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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been admitted to university to read medicine on courses which lead to registration as doctors with (a) less than three Bs at A-level and (b) less than three Cs at A-level in each of the last seven years. 
Bill Rammell: Admission of students to medical, and other, courses is a matter for individual institutions. The main scheme for widening participation is Aimhigher, which aims to raise the attainment levels of young people and their aspirations towards university, and to improve progression. Most activities are not subject-specific, although some local and regional activities are designed to raise awareness of and encourage progression to specific subjects such as medicine. Aimhigher does not include the delivery of degree or other higher education programmes. Information on the pre-entry qualifications of students entering first degree courses in medicine is, however, provided in the following tables.
|English domiciled entrants to first degree courses in medicine, by qualifications on entry( 1)|
|Year of entry||Entrants with A levels as highest qualification on entry||of which, those with scores equivalent to:|
|Less than 3 Bs2/300 tariff points||Less than 3 Cs/less than 240 tariff points|
|(1) Figures for 1998/99 to 2001/02 are points-based upon the students best three A levels. In 2002/03 the UCAS tariff replaced A level scores. The tariff covers a wider range of qualifications though it is possible to identify those students with the tariff equivalent of 3 grade Bs (300 points) or 3 grade Cs (240 points). However, tariff score contains an unlimited number of eligible qualifications, not just the students best three A levels. (2) Including students with less than 3 Cs/240 tariff points. (3) In 2002/03 a new method of coding subject of study was introduced on the student record, though the impact to entrants in medicine is likely to be small. (4) Figures given for 2002/03 in a previous answer on 14 November 2004 were based upon all students with A level points recorded. This included some students who had a higher qualification on entry (for example a first degree). (5) Figures for 2002/3 to 2004/5 are based upon students tariff score from A levels where A levels are their highest qualification on entry. Note: Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and have been rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).|
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John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to recommendation 29 of the Education and Skills Select Committee Report, HC114-1, on Prison Education, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary about the role of Heads of Learning and Skills in prisons. 
The former Home Secretary (Charles Clarke) had several meetings with the former Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Ruth Kelly) over the past year, at which a number of issues relating to the offender learning and skills agenda were discussed.
The prime function of Heads of Learning and Skills (HoLS), is to support the delivery of all aspects of education provision in prison, and its integration with education provision in the community. This is set out in the Green Paper Reducing Re-Offending through Skills and Employment, published at the end of last year. HoLS also ensure that this work is linked into the wider establishment resettlement agenda, including vocational training, and improving links with employers.
Jim Knight: Later this month, we intend to announce, in response to recommendations from the School Meals Review Panel and the School Food Trust, a full suite of new standards for food in schools. The School Food Trust plans to publish good practice guidance to assist with the implementation of the standards.
Jim Knight: The Department for Education and Skills does not differentiate between types of coal mines, but can provide data relating to the number of secondary schools in coalfield and former coalfield areas as a whole.
|Number of secondary( 1) schools located within coalfield wards in England|
|(1) Includes secondary and middle deemed secondary schools Source: EduBase 11/5/06/ODPM Updating Coalfield Areas May 2003|
Mr. Lammy: My Department is currently involved in the Government's comprehensive spending review. This exercise, which is led by HM Treasury, includes a retrospective assessment of how Arts Council England has spent the grant in aid it has received since the last comprehensive spending review. The organisation was also recently the subject of a peer review, the results of which were published in December 2005.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been allocated to Arts Council England in each year since 1997; and how much this represents per head of population in England. 
Mr. Lammy: Grant in Aid allocations to Arts Council England, population figures for England(1)and per capita spend for 1997-2004 are in the following table. Grant in aid( )allocation for 2005-06 was £412m but accurate population data are not yet available. These figures do not include the £1,525m funding for the arts from the National Lottery Distribution Fund from 1997-98 to 2004-05.
|Year||Grant in Aid (s)||Population||Spend per head|
| Source:(1)Office of National Statistics Mid-Year Population Estimates|
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to ensure that all BBC licence payers in the North West continue to receive BBC broadcasts when analogue is switched of in 2009. 
Mr. Woodward: Digital switchover will enable digital terrestrial coverage to match the current 98.5 per cent. analogue level. Switchover for the Granada region and the Yorkshire region will happen in the second half of 2009 and the first half of 2011 respectively.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public consultations her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each consultation. 
Mr. Lammy: Over 2005, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport undertook 15 formal public consultations in order to inform the Department's policy development. Information on the cost of each consultation and the total cost of all consultations could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are undertaken within her Department to ensure that women are obtaining equal pay to men doing work of equal value. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport was one of the first Departments to conduct an equal pay audit and to publish an equal pay action plan. Since then we have taken steps to reduce pay differentials between men and women by shortening pay bands and by increasing the number of women in the more senior grades. The results of these activities are shown in the data contained in the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Ms Clark) on 8 May 2006, Official Report, columns 45-47. The Department is now conducting a further equal pay review with trade unions and expects to report later this year.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 1233W, on Heritage Lottery Fund, how much was awarded to organisations and projects in each (a) constituency and (b) council district in Northern Ireland in each year since 2002. 
Mr. Lammy: Details of grants awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to organisations and projects in Northern Ireland in each year since 2002 are set out in the following table. This information is derived from the Department's Lottery award database, searchable at: www.lottery.culture.gov.uk, which uses information supplied by the Lottery distributors.
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