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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received reports of the hijacking of World Food Programme trucks in Darfur since 1 January 2008; and what assessment he has made of the humanitarian impact of such events in Darfur. 
Gillian Merron: The latest statement from the World Food Programme (WFP) indicated that five WFP passenger vehicles and 45 WFP-contracted trucks have been hijacked in Darfur since the start of 2008. Some 37 trucks and 23 drivers are still unaccounted for.
The insecurity in Darfur has forced many agencies to scale back operations at a time on increasing need. Although existing food stocks are sufficient for the next two months, the insecurity is hampering the ability of WFP and other agencies to stock pile food, medicines, shelter materials and fuel before the onset of the rainy season in May/June when needs will rise dramatically and logistics become extremely difficult.
12. Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact that the changes to regional administration will have on the funding of colleges of further education; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: On 17 March with the Department for Children, Schools and Families we published "Raising Expectations: enabling the system to deliver". It sets out plans to tackle education and skills challenges and strengthen support for young people and adults.
In the proposals, colleges will receive funding for pre 19 provision from local authorities and for post 19 provision from the Skills Funding Agency. This continues the current practice of two distinct discussions for pre and post 19 provision.
13. Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the functions and objectives of the proposed National Apprenticeship Service are; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham: The proposed National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will have end to end responsibility for the Apprenticeship programme, including accountability for the national delivery of targets. Full functions and objectives of the National Apprenticeship Service are detailed in Section 4 of 'World-class Apprenticeships: Unlocking Talent, Building Skills for All' published on 28 January 2008. The NAS will be a distinct service within the Learning and Skills Council and will commence in April 2009.
But we can and must do more. We have made improvements to the Student Finance Form to make it easier for students to consent to share financial information to be assessed for bursaries. We are also working with OFFAthe Office for Fair Accessand the sector on sharing good practice on encouraging bursary take-up.
Mr. Denham: The White Paper Raising Expectations: enabling the system to deliver, was published jointly with DCSF on 17 March 2008. This sets out proposals to replace the Learning and Skills Council with two new systems. Responsibility for 16-19 funding will transfer to local authorities, supported by a new Young People's Learning Agency. For adults we propose to strengthen the demand led approach, including through the creation of a new Skills Funding Agency and a strengthened advice and support service.
Bill Rammell: This is already part of the business of higher education providers. For example, over two million people attend public lectures and performances put on by higher education providers, UK academics provide over 30,000 working days in support of museums, galleries and related education activity, benefiting millions of people, and the public can access top class sporting facilities as well. Our new university challenge initiative also emphasises that higher education providers make a real difference to the cultural life of towns, not least through the facilities which benefit both students and communities.
17. Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the demand for learning and development in relation to sectors requiring highly skilled workers; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: Analysis undertaken for the Leitch review suggested that 18 million jobs would become vacant between 2004 and 2020, half of which would be in the occupations most likely to employ graduates and those with higher level skills. All sectors require highly-skilled workers to meet the increasing demand for knowledgeable, adaptable and innovative people and Sector Skills Councils articulate the needs of employers for learning provision at all levels in particular sectors.
Bill Rammell: The Corporation of Wirral Metropolitan College has recently announced plans to develop a new world class college for 2011, including investment to redevelop the college estate. These plans are at an early stage: they will require consultation and will need to demonstrate that they provide further education opportunities that meet the needs and demands of people in the Wirral.
19. Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution knowledge transfer partnerships can make to university-created businesses. 
Ian Pearson: The aim of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is to strengthen the competitiveness and wealth creation of the UK by the stimulation of innovation in business through collaborative partnerships with the UK knowledge base. Businesses of all sizes in most industries and commercial sectors can take part.
No specific assessment has been made of the contribution KTPs can make to university spinout businesses. However, in July 2007 the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) took over responsibility for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and the TSB is currently considering how best to meet the needs of different types of businesses.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students gained a place at a higher education institution in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: The latest figures published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that the number of applicants who have been accepted for entry to full-time undergraduate courses in 2007 was up by 6 per cent. compared to 2006. They have also exceeded the large increase in 2005, which means the 2007 figures are the highest ever. The small downturn which we saw in 2006, which we always anticipated, has been strongly reversed this year.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government have taken to identify and record instances of age discrimination in the workplace. 
