HC Deb 16 May 2000 vol 350 c102W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what assessment was made of the ability of Salter Baker Associates (Education) Ltd. to meet Ofsted's quality assurance standards following an audit of the company in summer 1999; and what was the date of the assessment; [121791]

(2) if he will list the documents received by Ofsted from Salter Baker Associates (Education) Ltd. in August 1999; [121792]

(3) on what grounds and on what date Ofsted decided to terminate 14 inspection contracts with Salter Baker Associates (Education) Ltd., in 1999; [121795]

(4) what steps were taken by Ofsted to ensure that matters of concern raised during its quality assurance audit of Salter Baker Associates (Education) Ltd. were addressed prior to the awarding of inspection contracts for autumn 1999; [121796]

(5) what concerns were recorded by the Ofsted Contracts Division during their quality assurance audit of Salter Baker Associates (Education) Ltd., in summer 1999; [121797]

(6) what steps are being taken by the Contracts Division of Ofsted to ensure that companies undertaking inspections facilitate checks on their financial viability; [121798]

(7) what discussions he has had with Ofsted on measures needed to monitor the financial viability of companies undertaking school inspections; and if he will make a statement. [121799]

Ms Estelle Morris

[holding answer 15 May 2000]: These are matters for Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead. I have asked him to write to my hon. Friend and to place a copy of his letter in the Library.