Thursday, 26 April 2001
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What Government financial support was given to playgroups in South Swindon in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2001–02. 
What plans he has to support schools in using information technology to tackle truancy. 
If he will make a statement on expenditure on schools in Worcestershire. 
What advice he is taking following his Department's errors over this year's school achievement awards and the Minister of State's letter to schools of 29 March. 
How much has been allocated to schools in the Chatham and Aylesford constituency from the new deal for schools programme. 
If he will make a statement on performance-related pay for teachers. 
If he will make a statement on sure start provision in the Romsey constituency. 
What assessment he has made of the involvement of different sectors of the economy in the new deal for young people. 
If he will make a statement on schools with attached specialist language colleges. 
What recent representations he has received on the Government's policy on the exclusion of pupils from schools. 
If he will make a statement on direct support given by his Department to schools in Ilford, South since May 1997. 
If he will make a statement on the impact of his future funding proposals for sixth forms in schools in Lancashire. 
What proposals he has for improving teacher recruitment in North-East Lincolnshire. 
Will the Leader of the House please give the business for the coming week?
With permission, I would like to make a statement on the foot and mouth outbreak. As I did on eight occasions before the Easter break, and have done once already this week in a session with the...
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will recall that at business questions before the Easter recess, I drew to the attention of the House the fact that Members were using written questions to...
As amended in the Standing Committee, considered.
PROVISION OF MOBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE EDUCATION
'The Secretary of State shall, in exercising his powers under the 1996 Act with respect to the education of children with special educational needs, take such steps as may be necessary to ensure...
'In carrying out area inspections, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools must report in connection with any report on the education of children with special educational needs on—(a) the...
'In section 324 of the Education Act 1996 (statement of special educational needs) after subsection (4) insert— (4A) In drawing up any specification of provision for a child's special...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Pearson.]
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