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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department makes available for adult courses in craft work in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The Government are committed to ensuring that learning serves the needs of the whole community and that everyone can lead healthy and fulfilling lives by participating fully in work, education and society as a whole. Our recent consultation on Informal Adult Learning has been looking closely at learning that helps develop families and communities by meeting the basic human need for creativity and stimulation. It has started a discussion which will lead to a new vision of Informal Adult Learning for the 21(st) century and we will publish our response to the consultation in September.
The exact funding, makeup and distribution of learning provision at local level are matters for local Learning and Skills Councils and their partners in colleges and other providers, according to their assessment of local needs and priorities. Mark Haysom the LSCs Chief Executive will write to the hon. Lady with more detailed information. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked; how many students received monies from Learning Skills Council funding in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
There are only a limited number of programmes where LSC funding is received directly by students and these are within the Learner Support range of programmes.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an income assessed weekly allowance paid to learners from low income households to support them in learning undertaken beyond the statutory school leaving age. The allowance is paid on a something for something basis and the learner may also receive bonuses where the learner remains on their learning programme, makes good progress and achieves the standards of behaviour and effort agreed with the learning provider. The table below shows the number of students who have received this allowance:
|Education maintenance allowance|
|Area type||Area name||2004/05||2005/06||2006/07||2007/08( 1)|
|(1) Year to date28 August 2007 to 31 May 2008.|
Adult Learning Grant (ALG) is, subject to a financial assessment, a weekly payment payable to adults aged 19+ undertaking full time studying towards their first full level 2 / 3 qualification. The table below shows the number of students who have received this grant:
|Adult learning grant|
|(1) As at 21 May 2008.|
(2) 1(st) year of national rollout.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield District have been enrolled in adult education courses in each of the last five years. 
Bill Rammell: Our planned and continuing strategy is to realign funding from a high number of very short and low quality courses to qualifications such as Skills for Life, full level 2 and full level 3 that offer the greatest opportunity for adults to gain the skills for employability and further progression in learning.
The following table shows the total number of Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funded learners aged 19+ resident in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield district from 2003/04, the earliest year for which comparable data are available.
|Number of LSC funded adult learners resident in Hemsworth constituency and Wakefield district|
|Academic year||Hemsworth constituency||Wakefield district|
| Notes: 1. Numbers in the table have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures cover Further Education, Work Based Learning, Adult Safeguarded Learning and Train to Gain provision (TTG started in 2005/06, with full rollout in 2006/07). Source: Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record.|
We understand that as well as increasing skills, education is also about meeting the basic human desire for intellectual stimulation. That is why we have safeguarded £210 million each year through to 2010-11 to support informal adult learning. Through our recent consultation we have led discussion on a new vision for informal adult learning for the 21st century.
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