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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the overall financial position of the higher education sector in each of the last three years; and how many institutions were in (a) surplus and (b) deficit in each of those years. 
Margaret Hodge: The table shows the overall financial position of the publicly funded higher education sector in England and the number of institutions with deficits in the last three years for which information is available.
|Total income #m||9,915||10,402||11,069|
|Operating surplus #m||173||125||44|
|Number of HEIs in deficit||28||52||48|
In 200001, there were 130 higher education institutions funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Margaret Hodge: Data for OECD countries shows a positive correlation between the proportion of GDP spent on higher education institutions and levels of Gross Domestic Product. It is difficult to isolate the impact of higher education on growth due to the many other things which determine economic growth. Evidence suggests that higher education is more important for growth in developed countries than other levels of education. The returns from higher education enjoyed by individuals are high. For example, graduates earn around 64 per cent. more than non-graduates. Participation in higher education generates wider social benefits such as improved health and reduced crime. Research also suggests that the spill-over effects of higher education R&D on productivity are extremely high.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will calculate the (a) amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by Cheshire County Council and (b) average amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by local authorities in England in the last financial year for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of the effect on educational provision in Cheshire if the average sum were to be spent; and if he will make a statement. 
|(a) Net Current Expenditure per pupil in Cheshire|
|Both||#2580 (b) Net Current Expenditure per pupil in England|
All figures in cash terms and rounded to the nearest #10.
The data has been taken from Cheshire Education Authority's section 52 Outturn statement for the 200001 financial year. Variations in spending per pupil between authorities reflect higher area costs and greater incidence of deprivation in some areas. The Government will be announcing later this year the outcome of its review of formula funding for local authorities.
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Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Congleton constituency registering their response to his Department's review of revenue grant distribution; when he expects to announce his decision following his Department's consultation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students were attending a full-time degree level course or its equivalent in each year since 1990, broken down by local education authority. 
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will consult (a) students and (b) parents of students living in Cambridgeshire on the findings of the review of higher education. 
Margaret Hodge: We have announced our intention to publish in January a strategy document setting out our vision for the development and reform of higher education, including the outcome of the review of student support. Once the document is published there will be opportunity for interested parties to respond.
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Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations his Department has received in connection with the funding of (a) schools and (b) school pupils in Cambridgeshire over the last year. 
Mr. Miliband: My right hon. Friend has received 25 letters in connection with the funding of schools in Cambridgeshire over the last year. In addition a number of Cambridgeshire residents responded to the consultation on Local Government Funding reform which closed on 30th September: to identify precisely these letters from amongst the very large numbers of responses to the consultation would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Miliband: In Cambridgeshire Local Education Authority 46 schools had a fall in their cash budget share in 200203, but of these only 7 also had a fall in their cash budget share per pupil. Changes in pupil numbers are the principal reason for changes in budget share from year to year. 199 schools had a rise in their cash budget share, but of these 12 had a fall in their cash budget share per pupil: this was largely in cases where small primary schools had rising rolls and therefore received less of the extra funding that goes to the smallest schools under the authority's formula.
Margaret Hodge: The outcome of the student finance review will form part of the strategy document setting out our 10-year vision for the development and reform of higher education. The document will be published in the next few months; it would not be right to pre-empt it here by saying what is or is not planned.
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Sir Patrick Cormack: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent in 2001 on each (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Hertfordshire. 
Sir Patrick Cormack: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much additional funding has been provided to secondary schools in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Hertfordshire in the current financial year. 
Mr. Miliband: Most additional funding for schools is allocated to local education authorities and cannot be disaggregated between different types of schools. The following table shows the additional funding that is specifically allocated for secondary education in Staffordshire and Hertfordshire in 20022003. Secondary schools will receive more than this from grants that cover all types of school, but the exact amount will depend on local decisions.
|School Standards Grant||4,929,600||5,975,100|
|Key Stage 3 Strategy||1,637,400||1,897,685|
|School Achievement Awards||317,560||578,020|
|Electronic Registration Systems||17,200||113,810|
Mr. Miliband: The Department has answered 87 letters on the funding of education in Staffordshire since June 2001, and has received 5 petitions from schools. In addition a number of Staffordshire residents responded to the consultation on Local Government Funding reform which closed on 30 September: to identify precisely these letters from amongst the very large numbers of responses to the consultation would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on each (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in (i) 20012 and (ii) 20023 in (A) Cambridgeshire, (B) Bedfordshire, (C) Hertfordshire, (D) Northamptonshire, (E) Norfolk, (F) Essex, (G) London, (H) Liverpool and (I) Birmingham. 
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|LEA||Net Current expenditure per pupil (primary)||Net Current expenditure per pupil (secondary)|
|G||Inner and Outer London||2,820||3,540|
Section 52 outturn statements relating to the 200001 financial year
All figures are in cash terms and rounded to the nearest 10.
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