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Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 19 November 2007]: The Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) project is currently in its Assessment Phase. As with all Defence projects, it is not until Main Gate approval has been obtained that decisions such as final vessel numbers are confirmed. It is therefore too early to determine the number of ships that will be built under the MARS project.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1462-3W, on adult education: basic skills, how many of the learners included in the table were funded through (a) further education and (b) University for Industry. 
The following table shows the number of adult learners (in thousands) aged 19 and over, and aged 25 and over who were funded by Further Education (FE) and by University for Industry (Ufi) and who could contribute towards the Skills for Life target in 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06.
|Adults aged 19 and over||Adults aged 25 and over|
|FE funded||Ufi funded||Total||FE funded||Ufi funded||Total|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what efficiency savings projects his Department put in place under the Spending Review 2004 targets; on what date each was initiated; how much each was expected to contribute to the target; how much was saved by each; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills came into existence in 2007, with its predecessors being parts of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Skills. As a result, the efficiency savings programmes for SR04 were initiated by these two Departments, with targets for achievement of £4.35 billion of gains by DfES and £380 million by DTI by 2007/08.
The DTI and DfES put in train efficiency programmes to manage their efficiency gains. Details of their programmes and the underpinning initiatives are set out in the Efficiency Technical Notes which are included on the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) websites.
The Department is jointly committed with DCSF and the BERR to the on-going achievement of these targets. We will set out our contribution to the
achievement of the Gershon target in the DIUS Autumn Performance Report, which is due to be published in December 2007.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the full-time equivalent headcount in his Department is; what the forecast full-time equivalent headcount for his Department is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The full-time equivalent headcount of staff in my Department is 727 staff. As the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created in the Machinery of Government changes announced on 28 June 2007 there is no specific headcount target for the Department but we remain committed to working with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to ensure that our collective position as three Departments takes note of the former targets for the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Skills prior to the MoG changes.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many fires there were in (a) further education colleges and (b) higher education institutions in each region in each of the last 10 years. 
The following table shows the total number of fires in all further education establishments attended by each fire and rescue service between 1996 and 2005, the most recent calendar year for which data are available. The further education establishment category includes all post-school age educational establishments, including adult education colleges. Separate data are not available centrally for further education colleges or higher education institutions.
|Table 1: Fires( 1) in further and higher education establishments by FRS area, England, 1996 to 2005|
|Fire and rescue service area||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||Total|
|(1) Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.|
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