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Thursday, 18 March 2004
The Secretary of State was asked—
If he will make a statement on the implementation of the pan-London co-ordinated system of admissions to secondary schools.
What steps his Department is taking to help improve the teaching of mathematics in schools following the publication of the report by Professor Adrian Smith.
What proposals he has to improve the means of allocation of funding to metropolitan local education authorities.
What percentage of secondary school children in England attend grammar schools; and what the percentage was (a) 10 and (b) 20 years ago.
What steps he is taking to improve the quality of school meals.
Which employers' organisations he has met with regard to the modern apprenticeship programme.
If he will make a statement on the funding available for the education of non-English speaking children in state schools.
If he will make a statement on the funding of schools in Norfolk.
What the change in funding allocated to higher education next year is; and if he will make a statement.
What plans he has for involving the private sector in state education in schools.
The Solicitor-General was asked—
What mechanisms are in place to inform interested parties that a case is to be heard in the Court of Appeal.
What is the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service on the prosecution of antisocial behaviour.
Will the Leader of the House please give us the business for next week?
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [ 17 March].
Motion made, and Question proposed, (1) That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance....
We welcome the Government's decision to put education at the heart of this year's Budget debate. Education shapes the nature of our society, the future of our children and our nation's potential....
I am grateful for the opportunity to present this petition from my constituents who object to the closure of two sub-post offices in my constituency. This is the humble petition of Councillor...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Charlotte Atkins.]
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