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Bill Rammell: DIUS will appoint a strong and experienced Chair to guide and oversee the work of the National Student Forum. The Chair will be independent of both Government and the higher education sector.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of students in England who achieved three A grade A-levels at state funded schools or colleges applied for Oxford and Cambridge universities in each year since 1997. 
Student loans are not like commercial loans. Interest is only charged to maintain the value of the loan in real terms so after adjusting for inflation students only pay back the same amount as they borrowed.
For the vast majority of borrowers with income-contingent loans the prevailing rate of interest makes no difference to the level of their monthly repayments, which continue to be deducted from salary at the rate of 9 per cent. of any income over £15,000 per annum.
|Academic year commencing September||Interest rates taken from RPI at the previous March (percentage)|
The Department is committed to helping low skilled and unemployed people to acquire the platform of skills they need to support them in finding sustainable employment and progress in employment and in learningrepresented by basic literacy, numeracy, and full level 2 qualifications. Over the next three years more than £11 billion a year will be invested in education, employment and training
initiatives for young people and adults to help boost their job prospects. We are committed to progressively spend more on responsive and flexible training tailored to the needs of the individual and local job opportunities. Key interventions include:
Spend of around £1.5 billion per year on learning below level 2 including support for over 3.6 million learners on Skills for Life courses over three years.
Free, first full level 2 training for adults through the provision of over 800,000 places in 2010/11a 30 per cent. increase on 2007/08.
For the first time, funding will be targeted specifically at expanding apprenticeships for adults aged over 25. This will mean 30,000 additional such apprenticeships costing £90 million over the next three years.
The provision of over 500,000 full level 3 adult training places (equivalent to 2 A-levels) in 2010/11 an increase of 148 per cent. on 2007/08. Free provision for those aged between 19 and 25.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average gross earnings of 25-year-olds who had (a) no post-16 qualifications, (b) A-levels, (c) higher educational qualification and (d) a further educational qualification were in each year since 1995; and what the most recent estimate is in each category. 
Bill Rammell: The exact information requested could not be derived as a time series. Instead, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) was used to produce a time series with a broader age range and slightly different qualification categories to those requested. The following table shows the estimates of mean hourly earnings (in £s) by qualifications held for full-time employees aged 23-27(1) in England, using LFS spring quarter results from 1995-2007. More rigorous research by the Centre for the Economics of Education on the wage returns to qualifications is available in the House of Commons Library.
(1) The age range 23-27 was used, because there were too few people aged 25 for the results to be statistically robust. Even with the age range used the estimates are subject to a fair degree of sampling variability and should be treated with caution.
|(1) The A levels category includes all A levels attained at all institutions (including Further Education institutions).|
(2) Further Education qualifications can be attained at a variety of levels. In this analysis the A level equivalents category largely consists of vocational level 3 qualifications, but will also include some with AS levels and also apprenticeships which may be at level 2. Vocational level 3 qualifications are often but not always obtained at FE colleges.
Tackling antisocial behaviour is one of the key themes in the Northern Ireland community safety strategy and has been identified by each of the 26 local community safety partnerships as a key priority in their area. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is represented on each of the community safety partnerships.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce a geographical telephone number for the Police Service of Northern Ireland's non-emergency calls. 
Paul Goggins: 0845 600 8000 is the primary number for all non-emergency services. This provides a single contact number regardless of the callers location. The calls are routed automatically to the most appropriate answer-point within the PSNI. This provides an effective response for non-emergency calls and there are no current plans to introduce additional geographic telephone numbers.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people called the Police Service of Northern Irelands non-emergency telephone number in each of the past 12 months for which figures are available; and how much revenue was generated by the use of this number over the same period. 
Paul Goggins: The number of calls made to the Police Service of Northern Irelands non-geographic telephone number for non-emergency calls, 0845 600 8000, in each of the last 12 months is shown in the following table.
|Month||Number of calls to 0845 600 8000|
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