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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average student loan taken out by students from (a) Stroud, (b) the South West Region and (c) England was in each year since 19992000. 
|South West Government Office Region(15)||3,240||3,190||3,250|
(9) Loans available to students who entered higher education from September 1998, excludes the fixed rate loans (£500) for eligible part-time students, introduced in September 2000.
(10) Mandatory award holders, i.e. those eligible for mortgage style loans, made applications for student loans through their education institution; data are therefore not available for these students.
(11) Data at a level below England have been taken from available data and may include a small number of loans which have been authorised for payment but not paid; England data are only those loans actually paid.
(12) Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10.
(13) The apparent fall in the average value of income-contingent loan taken out in 2000/01 can be explained mainly by the fact that this was the third year of this loan scheme; students on the third year of a three year course will receive the final year rate of loan which is at a lower rate as it does not cover the summer vacation. This effect is not present in 1999/2000 and has been levelled out in the years subsequent to 2000/01. Additionally, this is likely to be the first year in which those students on sandwich courses have their placement year and are therefore in receipt of the reduced rate of loan.
(14) Latest year for which data are available.
(15) Government Office Region of domicile of student.
Data on the average student loan taken out by students from Stroud are not available.
Student Loans Company
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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department will continue to repay student loans for teachers of shortage subjects under the Repayment of Teachers' Loans Scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Alan Johnson: This Department will continue to repay the student loans of teachers who were accepted onto the scheme during the current three-year pilot. A thorough evaluation of the pilot will be undertaken and will inform the decisions on the scheme's future beyond 200405.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the total cost of funding the increased student loan book after the introduction of top-up fees in 2006. 
Alan Johnson: The increase in the amount of student loan after the introduction of variable fees will depend on the following factors: the numbers of students entering Higher Education Institutions (HEIs); the level of fees charged by each HEI; and the proportion of students who choose to take out loans to cover the cost of their fees, and the value of such loans. We will make further details available in the New Year in the Regulatory Impact Assessment, which will set out the financial implications of the policies announced in the Higher Education White Paper.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates were for the most common forms of cancer in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other members of the European Union in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent period for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the size of the ethnic minority population in England and Wales as a proportion of the general population in 2009. 
Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when Customs records relating to regulatory controls on the importation of firearms at Farnborough airport in 1999 were destroyed; how many (a) prohibited firearms were controlled arising from a single flight arriving in March 1999 and (b) non-prohibited firearms were controlled at other times in 1999; and whether the date of March 1999 recorded as the month in which prohibited weapons were controlled at Farnborough has been ascertained from (i) a contemporaneous record and (ii) a secondary record; 
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John Healey: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 20 November 2003, Official Report, column 1330W. The Customs records referred to in that answer were destroyed in February 2002. The date recorded in relation to the movement of prohibited weapons in March 1999 was obtained from a secondary record.
In accordance with international aviation agreements and Civil Aviation Authority regulations, Customs do not regard importations of prohibited firearms by air passengers as irregular where they are declared by:
a VIP bodyguard;
a properly authorised UK police officer; or
any other passenger who is resident in a foreign state and whose possession of that firearm is lawful in that state.
John Healey: Customs controls at Farnborough airport in 1999 operated on the basis of individual clearance of all the incoming international passengers, rather than use of the red and green Channels system.
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