Neither the European Framework Directive (2000/78/EC) nor the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations, which implement the age strand of the directive, require instances of age discrimination in the workplace to be identified and recorded. Instances of age discrimination that individuals have challenged through the employment tribunal system are recorded. Data about cases are available in the employment tribunal and EAT statistics for the year to 31 March 2007 at:
We shall be monitoring the effectiveness of the legislation through the second Survey of Employers Policies, Practices and Preferences Relating to Age in 2009 and through the second Fair Treatment at Work Survey later this year which looks at perceptions of discrimination in the workplace.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating to their official duties; and if he will make a statement. 
The Civil Service Code, covering the values and standards civil servants are expected to uphold, in terms of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.
Staff policies on involvement with publications, broadcasting, lectures, conferences and surveys; acceptable usage of IT; political activities; official information and data protection; and whistleblowing.
We are working with the Cabinet Office to develop cross-government guidance on use of social media by Government, including the propriety and ethical issues raised. This is due for publication in April.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will set a target to increase the use of video conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings. 
Bill Rammell: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills is committed to reducing the need to travel to meetings where this is practicable and appropriate. Our departmental blueprint sets out our vision to be innovative and have exemplary business operations. In developing our new headquarters building, Kingsgate House, we have installed state-of-the-art video conferencing and telepresence facilities, as well as phone conferencing. E-conferencing is also being used to give people the ability to attend meetings from their desks by accessing a shared workspace which enables interaction with colleagues. Our wide range of video conferencing facilities provide for ad-hoc one-to-one conversations as well as formal planned meetings and committees. These are seen as really positive steps within the Department and I do not believe that to develop an artificial target to increase video conferencing usage would deliver any additional benefits.
Mr. Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to educational establishments on promoting shared values and combating violent extremism. 
Bill Rammell: Universities make an important contribution to business through research, knowledge transfer, innovation and work force development, in addition to supplying skilled and knowledgeable graduates. We have invested in university-business collaboration through increases in the Higher Education Innovation Fund and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and a stronger focus on the economic impact of research. Work force development is less developed and we will consult through a Higher Level Skills Strategy on how universities can better meet this challenge.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) companies based in the United States and (b) UK subsidiaries of US companies have been contracted by his Department and its agencies to provide services involving the use, storage, processing and analysis of databases of personal information held by the Government on UK citizens during the last five years. 
Contracts with IPSOS/MORI for the purpose of carrying out the National Student Survey. As part of this contract, IPSOS/MORI transfers some data to a US company called SPSS Inc.
The following research organisations to whom both DIUS and LSC have supplied ILR data to in the last five years and who appear to be UK subsidiaries of US companies:
ORC International: part of Opinion Research Corporation who are based in Princeton, New Jersey.
Guidance Enterprise: GE Research.
BMRB Social Research: they are part of Millward Brown, who in turn are part of Kantar Group, a company based in Connecticut.
CACI Ltd.: they are a subsidiary of CACI International Inc. who are based in the US.
The Oracle Corporation in the US hold and process the HR and finance data for the Student Loans Company on the Oracle system. These systems do not meet the definition of a database as advised by the Cabinet Office.
The Government takes the protection of personal data extremely seriously. Data exchanges between the Student Loans Company and HMRC have all been reviewed following the Chancellors statement on
20 November to ensure they meet the appropriate security standards. No breaches of data protection protocols have occurred in respect of student loan administration. Furthermore, the provisions catering for the sharing of information in the Sale of Student Loans Bill will
strengthen the framework for legal protection of data in respect of all loans, whether sold or unsold. The Bill will extend an existing criminal sanction prohibiting the wrongful disclosure of HMRC information outside the terms of the legislative gateway.