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Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: .... Some hon. Members referred to the report on the effects on education services in England of local authority expenditure policies in 1980–81. The draft of the document was sent to the ESGE at the end of last week for its comments and at the same time, consistent with the undertaking given by my right hon. and learned Friend, copies were made available to the Select Committee on...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Adjustments of Distribution of Block Grant (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Chris Price: ...is all right and that there is nothing to worry about. It is important to put that on the record, because if we have ministerial statements of that sort, there is no point going through the ESG(E) cycle each year to determine the quality and standard of education. All hon. Members believe that we should have good standards of education. Ministers have put those standards in jeopardy in...

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Sir Keith Joseph: ...to all authorities. Those are the general headings under which we envisage the educational support grants proposed might fall. I shall say a little about the activities that might be supported by ESGs, but before I do so I shall comment on some of the concerns that have been expressed by local authority interests. I understand the reservations of those who think that the Bill represents...

Education (Grants and Awards) Bill: Special Schools or Remedial Pupils (6 Dec 1983)

Mr Bob Dunn: ...of education support grant for particular activities or parts of the education service. I welcome this opportunity to describe the Government's achievements and policies in connection with the ESG. However, it would be unfair if I did not comment in general on the effect of the two new clauses before the House and the two that are to follow. They would mean, if enacted, that 80 per cent....

Education (Grants and Awards) Bill: SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT (No. 2) (6 Dec 1983)

Mr Bob Dunn: ...intended to provide general financial support for any part of a local education authority's expenditure. As the House knows, that is the purpose of the block grant. Expenditure in support of which ESGs can be paid is deliberately limited to a small proportion of total local authority expenditure. The purpose of the grants is to encourage the redeployment of expenditure at the margin in...

Education (Grants and Awards) Bill: Rate Support Grants (6 Dec 1983)

Mr Bob Dunn: I listened carefully to the hon. Member for Cambridgeshire, North-East. I was not persuaded by his argument that net expenditure by authorities on projects supported by ESGs should be disregarded when targets are calculated. However, his speech was thoughtful and I shall consider it again and derive from it what I can.

Orders of the Day — Education (Amendment) Bill (5 Dec 1985)

Alan Haselhurst: ...arguing about. There is a problem and it is a problem of lunchtime supervision, and there is a means through education support grants to deal with that problem. I can see nothing wrong in using the ESG system in that way. We are still talking of a maximum ceiling of 1 per cent. of educational expenditure. The question arises whether the Government are right to tackle the problem separate...

Clause 1: Increase of Limit on Expenditure Approved for Education Support Grant Purposes (16 Dec 1985)

Mr Clement Freud: ...the Minister said that the money came from sums additional to our existing plans for educational spending. I accept that the Government will pay for some of the supervision under the formula for ESG, but I do not accept that that means that £40 million should be clawed back from the £1·25 billion, because, as I understand it, that is the total to be spent and includes the LEA element....

Clause 2: Exclusion of Certain Remuneration from Remuneration of Teachers Act 1965 (16 Dec 1985)

Mr Clement Freud: The amendments are another example of concern that was expressed on Second Reading. It seems reasonable that if LEAs are to have to bid for ESG moneys, which is how the system has worked in the past, they should know what the rules are by which their bids will be assessed in future. I suggest to the Minister that he has not thought about this nearly enough. We do not know what he feels about...

General Certificate of Secondary Education (16 Apr 1986)

Mr Chris Patten: ...as considerable as some people occasionally suggest or would like them to be. Within the statutory powers given to us by the House we can spend only a ½ per cent. of the total LEA budget through ESG. That amounts to about £53 million a year. There is not all that much elbow room in that amount when one takes account of the programmes to which we are already committed. The £20 million...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: City Technology Colleges (19 Jul 1988)

Mr Kenneth Baker: That is an absurd statement, and the hon. Gentleman knows it. One has to add to the cost of the national curriculum not only the £65 million in the Education Reform Bill, but the ESG money of £75 million, the local training grants for teachers of £60 million or £70 million and also, on the basis that he uses, the cost of running primary and secondary schools. The trouble with the hon....

Orders of the Day — Education Reform Bill: Agreements for Establishment, etc. of City Technology Colleges (19 Jul 1988)

Mr Kenneth Baker: ...expenditure. Added to that will be the large amounts of money allocated by education support grants and the LEA training grant schemes. In 1989–90 we expect to spend £30 million on the ESG scheme. Training grant figures are expected to be similar to those for 1988–89, when £22·5 million will be spent in national priority areas, with another £19 million from local priority area...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: LEAs (Training Grants) (4 Jul 1989)

Mrs Angela Rumbold: The training grant scheme needs to be looked at together with the other main specific grant programme—education support grants. Many of the ESG programmes also support training, and in 1990–91 training grants and education support grants will together support the largest ever specific education grant programme, costing £355 million.

Prayers: Drug and Alcohol Abuse (21 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: ...by the LEAs. As we receive the bids from the LEAs in the coming months they may well want to do more than simply have a more intensive programme for the training of teachers and support from the ESG. They may want to adopt their own policy regarding the problems in their localities and they may have their own opinions about how their local programmes should proceed. Flexibility is...

Written Answers — Treasury: Departmental Properties (15 Oct 2001)

Andrew Smith: Guidelines for the acquisition of properties can be found in the Estates Services Guide (ESG), which is published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). The ESG offers Government users on the Civil Estate good practice guidance on estate management, including the acquisition of office accommodation by leasing and other means. It does not provide advice on residential or agricultural...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Imports (12 Nov 2001)

Elliot Morley: ...imports of food and agricultural products between 1998 and 2000. More detailed information on food and agricultural imports, including volumes, can be found at the DEFRA website (www.defra.gov.uk/esg/work—htm/index/ trade.htm and click on the link to "UK trade data in food, feed and drink including indigenity and degree of processing"). Food and agricultural imports 1998–2000 -- Values...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: "Agriculture in the United Kingdom" (2 May 2002)

Margaret Beckett: ...on Friday 3 May. Copies of this report will be available from the Libraries of the House on that day. It will also be available in electronic form from DEFRA's website at www.defra.gov.uk/esg.m–publications.htm.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture in the United Kingdom (3 May 2002)

Lord Whitty: ...on Friday 3 May. Copies of this report will be available from the Libraries of the House on that day. It will also be available in electronic form from Defra's website at www.defra.gov.uk/esg/m–publications.htm.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Meat Statistics (5 Nov 2002)

Elliot Morley: ...provisional. (22) Total new supply = home-fed production plus imports minus exports, and is the total amount of produce available for consumption. Source: DEFRA Statistics website, www.defra,gov.uk/esg

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Labour Force (1 Apr 2003)

Elliot Morley: ...Ireland is published in Agriculture in the United Kingdom for 2001 and 2002 and in Farm Incomes in the United Kingdom for earlier years. These can be found on the Defra website at www.defra.gov.uk/esg/m publications.htm (a) Agricultural labour force as a percentage of total labour force 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 North East 1.33 1.30 1.24 1.24...


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