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Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 30 August regarding a constituent. [17100]

Maria Eagle [holding answer 13 October 2005]: Iresponded to my hon. Friend's letter on 13 October.

Departmental Budget

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the latest estimate is of
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underspend by her Department (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of departmental budget for financial year 2004–05. [18308]

Bill Rammell: The figures requested were reported in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (PEOWP) 2004–05 (Cm 6639).

Further Education Funding

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors were taken into account in making the decision to reduce the annual cash growth allocated to the further education sector for 2005/06 in the Government spending review. [17923]

Bill Rammell: Funding for the further education (FE) sector is not being reduced. We are putting more money than ever into further education. Total funding for the FE sector will increase by over £1 billion in 2005/06 compared to 2002/03—a 25 per cent. increase.

The Department allocates funds for education and training in the post-16 learning and skills sector to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) through our annual grant letter. Funding allocations for FE providers increased by 16.3 per cent. between 2002/03 and 2003/04, by 9.1 per cent. between 2003/04 and 2004/05, and by 4.4 per cent. between 2004/05 and 2005/06.

The particularly large increase in 2003–04 is a result of the consolidation of previously targeted funds, and the extra investment through Success for All. All colleges received increases in core funding rates of 2.5 per cent. above inflation in 2004–05 and 2005–06, with some colleges receiving even higher increases. The relatively lower increase in 2005–06 is still significantly higher than inflation and in part reflects actual learner numbers in colleges as compared to plans, and the Government's intention—as set out in the Skills Strategy and reaffirmed in the Skills White Paper: Getting on in Business, Getting on in Work"—to rebalance over time the contributions of the state, employers and individuals towards the costs of learning. This was reflected in a 2.5 percentage point increase in the assumed fee contribution to the cost of learning for those learners not in national entitlement groups. Even so, this resulted in seven out of 10 colleges receiving an above inflation increase in budget—almost half of them getting an increase of over 5 per cent.

Graduate Employment

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) graduates and (b) graduates from ethnic minorities were employed within (i) six months, (ii) one year and (iii) two years of leaving university in each year from 2001 to 2005; and if she will make a statement. [15499]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information showing employment rates six months after graduation is shown in the table. The Department does not hold information on employment rates of ethnic minorities one year or two years after leaving university.
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Figures showing the first destinations of graduates in 2004–05, six months after graduation, will be available in summer 2006.
Percentage(7) of UK domiciled full-time first degree graduates from UK HE institutions in employment six months after graduation(8), by ethnicity

Year of graduationNon-whiteAll

(7)Based upon graduates of known ethnicity and known first destination. In each year 3–5 per cent. of graduates are of unknown ethnicity.
(8)For 2000–01 and 2001–02 the information is taken from the First Destination Supplement. In 2002–03 this was replaced by the Destination of Leavers from HE survey, hence figures are not directly comparable between the two data sources.
(9)In 2001–02 a new coding frame for ethnicity was introduced that allowed a more accurate classification for students of mixed ethnicity. As such, figures for 2000–01 may not be directly comparable to later figures.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

While fewer minority ethnic graduates are likely to be in jobs initially, research tends to suggest that those in jobs may be in 'better" jobs than white graduates. The research also found that ethnic minority graduates were more likely to be in further training or study 1 .

Why the difference? A Closer Look at Higher Education Minority Ethnic Students and Graduates: DfES, 2004.

Langlands Report

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the Government's response to Sir Alan Langlands' Gateways to the Professions report. [18155]

Bill Rammell: Sir Alan Langlands agreed with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills that his report would be published, along with the Government's response, in the autumn. A written statement was made to the House to this effect on 20 July 2005. I expect the report and the Government's response to be published in November.nb

PhD Students

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of PhD students in the UK emigrated to work abroad following the completion of their degree in the last period for which figures are available. [18395]

Bill Rammell: The available information is taken from the Destination of Leavers from HE (DLHE) survey collected annually by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The DLHE survey collects information on the first destination, six months after qualifying, for UK and EU students. The latest available information is given in the table.
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Students obtaining doctorate qualifications who were employed overseas six months after graduation, 2003/04

UK and EU12.7

(10)Percentages are based upon all qualifiers of known first destination. The overall response rate for doctoral qualifiers was just over 60 per cent.

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Post-16 Education

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people (a) participated in further education and (b) were categorised as not in education, employment or training in each of the last five years. [17816]

Bill Rammell: The breakdown of the number and percentage of young people (aged 16 to 18) participating in education, training and employment (including those not in education, employment or training (NEET)) over the last five years is given in the table.
As at end of the calendar year:
Number (Thousand)
Full-time education1,010.41,027.41,059.71,086.11,112.6
Work Based Learning (WBL)167.3156.6151.4156.7153.2
Other education and training(12)188.3201.8202.9206.8207.2
Total in education and training1,362.21,382.71,410.71,446.21,469.6
In employment262287297300286
Full-time education56.455.656.056.357.1
Work Based Learning (WBL)
Other education and training(12)10.510.910.710.710.6
Total in education and training76.174.874.575.075.4
In employment1516161615

(12)Includes Employer Funded Training (EFT) and other part-time education not funded by employers or through WBL; also those in private FE and HE institutions.
Statistical First Release, Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16 to18 Year Olds in England".

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