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Jacqui Smith: The following table shows the schools in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea which have benefited from allocations of New Deal for Schools grant. Schools also benefited in 2000-01 from Devolved Formula Capital of £423,000 in Westminster and £252,000 in Kensington and Chelsea, which is allocated by Local Education Authorities. In addition, capital allocations were made through the annual capital round to local education authorities for the benefit of schools.
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|Schools||Total grant allocated under NDS|
|Kensington and Chelsea|
|Bousfield Primary, Ashburham Primary||244,000|
|The Latimer Centre(1)||201,349|
|Package of five schools(1)||145,125|
|Thomas Jones Primary||206,664|
|Our Lady of Victories Primary||140,500|
|Oratory RC Primary||61,800|
|Total for Kensington and Chelsea||1,518,824|
|Quintin Kynaston Secondary||312,000|
|St. Gabriel's CE Primary||54,821|
|Edward Wilson Primary||55,000|
|North Westminster Community--Penfold Street||209,000|
|St. Peter's CE||22,625|
|North Westminster Community--North Wharf Road||427,500|
|Hallfield Infants and Junior||885,661|
|Quintin Kynaston Secondary||187,412|
|St. Marylebone CE||204,345|
|St. Augustine's CE VA Primary||38,765|
|Christ Church Bentinck CE Primary||109,134|
|Total for Westminster||3,376,583|
(1) Including St. Anne's Nursery and the Pupil Referral Unit.
(1) A total of £145,125 was allocated to a package bid for five schools to undertake a programme of works in connection with the prevention of Legionellosis. Details of schools to which funding was allocated are held by Kensington and Chelsea Local Education Authority.
|Year||Westminster||Kengsington and Chelsea|
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) mature students and (b) non-mature students who are (i) employed, (ii) unemployed and searching for work and (iii) not searching for work during university vacations. 
Mr. Wicks: This information is not routinely collected. However, some information on the employment of students during vacations will be available from the Student Income and Expenditure Survey later this year.
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Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment of the money announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review for higher education, what the money not specifically allocated for access and academic staff is to be used for. 
Mr. Wicks: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment announced on 18 July that the purposes of the additional funding for higher education include: recruitment and retention of top-quality academic staff and improvements in staff management; widening access to students from a broader range of social backgrounds; the development of Foundation Degrees; the e-universities project, and higher stipends for research studentships in the arts and humanities.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how the money announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review for summer schools and measures to widen access for higher education will be allocated between institutions; and who will be responsible for the provision of those measures. 
Mr. Wicks: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently announced an additional £20 million from the Comprehensive Spending Review to be spent on widening participation in higher education in 2001-02. Further details of this package will be given in due course.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much funding is to be available for higher education in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 which will be additional to sums announced before the current year. 
Mr. Wicks: The latest data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service on applications to full-time and sandwich courses were issued on 21 July. These indicate that the number of applications is very close to the equivalent point in the application cycle last year; it looks likely that the final applications figure will show that demand for higher education is still buoyant.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how the use of the money allocated in the Comprehensive Spending Review to recruit and retain higher education academic staff will be decided; if it will be ring fenced for that purpose; and how its distribution between institutions will be decided. 
Mr. Wicks: The Higher Education Funding Council for England is responsible for distributing the funding given to it to support higher education institutions, including the extra funding announced on 18 July. In line with previous years, it will do so in the light of the annual guidance letter the Secretary of State sends the Funding Council each autumn.
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Mr. Wicks: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State last week announced an extra £100 million for higher education in 2001-02 on top of the increase announced in November 1999. Compared with 2000-01 and in line with current student number targets, the projected unit cost per full time equivalent student in 2001-02 will be about 0.5 per cent. in real terms above that in 2000-01. My right hon. Friend has yet to announce the allocation of funding for higher education for 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are his Department's projections for the expansion of higher education places in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; and what proportion of this is accounted by (i) foundation degrees and (ii) traditional degrees delivered in higher education institutions. 
Mr. Wicks: The Foundation Degree Prospectus issued by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) this month states that in 2001-02, HEFCE plan to allocate around 2000 places between the Foundation Degree prototype providers, with a guarantee to make an additional 1,000 places available to these providers if demand increases. HEFCE have also undertaken to make further Foundation Degree places available to good quality bids from other Higher Education Institutions through their standard annual bidding exercise. My right hon. Friend has yet to announce funding and student number targets for higher education in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average level of debt per student was in the different cohorts leaving higher education each year over the last five years; what proportion of it is owed to (a) the state and (b) the private sector; and on what terms debts to the state are owed. 
Mr. Wicks: Information on student loan accounts is held by the Student Loans Company, and relates to debt owed to the state or to the private sector following the two Government debt sales. Published figures relate to the average value of student loan accounts for borrowers entering repayment at the start of the financial year: £1,660 in 1996-97; £2,180 in 1997-98; and £2,680 in 1998-99.
Figures for all three years relate to mortgage style loans which are repaid in accordance with the terms of a credit agreement signed by the borrower and attract an interest rate equivalent to the annual RPI. This typically means that these loans are repayable over a period of five years in equal annual instalments if the borrower's income is above 85 per cent. of national average earnings. Students entering higher education from 1998-99 are instead offered income contingent loans. Like mortgage style loans these are offered at a zero per cent. real terms interest rate but are repaid in accordance with Regulations in force at the time. The current Regulations require
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borrowers to repay 9 per cent. of their gross income over £10,000 a year. This means that repayment of these loans will rise or fall in line with income and there is no fixed term for repayment.
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