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Education Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Hendon are in receipt of education maintenance allowance; and if she will make a statement. [207940]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and been paid EMA is available at local authority level. By the end of December 2004, 837 young people in the Barnet local education authority area were enrolled for EMA by their school or college, with 823 having received an EMA payment.

External Suppliers

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2004–05; and what the value was; [209098]

(2) how many tenders, and to what value, were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003–04. [209099]

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Derek Twigg: This information could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Faith-based Schools

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications from faith-based groups to open new state-funded schools have been (a) received and (b) granted since the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. [209875]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: Promoters of faith-based schools have published proposals to establish 64 new LEA maintained schools with a religious character since the School Standards and Framework Act came into force in 1999. Of these 57 have been approved by the local School Organisation Committee or Schools Adjudicator and two have not yet been decided.

These figures include community schools that have closed and re-opened as a new school with a religious character. They exclude new schools established as a result of an amalgamation where at least one of the schools was an existing faith school.

To date five academies established since 1998 have applied for designation as schools with a religious character and all have been accepted.

Higher Education

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on higher education in Derby, north in each year between 1997 and 2004. [208489]

Dr. Howells: Derby university is the only Higher Educational Institution (HEI) located within the parliamentary constituency of Derby, north hence all data in the answer relate to this institution.

Public funding for Derby university from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is shown in the first table.
Recurrent funding for University of Derby1, 2

Of which:
Recurrent funds for teaching and researchTeachingResearchFunds for rewarding and developing staff (32)

(30) HEFCE is not able to provide data on funding allocated in respect of students ordinarily resident in Derby North.
(31) Funding figures show HEFCE recurrent grant for teaching and research only. They exclude other HEFCE grants such as for capital and other special initiatives. They also exclude funding from other public sources, such as the NHS, TTA, LSC, research councils etc.
(32) Funding for rewarding and developing staff was first allocated for 2001–02 and transferred into teaching grant in 2004–05.

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Data on hardship and other bursaries allocated to Derby university are shown in the second table.
Hardship/access to learning fund allocations, fee waivers and opportunity bursaries allocations—University of Derby 1997–98 to 2004–05

Hardship fund/access to learning fund allocationsFee waiversOpportunity bursaries allocations
2001–021, 2822,81244,21985,000

n/a = Not applicable
(33) For hardship/access to learning funds, initial allocations are shown for 2001–2 and 2002–03. The allocations were later adjusted—usually upwards by up to 10 per cent.--because in these years the guidance was produced prior to the data—necessary to model final allocations—could be made available.
(34) From 2003–04 onwards actual allocations are shown as due to developments in the timetable for gathering data this information was available much earlier. Allocations could also be affected by the redistribution of unspent funding recovered from under spending institutions later in the financial year.
(35) From 2004–05 the fee waiver budget was incorporated into new statutory support package for part time students. Some funding was retained—up to £3 million nationally—for transitional protection for eligible continuing students who received a fee waiver in 2003–04 but whose fees were not entirely met by the new package.
(36) There were no opportunity bursaries for new students in 2004–05 as the bursaries were replaced by the HE grant from 2004–05. This figure relates to continuing bursary instalments only.

Data on public expenditure paid to students at Derby university by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in respect of grants, income-contingent loan cash outlay, and tuition fees for academic years 1999/00 to 2004/05 (provisional) are shown in the third table.

Data are not available at the level requested prior to academic year 1999/00.
SLC expenditure on grants1, 2, income-contingent loan cash outlay2, and tuition fees3 paid to students studying at Derby university 4 academic years 1999/2000 to 2004/055

Academic YearSLC Expenditure (£ million)

(37) Up to and including academic year 2003/04 data on grant expenditure for student support scheme relates to additional allowances/grants to eligible students for extra help depending on their circumstances, e.g. students with disabilities, students with dependents, single parent students, those incurring certain travel costs, and those who have recently left care. In addition, data for 2004/05 include expenditure on the higher education grant which was introduced for new students in 2004/05 to help cover the cost of participating in higher education.
(38) Students domiciled in England and Wales.
(39) Students domiciled in England, Wales and the EU.
(40) Data also includes planned expenditure.
(41) Provisional (as at 14 January 2005).

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Data on public expenditure for mortgage style loans, part-time fee grants and part-time course grants are not readily available at the level requested. I will include details of these expenditures in the house library when available.

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2004; Official Report, columns 1288–89W, on higher education, if she will ask the Higher Education Statistics Agency to collect and publish data on students whose highest qualification on entry is a vocational qualification; and if she will make a statement. [209838]

Dr. Howells: The Higher Education Statistics Agency already collect the entry qualifications of entrants to HE each year, as part of their individualised student record. Not all courses are separately identified but the categories of entry qualifications they use, covering both academic and vocational courses, are listed on their website at HESA publish summaries of this information in their annual reference volume "Students in Higher Education Institutions", copies of which are available from the House Library.

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