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Departmental Foreign Workers

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department. [168105]

Mr. Lammy: The information about EU and non EU foreign nationals could be obtained in the form requested only at disproportionate cost. All potential new appointments to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills are subject to nationality, passport, proof of identity and reference checks before contracts of employment are issued.

Departmental Land

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what land surplus to his Department’s requirements it is (a) selling, (b) leasing and (c) intending to (i) sell and (ii) lease; and what the size and name of each relevant site is. [168844]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has no surplus land.


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Departmental Orders and Regulations

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many regulations his Department and its predecessors have (a) made and (b) revoked in the last 12 months. [167077]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and its predecessors, the Department for Education and Skills (DFES) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in as much as DFES and DTI covered areas of work now covered by DIUS, made 40 regulations and revoked 26 in the 12 months which ended on 27 November 2007.

Education: Chelmsford

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 18 to 24-year-olds in West Chelmsford constituency are in full-time education; and what the figures were in each of the last five years. [168456]

Bill Rammell [holding answer 28 November 2007]: Annual average estimates of the proportion of people in full-time education by age are available at a local level from the Annual Population Survey (APS(1)) and its predecessor the Local Labour Force Survey (LLFS(2)). Estimates for West Chelmsford for 2006 and for the previous five years are shown in the following table. These small area estimates are based on very small samples and are therefore subject to high sampling variability. They should therefore be treated with caution and in particular changes from year to year should not be used in isolation from the figures for a run of years. Regional and national estimates have been shown for comparison.

Percentage
LLFS 2001-02 LLFS 2002-03 LLFS 2003-04 APS 2004 APS 2005 APS 2006

West Chelmsford

34

20

22

32

33

30

East of England

18

19

22

20

22

21

England

26

26

27

27

28

27


Educational Institutions: Catering

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) further education colleges and (b) universities have been supplied with meat by McLaren Foods in the last 12 months. [170442]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is not collected by this Department.


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English Language: Education

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to assess the effectiveness of the recently introduced changes to the provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages. [169608]

Bill Rammell: The first return of learner data is not expected until December 2007, and this will help to develop an understanding of the implications of the Government’s changes to ESOL policy for 2007/08 at a national as well as local level. The LSC and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills are working very closely to analyse the full impact of the ESOL policy changes on demand, as well as on provider behaviour. We have commissioned additional impact assessment work to help us do this and expect to have results in the new year. The priority for the Government and the LSC is that public support is available to those who need it most, and we will continue to work towards this agenda.

Health Insurance

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies have private health insurance provided as part of their employment package. [167930]

Mr. Lammy: The Department does not offer private health insurance as part of the employment package.

The Department has no agencies.

Higher Education: Closures

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will make it his policy to require the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to collect information about and report to him on proposals by universities to withdraw services from specific campuses; and if he will instruct the HEFCE to do so in the case of the University of Bath and the Oakfield campus in Swindon; [168711]

(2) how much funding from the public purse was given to the University of Bath for the Oakfield Campus (a) prior to and (b) since its opening in 2000; how many higher education schemes initiated by his Department are run at the campus; and how many students were on these courses at the Oakfield Campus at the latest date for which figures are available; [168712]

(3) if he will assess the likely effect on the delivery of vocational courses funded by his Department at the University of Bath of that university’s proposal to withdraw from the Oakfield campus in Swindon; [168562]

(4) what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the University of Bath’s proposal to withdraw from the Oakfield campus in Swindon on his Department’s policy of encouraging greater access to higher education; [168563]

(5) what discussions he has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the interests of students whose courses are affected by the withdrawal of universities from satellite campuses. [168714]


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Bill Rammell [holding answer 27 November 2007]: Higher education institutions are autonomous bodies funded through block grant and free to decide their own strategies including the organisation of teaching and learning, in the light of their relative strengths and student demand. That said, I expect them as a matter of good practice to consult local Members of Parliament on any major reorganisation which affects their constituents.

I understand that Bath university has decided to withdraw the offer provision of higher education from the Oakfield campus in the light of its assessment of student demand. That is a matter for the university, but I would expect all institutions contemplating changes of this sort to engage in early dialogue with HEFCE so that wherever possible, options for other alternative provision can be considered and they should also keep hon. Members informed of their future intentions. I am aware that a number of proposals about enhancing opportunities for higher education study in Swindon are currently under consideration.

Higher Education: Greater London

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 18 to 22 year olds from each London borough were studying at university (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest dates for which figures are available. [169233]

Bill Rammell: The main measure for tracking progress on increasing participation is currently the higher education initial participation rate (HEIPR). This is the sum of the HE initial participation rates for individual ages between 17 and 30 inclusive. It covers 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 earliest figure is 39.3 per cent. for 1999-2000 and the latest available figure is 42.8 per cent. for 2005-06.

Equivalent figures for the 18-22 year old age group are 33.4 per cent. for 1999-2000 and 36.2 per cent. for 2005-06.

Figures for 2006-07 will become available in 2008. The HEIPR is not disaggregated below national level.

HEFCE's 'Young participation in Higher Education' publication includes the proportion of young people who enter higher education at age 18 or 19 by local authority, although this only covers the years up to 2000. Participation rates based on this work are given on the supporting POLAR website (www.hefce.ac.uk/polar). The figures for 1997 and 2000 are shown in the table.


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P roportion of young people from London boroughs who entered higher education at age 18 or 19, for the cohorts reaching 18 in 1997 and in 2000
Percentage
LSC area( 1) Local a uthority 1997 2000

London East

City of London

52

60

Greenwich

21

24

Hackney

19

22

Lewisham

24

27

Tower Hamlets

17

24

Barking and Dagenham

13

15

Bexley

23

26

Havering

22

23

Newham

26

31

Redbridge

43

48

London Central

Camden

38

44

Islington

24

30

Kensington and Chelsea

48

60

Lambeth

25

29

Southwark

22

27

Wandsworth

35

39

Westminster

43

48

London West

Hammersmith and Fulham

33

38

Brent

44

48

Ealing

41

46

Harrow

51

54

Hillingdon

31

34

Hounslow

36

41

London North

Barnet

51

52

Enfield

35

37

Haringey

31

33

Waltham Forest

29

32

London South

Bromley

37

39

Croydon

33

36

Kingston upon Thames

43

47

Merton

36

41

Richmond upon Thames

55

56

Sutton

34

35

(1) Learning and Skills Council area Source: "Young Participation in Higher Education", published by HEFCE

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