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Baroness Blackstone: In the 1996 national curriculum tests, 42 per cent. and 46 per cent. of 11 year olds did not meet Level 4--the expected level for their age--in English and mathematics respectively. The target announced by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment was that by the year 2002, 75 per cent. of 11 year olds in these tests in mathematics and 80 per cent. in English will reach Level 4. Separate task forces in literacy and numeracy have been established to boost standards in primary schools. The targets apply to England and Wales.
Baroness Blackstone: The skills audit, published in 1996, showed that in 1994 24 per cent. of the workforce had vocational qualifications at Level 2 and above, with a further 6 per cent. having served a trade apprenticeship. We hope and expect that measures to promote lifelong learning will increase the proportion of those with qualifications in all parts of the United Kingdom.
How they hope to procure the achievement of the objective "all parents should be offered real choice through good quality schools, each with its own strengths and individual ethos" (to quote from the Labour Party manifesto) in rural areas.
Baroness Blackstone: Several documents have been published in recent years which undertake comparisons of the GCSE results obtained by individual students with the GCE A/AS results they subsequently achieve. A list of publications is given below: GCSE and GCE A/AS level performance of candidates attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS levels--1992-93--DFE Statistical Bulletin 9/94 GCSE and GCE A/AS level performance of candidates attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS levels--1993-94-DFE Statistical Bulletin 4/95 GCSE to GCE A/AS Value Added--Briefing for Schools and Colleges--June 1995 Technical Annex to GCSE to GCE Value Added--Briefing for Schools and Colleges--June 1995 GCSE and GCE A/AS level performance of candidates attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS levels in 1994-95--DfEE Statistical Bulletin 2/96 GCSE and GCE A/AS level performance of candidates attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS levels--1995-96--DfEE Statistical Bulletin 1/97
The data on which these comparisons were based are available to independent researchers in line with the policy of making data available for research purposes, subject to confidentiality being safeguarded. This practice is consistent with the Government Statistical Service code of practice for handling data obtained from statistical inquiries.
Baroness Blackstone: The information requested is not collected centrally by the Department for Education and Employment. However, the following information has been provided by Ofsted. Between September 1995 and April 1996 Ofsted inspectors inspected 88,000 lessons in comprehensive schools under Section 9 of the Education (Schools) Act 1992. Forty-six per cent. of these had either only upper ability, middle ability or lower ability pupils and 54 per cent. were mixed ability lessons.
Baroness Blackstone: The Government have set very clear targets for raising standards of literacy and numeracy for every child by the age of 11. The targets are measurable against achievement in national curriculum assessments. Each school will set its own targets for performance at each key stage. The Government also intend to publish a White Paper in the near future which will have as its main objective the raising of standards in every school.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has responsibility for forestry in England, the Secretary of State for Scotland has responsibility for forestry in Scotland, and the Secretary of State for Wales has responsibility for forestry in Wales. For matters affecting forestry in Great Britain as a whole, all three Ministers have equal responsibility, but the Secretary of State for Scotland takes the lead.
Lord Sewel: It is difficult to identify expenditure specifically on wildlife monitoring. The £20 million figure was an estimate of the annual expenditure in Scotland on all environmental monitoring by Her Majesty's Government and their main agencies. I shall write to the noble Lord to clarify the position, and on the question of future plans, as soon as possible.
|Protecting Scotland's Built Heritage|
|No. of monuments scheduled||380|
|No. of listed building resurvey units||178|
|No. of weeks in which 80 per cent. of|
|scheduled monument consent cases resolved||12|
|Percentage of listed building consent cases|
|resolved within 28 days||97 per cent.|
|No. of historic building repair projects newly|
|assisted by grant||145|
|Total value of grant-assisted repairs in|
|Programme of conservation of monuments in|
|care [*]||meet programme|
|Promoting and Presenting the Built Heritage|
|HS market share compared to major paid|
|heritage attractions in Scotland [*]||47 per cent.|
|Percentage of satisfied visitors (based on|
|surveys)||95 per cent.|
|Average spend per visitor||£1.12|
|Percentage efficiency gains/savings on all|
|non-grant expenditure||1.5 per cent.|
|Net Exchequer funding of running costs [*]||£12.0m|