§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the conferences held by his Department since 1 May 1997, giving in each case the(a) purpose and (b) estimated cost. 755W
§ Dr. Howells
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: Details of the conferences held by the Department since 1 May 1997, giving (a) their purpose and (b) their estimated cost, are shown in the table.
Title Purpose Cost (£) Employment Service—Way A planning conference for ES 27,280 Ahead Conference (May staff 1997) Launch of White Paper The national launch of the 15,386 'Excellence in Schools' Excellence in Schools' (7 July 1997) White Paper Skills and Enterprise Network To disseminate information 7,100 Conference (9–10 July and network with those 1997) working in the field of labour market information Excellence in Schools—White A series of seven regional 129,000 Paper (9–18 September) conferences held in London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol and Manchester to consult on the proposals contained in the Excellence in Schools White Paper Disabilities Services National To promote Employment 550 Conference (August 1997) Service disability services New Deal—Consultation A series of consultation 88335 Conferences (August 1997) conferences for potential 'New Deal' partners Additional New Deal— A further consultation 27,000 Consultation Conference conference for potential (September 1997) 'New Deal' partners Employment Service—Way A further series of planning 47,335 Ahead Conference conferences for ES staff (September 1997) Emotional and Behavioural A series of regional 12,000 Difficulties workshops for practitioners (September-October 1997) and specialists in emotional and behavioural difficulties, to disseminate good practice National Literacy Strategy To encourage Local Education 49,888 Conference (20 October Authorities and the 1997) Department of Education and Employment to work together on the national literacy strategy and to launch the bidding guidance and discuss content Special Educational Needs— Series of regional consultation 31,000 Green Paper Conferences conferences (October 1997) Disability Discrimination Act Series of regional conferences 32,000 (October-November 1997) covering disability in the context of the Disability Discrimination Act Early Years Development A series of conferences to 35,000 Plans—Conferences advise Local Educational (October-November 1997) Authorities on developing Early Years Development Plans Qualifying for Success A series of conferences to 115,000 (October-December 1997) consult schools and Higher Educational Institutions on the proposals for reforming 16–19 qualifications
Title Purpose Cost (£) Careers Service Conference A guidance through 100,000 (3–4 November 1997) partnership conference for chief executive and chairmen of Careers Service, disseminating good practice, the event included a Ministerial announcement on the future of the Careers Service National Vocational To promote National 128,121 Qualifications/Scottish Vocational Qualifications Vocational Qualifications and Scottish Vocational International Conference Qualifications abroad, to (4–5 November 1997) interested countries National Vocational A conference aimed at 38,600 Qualifications—Awarding working towards a united Bodies (2–3 December approach to qualifications 1997) Race for the Future A conference to encourage 24,000 (December 1997) employers to take action to develop race equality policies within their organisation UK Skills Conference To celebrate the achievements 4,932 (3 December 1997) gold medal award of the UK team at the Youth Skills Olympics Towards Equality (Disability A conference concentrating on 20,000 on the Agenda) the broad issue of what is (5 December 1997) being done within the United Kingdom to move towards equality for people with disabilities Employment Zones A working conference for 20,000 (28 January 1998) Employment Zones prototype partners to exchange ideas before going live. The conference included a ministerial speech Equal Opportunities A conference promoting equal 10,200 Conference (29 January opportunities and best 1998) practice in Industry Training Organisations/ National Training Organisations National Year of Reading A conference to celebrate the 85,161 (30 January 1998) launch of the National Year of Reading National Training A conference National 7,817 Organisations Partner Training Organisations Conference (25 February amongst the business sector 1998) School Governors Conference Providing the opportunity for 12,500 (12–14 February 1998) OFSTED, Local Educational Authorities, Department for Education and Employment and School Governors to work together to raise standards in schools Numeracy Matters A conference to discuss the 49,000 (11–12 February 1998) preliminary report of the numeracy task force, which was published for consultation in January 1998