HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 cc1171-2W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collates on the proportion of pupils of ethnic minority heritage selected to attend grammar schools in(a) Kent, (b) Buckinghamshire, (c) Bexley, (d) Wiltshire, (e) Torbay, (f) Lancashire and (g) Birmingham, compared with the proportions of those groups in the appropriate age cohort. [67188]

Mr. Miliband

[holding answer 5 July 2002]: The available information is collected through the Annual Schools' Census and records the ethnic background of pupils of compulsory school age and above in schools in England in January each year. The ethnic background of pupils in all maintained secondary schools is provided in the table as a proxy for the proportions in the general population.

b. Community needs: that community use of a school's playing fields is taken into account, with alternative facilities made available if necessary; c. Finance: that any sale proceeds are re-invested to provide new or improved sports facilities at schools, or are used to help to raise standards by providing better educational facilities.

Only those applications that meet the criteria are approved. All applications made since July 2001 have been scrutinised by the independent School Playing Fields Advisory Panel to make sure that they conform to the published criteria. The panel comprises representatives from the National Playing Fields Association, the Central Council of Physical Recreation, the education organisation Learning through Landscapes, the National Association of Head Teachers and the Local Government Association.