAST14.013.913.7
Bath and NE Somerset19.519.418.9
City of Bristol25.625.625.6
North Somerset3.73.53.4
South Gloucestershire1.91.61.4
Cornwall4.94.94.7
Isles of Scilly0.00.04.2
Devon9.39.08.7
Bournemouth6.66.46.3
Poole8.18.18.6
Dorset11.313.613.1
Gloucestershire11.211.010.7
Somerset19.619.719.3
Swindon0.30.30.3
Wiltshire12.712.612.5
SOUTH WEST11.311.311.1
ENGLAND9.19.08.9


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Secondary Education: Percentage of Children in Comprehensive Schools

Lord Peston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list for 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1990 and 1995 and the latest year available the number of pupils in comprehensive secondary schools in England as a percentage of all pupils in maintained secondary education.[HL2501]

Baroness Blackstone: The information requested is shown in the attached table.

Percentage of Pupils(1) in Maintained Comprehensive Schools in England--January each year

YearPercentage of pupils in Maintained Comprehensive Schools
19658.0
197029.3
197562.9
198081.4
199088.2
199586.2
199886.7

(1) Number of pupils in maintained comprehensive schools calculated as a percentage of pupils in all maintained secondary schools.


Free School Meals

Baroness David asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the number of children eligible for free school meals as a percentage of the pupils in each of the 166 grammar schools, compared to the percentage of all schoolchildren eligible for free school meals in the relevant local education authorities.[HL2503]

Baroness Blackstone: Information on school meals for individual schools is not published centrally. The available information is shown in the attached table.

LEAPercentage of pupils known to be eligible for a free meal in maintained grammar schoolsPercentage of pupils known to be eligible for a free school meal in maintained secondary schools
Barnet1.416.2
Bexley5.013.5
Bromley1.214.3
Enfield2.221.0
Kingston upon Thames2.49.4
Redbridge3.717.5
Sutton1.98.7
Birmingham5.134.3
Walsall2.519.8
Wolverhampton2.822.0
Liverpool6.039.5
Wirral5.524.6
Trafford4.918.9
Calderdale3.217.7
Kirklees3.118.6
City of Bristol18.824.4
North Yorkshire1.37.2
Buckinghamshire1.67.0
Poole3.59.6
Bournemouth3.312.7
Stoke0.523.7
Wiltshire0.97.3
Berkshire4.98.5
Cumbria2.214.0
Devon4.412.7
Essex2.312.5
Gloucestershire3.08.9
Kent3.412.9
Lancashire3.519.5
Lincolnshire2.610.2
Shropshire0.712.6
Warwickshire1.78.9


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