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Beverley Hughes: Schools and local authorities (LAs) already have access via the School Development Grant to funding for study support activities, which may include summer schools. In addition, we have recently announced our plans for all schools to offer extended services from 8 am to 6 pm all year round. Start-up funding of £680 million will be made available, in addition to the £160 million already committed.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were (a) suspended for a time and (b) permanently expelled from a school in Essex in each of the past five years, broken down by local authority. 
|Number of permanent exclusions(82)||Number of Pupils with one or more episodes of fixed period exclusion(83)||Number of permanent exclusions(82)||Number of Pupils with one or more episodes of fixed period exclusion(83)||Number of permanent exclusions(82)||Number of Pupils with one or more episodes of fixed period exclusion(83)|
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2005, Official Report, column 446W, on taxis, what estimate she has made of the cost of answering the question. 
Bill Rammell: There is no central record of taxis usage and an assessment of the staff time and associated costs required to provide an answer was estimated to be significantly in excess of the disproportionate cost threshold of £600.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial provision has been made to allow schools to provide temporary cover when teachers take advantage of planning, preparation and assessment time from September. 
Beverley Hughes: Last year we worked with a sample of LEAs and schools to assess the costs of implementing PPA time. It was as a result of that work that the minimum funding guarantee for the current year was set at 5 per cent. for primary and nursery schools and 4 per cent. for secondary and special schools. The funding settlement was welcomed by members of the Workforce Agreement Monitoring Groupthe signatories to the national agreement on work force reform. It is the view of all members of the group that there is enough money in the system for all schools to implement this reform in full.
As part of the funding arrangements from 200607, all schools will continue to be guaranteed a minimum increase in their per pupil funding. In autumn 2005 the Government expect to set the guarantee for 200607 and 200708 at a level covering anticipated average cost
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pressures on schools in each year, including the full year costs of implementing work force reform, subject to a final assessment of those pressures.
Beverley Hughes: The Government currently have no plans to issue guidance on the amount of time per day that children aged five to 15 should watch television. We are aware of some studies which have found links between excessive television watching and obesity, disruptive behaviour, and poor educational performance in children. Parents are best placed to regulate their children's television viewing and to ensure that they lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle. To achieve that objective, the Government are working to increase the information available to parents. Through, for example, Extended Schools; our Youth Green Paper proposals; the Healthy Schools Standard; school sports and PE within the curriculum; and volunteering and mentoring in schools linked to PSHE within the curriculum, we are also working to increase the opportunities available for children and young people to participate in a range of constructive activities as an alternative to watching television.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern foreign languages undergraduate students there were in each year between 1994 and 2004; and what proportion of these students were from (i) the UK, (ii) the EU and (iii) other overseas nations in each year. 
|Of which: percentage from|
|Subject studied(85)||Total students||UK||EU||Other overseas||Total|
|Modern Foreign Languages||23,030||91||7||1||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||27,245||89||9||3||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||26,470||87||10||3||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||25,190||85||11||3||100|
|Modem Foreign Languages||22,801||84||12||4||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||21,595||82||13||5||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||21,330||80||14||7||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||22,160||80||13||7||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||41,158||83||10||7||100|
|Modern Foreign Languages||43,295||86||9||6||100|
Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of young people in England (a) currently attend and (b) are applying for a place at university; and if she will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: The Department uses the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 1830 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2003/04 is 43 per cent.
The latest figures published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on applicants for
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2005/06 entry, shows that applicants from England to full-time undergraduate courses have increased by 9 per cent. to 344,000. But for a number of reasons, it is not possible to say exactly what effect this will have on the HEIPR: the HEIPR only covers students entering HE by age 30, and excludes those with prior HE experience; part-time students contribute to HEIPR, but these are excluded from the UCAS figures; and it is final acceptances, not applicants, which are important.
|First Degree||Other undergraduate||First Degree||Other undergraduate||Total(3)|
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of young people in England (a) participated in university education in the academic year 2004/05 and (b) are expected to participate in university education in the academic year 2005/06; whether the Government expects to meet its 2010 target for university participation for 50 per cent. of the young people in England; and if she will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: The provisional participation rate among 18 to 30-year-olds for 2003/04 (the latest year for which data is available) is 43 per cent. The Department's expenditure plans allow for continuing increase in HEIPR in the period to 200708, but we do not publish forecasts for individual years.
The target we have published is to make progress towards a participation rate of 50 per cent. among 18 to 30-year-olds by 2010. We expect to continue to make progress towards this target. It has strategic importance for the UK economy because independent forecasts show that the majority of jobs created over the next decade and beyond will be in sectors with high graduate employment rates.
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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school-leavers in (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c) the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency went to university in the last period for which figures are available. 
Bill Rammell: The latest available figures on participation by constituency were published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in January in Young Participation in England", which is available from their website at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/. Participation rates for constituencies based on this work, showing figures for the years up to 2000, are given on the supporting POLAR website (www.hefce.ac.uk/polar).
The Department uses the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 1830 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2003/04 is 43 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at constituency level.
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