HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 cc589-90W
Mr. Fisher

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which statistics his Department has discontinued(a) the collection and (b) the publication of since 1989. [32863]

Mr. Michael Forsyth

(a) The following regular statistical surveys have been discontinued since 1989Survey of initial police action against children involved in crimes and offences: (discontinued from 1989). Survey of detailed information from district courts on non-payment of police fixed penalties and non-payment of fiscal fines: (discontinued from 1990). Survey of non-vocational further education in certain small centres: (discontinued from 1992). Survey of foreign and Commonwealth students in teacher training colleges: (discontinued from 1993). Survey of excesses and deficits in teacher supply: (discontinued from 1995). Survey of applications for teaching posts: (discontinued from 1995). Survey of number of cases dealt with by social work departments: (discontinued from 1995). Survey of housing owned by regional authorities: (discontinued from 1996).

(b) Available information is that the publication of no other major statistical series has been discontinued since 1989: changes in the basis of publication of statistical series are made from time to time in response to requirements for information.