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Adult Education

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many courses in the adult and continuing education sector were offered in each of the last 10 years. [208068]

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Mr. Ivan Lewis: There is no centrally held information on the number of courses offered. I have set out separately the numbers of learners in (i) adult and community learning and adult education courses run through local education authorities; (ii) LearnDirect; and (iii) Skills for Life, in the following tables.
Adult education enrolments at 1 November 1993 to 2002 by accreditation, England

Former schedule 2—leading to an accredited qualificationFormer non schedule 2—not leading to an accredited qualificationAll enrolments

Local education authorities

The table covers adult enrolments on courses offered by local education authorities (LEAs). In April 2001, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) assumed funding responsibility for both LEA-secured adult and community learning and for former Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) funded provision. For 2003/04, the LSC introduced a new approach to collecting data on adult and community learning. The new data collection is more harmonised with other LSC funded learning (for example further education) and allows more flexible analysis. However, it is not possible to form a consistent historical series from the old and new data collections. Using the new data and methods, in 2003/04, a total of 842,000 learners were enrolled on Adult and Community Learning programmes.

The figures in the following table show the numbers of learners on LearnDirect provision in England in each year since 2000/01, the earliest year for which figures are available.
Learners on LearnDirect provision, England

Academic yearLearner


The final table shows the number of enrolments on Skills for Life courses in England since 2000/01—the earliest year for which figures are available.
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Enrolments on skills for life courses, England

Academic yearEnrolment

Education Maintenance Allowances

Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Hartlepool have been in receipt of education maintenance allowances in each year since the scheme was introduced. [213288]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following figures give the number of students aged 16–18 years who were resident in Hartlepool LEA and who received an education maintenance allowance. The pilot began operating in Hartlepool in September 2000.
Academic yearTotal number of 16 to 18-year-olds

By 31 December 2005, 944 young people who are resident in Hartlepool had received an education maintenance allowance as part of the first year of the National scheme.

Higher Education Entrants

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18-year-olds resident in Burnley entered higher education in the academic year 2002//03. [210966]

Dr. Howells: The recent HEFCE publication Young participation in higher education" (HEFCE 2005/03) looks at the proportion of young people who enter higher education at age 18 or 19 by parliamentary constituency. A discussion of the participation divisions and trends (18-year-olds in 1994 to 18-year-olds in 2000) for constituencies is contained in the report (sections 2.12, 3.8 and 4.1).

In addition, participation rates for parliamentary constituencies based on this work are given on the supporting POLAR website ( These indicate that, for the cohorts reaching 18 between 1997 and 1999, 23 per cent. of young people living in Burnley constituency entered higher education at age 18or 19 (the English average for these cohorts is 29 per cent.).

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants has there been to higher education establishments from schools within the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years. [211059]

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Dr. Howells: The available information is taken from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and covers 18-year-old applicants accepted through UCAS to full-time first degree and HMD courses. Figures for Wandsworth are given in the table.
18-year-old applicants, domiciled in Wandsworth LEA, accepted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) onto full-time undergraduate courses at UK HE institutions

Year of entryAccepted applicants

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

International Students

Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK's ability to recruit international students by increased charges for visa extensions as proposed by the Home Office. [213308]

Dr. Howells: In September 2004 a joint project team—comprising representatives from the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office and the British Council—was asked to improve the evidence base around international students, and to undertake an assessment of the likely impact of increased leave to remain fees to attract more international students to the UK.

The outcomes of this work will be made available, alongside a regulatory impact assessment for the education sector, when the Government announce their response to the Home Office Consultation on Review of Charges for Immigration Applications".

Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the attractiveness of studying in the UK to international students. [213309]

Dr. Howells: We recognise the importance of international students to the UK and this is reflected in the DfES International Strategy. We are considering a range of options for the future recruitment of international students in consultation with our funding partners and other stakeholders.


Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1997–98 and (iii) 2003–04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004–05, (B)2005–06, (C) 2006–07 and (D) 2007–08. [211674]

Derek Twigg: Expenditure on the Department's central advertising and publicity budget is set out as follows.

In addition to expenditure from this central budget, expenditure from budgets allocated to individual programmes will also include spend on publicity related
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activity. It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to separately identify all such publicity related expenditure.

It is, however, possible to identify separately the Department's total expenditure on advertising, and this is set out as follows.
Advertising and publicity budget


(4)The figure for 2004–05 is the estimate of expenditure for the current financial year.

Total departmental spend on advertising


n/a = costs not available at this point.
(5)These figures include spend on advertising from the central advertising and publicity budget.

Financial information for years beyond 2004–05 is yet to be formally agreed.

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