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Further Education

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the staying-on rate at 16 years was for Greater London, broken down by local education authority, in each year since 1997. [214641]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The latest published local participation estimates for 16-year-olds in education and training in England are for end 2001 (2001/02 academic year). A consistent historical time series is currently unavailable due to issues with post-Census local population estimates for individual ages for earlier years. Local participation estimates for end 2002 and end 2003 (provisional) are due to be published in March 2005 together with a consistent historic participation time series.
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Participation estimates of education and LSC funded work based learning (WBL) by 16-year-olds in Greater London, broken down by local education authority (LEA), for end 2001 are given in Table 1.

For Inner London, participation in education and training is only shown as a total because participation estimates for individual Inner London LEAs cannot be estimated reliably. This is due to the considerable numbers of pupils who attend independent schools in an LEA other than the one in which they reside (residence information for independent school pupils is not collated centrally).
Table 1: Participation in education and training of 16-year-olds for Greater London, broken down by LEA, for end 2001
Percentage of age group

Full-time education
Education and LSC funded work based learning (WBL)
Greater London7482
Inner London7381
Outer London7582
Barking and Dagenham5663
Waltham Forest7887

Statistical Bulletin, Participation in education and training by 16 and 17 year-olds in each local area in England, end 2001",

Local Learning and Skills Councils (Expenditure)

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) the national, (b) each regional and (c) each local learning and skills council spent on (i) marketing and (ii) audit in 2003–04. [214214]

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.

National Europass Centre

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) budget and (c) staffing level of the National Europass Centre. [215209]

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Mr. Stephen Twigg: In co-ordinating activities at national level the role of the National Europass Centre (NEC) will be to provide information on the various instruments in the Europass Framework, provide a link to the EU Commission's Europass portal and undertake promotion of Europass. Budgets have not yet been allocated but the EU Commission has indicated that the UK might expect up to a maximum of €110,000 (£77,000) in each of 2005 and 2006, on a matched funding basis. An appropriate level of staffing has yet to be identified but will be commensurate with the tasks and functions of the NEC.

Nuclear Energy Degrees

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate degree courses involving training in atomic energy related skills are available in England. [213526]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 4 February 2005]: The latest course listing on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website, which covers undergraduate courses only, shows that no universities currently offer undergraduate courses specifically in atomic energy. However, the report commissioned by the Nuclear Safety Directorate in autumn 2001 and the Update On Nuclear Education in British Universities December 2003, identified the following universities which ran postgraduate or undergraduate courses which contained some nuclear content:

Postgraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

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According to the 2001 report, the number of students on courses containing any nuclear content is around 320 students per year on postgraduate courses and around 1,460 per year on undergraduate courses.

The 2003 update suggests there has been encouraging signs of expansion in this field.

Nursing Courses

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop-out rate for nursing courses has been in each year since 1997, broken down by teaching institution. [214411]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 4 February 2005]: Figures are not held centrally. The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) publish non-completion rates of students on full-time undergraduate courses in 'Performance Indicators in Higher Education', but these are not calculated for individual subjects, or courses.

Stockton, South

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the amount of funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary education has changed in the constituency of Stockton South since 1997. [215309]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is produced according to local education authority areas rather than districts within an area. Stockton South is a constituency in Stockton-on-Tees. The following table therefore shows the per pupil figures in real terms for Stockton-on-Tees.
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Average funding per pupil, Stockton-on-Tees

Figures in real terms-1997–98 to 2004–05
Primary (3–10 year-olds) (£)Year-on-year percentage changeSecondary (11–15 year-olds) (£)Year-on-year percentage change

1.Price Base: Real terms at 2003–04 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 30 September 2004.
2.Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of education SSA/EFS settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EPS and LSC.
3.Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 3–10 and 11–15 and exclude EM As and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4.The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC 3-year-old maintained pupils and estimated 3–4 year-olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.
5.Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
6.Status: 2004–05 figures are provisional as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited.

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