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Information on the number of tuition fee loans taken out will be published in a statistical first release in November 2006 and data are restricted until published.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the total annual cost of the maintenance grant payable to poorer students in each year from 2003-04 to 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. [94953]

Bill Rammell: Actual and planned expenditure on maintenance grants payable to poorer students from FY 2003-04 in England and Wales are as follows:

Financial year Actual/plans Expenditure on maintenance grants (£ million)















(1) There was no expenditure in FY 2003-04 as the Higher Education Grant was not introduced until September 2004.
(2) Actual expenditure on the Higher Education Grant in England and Wales.
(3) Planned expenditure on the Higher Education Grant, the Maintenance Grant and Special Support Grant in England and Wales.

The Higher Education Grant was introduced in September 2004, and the new Maintenance Grant and Special Support Grant in September 2006. The expenditure data cover all such grants available for poorer students. Data do not include other grants and allowances paid to students in particular circumstances, such as lone parents and students with disabilities. Planned expenditure for FY 2008-09 is not available as it falls outside the current Spending Review allocation.

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University Grants

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average amount of state funding given to students from low-income families during a three-year degree course in each of the last five years. [93675]

Bill Rammell: The new student support system for students domiciled in England provides extra help for students from low income families, particularly through a mean-tested maintenance grant of up to
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£2,700. In 2006/07, students with household earnings of £17,500 or less would be entitled to the maximum amount of support.

The table shows the maximum amount of support available annually to new English students entering higher education in each of the last five years. All institutions of higher education also offer a range of bursaries, which are designed to support participation by students from low income families. In 2006/07, all students receiving the maximum maintenance grant will also receive a minimum bursary of £300 per year.

Academic year( 1) Fee remission grant Tuition fee loan Maintenance loan( 2) Maintenance grant( 3,4)


























(1) In 2002/03 students whose household income was less than £20,480 would receive the full means-tested support available; this value was £20,970 in 2003/04. In 2004/05 following the introduction of the HE grant, students would receive full means-tested support if their household income was £15,200 or less. This rose to £15,580 in 2005/06 and £17,500 in 2006/07. (2) Value of loan is based on the rate of loan paid to students studying outside London, and living away from their parents’ home. (3) The higher education grant was introduced in 2004/05 to help students from lower income backgrounds with the cost of HE. In 2006/07, a new maintenance grant of up to £2,700 was introduced. (4) Data do not include numbers receiving supplementary grants and allowances eg students with disabilities, students with dependents, single parent students, those incurring certain travel costs and those who have recently left care. (5) In 2006/07, students can receive a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course fees. (6) The amount of tuition fee loan available is equivalent to the tuition fees charged, up to a maximum of £3,000. (7) The maximum rate of loan is £4,405. This is reduced pro rata for the first £1,200 of the maintenance grant received.

The Student Income and Expenditure Survey is a regular study on students' income, expenditure, borrowing and debt. The most recent survey, carried out in 2004/05, shows that for full time, English domiciled dependent students who are in receipt of a higher education grant and hence have a household income of £15,200 or less, the mean level of student support received was £5,925. For students from high income families, who are those deemed to be paying full tuition fees ie whose household income is £31,973 or more, the mean level of student support received was £2,577. Both figures include student loans, the higher education grant, fee remission grants as well as supplementary grants and allowances for students in particular circumstances. They represent the average level of support for one year, not the duration of the course. The next survey is planned for the 2007/08 academic year.

In addition to the financial support given directly to students, the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s allocation of teaching grant, paid to support teaching and learning, equates to an average £3,820 per student in HE.

Culture, Media and Sport

Digital Television

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that digital television coverage will be universal and reliable when analogue television broadcasting is discontinued. [95399]

Mr. Woodward: The vast majority of households can receive digital TV services via digital satellite, terrestrial, cable or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL).

Three quarters of UK households are currently able to receive digital terrestrial television. From switchover, coverage of digital terrestrial television will be increased to substantially match that currently achieved by analogue services.

Hotel Accommodation

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to introduce compulsory registration of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation in England. [94769]

Mr. Woodward: The Government have no plans to introduce a statutory accommodation registration scheme. The four voluntary inspection and grading schemes run by VisitBritain, VisitScotland, VisitWales, and the Automobile Association have been standardised and greatly improved following extensive work by this Department and VisitBritain with the tourism industry.

The Tourism Olympic Strategy consultation makes clear that the voluntary schemes will form the basis of the programme for improving the quality of the UK tourism product. This will be necessary if the industry is to make the most of the opportunity of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The consultation ends on 17 November.

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) hostels, (b) bed and breakfast establishments and (c) bed spaces were registered in Bournemouth in 2005. [94920]

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Mr. Woodward: DCMS does not maintain central records of visitor accommodation providers. The total numbers of visitor accommodation establishments and bed spaces in Bournemouth for 1995, 2001, and 2006 are in my answer of 12 October 2006, Official Report, column 814W. This information was provided by Bournemouth borough council, which has advised my Department that it does not maintain separate records of hostels or bed and breakfast establishments.

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