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  The MiP files: How many PCs in your school?
Updated 01 April 2003, 10.52

Each week, we unlock some of the secrets of the most powerful place in Britain - Parliament.

Our Man in Parliament has all the latest info every Tuesday!

You can also ask him questions or get him to ID your MP. Go to the bottom of the page for how.

How many computers does your school have?

Well, I've found some figures on how many you should have.

Charles Clarke, the man in charge of schools in England and Wales, says that on average in 1998 there was one computer per every 17 primary school children and one for every eight secondary school pupils.

He reckons that's gone up to one computer for every nine primary school kids and one for every six children at secondary schools.

And he says there will be even more computers for schools by 2004 - with more than 700 million spent on computer equipment.

"Bullying is painful and degrading for the victim, and tarnishes not only the reputation of the school but also the wider community.

"I am determined to do more to spare young people the indignity and distress of bullying."

- Young People's Minister Ivan Lewis

Should kids be allowed in pubs?

Top politicians have been arguing a lot about this in the last few weeks, with some saying children under 14 should only allowed in pubs if they're with an adult.

But the government wants to allow all kids to go into pubs whether or not they are with a grown up - if the people in charge agree.

There will be special groups of people set up to decide which pubs children can go to.

Any which have gambling machines, for example, will be off limits.

Politicians will be talking more about this over the next few months - and it could all change. I'll keep you up to date with how if will affect you.

Each week our MiP will give you the chance to have your MP identified.

Just send us your name and postcode using the boxes at the bottom and he'll do the rest.

This week, Helen, 12, from Sheffield gets her MP identified.

Richard Allan
Where are you from?
I was born in Sheffield, and my parents still live in Ecclesall today.
Liberal Democrat
School nickname:
Paddy after Paddington Bear.

Greatest achievement:
Being re-elected in 2001.
From being annoyed at what the government was doing in my name.
Last movie I saw:
It was a French film called "8 Women" which is a kind of murder mystery with some of the best French actors in it.
Football team:
I do try to take an interest in what both the Sheffield teams, United and Wednesday, are doing.
MP I admire:
Speaker Michael Martin
Were you interested in politics as a child?
There are lots of things that I cared about that are really political but I was put off by the way in which party politics comes across. It seemed to me like a lot of boring people shouting at each other and still does sometimes!
Why does politics matter?
It is much better to try and change the things you think are not right in the world than to sit back feeling you can do nothing about them.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
I would change the way Parliament works so that it is no longer about two sides shouting at each other.


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