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Transient Homes

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent steps he has taken to improve cross-border co-operation between the Department and the Welsh Assembly Government in tracking children from transient homes; and if she will make a statement. [66939]

Beverley Hughes: We recognise the importance of effective mechanisms for ensuring that appropriate information can follow children with additional needs when they move between England and Wales.

To this end, my officials are working with the Welsh Assembly Government on the establishment of data standards to support appropriate information transfer between English and Welsh local authorities.

The ability of agencies in England to receive, store and transfer such information will also be enhanced by the information sharing index to be established under section 12 of the Children Act 2004, following my
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announcement of 8 December 2005. The index will provide an important tool to support better communication and closer working among practitioners working in children's services by enabling them to identify who else is involved with a child. It will help ensure continuity of support when children and families move from one area to another by enabling services in their new area to identify which services they were receiving in their old area. My officials will continue to liaise with officials of the Welsh Assembly Government as the index is implemented.

In relation to children on the child protection register, when such a child moves to another local authority area in England and Wales, the authority where the child has been living must notify the receiving local authority of the child's move. The receiving local authority should convene a child protection conference within 15 working days of being notified of the move.

University Degrees

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people gained a doctorate in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by subject; and what each figure is as a percentage change from the equivalent figures in 1995. [69576]

Bill Rammell [holding answer 11 May 2006]: The latest information is given in the following tables. A new method of allocating students to subjects was introduced in 2002/03, which means that figures for this and later years are not comparable with those for earlier years. The tables therefore show 1994/95 compared with 2001/02, and 2002/03 compared with later years.

Doctorates awarded at English higher education institutions
Subject 1994/95 2001/02 Percentage change 1994/95 to 2001/02

Medicine and dentistry

430

855

+99

Subjects allied to medicine

250

500

+100

Biological sciences

900

1415

+57

Veterinary sciences

30

50

+67

Agriculture and related subjects

170

185

+9

Physical sciences

1,245

1,315

+6

Mathematical sciences

195

285

+46

Computer science

160

235

+47

Engineering and technology

1,130

1,325

+17

Architecture, building and planning

75

80

+7

Social, economic and political studies

440

820

+86

Law

65

110

+69

Business and administrative studies

185

350

+89

Librarianship and information science

25

30

+20

Languages

330

545

+65

Humanities

310

565

+82

Creative arts and design

55

155

+182

Education

155

450

+190

Combined subjects

120

135

+13

Dormant students(1)

1,975

2,350

+19

Total

8,245

11,750

+43


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Subject( 2) 2002/03 2003/04 Percentage change 2002/03 to 2003/04 2004/05 Percentage change 2002/03 to 2004/05

Medicine and dentistry

1,165

1305

+12

1300

+11

Subjects allied to medicine

615

650

+6

675

+10

Biological sciences

1,905

1,990

+4

2,005

+5

Veterinary sciences

45

40

-13

55

+20

Agriculture and related subjects

150

185

+22

150

-2

Physical sciences

1,815

1,890

+4

1,925

+6

Mathematical sciences

320

355

+12

365

+14

Computer science

285

370

+31

425

+49

Engineering and technology

1,710

1,765

+3

1,705

0

Architecture, building and planning

125

140

+12

165

+35

Social studies

1,095

1,115

+2

1,170

+7

Law

220

160

-27

165

-24

Business and administrative studies

455

445

-3

485

+6

Mass communication and documentation

50

60

+24

65

+28

Languages

750

710

-5

730

-3

Historical and philosophical studies

690

725

+5

740

+7

Creative arts and design

290

220

-24

240

-17

Education

570

570

-1

590

+3

Combined subjects

20

70

+214

?

-86

Total

12,270

12,765

+4

12,950

+6

(1) Dormant students are those who are not actively following a course of study in the year in which they are awarded their qualification. (2) In 2002/03, the method used to allocate students to subject categories was changed, the main effect of which was to increase the number of students who were allocated to specific subject groups and decrease those who were allocated to the combined subject category. For 2002/03 and later years dormant students have been allocated to specific subjects rather than classified separately. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 5. ? indicates greater than 0 and less than 3. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

University Education

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people went to university, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age, in each year since 1976. [66040]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information is given in the following table. Comparable figures for earlier years are not available centrally.


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