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The total numbers of entrants from West Chelmsford for each year since 2001/02 are given in the table:

Entrants to undergraduate courses( 1) from West Chelmsford.
2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05

Aged 18

295

325

350

340

Aged 19

145

150

145

130

Aged over 19(2)

1,050

1,010

1,045

1,395

Total entrants

1,490

1,485

1,540

1,865

(1) Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions only. Students studying higher education courses elsewhere such as further education colleges are excluded.
(2) Includes a very small number of students with unknown ages or ages under 18.
Note:
Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population for entrants and have been rounded to the nearest 5, so components may not sum to totals.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The Department uses the higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18-30 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2004/05 is 42 percent. The HEIPR is not calculated at constituency level.

Youth Employment

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Pakistani and Bangladeshi 18-year-old (a) males and (b) females are not in education, employment or training; and if he will make a statement. [107608]

Jim Knight: The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) is measured using estimates from the Department's statistical first release “Participation in education, training and employment by 16-18-year-olds in England”. These estimates cannot be broken down by ethnic group.

The Youth Cohort Study (YCS), which looks at young people's education and labour market experience, can be used to estimate the proportion of young people who are NEET by certain characteristics. The latest YCS figures estimate that 17 per cent. of Pakistani/Bangladeshi 18-year-olds were NEET in 2006, but it is not possible to derive reliable estimates for males and females within this group. YCS cannot be used to estimate the number of young people NEET.

Connexions services have recently begun collecting information on young people known to them by age, gender and ethnic background, and this is expected to be complete by April 2007.

The Department has a target to reduce the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET by 2 percentage points by 2010. We will focus particularly on groups of young people who are over represented in the NEET group.


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There is a close alignment between poor educational attainment pre-16 and the likelihood of becoming NEET between the ages of 16 and 18. Our 14-19 reforms are aimed at raising attainment levels, and ensuring that as many young people as possible remain in education and training up to the age of 18. This is supported by the Government's Aiming High strategy for raising the academic achievement of minority ethnic pupils includes a programme of targeted work supporting Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish pupils. The attainment gap is now closing for both Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils.

Youth Matters set out a series of reforms aimed at improving the way in which services work together to support young people, particularly those most at risk of underachieving.

Treasury

Birth Registrations

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time between the registration of a birth and the receipt of a first instalment of child benefit was for the year 2005-06, broken down by local authority area. [104458]

Ed Balls: This information is not available.

Charitable Status

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which campaign organisations and think tanks funded by his Department hold charitable status. [107068]

Ed Balls: The Treasury’s accounting system does not separately identify charitable campaigning organisations or think tanks therefore a comprehensive list could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

Children's Sport

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department received on including measures to improve sports participation and fitness among children in the pre-Budget report; and if he will make a statement. [108971]


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Mr. Timms: Ministers and officials from HM Treasury received no such specific representations for the pre-Budget report. However, representations are regularly received from individuals representing a range of interests in sport including children’s participation.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures in the pre-Budget report are aimed at improving sports participation and fitness among children; and if he will make a statement. [108972]

Mr. Timms: There were no measures announced in the pre-Budget report aimed at improving sports participation and fitness among children. However, the Chancellor announced in his speech that the Culture Secretary and Minister for the third sector my hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, North (Edward Miliband) will be consulting on how a new generation of young people can do more to volunteer in the run up to the Olympics. We will set out details of the consultation in due course.

Civil Service Staff

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed, full-time equivalent, in the civil service and Government agencies in York (a) in total and (b) in the Central Science Laboratory at Sand Hutton in each year since 1992. [105709]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 14 December 2006:


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Civil service employment—permanent employees 1992-2005
Full-time equivalent
1 April Central science laboratory—York Civil service—Yorkshire and the Humber Civil service (mandate only)—Yorkshire and the Humber Civil service (mandate only)—York

1992

0

34,930

n/a

1,010

1993

0

36,200

n/a

1,100

1994

0

34,240

n/a

1,000

1995

0

33,090

n/a

1,030

1996

0

32,230

n/a

1,080

1997

370

32,270

17,350

1,560

1998

400

32,010

17,450

1,460

1999

410

31,860

17,320

1,490

2000

550

33,060

18,120

1,630

2001

560

33,890

19,370

1,760

2002

600

35,050

22,490

2,140

2003

630

35,570

25,190

2,420

2004

620

39,140

27,270

2,760

2005

610

38,670

34,200

2,850

n/a = not available.
Notes:
1. Disclosure policy—figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Central Science Laboratory site in York opened in 1996.
Source:
Civil Service Statistics, Mandate

Commission on Unclaimed Assets

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many candidates were considered for the position of chairman of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets; [109202]

(2) on what date Sir Ronald Cohen was appointed to the Commission on Unclaimed Assets; and what (a) salary and (b) expenses he has been paid since his appointment. [109203]

John Healey: The Commission on Unclaimed Assets is an independent body that is not affiliated to Government. The Government were not involved in the establishment of the Commission.

Departmental Computer Data

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to his Department’s computer systems (a) were detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years. [108319]

John Healey: The Department has recorded the following attempts to gain unauthorised access.

Detected Succeeded

2002-03

1

1

2003-04

0

0

2004-05

1

0

2005-06

0

0

2006-07

0

0


Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of the (a) computer data and (b) computer back-up data of HM Revenue and Customs is stored with online data storage providers. [108327]

John Healey: HMRC does not store data with online data storage providers.

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of his Department’s (a) computer data and (b) computer back-up data is stored with online data storage providers. [108328]

John Healey: None of the Department's (a) computer data nor (b) computer back-up data is stored with online data storage providers.

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of his Department’s (a) computer data and (b) computer back-up data is stored outside the United Kingdom. [108334]

John Healey: None of the Department’s (a) computer data nor (b) computer back-up data is stored outside the United Kingdom.

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of the (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data of HM Revenue and Customs is stored outside the United Kingdom. [108335]

John Healey: No taxpayer data are stored or processed outside of the UK other than some Customs and Excise information held in foreign embassies where Customs staff have a presence.

Limited diagnostic computer data are occasionally processed outside the UK where a third party supplier’s technical support is provided from outside of the UK during the night.

All the Department’s IT service outsourcing contracts are subject to the Department’s security standards.


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