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Conferences

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from her Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by her Department in each year since 1997; and what the (i) cost to the Department and (ii) location was in each case. [205753]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Department organises a large number of events for different target audiences and purposes each year, ranging from small scale workshops to introduce practitioners to new procedures or initiatives, to larger scale events to promote policy initiatives or present the bigger picture of the Department's activities to external partners and opinion formers.

Examples of these during the past year range from a series of small local events to disseminate good practice in meeting the needs of anti bullying behaviour, to informing Headteachers and stakeholders on the Department's Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners in England.

Records of all such events sponsored by the Department are not held centrally and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Advertising

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers. [201690]


 
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: My Department targets all ethnic communities through mainstream media, as it is the most cost effective way of reaching the largest possible audience

My Department has not booked publicity advertising specifically in Muslim newspapers in the past 12 months. It is only possible to provide information beyond this period at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last two years. [200819]

Derek Twigg: My Department remains committed to reducing energy usage in all its Department's buildings. A range of measures are in place and regularly reviewed and updated to ensure improved performance meets the requirements of the national policy "Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate". Energy costs for the years 2002–03 and 2003–04 are given in Table l below, along with the corresponding consumption data and average fuel prices: figures are given separately for electricity and heating fuels, as well as for the total energy and Table 2 shows floor area, consumption per sq metre.
Table 1: Energy costs, consumption and average prices

Electricity
Spend 2002–03 (£)805,654
Spend 2003–04 (£)824,756
Percentage change in spend2
Consumption 2002–03 (kWh)18,844,508
Consumption 2003–04 (kWh)19,101.147
Percentage change in consumption1
Average price p/kWh 2002–034.28
Average price p/kWh 2003–044.32
Percentage change in p/kWh1

The increase in spend is attributable to an increase in occupancy in DfES buildings and the corresponding rise in the use of all forms of IT equipment.
Fossil heating fuels
Spend 2002–03 (£)192,685
Spend 2003–04 (£)162,553
Percentage change in spend-16
Consumption 2002–03 (kWh)12,111,996
Consumption 2003–04 (kWh)10,526,997
Percentage change in consumption-13
Average price p/kWh 2002–031.59
Average price p/kWh 2003–041.54
Percentage change in p/kWh-3

The reduction in spend is due to the disposal of two DfES properties in the last year, (Vincent House in Darlington and East Lane House in Runcorn).
Total all fuels
Spend 2002–03 (£)998,339
Spend 2003–04 (£)987,309
Percentage change in spend-1
Consumption 2002–03 (kWh)30,956,504
Consumption 2003–04 (kWh)29,628,144
Percentage change in consumption-4
Average price p/kWh 2002–033.22
Average price p/kWh 2003–043.33
Percentage change in p/kWh3

 
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The overall reduction in fuel costs is directly attributable to the disposal of two of the DfES HQ buildings.
Table 2: Floor area, consumption per sq metre

Floor area
Floor area 2002–03 (th m(43))97
Floor area 2003–04 (th m(43))83
Percentage change in floor area-15
Electricity/m2 2002–03 (kWh/m(43))194
Electricity/m2 2003–04 (kWh/m(43))231
Percentage change in electricity/m(43)19
Fossil fuel/m(43)125
Fossil fuel/m(43)127
Percentage change in fossil fuel/m(43)2
Total energy/m2 2002–03 (kWh/m(43))319
Total energy/m2 2003–04 (kWh/m(43))358
Percentage change in total energy/m(43)12

The reduction in floor area has been achieved as a result of property disposal. The increase in fossil fuels and total energy usage per square metre is attributed to the combination of an increase in IT equipment and usage, projects and refurbishments leading to open plan working and higher staff densities resulting in an increased pressure on the air conditioning in all buildings.

Doctorates

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many doctorates were awarded in each of the last three years, broken down by gender. [206326]

Dr. Howells: The latest available information is given in the table. Figures for 2003–04 will be published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in January 2005.
Doctorates obtained at UK HEIs

Gender:2000–012001–022002–03
Male8,5458,3008,720
Female5,5755,9106,155
Total14,11514,21014,875




Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Figures are rounded to the nearest five.




Education Funding

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many opportunity bursaries
 
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were taken up at universities and further education (FE) colleges in each region in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c) 2003–04 and (d) 2004–05; how many grants were taken up by universities and FE colleges in each region in 2004; and how many (i) grants and (ii) opportunity bursaries were taken up at each university and FE college in the North East region in (A) 2001–02, (B) 2002–03, (C) 2003–04 and (D) 2004–05. [204618]

Dr. Howells: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries.

Equine-based Courses

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants there were to each (a) course, (b) college and (c) department for equine-based courses in each of the last five years. [204437]

Dr. Howells: Information on the number of enrolments at English HE institutions to study equine-based courses is not explicitly available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency student record prior to the academic year 2002/03. The available figures for 2002/03 are given in the table. Figures are not held centrally for each course or department.
HE entrants to equine-based courses at English HE institutions, 2002/03

InstitutionHE levelFE level
Bournemouth University100
Buckinghamshire College of HE250
Chichester Institute of HE50
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine00
Oxford Brookes University150
Royal Agricultural College250
University of Lincoln150
University of Plymouth150
University of Wolverhampton250
Writtle College540
Total14040




Note:
Figures are based upon a snapshot as at the 1 December and are rounded to the nearest 5.
Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).




The number of learners at each FE college is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Mark Haysom the Council's Chief Executive will write to the hon. Gentleman with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.


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