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Higher Education

Mr. Keith Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students aged 18 years who entered higher education in the academic year 2002/03 were resident in (a) the City of Manchester and (b) Manchester, Withington constituency. [207072]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 10 January 2005]: The latest available information is taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record. Information on the parliamentary constituency of a student is derived from the student's postcode 1 .
 
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Domicile

Number
Percentage of UK domiciled 18-year-old entrants
City of Manchester(125)6000.4
Manchester, Withington constituency1900.1
All UK152,210100.0


(124) Based on 18-year-olds who have a known postcode. In 2002/03, around 2 per cent. of UK domiciles could not be allocated to a constituency using the postcode information held.
(125) Defined as those students domiciled in the constituencies: Manchester Blackley, Manchester Central, Manchester Gorton and Manchester Withington.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record




Jon Cruddas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils from the Dagenham constituency have entered higher education in each of the last 15 years. [207160]

Dr. Howells: The available information is taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record. Information on the parliamentary constituency domicile of a student is derived from the students' postcode.
18-year-old undergraduate entrants to UK HE institutions from Dagenham constituency

Academic yearEntrants
1997/98(126)80
1998/9990
1999/200080
2000/0185
2001/0295
2002/03100


(126) Figures for 1997/98 do not include entrants at the Open University as these cannot be identified on the dataset.
Note:
Figures are based upon a snapshot as at 1 December for 18-year-olds who have a known postcode. In each year, around 2–3 per cent. of UK domiciled students did not have sufficient postcode information to allow them to be allocated to a constituency. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record




IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff in her Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in each year since 1997. [205812]

Derek Twigg: The Department for Education and Skills, established in 2001, allows personal use of the internet and email outside normal working hours. Staff are warned that internet access may be monitored and misuse may lead to disciplinary action. Staff are reminded of the policy each time they log on to the Department's network and must indicate that they accept the policy before log in can be completed.
 
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The number of cases of computer misuse within the Department for Education and Skills is as follows:
Number of casesWarning issuedDisciplinary action taken
20011468
2002505
2003202
2004101

New monitoring software, introduced in 2003, prevents staff accessing any inappropriate site, and records any attempted access.

Learning and Skills Council

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the (a) national, (b) regional and (c) county branches of the Learning and Skills Council spent on (i) fees to management consultancy firms, broken down by firm, (ii) the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, (iii) the Learning and Skills Development Agency and (iv) the Standards Unit in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [207527]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.

Low Skills

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her latest estimate is of the number of people of working age in Leeds West constituency who have low or no skills. [207211]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Estimates of the number of people of working age in Leeds West who have low or no skills are shown in the following table.
Level of highest qualification held by people of working age,2003/04

Leeds West (number)Leeds West (percentage)Yorkshire and the Humber (percentage)Great Britain (percentage)
Below NVQ2 or equivalent11,75017.620.419.3
No qualifications13,00020.216.015.0




Source:
Annual Local Area Labour Force Survey, 2003/04




Pupil Absenteeism

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for 2003–04 for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each parliamentary constituency (i) the number of day pupils of compulsory school age, (ii) the number of pupils that missed at least one session due to unauthorised absence, (iii) the percentage of day pupils absent for at least one session and (iv) the percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence. [207547]


 
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested has been placed in the House of Commons Libraries.

Senior Women

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women there are in senior positions in her Department. [205722]

Derek Twigg: The Cabinet Office collects and publishes annually statistical information on the Civil Service by Department. These include data on the number of women in senior positions in Departments.

The latest available information at April 2004 is available in the Library and on the civil service website at the following address:

Sixth Forms

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the post-16 participation rates were of pupils attending (a) schools without a sixth form and (b) schools with a sixth form, by socio-economic grouping in the last year for which figures are available. [207550]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following table shows participation rates for 16-year-olds in 2002 by parental socio-economic status for people who were in maintained schools in year 11 in 2000/01. Rates are provided for (i) full-time education and (ii) education and training. Figures are only available for pupils who were in maintained schools in year 11.
Participation rates of 16-year-olds in 2002
Percentage

Participation in full-time education
Participation in education and training(127)
Parental occupation (NS-SEC)Maintained
schools
without
sixth form
Maintained
schools with
sixth form
Maintained
schools
without
sixth form
Maintained
schools with
sixth form
Higher professional81869394
Lower professional73798889
Intermediate65688082
Lower supervisory55597777
Routine57607577
Other63637777
Total66708284


(127) Education and training includes those in full-time education; Government Supported Training; in employment with training; or in other education and training.
Source:
Youth Cohort Study, Cohort 11




SEN Children

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she made of the number of children with special educational needs who receive free transport to school because (a) it is specified
 
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in a statement and (b) it has been agreed between the parent and local education authority but is not specified in a statement. [207556]

Derek Twigg: We do not collect that information.


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