Results 41–60 of 1556 for speaker:Mr Robin Squire

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: School Security (11 Dec 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: An extra £66 million is being made available for security measures at LEA-maintained and grant-maintained schools over the next three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: School Security (11 Dec 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: I will do my best, Madam Speaker. We will announce shortly the individual LEA allocations, but even if—for the sake of discussion—I ran with the figure of £100,000 that the hon. Gentleman produced, over three years that would mean some £225,000 from Government, in addition, and I stress that, to the money already being spent on security by schools and LEAs. I do not believe that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Standard Spending Assessments (11 Dec 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: My right hon. Friend has received a number of representations offering a range of views on possible adjustments to the SSA methodology.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Standard Spending Assessments (11 Dec 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: As my hon. Friend is aware, I recently met representatives of a group of local authorities, including his. We discussed the sparsity factor and related issues. My hon. Friend is also aware that the sparsity allowance compensates authorities for the additional costs of providing small schools and for extra transport costs in sparsely populated areas. The review recently undertaken did not put...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Standard Spending Assessments (11 Dec 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: I obviously cannot answer that now. If the hon. Gentleman tables that question as a written question, I shall provide the answer. The principle has long existed that local authorities are free to spend more or less than individual SSAs on services. I am pleased that many of them spend more than their SSA on education, but that remains their decision, for which they are accountable to their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Standard Spending Assessments (11 Dec 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: I can certainly confirm to my hon. Friend that the national increase in SSAs of 3.4 per cent.—3.6 per cent. overall in education services to local authorities—is comfortably ahead of the rate of inflation and of the projected growth in pupil numbers.

Education (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: It was rather unfortunate that, in a debate on school standards, the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Ms Morris) should do exactly what she condemned us for doing—raising party political points, particularly as hers were misleading. First, on her specific point about nursery vouchers, if she has not yet understood the system, let me explain that, each year, the estimates are revised to...

Education (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: It may come as a surprise to the hon. Lady, but population estimates constantly change, as do estimates of take-up. Although we are eating into a debate on standards, let me repeat the key point for the benefit of the hon. Lady: all nursery vouchers will be redeemed and met in full where they are presented. Secondly, although the hon. Lady made three positive references to Birmingham LEA in...

Education (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: I happened to find out the other day that slide rules are still in use in A-level mathematics. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will be reassured by that.

Education (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: The hon. Gentleman said that the education settlement would be less than the rate of inflation. The strong implication is that he expects settlements throughout the public sector—including Government settlements—necessarily to match movements in prices year by year. The Government, however, believe that authorities, like Government, should be looking for efficiency savings. Does the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Youth Training Scheme (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: They are not listening.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Teaching Methods (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: The Government are determined to ensure that all teachers use effective teaching methods to raise standards, particularly in basic literacy and numeracy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Teaching Methods (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: My hon. Friend is aware of several of the steps that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already announced. It is, of course, regrettable that any teaching method should depend on passing fashion, and she rightly criticises some now obsolete fashions. The reforms that we have introduced give greater accountability to heads and governors to enable them to tackle any teachers who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Teaching Methods (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: This country has one of the finest records in supplying information technology to schools. We were in there first, and our investment bears comparison with that of any other country. As for the specific question of teacher confidence, the hon. Lady knows that information technology is now one of the cross-curriculum requirements. More and more teachers are required to be adept in its use. It...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Teaching Methods (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In particular, he is right to stress that teaching is about giving instruction, not just about allowing pupils to discover themselves. The emphasis today in teaching, particularly in initial teacher training, is to ensure that all teachers coming into our schools should acquire a range of skills and the ability to determine when it is appropriate to use...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Primary School Class Sizes (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: In January 1996, 32 per cent. of primary pupils were in single-teacher classes of more than 30. About a third of those pupils were in classes supported by at least one member of non-teaching staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Primary School Class Sizes (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: How interesting. First of all, a small fact: the percentage of pupils who are in classes of more than 30 is now smaller than it was when we came to power in 1979. I invite the hon. Gentleman to find, at some other stage, the adjective to describe our predecessors, the Labour Government. It is rather more important than that, because the hon. Gentleman comes from the borough of Islington and,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Primary School Class Sizes (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: My hon. Friend—who is very experienced in these matters—is absolutely right. If there were any doubt about that fact even among Opposition Members, the events of the past year should have disabused them of their belief, to which they adhere fanatically, that class size is all. The pupil-teacher ratio at Hackney Downs was eight to one, and the ratio at the Ridings school was 15 to one....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Primary School Class Sizes (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: For a start, the Labour party has not even begun to find the money—which may be as much as £250 million—to meet that pledge. No one is saying that class size is not important. [HON. MEMBERS: "You are."] No. The Labour party, however, says that it is the single most important issue, which is manifestly untrue. This year and next year, there will undoubtedly be parents in the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Nursery Vouchers (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robin Squire: The estimated budget for publicity about the nursery education voucher scheme in England, up to its initial implementation, is —1,900,000—or 0.25 per cent. of total estimated expenditure on the scheme. The publicity will include essential information for more than 650,000 parents and some 40,000 providers of nursery education.


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