§ Mr. Borrow
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the key targets for 1998–99 for the Chief Executive of Service Children's Education. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The Chief Executive has been set the following Key Targets for 1998–99.
- 1. Exceed the 1997–98 UK LEA average percentage pass rate (measured as a percentage of pupil entries) gaining A⋆ to C grade in 5 or more subjects at GCSE by 4 per cent.; 1998–99 target is 44.3 per cent.
- 2. Exceed 1997–98 UK LEA average percentage pass rate (as measured as a percentage of subject entries) at grades A⋆ to C at A level by 2 per cent.; 1998–99 target is 54 per cent.
- 3. Maintain an overall percentage pass rate for GNVQ Intermediate Level; 1998–99 target is 92 per cent.
- 4. Achieve the following results at standard attainment tasks and tests (SATs) at each of ages 7, 11 and 14 in: (a) English (b) Maths (c) Science.
Percentage Subject KS1 KS2 KS3 English Teacher Assess 87 68 67 Reading Test/Task 87 — — Writing Test/Task 89 — — Test/Task — 71 73 Maths Teacher Assess 89 71 71 Test/Task 89 73 68 Science Teacher Assess 90 72 73 Test/Task n/a 78 74
5. Achieve as a minimum a "satisfactory" standard in each OFSTED school inspection.
6. Implement the SCE elements of the MOD scheme(s) for the provision of nursery education overseas.
Note:This target seeks to ensure the completion of the introduction of free nursery education in line with UK provision.7. To achieve a percentage reduction in real terms in pupil per capita costs (measured against total Agency resource costs) of 2.5 per cent.8. Achieve an index of satisfaction with SCE within the Army Continuous Attitude Survey above 358 overall and above 400 for Germany.
Note:The "Army Continuous Attitude Survey" is an independent customer survey of the views of Army Personnel.9. Ensure the percentage of inquiries and/or requests answered within 10 working days of receipt is at least 90 per cent.