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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent, as a proportion of total budget, by Essex local education authority on special needs education in each of the last seven years. 
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Bill Rammell: Mature students have the same access to financial support for the undergraduate degree in medicine as do younger students. If entering higher education in 200506, they could be eligible during the first four years of the course for tuition fee support, the Higher Education Grant, a student maintenance loan and any more specialised grant like the child care grant (which in fact is mainly received by mature students). Currently the only restrictions on funding for eligible students are on tuition fees if a student has previous study and on the maintenance loan if a student is aged over 55 (or 50 if not going into work subsequently). From 200607 there will be no age limit applied to the fee loan and the age limit on maintenance loans will be increased to age 60. The Department of Health pay tuition fees and provide bursaries in the fifth and any subsequent year of the course.
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the exclusion of graduate students from tuition fee deferment on the graduate student population's (a) ethnic diversity and (b) diversity of financial background. 
Bill Rammell: The HE Act 2004 does not change the funding position of post-graduate students. Tuition fees for post-graduate courses remain unregulated, with students paying their own fees or receiving research council awards.
A Race Impact Assessment was carried out and equality issues were considered in the policy development of variable fees in relation to full-time undergraduate students. No separate assessment was made for part-time or post-graduate students as fees for these students were already unregulated.
The new arrangements, including extra financial support, for undergraduates should increase and broaden participation at that level and feed through over time into extra demand for postgraduate study including among students who might not otherwise have entered HE at all.
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Hazel Blears: The Bruche site and buildings were transferred to Centrex at the written down value in the Home Office accounts according to the practice defined by HM Treasury for asset transfers between government entities. The written down value on 1 April 2002 was £3 million.
Hazel Blears: Discussions have taken place between officials and Centrex about planning for options for disposal. Any substantive options around future use of the site will depend on who is interested in purchasing the site.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the compact mediation scheme in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many complaints it received in each year. 
April 2005 to date: £250 for administering the scheme. The contract running from April 2005 and April 2006 has been agreed on a call off basis for each case of mediation. There was one case that went to mediation. This also resulted in costs of £1,000 shared between the parties concerned.
Mr. Charles Clarke: The compact mediation scheme is independent service which aims to resolve disputes between voluntary and community sector and government bodies. Through the scheme neutral advisors are available to mediate between the parties.
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