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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) lowest, (b) average and (c) highest per pupil funding was for each local education authority in England in each of the last 25 years, listed in descending order according to the highest average per pupil spend for the most recent year available. 
Mr. Miliband: Funding for education is provided by the Government to each local education authority. Figures on the total revenue funding per pupil by local education authority are available from 199798 onwards. The following table shows the lowest and highest funding per pupil and the national average for each year. Figures are all in real terms.
|Lowest LEA||Dudley||South Gloucestershire||Swindon||South Gloucestershire|
|Highest LEA||Lambeth||Lambeth||Tower Hamlets||Tower Hamlets|
|Lowest LEA||South Gloucestershire||South Gloucestershire||Leicestershire||Leicestershire|
|Highest LEA||Tower Hamlets||Tower Hamlets||Tower Hamlets||Tower Hamlets|
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital investment there has been in education, at today's prices, in each local education authority in each of the last 25 years. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide a breakdown of achievement at each Key Stage in 2003 by ethnicity subdivided into those (a) in receipt of and (b) not in receipt of free school meals. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) full-time undergraduate students, (b) post-graduate students and (c) full-time students taking higher degrees through taught courses were from ethnic minority backgrounds (i) in 1997 and (ii) in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
|Full-time taught postgraduates||26||34|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students pursuing a higher degree through taught courses were (a) full-time and (b) part-time in (i) 199697 and (ii) 200203; and if he will make a statement. 
Alan Johnson: Information for 2004/05 is not yet available. The latest available information from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows that 26,400 students who obtained a place on a full-time undergraduate course in autumn 2003, deferred entry to 2004. This figure will not however include students who take a gap year before they apply to UCAS.
Mr. Miliband: The Secretary of State for Education and Skills, is DfES's Green Minister and in this role is a member of the Ministerial Committees of Green Ministers. However, it has been established practice under successive Governments not to disclose information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees.
This Department leads on education for sustainable development, and to promote this and raise public awareness and understanding of sustainable development, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State launched the Sustainable Development action plan for Education and Skills on 23 September 2003. This plan commits this Department to work with our partner organisations and other Government Departments to ensure that sustainable development is an integral part of education and in skills development of this country and its economy.
Mrs. Fitzsimons: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of people from the constituency of Rochdale have participated in higher education in each year since 1997; and what percentage are of South Asian descent. 
Alan Johnson: Participation rates are not calculated by the Department for each parliamentary constituency. The available information covering students domiciled in Rochdale constituency who are enrolled on a higher education course is given in the table. Enrolments by those of South Asian descent are not held centrally. The available information covers those of Asian descent.
|Academic year||HE students from Rochdale||Number with known ethnicity||Percentage Asian descent|
Mrs. Fitzsimons: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average participation rate in higher education is of each parliamentary constituency; and what the average level of participation in higher education is of those of South Asian descent. 
Information on HE participation by ethnic group is published in Table A1 of the publication "Why the Difference? A Closer Look at Higher Education Minority Ethnic Students and Graduates", copies of which can be downloaded from: http://www.employment-studies.co. uk/pubs/report.php?id=rr552
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