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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff has been since his Department was established. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Simon: None. Special adviser have no entitlement to an allocated Government car. During their employment within the Department special advisers are civil servants and their travel arrangements are made in accordance with the rules and guidance seiM4 in the Civil Service Management Code, and departmental staff handbooks.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award of the contract since the inception of his Department. 
Mr. Simon: Information on whether there has been any abortive cost to the Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award of the contract is not collected centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since its inception; how much he estimates will be spent on each category in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Simon: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established in June 2007. Since that date the Department has spent £42,075 on focus groups. For the remainder of 2008-09 we estimate spending £8,645.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event. 
Mr. Simon: DIUS has run three citizens juries: one on informal adult learning, and two on English for Speakers of Other Languages. The total cost was £189,965. The events involved 143 members of the public and three Ministers also attended.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure applications for education maintenance allowance are dealt with as quickly as possible. 
This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold information about applications made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive, will write to my right hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average time taken to complete applications for education maintenance allowance was from receipt of application to confirmation of award in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Jim Knight: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold information about applications made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive, will write to my right hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent per prisoner on providing education in prisons in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was. 
The Learning and Skills Council assumed responsibility for planning and funding the new integrated Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) across England with effect from 31 July 2006, putting in place a series of contracts to deliver learning and skills in public sector prisons across England. We do not have detailed information on the learning hours delivered through the predecessor contracts.
On the basis of the Learning and Skills Council's total spend on learning delivery in public sector prisons in England, the total number of teaching hours delivered and assuming an average class size of eight prisoners, the average cost per prisoner of providing an hour's education was £8.19 in academic year 2006-07 and £7.30 in academic year 2007-08.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 103-4W, on admissions to higher education, if he will provide a breakdown of the figures for expenditure on student support in each year in accordance with the categories in footnote 4 of the table. 
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|(1 )As set out in our Departmental Annual Report 2008. The grant expenditure plans will be revised in the future to reflect the greater than expected demand for higher education grants and the adjusted eligibility for grants from 2008/09 and 2009/10.|
The student loans RAB charge represents 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.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 32-3WS, on Education (Student Support) Regulations, when the Higher Education Council for England advised his Department of the likely number of additional student numbers that would be allocated in 2009-10; and how many additional student numbers they expect to allocate in 2009-10. 
Mr. Lammy: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State indicated, in the annual grant letter of 18 January 2008 to the Higher Education Funding Council for England which set out the Government's strategic priorities for institutional funding, that planned student numbers should increase by 35,000 by 2009/10 compared with 2007/08. In his written ministerial statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 32-33WS this was revised to 30,000 students over the same period, including growth of 10,000 students between 2008/09 and 2009/10.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what data he holds on the parental household income of the cohort of undergraduates entering higher education in October 2008; 
(2) what information his Department holds on the proportion of undergraduates studying for first degrees who have a parental household income of between (a) £25,000 and £30,000, (b) £30,001 and £40,000, (c) £40,001 and £50,000, (d) £50,001 and £60,000, (e) £60,001 and £70,000 and (f) £70,001 and over. 
During November the Student Loans Company will publish the Statistical First Release Student Support for Higher Education in England, Academic Year 2008-09 (Provisional). This will include early provisional information on grants in 2008-09 and complete information on grants in academic year 2007-08.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many 16 to 24 year olds were in post-16 education in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Simon: Table 1 shows the number of 16 to 18-year-old Learning and Skills Council funded learners living in Hertfordshire local authority, and separately for learners living in the Parliamentary Constituency of Hemel Hempstead. Figures are presented from 2004-05 to 2006-07, the latest year for which fully audited data are available. Comparable information is not available prior to the formation of the Learning and Skills Council in 2001.
|Table 1: Number of learners funded by the Learning and Skills Council for Hertfordshire local authority and the parliamentary constituency of Hemel Hempstead by funding stream, 2004-07.|
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1. Figures are taken from the Individualised Learner Record final F05 data freezes.
2. Robust figures prior to 2004-05 are not currently available at local authority and parliamentary constituency level.
3. Local authority and parliamentary constituency are based on home postcode of the learner. Parliamentary Constituency is based on the 2006-07 boundaries for all years.
4. For Train to Gain and Work Based Learning, participation is counted as the number of starters.
5. There may be an element of double counting in the figures as some learners will participate in more than one funding area.
6. Totals may not equal the sum of their components due to rounding.
7. Train to Gain was created in April 2006. Standard reporting practice is to include the months of April to July 2006 in the 2006-07 academic year.
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