Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of unauthorised absences pupils with (a) special educational needs and (b) a physical disability accounted for in each year since 2001 for which records exist. 
|Maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies( 1) : Pupil absence by special educational needs (SEN), 2005/06, England
|Percentage of half days missed( 3)
|Number of day pupils of compulsory school age( 2)
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Pupil numbers are as at January 2006. Includes pupils aged 5 to 15 with sole and dual (main) registration. Excludes boarders.
(4) Includes pupil enrolments for whom information on SEN was missing.
Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list each (a) trust school and (b) foundation school in England as at (i) 1 September 2006 and (ii) 1 September 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Copies of the lists of foundation and trust schools existing on the dates specified have been lodged with the House Library. To produce this information, it was necessary to reconcile two separate databases carrying with it a small margin for error.
The regulations of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 governing trust schools came into force in May 2007 and according to our records there were no trust schools set up under that legislation before August 2007.
Jim Knight: The Departments estimates of the number and proportion of young people participating in education, training and employment cannot be disaggregated to local authority level. However, we can give an indication of the activity of 16 to 18-year-olds from information collected by the Connexions service. The following table shows the proportion of young people in Devon at the end of 2006 who were known by Connexions to be in (a) education, (b) training and (c) employment.
|Percentage of all 16 to 18-year-olds
It should be noted that information on young people in education and training provided by Connexions is collected on a different basis from that published by the Department, and does not, therefore, give the same totals.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18- year-olds were recorded as not being in education, employment or training in each of the last 10 years. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 14 November 2007]: The following table shows the numbers and proportions of young people of academic age 16 to 18 who were estimated to be not in education, employment or training for each year since 1997.
|16-18-year-olds not in education, employment of training, end year 1997 to 2006
|Proportion ( Percentage)
15. John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the economic value of collaboration between universities and business over the last 10 years. 
Ian Pearson: University business collaboration is an important driver of innovation and one we have in, for example, the Higher Education Innovation Fund and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. It is not practical to put a single number estimate on the economic value of this activity, but Funding Councils collect data from universities through the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey, which shows significant increases over recent years in key measures of collaboration.
Bill Rammell: To succeed in the global economy we must ensure that our work force has world-class skills, carry out world-class research, and drive innovation in all areas. That is why we are committed becoming a world leader on skills by 2020, and to making real progress towards that ambition by 2011. To support that, Government investment in further education and skills will increase by 7 per cent. in real terms between 2007-08 and 2010-11.
17. Chris Mole: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in encouraging greater participation in higher education by people from under-represented groups. .
18. Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in encouraging greater participation in higher education by people from under-represented groups. 
Mr. Denham: The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that for 2005/06, the proportion of young entrants to full-time first degrees coming from lower socio-economic class backgrounds stands at 29.1 per cent.up from 27.9 per cent. in 2002/03. Furthermore, the Departments own, published evidence shows that the proportion of young people from lower socio-economic class backgrounds participating in higher education has risen from 17.6 per cent. in 2002/03 to 19.9 per cent. in 2005/06.
To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision to withdraw
funding from institutions for equivalent or lower qualifications students in the part-time educational sector. 
Bill Rammell: We have asked the Funding Council to reduce funding for equivalent level qualifications by £100 million by 2010-11. The council is consulting on the how to implement this policy. The entire £100 million sum will be recycled within the higher education sector. Much of it will be available to support part-time provision for those already in the workplace who do not yet have a higher education qualification.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on progress made in knowledge transfer between research institutions and industry as part of the EU Lisbon Agenda. 
Bill Rammell: A number of initiatives have taken place in line with the Lisbon strategy. For example, the European Competitiveness Council adopted a proposal for an Intellectual Property Charter for Europe in June. This aims to create a level playing field for industry and academia across Europe on the processes for IP management and exploitation.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consultation was undertaken with (a) Camden council and (b) local residents on the proposed move of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to central London. 
Ian Pearson: The MRC consulted Camden council on three occasions about the possibility of moving the NIMR to the National Temperance hospital site on Hampstead Road. To date there has been no formal consultation with Camden council or local residents on the proposals for the move of the NIMR to the site adjacent to the British Library. Should the BLISS consortium (MRC, CRUK, Wellcome Trust and UCL) be successful in acquiring the site, the consultation and planning process would naturally need to be followed.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the proposed time scale is for the move of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to central London; 
Ian Pearson: A consortium of the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London have submitted a bid to purchase a site adjacent to the British Library. Detailed proposals for the move and its cost will be developed once the outcome of this bid is known, including, if necessary, alternative proposals for the future use of the National Temperance hospital site. MRC envisages that the relocation of the National Institute of Medical Research might be completed by 2013.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which organisations are planned to be housed alongside the National Institute for Medical Research in the event of a move to the British Library site; how much each will contribute to set-up costs; what floor space area each will occupy; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The MRC, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London have created a partnership to build a new international centre for medical research and scientific excellence. Detailed proposals for the scheme, which will include the proposed financial contribution of the current and any future partners, will be developed in 2008.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether sites at the rear of the British Library have been secured for the future location of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The BLISS consortium, (MRC, CRUK, Wellcome Trust and UCL) have submitted an expression of interest for the land adjacent to the British Library to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as part of the sale process. The expression of interest is still under consideration.