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Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students at higher education institutions in England and Wales are ordinarily resident in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from England and Wales are studying at higher education institutions in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether teachers employed under Schedule 2 of SI 2003 No.1663 are required to register with the General Teaching Council for England; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: All teachers with qualified teacher status who are employed in maintained and non-maintained special schools in England are required to register with the General Teaching Council for England. None of the persons referred to in Schedule 2 to The Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) Regulations 2003 are qualified teachers and so are not eligible to register with the Council. The Education Act 2002 provides for a new category of provisional registration which by regulation can be applied to teachers who are not qualified and can be made compulsory. These provisions are not yet in force.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local education authorities where the number of unqualified teachers employed in January 2003 was greater than in January 1998. 
Mr. Miliband: The number of full-time equivalent regular teachers without Qualified Teacher Status rose in all local education authorities in England between January 1998 and January 2003. Over the same period, the number of full-time equivalent regular teachers with Qualified Teacher Status also rose in all local education authorities except the City of London.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the General Teaching Council for England can discipline a teacher who has not paid its subscription; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: The General Teaching Council has two sets of powers in relation to non-payment of the registration fee. It can remove a teacher's name from the register which would prevent the teacher from teaching in a maintained or non-maintained special school. However, the Council also has powers to require an employer to deduct the fee from a teacher's salary. Its policy is to use these powers wherever possible, providing it holds employment data on the teacher.
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London and (b) the Open University to compete with other higher education institutions once the new proposals for tuition fees and funding are in place in 2006; 
Alan Johnson: The proposals for variable fees in the Higher Education Bill relate to full-time undergraduate students. The Government do not impose restrictions on the fees that may be charged for part-time undergraduate students, such as those attending Birkbeck College and the Open University. The Higher Education Funding Council for England will shortly be conducting a comprehensive review of how their funding for teaching is allocated. In accordance with the statement by my right hon. friend the Secretary of State to the House on 8 January 2004, a major focus of this review will be how the funding system might further support the development of part-time study.
Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much income was generated from fees paid by students for courses in colleges of further education in each of the past five years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information from the Learning and Skills Council shows that tuition fee income collected by further education institutions from Council funded adult students, their employers or other sources was as follows for the last three years:
(38) Includes income from some 16 to 18-year-olds on part-time courses.
Alan Johnson: The "postcode premium" formed part of the widening access and improving retention funds distributed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) via the teaching grants awarded to higher education institutions (HEIs). For 2004/05 HEFCE has advised HEIs that the distribution of widening access funding will be based on a method that weights:
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In addition, weightings of 8 per cent. for inner London and 5 per cent. for outer London are incorporated in the funding formula. These refinements will result in a more transparent funding formula that better reflects levels of educational disadvantage, as well as allowing for additional costs of institutions operating in London.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which local education authority had the highest number of school leavers attending university in each year since 1996; and what percentage this represented of the total number of school leavers in these local education authorities; 
(3) which constituency had the highest number of school leavers attending university in each year since 1996; and what percentage these were of the total number of school leavers in those constituencies. 
|Year of entry||LEA||Number of 18-year-olds accepted to HE courses||Percentage of 18-year-olds in LEA|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people attended university from (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in each year since 1997; and what percentage this represents of the number of school leavers; 
Alan Johnson: Numbers and participation rates at constituency level are not held centrally. The available information by local education authority (LEA) is taken from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and covers 18-year-old applicants who were accepted to full-time undergraduate courses in the UK. Figures for Lancashire LEA for the years since 1996 are shown in the table.
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|Year of entry||Number||Participation rate (percentage)|
The available information is taken from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It covers 18-year-old applicants, domiciled in Lancashire Local Education Authority (LEA), who were accepted to full time undergraduate courses in the UK and is given in the table.
|Year of Entry|
(39) Prior to entry In 1999, figures were recorded as Lancashire LEA. Due to Local Government re-organisations, figures for 1999 entry onwards for Lancashire LEA were split into three LEAs: Lancashire, Blackburn and Blackpool.
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