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|(1) The percentage of 16 to 19-year-olds in employment or training but not in employment relates to academic age and is the average over a whole year.|
(2) Data for City of London were included with Westminster in the APS and LLFS data.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what central Government funding was for vocational higher education in (a) Cornwall and (b) England in each year since 1979. 
It is not possible to answer the question in precisely the way it has been asked. Total Government funding for higher education has risen from around £500 million in 1979 to some £10 billion today, but successive Governments have not allocated funding on the basis of particular areas or types of provision, but largely on the basis of supply and demand. We are keen to raise both the demand for and supply of sustainable
higher education opportunities in Cornwall and will continue to work with a range of partners to try to achieve this.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of the Education and Skills Bill if enacted on the employment of young people aged 16 to 18 years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Under the policy to raise the participation age 16 and 17-year-olds will still be able to work, as long as they are in some form of education or training alongside this. There will be no effect on those currently in full-time employment, and there will never be a situation in which full time employees suddenly have to change to part time workingthe first 16-year-olds to be affected are aged 10 now. Young people will know before entering employment at 16 that they have to be in learning part time. And they will not all necessarily work part time. Some will work full time and be provided will accredited training by their employer, and we will encourage employers to do this. Some may rearrange their working hours to attend part time training, rather than working fewer hours. The impact assessment for the Education and Skills Bill was published alongside the Bill on 29 November and copies have been placed in the Library of the House. The impact assessment sets out that the estimated foregone productivity cost to the economy of some young people being released for education or training for one day a week who might otherwise have worked full-time is estimated to be around £4.3 million per cohort.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people aged (a) 16 and (b) 17 in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK were not in education, employment or training in each year since 1997. 
Beverley Hughes: The Department publishes annual estimates of the number of 16 and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England. Figures for 1997 to 2006 are shown in the following table. Equivalent information for the UK is not available.
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