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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the figures for Section 11 funding for (i) Middlesbrough, (ii) Stockton, (iii) Hartlepool and (iv) Redcar and Cleveland local authorities for the last three years. 
Jacqui Smith: Funding under the education element of the Home Office's Section 11 Grant ceased on 31 March 1999. A new grant, the Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG), for which my Department is responsible, was introduced in its place from 1 April 1999. EMAG was established to raise standards for those ethnic minority pupils particularly at risk of underachieving and to meet the particular needs of pupils for whom English is an Additional Language. For 1999-2000, individual allocations mirrored Section 11 allocations in 1998-99.
For 2000-01, £162.5 million will be available to local education authorities to improve the attainment of ethnic minority, traveller and refugee pupils, an increase of 7 per cent. on the amount available for the same purposes in 1999-2000. Provisional allocations for the newly merged Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Grant for 2000-01 were announced in October 1999. The formula used to allocate the ethnic minority achievement element of the Grant protected each authority's total Grant in 1999-2000, while distributing additional funds on the basis of need.
|Local education authority||1999-2000 (14)||2000-01 (15)|
|Redcar and Cleveland||45,320||45,320|
(14) In order to compare allocations for the two years, the adult education element funded through EMAG in 1999-2000 as an interim measure has been deducted from each LEA's provisional allocation for 1999-2000.
(16) In order to compare allocations for the two years, the Traveller element has been deducted from Middlesbrough's provisional allocation for 2000-01.
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Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to introduce an individual student tracking system for measuring students' progress through the qualification system. 
Mr. Wicks: The Department is currently undertaking technical feasibility studies for the creation of a statistical database to track young people's progress through the education and training system and their qualification achievements from the ages of 14 to 21. If these studies are successful we would expect to start development of the database in the first half of next year.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportion of the final costs of further education delivery was accounted for by staffing costs in the most recent year for which information is available. 
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportion of further education revenues was raised by user charges in the most recent year for which information is available. 
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportions of higher education revenues were derived from (a) publicly financed student fees, (b) privately financed student fees, (c) block grant HEFCE funding, (d) contract funding, (e) selective research grant funding, (f) charitable funds and (g) other sources of finance, in the most recent year for which information is available. 
Mr. Wicks: The following table shows the available figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for total income to UK higher education institutions in 1997-98. The HESA figures do not separately identify publicly and privately financed fees. However, figures from the funding letter issued to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) by the Secretary of State on 23 November show estimated tuition fee income to English institutions in respect of home and other EU domiciled full-time students in 1999-2000 as £243 million through private contributions and £561 million from public sources.
|Category of income||£ million||Percentage|
|Block grant HEFCE funding(18)||4,508||39|
|Selective research grant(20)||555||5|
|Other sources of finance(21)||2,536||22|
(17) Includes full-time HE course fees and part-time credit bearing HE course fees.
(18) Includes recurrent, capital and special initiative HE grants and some research funding.
(19) Includes contracts from central and local government, UK industry and commerce, and EU and other overseas sources.
(20) Includes grants from OST Research Councils and research training support grants.
(21) Includes Other Operating Income, Endowment Income and Interest Receivable.
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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what safeguards he will introduce to damp any changes in the funding of Further Education Colleges consequent on the transition from the FEFC to the Learning and Skills Council. 
Mr. Wicks: The Government recognise the importance, not only to colleges, but to all providers of education and training, of stable funding arrangements, particularly during the transition to the Learning and Skills Council. Transition issues will be addressed in the post-16 consultation document on funding, which will be published shortly inviting partners' views on this issue.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list those further education colleges which have received accredited college status; and what further arrangements will apply for the maintenance of this status and its extension to other colleges. 
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Knowsley Community College
Blackpool and the Fylde College
Havering College of Further and Higher Education
Greenhead Sixth Form College
Bishop Burton College
John Leggott Sixth Form College
St. Charles Catholic Sixth Form College
South Cheshire College
Worthing Sixth Form College.
The introduction of accredited status has enabled the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) to recognise all-round competence in college performance. The criteria for accreditation are demanding, and colleges that fulfil them must demonstrate continuing commitment to the achievement of high standards across the range of their activity. The FEFC national accreditation panel will continue to meet to consider further applications from colleges in the period until April 2001. There will be consultations early next year on post-16 quality assurance arrangements after April 2001.
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