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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.
|Former schedule 2leading to an accredited qualification||Former non schedule 2not leading to an accredited qualification||All enrolments|
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.
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. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following figures give the number of students aged 1618 years who were resident in Hartlepool LEA and who received an education maintenance allowance. The pilot began operating in Hartlepool in September 2000.
|Academic year||Total number of 16 to 18-year-olds|
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 (www.hefce.ac.uk/polar). 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. 
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.
|Year of entry||Accepted applicants|
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. 
Dr. Howells: In September 2004 a joint project teamcomprising representatives from the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office and the British Councilwas 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".
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) 199697, (ii) 199798 and (iii) 200304; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 200405, (B)200506, (C) 200607 and (D) 200708. 
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.
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