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education (student support), whether the student loan repayment to be written off after 25 years applies to all money owed to the Student Loans Company. 
Alan Johnson [holding answer 19 January 2004]: Under the student support proposals announced by my right hon. Friend on 8 January, the Government intend to write-off outstanding student loan balances 25 years after graduates enter liability to repay their loans, which is from the April after graduation. This policy will apply to those entering HE from 2006 and graduating in 2009 and cover both maintenance and fee loans.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the age limit is on eligibility for student loans; and how he proposes to change that in the event of a repayment period capped at 25 years. 
Alan Johnson: The age limit is 50 for eligible students meeting the residence requirements. Those aged 50 to 54 at the start of their course can also apply for a student loan provided that they plan to return to work after finishing their course. We have no plans to change the age limits.
We already cancel loans when a borrower reaches the age of 65. We also intend to put a 25 year cap on the loan repayment period, so that outstanding loan amounts are written off after 25 years (or age 65, whichever is the earlier).
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many additional student places will be made available in higher education in (a) 2006 and (b) each year to 2020 under (i) the present arrangements and (ii) his proposals on top-up fees. 
Alan Johnson: The planned number of student places is set during spending reviews in the light of the Government's target of increasing participation in higher education towards 50 per cent. of those aged 18 to 30 by the end of the decade. Planned student numbers for 200506 to 200708 will be set as part of the current spending review, which will conclude next summer. However, the additional funds that we estimate will be raised by higher education institutions from charging variable fees are equivalent to the resources that would be required for around 135,000 students.
Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of staff employed within the Office are over 55 years of age; and what (a) number and (b) percentage of staff recruited over the last 12 months are over 55 years of age. 
Mr. Alexander: The following Table shows the number and percentage of staff in departments and agencies aged 55 and over at 1 April 2003. The figures are based on the headcount of permanent civil servants.
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|Department||Age 55 +||Others||Total||Per cent. 55 +|
|Sec. & Intelligence Services||490||4,200||4,690||10.4|
|HM Prison Service||6,100||38,060||44,160||13.8|
|Crown Prosecution Service||550||6,890||7,440||7.4|
|HM Land Registry||1,100||7,840||8,940||12.3|
|Public Record Office||70||450||520||13.9|
|Trade and Industry||1,280||8,970||10,240||12.5|
|Office of Fair Trading||80||330||410||20.1|
|Health & Safety Executive||580||3,680||4,260||13.6|
|Customs & Excise||2,490||20,470||22,950||10.8|
|Northern Ireland Office||320||160||190||17.7|
|Privy Council Office||(4)||30||30||8.8|
|Crown Office & PFS||80||1,380||1,450||5.4|
|General Register Office (Scotland)||40||180||220||17.7|
|National Archive for Scotland||20||130||150||12.6|
|Office SOS for Scotland||10||90||100||11.7|
|Registers of Scotland||90||1,280||1,370||6.8|
|National Assembly of Wales||430||3,290||3,720||11.6|
(4) Numbers and percentages less than 5.
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55 years and over. Figures are based on the headcount of Permanent civil servants.
|Department||Age 55 +||Others||Total||Percentage of recruits aged 55 +|
|Parliamentary Counsel Office||(5)||10||10||(5)|
|Sec & Intelligence Services||10||220||230||6.1|
|HM Prison Service||480||3,790||4,270||11.2|
|Crown Prosecution Service||60||720||780||7.4|
|Treasury Solicitors Department||(5)||90||90||(5)|
|Lord Chancellors Department.||220||1,390||1,610||13.9|
|HM Land Registry||60||520||580||9.5|
|Public Record Office||10||90||100||9.5|
|Department. of Trade and Industry||60||640||690||8.4|
|Health & Safety Executive||10||280||300||4.1|
|Customs & Excise||90||1,150||1,240||7.3|
|Northern Ireland Office||(5)||20||20||(5)|
|Privy Council Office||0||(5)||(5)||(5)|
|Crown Office & PFS||20||220||240||8.6|
|General Register Office (Scotland)||0||(5)||(5)||(5)|
|National Archive for Scotland||(5)||10||10||(5)|
|Office SOS for Scotland||0||10||10||0.0|
|Registers of Scotland||10||120||140||10.1|
|National Assembly Wales||110||350||460||24.0|
(5) Numbers and percentages less than 5.
Mandate The data from Mandate incorporate information on almost 98 per cent. of civil servants.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Rounding may lead to inconsistencies between the sum of individual cells and the totals are calculated from the unrounded numbers.
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