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Departmental Marketing

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies since its establishment. [179789]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The information requested does not exist in such a format centrally that the question can be answered fully and accurately, without incurring disproportionate costs,

(b) The Department does not hold the stock records of its agencies, but in the case of its agencies and NDPBs the majority of those products would carry their own agency brand.

Departmental Publicity

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what advertising campaigns his Department has run since its establishment; and what was the (a) date and (b) cost of each. [164504]

Mr. Lammy: The Department is currently undertaking an advertising and promotional campaign to ensure students and parents are aware of the financial support that will be available from April 2008. The campaign was launched on 5 November 2007 and will run through to spring 2008, to meet the information needs at the height of the college application process. £1,707,997 will be spent on advertising.

Departmental Reorganisation

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent by his Department on (a) signposts, (b) graphic designers, (c) stationery and (d) websites as a result of the reorganisation of the Department for Education and Skills. [166869]


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Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was formed on 28 June 2007, following the machinery of Government changes. The Department has spent the following to date as a result of the reorganisation of both the former DFES and DTI (it is not possible to split these costs further):

(a) Signposts: DIUS Display panels /Outdoor Signage for BERR, 1 Victoria Street; DCSF buildings - £1,229.50 (production only).

(b) Graphic designers: £15,33475 (includes development of DIUS branding, DIUS collateral and branding guidelines).

(c) Stationery: £922.50 (includes design work for letterheads).

(d) Websites: in the region of £25,000 (includes work on redsign of phase two of the website).

Departmental Retirement

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department’s staff retired on the grounds of stress-related illness in each of the last three years. [187887]

Mr. Lammy: DIUS was created by Machinery of Government Changes in June 2007 from elements of the then Department of Trade and Industry and Department for Education and Skills. As a consequence it has not existed for the period covered in the question.

However, over the period since June 2007 no staff retired on the grounds of stress-related illness.

Departmental Telephone Services

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are used by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies which report to his Department. [186178]

Mr. Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 February 2007, Official Report column 867W.

Dismissal

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many employees of his Department were dismissed in 2007; and what financial payments were made to such employees. [180352]

Mr. Lammy: DIUS was created in June 2007 by the amalgamation of elements from BERR (formerly DTI) and DCSF (formerly DfES). As a consequence it has not existed for the 12 months specified.

However in the Period June 2007 to January 2008, records show that there have been no dismissals.

Higher Education: Admissions

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many first time students (a) aged 21 to 24 and (b) aged 25 and over are expected to commence higher education courses at English institutions in 2008-09, broken down by mode and course of study. [175801]


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Bill Rammell: The Government have a target to increase participation in higher education towards 50 per cent. of those aged 18 to 30 with growth of at least a percentage point every two years to the academic year 2010-11. The Government do not make projections of the number of students entering higher education in these specific age bands or by course of study.

Innovation: Education

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what innovations his Department and its predecessors have introduced into the (a) university and (b) further education system since 1997. [166268]

Bill Rammell: The major innovations which my Department and its predecessors have introduced into the higher and further education systems since 1997 have been set out each year in the departmental annual reports (copies of which have been placed in the Library).

For higher education these include the Higher Education Innovation Fund to promote better links between HE and business; funding for the AimHigher programme which promotes outreach in schools and colleges to widen participation; personal support for part-time students for the first time; and the introduction of programmes involving employer co-funding of both HE and FE courses. Our comprehensive programme of reforms is transforming the FE system into the skills powerhouse for the future. The FE sector is now more able to respond to business needs for innovative people and we are embedding innovation in national skills academies.

Mature Students

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of mature students began their course aged (a) 21 to 35, (b) 26 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50, (e) 51 to 60 and (f) over 61 years of age in the most recent period for which figures are available. [188464]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information is given in the table.

Number and percentage of mature entrants( 1) beginning higher education courses( 2) at English higher education institutions academic year 2006-07
Age group Number Percentage

21-25

199,865

34.0

26-30

106,990

18.2

31-40

139,005

23.6

41-50

91,895

15,6

51-60

34,805

5.9

61 and over

15,395

2.6

Total

587,965

100.0

(1) Includes full-time and part-time students from the UK and overseas.
(2) Includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Notes:
1. Figures are on a HESA standard registration population basis and have been rounded to the nearest five so components may not sum to total.
2. Figures exclude a small proportion of students with unknown age.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of people studying a part-time level-4 qualification were aged (a) 18 to 21, (b) 22 to 25, (c) 26 to 30, (d) 31 to 40, (e) 41 to 50, (f) 51 to 60 and (g) over 60 years of age in the most recent year for which figures are available. [188465]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information is given in the table.

Number and percentage of students( 1) studying part-time level 4 qualifications( 2) in English higher education institutions academic year 2006-07
Age group Number Percentage

18-21

46,110

9.2

22-25

65,600

13.1

26-30

73,770

14.7

31-40

135,395

27.0

41-50

106,435

21.3

51-60

46,075

9.2

61 and over

27,335

5.5

Total

500,720

100.0

(1) Includes students from the UK and overseas.
(2) Includes all undergraduate qualifications.
Notes:
1. Figures are on a HESA standard registration population basis and have been rounded to the nearest five.
2. Figures exclude a small proportion of students with unknown age,
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HISA)

Overseas Students

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which colleges in England have been removed from the approved list for providing education to overseas students in the last five years; how many of those have received students with visas during the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [183207]

Bill Rammell: The Register of Education and Training Providers has been operating since 1 January 2005. Since that date, the following colleges in England at the addresses listed have been removed from the Register. Colleges are removed from the Register at their own request, for cessation of trading or if they are found to be in breach of Immigration Rules or other compliance criteria. The information on the number of these colleges which received students with visas could not be supplied without incurring disproportionate costs.


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