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John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of people aged 18 to 30 years entered higher education in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005; 
The latest available figures are shown in the tables. The percentage of people aged 17 to 30 years entering higher education in 2004 will be published in April 2006; projected non-completion rates for students starting courses in 2003 will be published in July 2006. The figures in the tables show that, since 1999/2000,
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participation rates have risen and non-completion rates have fallen. Figures published in 2005 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed that in 2003 the UK had one of the lowest non-completion rates among OECD countries.
|Students starting courses in:||Percentage of 17 to 30-year-olds entering HE|
|Students starting courses in:||Projected non-completion rate|
|Non academic staff||96,935||56,450|
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of those studying science in higher education took (a) dual award science GCSE and (b) separate sciences at GCSE in the last period for which figures are available. 
Bill Rammell: The information is not held centrally. The Higher Education Statistics Agency collects data on the entry qualifications held by entrants to Higher Education Institutions, which records the highest level of qualification held (e.g. A level, GCSE) but does not specify the specific subjects obtained by the student at these levels.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has undertaken into the merits of (a) reducing the period of teaching at Key Stage 3 from three years to two years and (b) reducing the number of teachers pupils see at (i) Key Stage 3 on (ii) attainment at Key Stage 3 and (iii) Key Stage 4. 
Jacqui Smith: The Department is currently running a pilot exploring the condensed Key Stage 3 curriculum, which began in 2003. The Department has commissioned an independent evaluation of the pilot which is due to report at the end of 2006. The pilot is also being evaluated by Ofsted; due to report in December 2005.
The Department is also running a pilot aimed at raising the achievement of low attaining pupils and a small part of this pilot explores teaching approaches at Key Stage 3. A report on the first year is currently available for the schools and local authorities involved.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) for what reasons she has decided to use Labour Force Survey data for the purpose of assessing need for youth services; 
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Maria Eagle: The Labour Force Survey is not used to assess need for youth services. Through our Every Child Matters reforms we are giving local authorities and their partners through children's trusts increasing freedom to make local assessments of the need for particular services and allocate resources accordingly. Data collected by Connexions Services is a powerful tool for partners to use in planning and commissioning services for young people, and this local data is used in assessing local performance.
The national public service agreement target for reducing the proportion of 1618-year-olds not in education, employment and training is measured using the DfES annual participation estimates, which use the Labour Force Survey as one component. These statistics are a measurement of the overall impact of policiesnot of the need for youth services.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanism is used for providing funds to the Learning and Skills Council additional to those set out in the grant letter, with particular reference to funds for administrative costs. 
Bill Rammell: Each autumn the Department sets out its priorities and funding for the LSC in an annual grant letter. Where the need for additional resources for the LSC is identified the Department and the LSC agree the level of funding, including any additional administration costs. Funding to cover administrative costs is based on the clear demonstration of need. When agreement is reached the additional resources are formally notified, in writing, to the LSC as additions to the grant letter. The LSC's core administration costs have fallen steadily from 3.4 per cent. of total funding in 200102 to 2.5 per cent. of its planned total budget in 200506. Using the figures in LSC annual accounts for 200102, which include the set up costs occurred in the last seven months of 200001, gives the administration budget as 4.6 per cent. of total funding.
Bill Rammell: The LSC's proposed restructuring is designed to achieve better focus and more consistent delivery at a local level through the creation of 148 local partnership teams. These partnership teams will lead and support the 1419 agenda which is the LSC's number one priority. The LSC has a duty to provide quality provision for 16 to 19-year-olds and the grant letter, issued earlier this month, reiterated the aim of boosting participation rates, raising the quality of vocational provision and extending choice to learners.
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