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National Institute for Medical Research: Public Appointments

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects the appointment of a permanent director of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to be made; and if he will make a statement. [162710]

Ian Pearson: This is a matter for the Medical Research Council. I have asked the MRC's chief executive to write to my hon. Friend.

Science: Finance

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his plans are for public funding for science and innovation; and if he will make a statement. [164254]

Ian Pearson: Public funding for science and innovation continues to rise. The science budget will increase from £3.4 billion in 2007/08 to just under £4 billion by 2010/11. On innovation, the Technology Strategy Board will develop and lead a strategic programme with its partners worth £1 billion over the next three years. This includes £180 million earmarked by the English Regional Development Agencies
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and £120 million by the Research Councils, to work in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, to provide a coherent package of technology and innovation support that is aligned to maximise impact.

Students: Fees and Charges

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research his Department is undertaking on the effect of university tuition fees. [164256]

Bill Rammell: The Department is undertaking on-going research which will inform the independent commission on tuition fees. The commission will, of course, be able to gather its own evidence.

Students: Grants

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of prospective students who have been unable to access funding offered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council due to delays in the postal system during the last three years. [162382]

Ian Pearson [holding answer 12 November 2007 ]: This is a matter for the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I have asked the chief executive to reply to the hon. Member’s question.

Students: Industrial Training

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans his Department has to work with employers to ensure that the higher education sector equips students with appropriate skills. [164270]

Bill Rammell: We want employers to work more closely with the higher education sector to meet the higher skill needs of the work force and those of students still in education. Employers value broader skills such as communication, analysis and problem-solving and while a good higher education experience delivers these, more could be done. We will encourage this through our Higher Level Skills Strategy due to be published shortly.

University of York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what matters he discussed with the university of York during his recent visit to York; and if he will make a statement. [164273]

Mr. Denham: I very much enjoyed my visit to York university, and the discussions I had with staff and students there. I was able to see how the university is flourishing on the international stage, while at the same time making a real contribution to the local economy and society. I greatly value visits of this kind, because I have made clear that the Government want those working in the higher education sector and students to contribute towards the making of policy. I also valued the opportunity to speak with students from York university about a range of educational issues, as part of the Government’s student listening programme.


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