Previous Section Index Home Page

Education Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend the education maintenance allowance pilot scheme to the London Borough of Hillingdon. [28488]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: We have no such plans at present. We will be taking decisions on any future extension of the scheme on the basis of the rigorous evaluation exercise, which is currently being conducted.

Connexions Service

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on enrolment of personal advisers for the Connexions Service. [27667]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The numbers of Personal Advisers (PAs) working in Connexions Partnerships since the Service was launched in April 2001 have risen steadily as partnerships have established their infrastructures. At the end of November, 1,820 PAs were in post in the 15 partnerships that are fully operational, representing nearly three quarters of the first year's PA recruitment estimates provided by Partnerships in their business plans.

PAs are being recruited from a range of backgrounds, including careers, education and youth services. Steps have been taken to widen the age and ethnic mix of PAs. Data from PA training records indicate that 12 per cent. of

17 Jan 2002 : Column 452W

training participants are from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and almost 40 per cent. of all PAs are under the age of 35.

Foundation Degrees

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foundation degree places are available; and what proportion of them have been filled. [27666]

Margaret Hodge: A total of 2,123 student places were made available on 40 prototype foundation degree programmes. Of these programmes, 32 commenced in September 2001 and offered 1,539 student places. 85 per cent. (1,303) of these places were filled. The remaining eight programmes are on offer from January 2002. Figures relating to take up of these places will not be available until February 2002.

In addition to the 40 prototype programmes, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) allocated 1,790 additional student numbers for delivery of a further 29 courses. These student places were funded through HEFCE's mainstream funding routes and information on the take up of these places is collated as part of their management information cycle. This information is expected February 2002.

Examination Results (Somerset)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proportion of pupils achieving (a) one or more A* to C, (b) five or more A* to C and (c) five or more A* to G grades was (i) in the UK, (ii) in Somerset schools and (iii) in Yeovil constituency schools in each year since 1994–95; and if she will make a statement. [27042]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The proportion of 15-year-old pupils achieving (a) one or more A* to C, (b) five or more A* to C and (c) five or more A* to G grades at GCSE or the GNVQ equivalent, in (i) the UK, (ii) Somerset and (iii) the Yeovil constituency since 1994–95 are:

Academic years1994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–01
(i) United Kingdom
1 or more A* to C70.271.471.772.773.974.875.1
5 or more A* to C44.445.546.247.549.150.451.0
(ii) Somerset
1 or more A* to C74.975.675.577.
5 or more A* to C47.750.048.951.252.755.354.6
5 or more A* to G90.891.492.592.393.793.493.0
(iii) Yeovil constituency
1 or more A* to C76.276.476.479.379.980.779.8
5 or more A* to C48.153.450.452.653.156.854.0
5 or more A* to G94.692.693.595.394.394.494.7

The information on those achieving five or more grades A* to G is not available for the United Kingdom.

Local Network Fund

Mr. Miliband: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will announce the areas that will receive funding in the second and third waves of the Local Network Fund. [28965]

Mr. Denham: I am pleased to announce that 30 new areas will be eligible for funding from the Local Network Fund in its second and third years of operation. The Local Network Fund is designed to tackle poverty and disadvantage among children and young people by making grants direct to local community and voluntary groups helping vulnerable children aged 0–19. £70 million is available over three years with second year areas operational from 1 April 2002.

17 Jan 2002 : Column 453W

The Local Network funds are used to support local and community groups under four themes:

17 Jan 2002 : Column 454W

Examples of the type of projects funded in the first year of operation are shown in the table along with the full list of the new areas eligible for funding and the provisional budget for each area.

Local network areas funding for 2002–03

Local network areaApproximate allocation
North East1,523,100
Tees Valley (Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington)437,500
Tyne and Wear (Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Sunderland)644,500
Durham (County)(7)275,700
Northumberland (County)(7)165, 400
North West3,684,500
Merseyside/Halton (Knowsley, Sefton, Liverpool, St. Helens, Wirral, Halton)977,000
Greater Manchester (Manchester, Salford, Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Bury, Stockport)1,452,700
Lancashire (Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn)726,500
Cheshire (Cheshire, Warrington)(7)310, 400
Cumbria (Cumbria)(7)217,900
Yorkshire and Humberside2,566,700
South Yorkshire (Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield)699,200
West Yorkshire (Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield, Leeds)1,137,400
Humberside (Kingston upon Hull, NE Lincolnshire, N Lincolnshire, East Riding)478,500
North Yorkshire (County, and York)(7)251,600
East Midlands1,845,100
Nottinghamshire (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire)525,800
Leicestershire (Leicester and Leicestershire)389,200
Derbyshire (County and Derby)(7)407,100
Lincolnshire (County)(7)265,200
Northamptonshire (County)(7)257,800
West Midlands2,426,300
Birmingham/Solihull (Birmingham and Solihull)825,300
The Black Country (Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley)631,000
Shropshire (County, Telford and Wrekin)(7)207,400
Staffordshire (County, Stoke on Trent)(7)427,000
Warwickshire (County, Coventry)(7)335,600
Bedfordshire (County, Luton)(7)254,600
Suffolk (County)(7)245,200
South West1,327,600
Cornwall (Cornwall with Isles of Scilly)252,600
Devon (County, Torbay and Plymouth)452,200
Former Avon (Bristol, Bath and NE Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)(7)371,300
Dorset (County, Bournemouth and Poole)(7) 251,500
South East1,472,200
Kent (Medway, Kent)592,000
East Sussex (East Sussex and Brighton and Hove)297,700
Hampshire (County, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight)(7)582,500
All London Boroughs3,349,600

(7) New area

Examples of projects funded in the first year of funding:

17 Jan 2002 : Column 455W

Next Section Index Home Page