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The figures include schools that closed as a result of the amalgamation or merger of two or more schools and schools that have closed in local authorities that have moved from a three-tier to a two-tier system.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the new funding arrangements for higher education, with particular reference to students personal finances. 
Bill Rammell: The Department is commissioning a new Student Income and Expenditure Survey which will take place during the 2007/08 academic year. The study will provide an authoritative and objective report on the finances of HE students in England and Walestheir income, expenditure, levels of debt and experience of financial hardship. The last survey was carried out in 2004/05 and was designed to set a baseline against which changes following the 2004 Higher Education Act could be monitored.
On 8 January 2004, the Secretary of State announced that the Department would establish an independent review, working with the Office for Fair Access, which would report to the House of Commons on all aspects of the new student support arrangements based on the first three years of operation of the policy. The Department has worked with HEFCE, OFFA and other outside bodies to develop a programme of work that will generate the evidence needed to meet the draft remit of the review.
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