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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will hold discussions with the Law Commission on a review to clarify the ownership and distribution of pension fund surpluses. 
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Scottish local authorities had received a report from the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate on the administration of housing benefit by 8 November. 
East Lothian (second inspection)
Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected funding levels are per full-time student in (a) sixth forms and (b) further education colleges for each of the next two years. 
John Healey: The latest estimate of the average delegated funding per sixth form student in schools is for 200001 and is £3,230. On this basis, projected average funding for 200102 is £3,330, rising to £3,430 in 200203. The total funding per full-time equivalent student in FE sector colleges in 200001 allocated by this Department is £3,420 rising to £3,660 in 200102, and £3,760 in 200203. However, these figures are not directly comparable, as the FE unit funding figures include total public funding allocated for further education, while the schools' figures are based only on
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delegated funds and exclude other funding which the school receives centrally from LEAs which impact on post-16 students.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent per student in higher education in each year since 1990, excluding contributions from outside the public sector. 
|Year||Funding per FTE student(16)|
(15) Unit funding is based on HEFCE/TTA recurrent grant and plus tuition fees, divided by the number of full time equivalent students. It excludes capital, funding for widening access and all student support
(16) Figures are rounded to nearest £10
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the timetable for an announcement on the new proposals for higher education funding; if representatives of the National Union of Students are being consulted under the review; and whether the present system of tuition fees will be abolished. 
Margaret Hodge: We need to ensure that we have an appropriate balance between the contribution made by students, their families and the state to support our ambitions to widen access and participation in higher education. A range of policy options is being considered and no decisions have been taken.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individual learning accounts have been opened (a) in total and (b) in each region and nation of the United Kingdom, (i) in absolute numbers and (ii) per capita of the population of working age. 
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|Area||Number of Individual Learning Accounts opened to 28 October 2001||Per capita of working age population(18) Per cent.|
|East of England||202,124||6.0|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||191,643||6.0|
(17) Prior to the national ILA framework, 202,654 members applied via TECs. Of these, 79,901 transferred their membership to the national framework and are therefore included in the overall total; 122,753 did not.
(18) SourceLabour Force Survey, Summer 2001.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 620W, on Individual Learning Accounts, on what date her Department first received a complaint about the operation of the individual learning account scheme; and if she will provide a monthly breakdown of all subsequent complaints received to date. 
John Healey: The Individual Learning Account (ILA) Centre received five complaints in September 2000. Between 4 September 2000 and 30 September 2001 the ILA Centre received a total of 6,053 complaints. At the end of October, taking account of complaints received direct by the Department, the total number of complaints was 8,448 against a backdrop of 2,529,609 Individual Learning Accounts opened. Around a quarter (2,314) of these related to learning providers not following the rules of the programme correctly. It is important to note that the complaints recorded are wide ranging and include issues such as the ending of the £150 opening offer as well as service provision and providers. The October figure relates to those received at the ILA Centre and by the Department. The table provides a breakdown of this figure by month and cumulatively.
|Month||Accounts opened (cumulative)||Complaints received (cumulative)||Percentage complaints (cumulative)||Percentage complaints (in-month)|
The Department set up a Compliance Unit on 25 September, and figures provided for October, include complaints received by the Unit as well as more general complaints received by the ILA Centre. Also in October
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figures are 754 letters and recorded telephone complaints the Department received directly since the programme began, and not previously included.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 619W, on Individual Learning Accounts, what evaluation she has made of the system she introduced to monitor the operation of the individual learning account scheme. 
John Healey [holding answer 2 November 2001]: We published our first stage evaluation of the Individual Learning Account programme this September. In addition, we recently completed a follow-up survey which we expect to publish by the end of December.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a) 199596, (b) 199697, (c) 199798, (d) 199899, (e) 19992000 and (f) 200001; and if she will make a statement. 
|Advertising spend||Publication spend|
|Department for Education||0.3||n/a|
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