Results 281–300 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Trafford (Secondary Education) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: No, Sir, I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman's contention. If he looks at various reports he will find quite spectacular differences in academic performance between schools in the same socio-economic grouping. I happen to believe very strongly that selective schools have a major benefit in that in the main they produce a good social mix which is based on the grounds of ability alone. If...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Cleveland (Education) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: During November last year my right hon. Friend received three very helpful letters from my hon. Friend about a range of issues arising during his visits to schools in his constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Cleveland (Education) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend has made a gracious commendation of the delivery of excellence in education by the schools in Cleveland. Cleveland is No. 8 in terms of academic results from school leavers, and is the 34th highest spender. That goes against the usual pattern of Labour-controlled LEAs, which combine high spending with low academic achievement. I am also grateful to my hon. Friend for his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Cleveland (Education) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: No. [HON. MEMBERS: "Why not?"] If I have interpreted the hon. Gentleman's past comments correctly, I think that he and I share an interest in maximising inner city children's chances of improved opportunities in the labour market, and indeed elsewhere. If that is the case, I hope that he will accept that the new initiative will be of immense benefit to Cleveland. This is new money, and I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Capital Spending (Nottingham) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My right hon. Friend has received a letter from the chairman of the education committee of Nottinghamshire county council setting out the committee's views on the capital allocation for 1989–90 and seeking to bring a deputation. I have agreed to meet a deputation of interested parties from Nottinghamshire.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Capital Spending (Nottingham) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I was in Nottingham last week. Had I had the chance, I would have explained to the people. The capital allocation this year is £3,215,000. That is 43 per cent of the bid, compared to the national average of 34 per cent. I shall look forward to receiving further observations when the deputation arrives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Special Educational Needs (St. Helens) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: A total of 479 children in St. Helens have statements of special educational needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Special Educational Needs (St. Helens) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I think that the hon. Gentleman may not have underst000d that circular 7/88 on local management of schools makes it clear that variations in special needs between schools should be taken into account in the local education authority's resource allocation formula. Local education authorities will have discretion to except from delegation specialised support services such as education ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Industrial Sponsorship (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The Government welcome all types of activities which link schools and industry. We recognise that they can represent a valuable way of both enriching the school curriculum and developing the understanding of pupils and teachers. We use every opportunity to encourage industry to develop and strengthen its involvement with schools.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Industrial Sponsorship (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will take careful note of my hon. Friend's last point. I am delighted to say that this whole question of school—industry links is now no longer one of "Why should we do it?" but "How do we go about it?" The growing national consensus is that that can do nothing but good for the betterment of education in our country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Industrial Sponsorship (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Gentleman is 100 per cent. wrong, because private industry money is coming in to pay for free places for children in inner cities. It is a cause for great commendation of those industrialists that their money is supporting the state system. It is new money for free places.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Local education authorities are aware of the high cost of underused capacity at schools with a substantial proportion of surplus places. It is, therefore, very much in their own financial interests to continue to come forward with proposals to rationalise their school provision where appropriate. The Government's public expenditure plans assume that authorities collectively will achieve the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Gentleman may have misunderstood the raison d'être behind the Education Reform Act. The driving force behind decisions on which schools will remain open and which will close will increasingly be parental choice through open enrolment. As for the substantive part of his question, we shall consider each section 12 proposal on its merits. In parallel and together, we shall consider...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: We have said that opting out which will not be used as a bolt hole for schools that are not viable. We have said that many times, and we shall consider each application on its merit. However, there is increasing evidence, and it has been confirmed yet again, that municipal Socialism is a creature which turns vicious whenever its hold on its captive subjects is threatened. We believe in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: This mini debate has shown yet again that the Labour party is about 15 years out of date. There are something like 620,000 primary places and some 800,000 secondary places surplus to capacity. That represents a cost in premises-related expenditure of something like £240 million a year. There is no incompatibility between grant-maintained schools and the need to tackle that problem.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I appreciate that my hon. Friend has had to live alongside some of the worst aspects of that municipal Socialism to which I referred earlier. It is our policy to enhance parental choice, whether through grant-maintained schools or otherwise. We shall safeguard the interests of parents who wish, in a fair and free manner to exercise that choice if they recognise that their school is excellent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: We shall be entirely fair and open-minded on grant-maintained status applications, whether they come from Conservative or Labour-controlled LEAs. The hon. Gentleman obviously does not believe in his own arguments and that is why he has had to play the man and not the ball.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Places (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend is saying what I have tried to confirm over the past few moments, which is that Conservative Members believe in pluralism while the Opposition believe in incorporatism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Leicestershire) (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The Government's expenditure plans for 1989–90 provide for local authorities as a whole to spend £114 million, or approaching 30 per cent., more in cash on repairing and maintaining their school building stock than was actually spent in 1986–87. That is an increase of 9 per cent. in real terms. The Government distribute rate support grant to local authorities on the basis of those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Leicestershire) (31 Jan 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Leicestershire spends just below the national average on repairs and maintenance per capita in the primary sector and just above the national average per capita in the secondary sector. Overall, we have increased in real terms the allocations for repairs and maintenance, and, indeed, capital expenditure, but it is for LEAs to exercise their choice and mix the money that they receive in grant...


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