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Medical Schools

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the university medical schools which have admitted students for training which will lead to qualifications as a doctor with less than the equivalent of three Cs at A level; how many such students have been admitted in each year since 1997; and which university medical schools plan to admit such students in the future under the auspices of the widening participation scheme. [222596]

Dr. Howells: The following table provides information on the numbers of undergraduate entrants to pre-clinical medicine courses within the UK, with less than the equivalent of three Cs at 'A' level.

The admission and selection of students is a matter for individual institutions. Therefore the decision on whether or not to recruit such students rests with the universities, and they would take such decisions according to the merit and potential of the individual applicants. Although there are currently no Government programmes for widening participation aimed specifically at medicine, Aimhigher, a national outreach programme operating most intensively in disadvantaged areas, enables local partnerships to design and deliver a range of activities to raise the aspiration and attainment levels of young people.

Alongside this, Aimhigher runs nine pilot schemes aimed at the health and social care professions to encourage wider participation from a broad range of social and ethnic backgrounds.
UK domiciled undergraduate entrants to pre-clinical medicine with less than three Cs (or equivalent)(9)(5507590010) at A level

HESA institution identifier1997/981998/991999/20002000/012001/022002/032003/04
University of Leicester(11)(11)10(11)5525
University of Warwick(11)(11)(11)5(11)(11)25
University of East Anglia(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)525
Queen Mary and Westfield College(11)55(11)(11)515
University of Glasgow15101515201015
University of Nottingham(11)5(11)(11)(11)(11)15
University of Plymouth (Peninsular Medical School)(12)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)15
University of Dundee51051025510
University of Leeds5(11)5(11)201510
King's College London(11)10555510
University of Aberdeen5151015101010
University of St Andrews(11)515(11)101010
St. George's Hospital Medical School(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)10
University of Exeter (Peninsular Medical School) (3)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)5
University of Durham(11)(11)(11)(11)5(11)5
University of Sussex (Brighton and Sussex Medical School)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)5
University College London(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)55
University of Edinburgh5(11)(11)(11)(11)55
University of Brighton(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)5
Victoria University of Manchester(11)5(11)510105
University of Birmingham5(11)55510(11)
University of Sheffield(11)(11)5555(11)
University of York(13)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine5(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
University of Cambridge(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
University of Oxford(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
University of Bristol(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
University of Hull(13)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
Queen's University of Belfast(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
University of Liverpool55(11)(11)(11)(11)(11)
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne(11)(11)5(11)55(11)
University of Southampton5(11)(11)(11)(11)5(11)
University of Wales, Cardiff(11)(11)(11)5(11)(11)(11)

(9)Based upon students obtaining A level qualifications.
(10)For years up to and including 2001/02, figures are based upon students with A level qualifications and a points score of between 1 and 17 A level points. For 2002/03 onwards the figures are based upon the students' tariff score from A level qualifications and includes students with 1 to 239 tariff points.
3 Signifies 0, 1 or 2.
(11)Delivery of the Undergraduate Programme began in autumn 2002.
(12)First intake of students accepted in 2003.
Figures rounded to the nearest 5 and are a snapshot as at 1 December.

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Mobile Phones

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997. [214885]

Derek Twigg: The answer is given in the following table.
Total cost £

Non-school Playgrounds

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support the Government provided for non-school playgrounds in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04; and what future funding allocations have been made. [221351]

Mr. Caborn: I have been asked to reply.

ODPM and DfES have provided funding for non-school playgrounds/playing fields as follows:


ODPM through its New Deal for Communities partnerships has spent £4,775 (2001–02); £1,711,010 (2002–03) and £857,548 (2003–04). Future funding allocations have not yet been finalised.

ODPM also provides funding for non-school playgrounds through sponsorship of Groundwork, who deliver projects led by or for children and young people and through the Living Spaces scheme which is funding
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improvements to spaces, including play areas, parks, kick-about areas and skate parks. However, it is not possible to aggregate out support for these play areas from the general project funding that is provided.


Outdoor playground facilities have been funded from the Local Network Fund. Records show that grants totalling £250,000 have been awarded to 31 voluntary groups for external play grounds. These grants are broken down as follows:

The Local Network Fund runs until 2008 with a yearly allocation of £40 million. It is not possible to predict at this stage how much of that future funding will go to non- school playgrounds.

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