HC Deb 20 March 1998 vol 308 cc754-6W
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. [27784]

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
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
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
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
Race for the Future A conference to encourage 24,000
(December 1997) employers to take action to
develop race equality
policies within their
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
Equal Opportunities A conference promoting equal 10,200
Conference (29 January opportunities and best
1998) practice in Industry
Training Organisations/
National Training
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
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