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Bill Rammell: The table contains the latest available figures for the age specific initial participation rates for ages 17 to 60. The age specific initial participation rates cover English-domiciled first time entrants to HE courses, which are expected to last for at least six months, at UK higher education institutions and English, Scottish and Welsh further education colleges, and who remain on their course for at least six months.
The higher education initial participation rate (HEIPR) is the sum of the age specific initial participation rates for ages 17 to 30. The 2005-06 HEIPR is 43 per cent. and equates roughly to the probability that a 17-year-old will participate in higher education by age 30. The sum of the 2005-06 age specific initial participation rates for ages 17-60 is 53 per cent. and equates roughly to the probability that a 17-year-old will participate in higher education by age 60.
Both students and the general population aged up to 20 are deemed to be young, over 20 mature. The age specific initial participation rates for ages 21 to 60 are therefore indicative of the age participation rates of the mature population. These do not reflect numbers that have participated in higher education, rather, they represent initial participants in higher education in 2005-06.
|Individual higher education initial participation rates for 17 to 60 year olds in 2005-06|
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Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Office of Fair Access cost in each year since it was set up; and what the budget is for the next three years. 
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On the basis of OFFAs work processing and agreeing access agreements, some 400,000 students from lower income backgrounds are expected to benefit around £300 million in bursaries and other financial incentives from institutions.
Doctoral students supported by the Research Councils receive a minimum stipend of £12,600 (rising to £12,940 in October 2008). PhD stipends have increased across the board, and enhanced stipends of over £13,000 are used to attract students to areas of recruitment difficulty such as engineering, statistics and informatics, economics, veterinary science. Enhanced stipends are also available through the Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering scheme for students to undertake research in collaboration with industry.
Research Councils support around 3,000 Masters students annually. Stipend support is provided to HEIs who determine the level per student. For instance, the NERC provide a basic maintenance award of £8,080 in 2007/08.
The Department provides Initial Teacher Training at post graduate level for students in England. A disabled students allowance is available to postgraduate students, including those on taught Masters.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provides grants to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England for taught Masters courses. Funding in 2007/08 is in the region of £100 million.
The Learning and Skills Council provide Career Development Loans totalling around £20 million to around 3,500 postgraduate learners resident in England each year. Approximately 25 per cent. of Career Development Loans are taken out to support HE courses, primarily postgraduate courses such as Masters Degrees.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many students aged 20 or over took (a) GCSEs and (b) A-levels in (i) English Literature, (ii) English Language and (iii) Mathematics in each year since 1997; 
(2) how many students aged 20 or over received (a) an A*, (b) an A, (c) a B, (d) a C, (e) a D and (f) an E grade or less at (i) GCSE and (ii) A-level in (A) English Literature, (B) English Language and (C) Mathematics in each year since 1997. 
Bill Rammell: The following table shows the number of adult (aged 19 plus) starts and achievers of GCSE or GCE A Level in English Literature, English and Mathematics with expected end year 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. The Learning and Skills Councils (LSC) Further Education (FE) Individualised Learner Record (ILR) was collated for the first time in 2002/03 and figures are given from that time.
|Starters||Achievers||Number of High grades( 1)|
|(1 )High grades are A*-C at GCSE and A-B at GCE A Level.|
LSC ILR FE qualification level success rate data
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