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1. Between 2004-05 and 2006-07, there was a significant shift in the types of further education provision that attracted public funding. Realignment of funding towards longer courses offering adults the greatest opportunity to gain the skills to enter and progress in sustained employment has necessarily led to a decrease in the overall number of LSC funded learners.
2. However, it cannot be assumed that these courses and learners no longer existfor example, in 2006-07, there were more than 550,000 adult learners in FE colleges who received no LSC funding for their course, either
because they or their employer paid the full fee, or because they were funded through a different funding stream.
3. Where a course no longer attracts public funding, we expect colleges and providers to continue to offer those courses, at full cost, in response to demand. We are also working with colleges to ensure they are more efficient in the way they collect fee income from those learners and employers who are expected to contribute towards fees to enable them to support those who need it most.
Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of students were admitted to (a) Oxford University, (b) Cambridge University and (c) one of the Russell Group of universities from each local education authority in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The information is shown in the table, copies of which have been placed in the Library. The latest period for which figures are available is the 2006/07 academic year. Figures for the 2007/08 academic year will be available in late January 2009.
This Government remain totally committed to widening participation in higher education (HE), for those from poorer and other under-represented backgrounds. This includes those young people who overcome the greatest challenges, not just to go to university at all, but to one of the most selective universities or courses. We, together with the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the universities themselves, are working to raise both aspirations of young people and attainmentto unlock the talent of each student so that they can progress to a university that will help them realise their full potential.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of (a) state school and (b) private school students in (i) England, (ii) the City of Sunderland and (iii) Houghton and Washington East constituency were admitted to higher education in each year since 1997. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of (a) state and (b) private school students in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire were admitted to higher education in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many higher education institutions offered courses in building conservation and related subjects in each year since 1997; and what percentage of the total number of institutions this represents. 
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) universities and (b) further education colleges in England have operating deficits; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Simon: Information on the operating deficits of individual universities and further education (FE) colleges is not held at Departmental level. The financial performance of universities and FE colleges is a matter for the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Learning and Skills Council respectively. The chief executives of both organisations, Professor David Eastwood and Mark Haysom, have written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of their replies has been placed in the House Library.
Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 13 November 2008:
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 233713 that asked:
Which (a) universities and (b) further education colleges in England have operating deficits
Of the 363 Further Education Colleges in England, 120 have reported in-year operating deficits for the year ended 31st July 2008, according to the latest available information which is taken from the 2008 College Financial Plans (annual returns which are due each 31st July). This data included in these plans is unaudited. Audited figures for the year ended 31st July 2008 are due to be received at the LSC by 31st December 2008.
A list of the 120 colleges is attached.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will consider introducing a national bursary scheme for higher education students to distribute financial support on the basis of need. 
Mr. Lammy: Under the current arrangements, institutions are required to pay a minimum bursary to all students receiving the maximum grant. Beyond this, it is for institutions themselves, subject to approval from OFFA, to decide how to support their students. The latest figures show that acceptances to universities for England are at an all time high, with the proportion of applicants from lower socio-economic groups also up. How the bursary system has operated will be looked at in the independent review of the way in which the fee system operates. We are reluctant at this stage to say that we should go from a system of locally determined bursaries to a national bursary system, which would simply be an extension of student financial support. Sir Martin Harris has judged that there is far more money in the bursary system as a result of local decisions than would have been the case had we imposed a bursary target as part of the fees legislation.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university places were co-funded with employers in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; and how many he expects to be so funded in 2009-10. 
Mr. Lammy: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) allocated funding to higher education institutions to support 911 and 3,840 employer co-funded places (on a headcount basis) in 2006/07 and 2007/08 academic years, respectively. To date, HEFCE has allocated funding to support a target of 9,712 places (headcount) for 2008/09.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much public funding was provided for the teaching costs of each place for first-time UK and EU undergraduates for courses (a) co-funded and (b) not co-funded with employers on average in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lammy: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) allocated an average rate of teaching grant per employer co-funded UK and EU student in 2008/09 of £2,961 per year (full time equivalent) and £4,194 for fully funded students. Whilst the average employer co-funding rate is less than 50 per cent., HEFCE have asked institutions receiving development funding for ECF projects to achieve 50 per cent. by the end of 2010/11.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) higher education and (b) further education in West Lancashire constituency since 1997. 
Mr. Lammy: Expenditure incurred by HEFCE, the Student Loans Company and the Learning and Skills Council is not collected by the Department at the level of detail requested. We will, however, work with HEFCE and the Student Loans Company to try to gain a detailed breakdown of the higher education expenditure and will write to my hon. Friend with further relevant detail. Mark Haysom, the LSCs Chief Executive will write to my hon. Friend with additional information on further education expenditure.
Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much quality-related research funding was allocated to each university in the most recent research assessment exercise, broken down by region. 
|Quality-related research (QR) funding for 2008-09, by region|
|Region||Institution name||£ million|
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