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Higher Education: Admissions

Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been
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spent on widening participation in higher education in each year since 1997; on what schemes that money has been spent; and how much will be spent in each of the next three years. [227523]

Mr. Lammy: This Government remain fully committed to widening access to higher education for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Widening access requires long-term investment and change across the higher education system. We have reformed student finance, reintroducing grants and raising the income threshold at which repayments start. No one is required to pay a contribution to their higher education up-front. These reforms, together with Aimhigher, have been instrumental in bringing about progress. The proportion of UK domiciled, young, full time, first degree entrants to English higher education institutions who were from lower socio-economic groups rose from 27.9 per cent. in 2002-03 to 29.8 per cent. in 2006-07.

Expenditure from 1997 on widening access is as follows:

£ million

1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

Aimhigher and predecessors(1,2)

50

70

120

136

102

87

80

85.5

89.5

89.5

Additional HE summer schools

1

2

(7)

Regional projects and other early activity(3)

2

3

10

12

5

5

Student support(4)

2,363

2,326

1,761

1,507

1,213

1,096

1,084

1,410

1,411

1,634

1,962

2,252

2,461

2,598

Widening participation allocation(5)

20

31

37

48

266

273

284

345

356

363

University bursaries and outreach(6)

96

(8)

Total

2,365

2,329

1,791

1,550

1,295

1,209

1,460

1,819

1,797

2,162

(1) The unified Aimhigher programme was introduced in 2004. Predecessor programmes were Excellence Challenge, funded by the then Department for Education and Skills, and Partnerships for Progression, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Aimhigher is funded jointly by DIUS, HEFCE, the LSC and the Department for Health. Includes money for Aimhigher Associates (£3 million in 2008-09, £9 million in 2009-10, and £9 million in 2010-11).
(2) Excellence Challenge included Opportunity Bursaries. These were grants to eligible people from lower income families and were worth £2,000 over three years. From September 2001, 26,000 such bursaries were made available at a total cost of £37 million. With the wider reintroduction of grants in 2006, the Opportunity Bursary scheme was withdrawn.
(3) Funded by HEFCE.
(4) Includes student loans RAB charge, fee loans, student support grants, Maintenance Grant, HE Grant, grants for vulnerable students, tuition fee grants, grants for part-time students and access funds and bursaries. The student loans RAB charge estimates the future cost to Government of subsidising and writing off the student loans issued in that year; it does not represent the amount of cash lent to students, which has risen each year since the introduction of student loans. Figures for 1997-2007 are outturn; those for 2007-08 is estimated outturn; and those for 2008-11 are plans.
(5) These figures also include the allocations for improving the retention of non-traditional students, and to widen access and improve provision for disabled students. The figure for 2008-09 is provisional.
(6) The Office for Fair Access forecasts that around £300 million annually will be spent by higher education providers on bursaries and scholarships benefiting students from tow-income and other under-represented groups by the academic year 2008-09.
(7) Not yet confirmed.
(8) Not yet available.
Note:
In 2001-04, Aimhigher contributed £10 million a year towards the widening participation allocation. The figure given as the total for each of these years is therefore less than the sum of the parts to avoid double counting.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent progress has been made in widening participation in higher education. [227793]

Mr. Lammy: This Government are totally committed to widening participation in higher education (HE), both for economic reasons and reasons of social justice. HE offers significant earnings and other benefits to
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individuals and we want to see a broader range of people to be able and willing to take advantage of these benefits.

There is convincing evidence that we are making steady progress, for example:

But we are not complacent, it is clear that issues affecting HE participation patterns require long-term address. We continue to help and encourage a range of people to enter HE through for example

Small Businesses: Innovation

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the use of innovation in small business. [227369]

Mr. Lammy: We are introducing a number of measures aimed at increasing the level of innovation within small business. These include:


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In addition, we have also published a Higher Level Skills Strategy that provides an overall framework for driving up the high level skills that contribute to innovation in business. We are also encouraging more HEIs to develop and offer high level programmes for management and leadership as part of the new management and leadership funding for SMEs under the Train to Gain Plan for Growth.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts Council England: Finance

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant in aid was received by Arts Council England in each year since 1997-98 in 2007-08 prices; and what such grants were, excluding funds for Creative Partnerships. [223886]

Barbara Follett: The information requested has been provided by Arts Council England and is set out in the table.


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Heads

1997-98 2007-08

Core

Advocacy and Communications—Communications

8

49

Advocacy and Communications—Enquiries

10

Advocacy and Communications—Events

1

Advocacy and Communications—Marketing

2

3

Advocacy and Communications—Media Relations

7.5

4.5

Advocacy and Communications—Public Affairs

13

2.5

Advocacy and Communications—Publishing

2

Arts—Combined Arts

24.5

11.5

Arts—Crafts

12.5

4

Arts—Dance

20.5

18

Arts—Drama

24

Arts—Film, Video and Broadcasting

33

10

Arts—Literature

22

24.5

Arts—Music

24

15

Arts—Performing Arts

31.5

45

Arts—Touring

12.5

0.5

Arts—Visual Arts

40.5

46.5

CEO

34

6

CEO—Chairman’s Office

2

CEO—Regional ED's Office

19

Policy and Research

7

7

Resource development

49

119

Resource Development—Arts and Diversity

2.5

42

Resource Development—Business Assessment and Planning

8

8

Resource Development—Education and Training

19

19

Resource Development—Lottery

87.5

14

Resources—Directorate

22

9

Resources—Finance

36

56

Resources—HR

11

15.5

Resources—IT

17.5

18

Resources—Legal Services

3

Resources—Office Services

28.5

18.5

Core total

599.5

601

Specific project

2012 Project

3

Arts Award

1

Arts Training South West

3

Artsmark

3

Commissions North

1

Commissions North

2

Contemporary Music Network

3

Creative Industries

4

Creative Partnerships

142

Cultural leadership programme

4

Decibel

9

Own Art

3

Public Art South West

2

2

Schools Arts Projects

1

Take it away

1

Young People at Risk

2

Young People’s Theatre

1

Specific project total

5

182

Grand total

604.5

783


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