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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards the establishment of the University for Industry included in the Government's 1997 manifesto; and if she will make a statement. 
Ufi (initially called the University for Industry"), the organisation responsible for learndirect, has successfully pushed the boundaries of learning methods, by making innovative use of technology to make learning more flexible. It is the largest Government supported e-learning initiative in the
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world, and provides high quality learning for the post-16 learning and skills sector. It particularly reaches those with few or no skills and qualifications who are unlikely to participate in more traditional forms of learning.
In eight years Ufi has grown from an idea to an organisation providing 500,000 learners a year with the opportunity to improve their skills at either a learndirect centre, or from work, or from their home computer. Through its national advice line it has dealt with over seven million calls. Almost 200,000 small and medium sized employers have also used learndirect services.
Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many year 11 leavers in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield District and (c) Normanton constituency have stayed on in learning each year since 2001. 
Jacqui Smith: The percentage of 16-year-olds in full-time education in England at the end of 2004 was estimated to be 74.2 per cent.the highest ever rate. Percentage figures on participation in education by young people are not available for parliamentary constituencies, but are available for local authoritiesincluding Wakefield LEA and for West Yorkshire. These were published in the Statistical First Release Participation in education and training by 16 and 17 year olds in each local area in England"SFR11/2005 on 31 March 2005.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of total sales of (a) beers and lagers, (b) wine and (c) spirits were sold in (i) licensed premises and (ii) off licences in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available. 
Household final consumption expenditure figures for 2004 show that 70 per cent. of expenditure on alcoholic drinks was in licensed premises and 30 per cent. was in off licences in the United Kingdom. Figures for beer and lager, wine and spirits are shown in the following table.
|% sold in licensed premises||% sold through|
|Beer and lager||16,222||3,054||19,276||84.2||15.8|
The following table shows estimated average weekly purchases per person of beer, lager, wine and spirits by people aged 14 and over in UK households. Information on alcoholic drinks eaten out is not available until 200102 when the Expenditure and Food Survey replaced the National Food Survey. It should be noted that survey respondents may tend to underestimate the quantity of alcoholic drinks they purchase.
|Beers and lagers|
|Eating out purchases(97)||||||||||||||759||716||673||623|
|Eating out purchases(97)||||||||||||||24||24||25||26|
|Eating out purchases(97)||||||||||||||21||20||22||20|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the banking industry on the impact on customers of the right of set-off being used to recover debts from benefits paid into a basic bank account. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to make its ex gratia payment of outstanding valued added tax to the Chard Neighbourhood Nursery; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: HM Revenue and Customs officials are discussing this matter with the various parties concerned and are making an immediate substantial interim payment while the remaining matters are resolved.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Financial Inclusion Taskforce was launched in February 2005 following the publication of Promoting financial inclusion". The taskforce has been asked to monitor progress towards tackling financial exclusion and report to the Government on what more needs to be done. The terms of reference of the taskforce can be found on the taskforce website at www.financialinclusion-taskforce.org.uk. The taskforce will report to Treasury in due course.
James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to communicate to the construction industry the operation of the new Construction Industry Scheme; and how much has been spent on this activity. 
Factsheets for the new scheme were published on the internet in August 2005, designed to inform contractors and sub-contractors about the different aspects of the new scheme. Later that month contractors were invited to attend seminars on the scheme run by HMRC's business advisers.
The change was publicised in national tabloid newspapers and in accountancy and the trade press in September and October 2005. The adverts directed readers to the HMRC website for further information.
Earlier mailings were followed up by direct mailings to contractors in December 2005 and January 2006. These were to promote the launch of two new services: a helpline and an Employment Status Indicator (ESI) tool. The helpline was opened to help deal with inquiries on new CIS and employment status. The ESI is a computer based interactive tool to help determine the status. The new ESI tool can be accessed direct over the internet from the HMRC website.
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James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what process Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs applies to money that has been deducted under the Construction Industry Scheme but cannot be allocated to national insurance due to a worker not registering a national insurance number; and how much was dealt with under this process in 200405. 
John Healey: The Construction Industry Scheme requires contractors to make deductions (currently at 18 per cent.) from payments made to sub-contractors and pay the deductions to HM Revenue and Customs. All sub-contractors registered under the scheme are also registered for self-assessment and are required to report their profits on a self assessment return, at the end of the tax year. The amounts deducted from sub-contractors are applied first against their liability to income tax on their profits and then against their liability to class 4 national insurance contributions on those profits. Any balance is repaid. Where sub-contractors are liable to class 2 national insurance contributions, they account for them separately to HM Revenue and Customs.
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