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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to remedy the (a) administrative problems at and (b) problems caused for customers by the new Student Finance Direct body. 
Bill Rammell: Those students who applied to the Student Loans Company on time with correctly completed application forms were paid on time, but a number of improvements to processes and customer service provision have been identified and already put in place to improve the service offered. We have already started the process of evaluating the performance of the pilot unit in order to learn lessons to improve the service given to students next year.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) North East and (b) North Lincolnshire local education authority (i) attended university courses and (ii) received student loans to attend university in each year since 1997. 
|Numbers of students on undergraduate courses at UK higher education institutions and numbers of students in receipt of an income-contingent student loanstudents domiciled in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire local authority areasacademic years 1997/98 to 2005/06|
|North East Lincolnshire LA||North Lincolnshire LA|
|Academic year||Number of students( 1,2)||Number of students receiving an income-contingent loan( 1,3)||Number of students( 1,2)||Number of students receiving an income-contingent loan( 1,3)|
|(1) Figures are for students domiciled in the North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire local education authorities. They are rounded to the nearest 5 students.|
(2) SourceHigher Education Statistics Agency. Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1st December in each year. They cover student enrolments on Part-time and Full-time modes of study on all undergraduate courses. They exclude students on Writing Up, Sabbatical and Dormant modes of study.
(3) SourceStudent Loans Company. Figures include all students in receipt of an income-contingent maintenance loan.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated by his Department and bodies for which it is responsible to fund centres run by charitable and voluntary organisations where supervised contact takes place in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of students have their university tuition fees paid in (a) full and (b) part by their local education authority. 
|Number of students( 1)||Percentage of students( 1)|
|(1) Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand; percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Source: Student Loans Company (SLC).|
In 2005-06, students on full-time undergraduate courses and their families were expected to make a contribution towards the cost of their tuition based on household income. Students from lower-income backgrounds were wholly or partially exempt from paying tuition fees.
Jon Cruddas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students (a) applied for and (b) were successful in obtaining places on degree courses at English universities in (i) law, (ii) medicine, (iii) engineering, (iv) accountancy and (v) veterinary studies in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by social class; and what the percentage change in (A) applicants and (B) successful places has been since 1999, broken down by social class. 
Bill Rammell: The latest available information has been taken from figures published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on its website and covers English-domiciled students at UK institutions from 2000 entry onwards. The available data do not allow the identification of individual subjects of study by social class so figures have been given for the relevant subject groups.
For data relating to the 2002 entry cycle, a new classification for recording social class was introduced, the National Statisticssocio economic classification (NS-SEC). There was also a change in the subject of study classification. As such, figures for 2000 and 2001 entry are not comparable to those from 2002 entry onwards.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19-year-olds from Milton Keynes attended university courses in each year since 1997. 
The latest available figures on participation in higher education by constituency were published by the Higher Education funding Council for England in January 2005 in Young Participation in England, which is available from their website at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/. This
report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by constituency, for the years 1997 to 2000. The figures for North-East Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes South- West, and the comparable figure for England, are shown in the following table. HEFCE have not produced participation rates beyond 2000.
|Young participation rate (YPR (A)) in Higher Education( 1) for year cohort aged 18|
|(1) Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions and other UK institutions, for example further education colleges.|
(2) Cohorts are reported to the nearest 10.
(3) Young participation rates for constituencies are reported to the nearest percent.
Higher Education Funding Council for England.
|Entrants to undergraduate courses( 1)|
|(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.
Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population for entrants and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.
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 to 30 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2004/05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at constituency level.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the rate of take-up of university places from prospective students from less affluent families. 
Bill Rammell: In the past few years, we have seen a steady widening of participation in higher education. Performance indicators published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the proportion of students from non-traditional backgrounds has increased across a range of measures. The proportion from low-participation neighbourhoods, for example, rose from 11.4 per cent. to 13.1 per cent. between 1997-98 and 2004-05, the latest year for which figures are available. Performance indicator figures are shown in the table.
|Proportion of young entrants to full-time first degrees, at higher education institutions in England, from the lower social classes and from low-participation neighbourhoods|
|Proportion of entrants to university from|
|Social classes IIIm, IV and V( 1)||NS-SECs 4, 5, 6 and 7||Low-participation neighbourhoods|
|(1 )Not available. Note: The National Statistics socio-economic classification was introduced in 2002-03 to replace the social class groupings. The two classifications are not directly comparable. Source: Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by HESA.|
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