§ Mr. Andrew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the official engagements undertaken by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for higher education since the beginning of May.
§ Mr. Robert Jackson
Since the beginning of May, I have had the following official engagements to date:
2 MayMeeting: delegation from China; Oral Parliamentary Questions; address: the Council for Industry and Higher Education; address for design awards dinner.
3 MayMeeting: Professor Ihsan Dogramaci, Chairman of Turkish Higher Education Council; dinner and address: Presidents of Research Councils of Europe, Japan and the USA.
5 MayAddress: Careers Research and Advisory Centre Conference.
8 MayVisit: Liverpool University.
9 MayAddress: The Centre for Policy Studies; meeting: Mr. Bill Stubbs of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.
10 MayLunch: Geoffery Melling of the Further Education Staff College.
11 MayInterview: Time Magazine; address for the Opening of the Medical Research Council Radiobiology Unit; address: Industry/Education Seminar (Oxfordshire County Council); meeting: Professor Stuart of the Agriculture and Food Research Council.
13 MayTelephone call to Bertel Haarder, Danish Education Minister.
15 MayVisit: Rycotewood College; dinner and address for Sir Ralph Dahrendorf and senior academics at St. Anthony's College, Oxford.
16 MayAddress: The General Synod Further and Higher Education Committee; dinner and address for the Reform Club Political Committee; telephone call to Willem Deetman, Dutch Education Minister.
17 MayMeeting: Lord Chilver and Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer of the Universities Funding Council.
18 MayAddress: conference for Continuing Professional 609W Development; meeting: the Association of Metropolitan Authorities; meeting: The Campaign for Public Sector History; telephone call to Juergen Muellemann, German Education Minister.
19 MayLunch and address for Professor Brewer and senior academics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; 25th anniversary dinner at Darwin College, Cambridge.
20 MayTelephone call to Javier Solana Madariaga, Spanish Education Minister.
23 MayAddress for the National Information Services Conference.
24 MayAddress: the Building Industry Council Conference; meeting: the Institute of Chartered Accountants; meeting: Dominique Perben, Depute (MP) and Mayor of Chalon-sur Saone; address: European Agricultural Research Initiative (EURAGRI) Conference; meeting: Richard Hodges, Director of the British School in Rome.
Vote Current cash limit Change Revised Cash limit £ £ £ Class XII Vote 1 493,133,000 +1,003,000 494,136,000 Class XII Vote 2 3,101,271,000 +22,490,000 3,123,761,000 Class XII Vote 5 824,368,000 -8,493,000 815,875,000
Additional provision is sought as follows:
(a) £25 million to make annual maintenance grants for expenditure on staff salaries and other running costs for schools which I have approved as grant maintained from September 1989 and from January 1990. This increase will be fully offset by recoupment, under section 81 of the Education Reform Act 1988, from the local authorities formerly maintaining the schools.
(b) £1,003,000 for the professional, industrial and commercial updating programme to enable the selective funding of PICKUP activities in local authority colleges to proceed.
(c) £23,493,000 towards the increased cost to universities, the Open university, the Royal college of art and the Cranfield institute of technology of employing non-clinical academic staff.
Provision for grant-in-aid to the Natural Environment Research Council is reduced by £8,493,000 because expenditure on the construction of a new research vessel for the British Antarctic Survey has been deferred to 1990–91.
The net increase of £15,000,000 will be charged to the Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.