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Commons Written Answers, 14 March 1996

[Following up his initial question of 11 December 1995, Mr. Jamieson once again directs his question to the Ministry of Defence, which is answered by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mr. Nicholas Soames.]

Subject: Service Boarding Scheme

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many children who received support through the service boarding scheme attend (a) Finsborough school, Suffolk, (b) Quantock school, Somerset, (c) Rodney school, Nottingham and (d) Lime House school, Cumbria; and how much each school received in each of years (i) 1992-93, (ii) 1993-94, (iii) 1994-95 and (iv) 1995-96.

Mr. Soames: In the case of Quantock school, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 11 December 1995, Official Report, column 478.

Commons Written Answers, 2 April 1996

[Acknowledging the answer provided to his question of 18 December 1995, Mr. Jamieson once again directs his question specifically concerning the suitability of Quantock School as a MOD accredited edicational establishment. The question is again answered by the Minister for the Armed Forces, Mr. Nicholas Soames.]

Subject: Quantock School

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 18 December, Official Report, column 982, if he will make a statement about the review of pastoral care arrangements at Quantock school carried out by the Service Children's Education Authority; if he will place a copy of its findings in the Library; and what arrangements have been made to convey the findings of the SCEA to parents of service children at the school.

Mr. Soames: Two Office for Standards in Education-qualified SCEA staff visited Quantock school on 21 February 1996. Based upon their observations, it is SCEA's view that pastoral and guidance arrangements at Quantock school are entirely adequate with no obvious areas of concern. SCEA will continue to advise service parents in the normal way that Quantock school is suitable for attendance by service children.

SCEA staff visit independent schools by invitation to assess pastoral care arrangements for service children; they have no statutory right of access. Visit reports are therefore written on the understanding that they remain for internal use only.

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