Results 241–260 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Deaf Children (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: No, Sir, that is not so, whether measured by the amount of effort that has gone into the education of children with special needs and particular disabilities, or in terms of hard cash. In 1979–80 about £249 million was spent on maintained special schools. Our plans this year provide for £630 million at a time when there has been a reduction in the number of pupils in this category of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Deaf Children (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I am aware that over a period of time, the role of speech therapy, both for the overall health of the child and for the educational capability of the child, has exercised the minds of many. I cannot tell my hon. Friend today precisely what the outcome of that considerable discussion will be, but I will write to him as soon as there is a clearer statement to be made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Deaf Children (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I dealt with the very generous provision for those categories of disability in my earlier response. May I also reassure the right hon. Gentleman on a point about which the whole House is concerned—the question of supporting the teachers themselves in the particular skills required, whether the children are in maintained integrated schools or in special schools. On that front alone, we are...

Schools (Capacity) (24 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (Mr. Arnold) on the tenacity and clarity with which he has pursued this issue over a long period. When I knew that he had succeeded in securing this Adjournment debate I looked at past correspondence and noted that my predecessor also had to deal with the matter. In the light of that, I thought that the best way in which I could help my...

Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Schools) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: First, I wish to thank my hon. Friend for bringing forward this topic tonight. As I hope to demonstrate, I shall respond very clearly to his invitation to indicate the major programme to be mounted in our schools. First, I join him in the tribute that he has paid to the Matthew project and to the Life of the World Trust. I know that he takes a great interest in these matters and I am sure...

Inner-City Schools (Chess) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Stern) on the timely nature of this debate. He has chosen a historic moment in the House's history and I cannot let it pass without entering into the record the results of the chess match between the world champion and hon. Members of the House. I have it on good authority that my hon. Friend lasted for 32 moves with Mr....

Inner-City Schools (Chess) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Speaking from memory, it was about £37,000.

Inner-City Schools (Chess) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I will deal with the question of funding and what has been called an endorsement of the game of chess, and I must be careful, as I shall explain, not to make it a sort of official Department of Education and Science programme. There are some aspects of chess in our schools, of which the hon. Member for Linlithgow will be aware, which would not be helped by an atmosphere of officialdom or of...

Inner-City Schools (Chess) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I explained the sort of activities that are supported. I cannot at this hour give the hon. Gentleman an account of how much went towards which kind of activity. I thought it would be helpful to indicate the range of activities that were supported. I will write to him with the detail he has requested. My hon. Friend rightly refrained from putting forward chess as a panacea for the social and...

Inner-City Schools (Chess) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I am coming to that point in my penultimate observations. I said at the beginning of my comments tonight that I would draw to the attention of my Scottish colleagues the record of this debate. I shall do so and shall, of course, include the comment that the hon. Member for Linlithgow has just made. I shall return to the reasons why we all endorse the lessons, disciplines and messages that...

Inner-City Schools (Chess) (4 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I thought that was more or less what I had said. We have here on our doorstep a facility that will be part chess workshop, part competition venue. It will, if you like, be a laboratory of intensive chess playing. Therefore, I have no doubt that the lessons that we may learn from that about ensuring the popularity of chess will be duly noted. I shall also mention the comments made about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Secondary School Expenditure (Staffordshire) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: In actual cash, Staffordshire spent £535 per secondary pupil in 1978–79 and £1,420 per secondary pupil in 1987–88. At 1987–88 prices, those figures are £1,100 and £1,420 respectively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Secondary School Expenditure (Staffordshire) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: A considerable amount of information and research shows that there is not a direct and quantifiable correlation between the level of spend and the level of academic results achieved. That is an issue that we may address in a later question. The real growth in Staffordshire has been made possible because the Government have been very generous. The Staffordshire figures, and those that have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Secondary School Expenditure (Staffordshire) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: As I said earlier, the academic results of local education authorities vary considerably. I know that the Opposition do not like league tables, but there are some fairly clear figures that show that the high-spending education authorities often achieve the least favourable academic results, while those that spend the least per head often achieve very favourable results. I shall not comment on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Secondary Schools (Accommodation) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Local education authorities and governors are responsible for school buildings for which my right hon. Friend makes capital allocations and grant available. For 1989–90 my right hon. Friend has announced capital allocations to LEAs of £352 million. LEAs will also have substantial spending power from capital receipts which they are able to use on improving the quality of school and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Secondary Schools (Accommodation) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Of course, this is a question which the whole House takes very seriously but compared with other types of buildings, the fire safety record of schools is excellent. Of course, we should never be complacent and local education authorities have to set their own priorities on repairs and maintenance budgets. In terms of the cost of arson, which normally takes place outside school hours, we have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Secondary Schools (Accommodation) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I shall be glad to so report to the House in due course. I have now chaired this special group twice. We have an action plan of 10 points. We are targeting savings in a number of areas and, for the sake of comparatively small expenditures, I believe that we can make major savings in the £49 million to£100 million that I mentioned earlier, which of course can be used to much better effect in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Secondary Schools (Accommodation) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The figures that the hon. Gentleman has just used should be examined very carefully. He knows that it is the practice of most local education authorities to submit a bid to my Department. In the main an average of approximately 34 per cent. of that bid goes to LEAs as a cash allocation. I appreciate that repairs and maintenance, for example, is a heading that we could look at. I cannot...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Secondary Schools (Accommodation) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Derbyshire county council seems to devote the bulk of its efforts to blaming the Government for everything. The school that my hon. Friend mentioned had the first phase of its development approved under the Conservative Administration but is still waiting for the second phase. Derbyshire has rarely been out of the top five for capital allocations to the shire counties. It receives 52 per...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Secondary Schools (Accommodation) (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: It is regrettable that the hon. Gentleman makes comparisons with the private sector, because the private sector often operates under conditions which can be described as spartan. However, the hon. Gentleman raises a serious matter. He does not take into account the fact that capital receipts have boosted expenditure considerably. Capital receipts boosted the £352 million that I mentioned...


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