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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many universities on average each (a) prospective student from an unskilled background and (b) other prospective student applied to enter in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|English domiciled applicants to full-time undergraduate courses:year of entry 2007|
|Average number of institutions applied to|
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of Universities and Colleges Admissions Services university applications were made online in each year since it has been possible to apply online. 
|Proportion of applications submitted via each route through UCAS|
|Year of entry|
Electronic applications have been available since 2003/04. The Electronic Application system was the forerunner of the web system (applicants were able to submit their applications via a CD-ROM). Data for academic year 2008/09 is not yet available. Source:
Over half of the 54 recommendations made in the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property have already been completed. Immediate action was
taken in some areas such as the enactment of new powers for trading standards officers to search and seize copyright infringing goods. However in other areas it has been appropriate to carefully consider and work through the policy and legal issues sitting behind the recommendations. Work is continuing on the remaining recommendations and significant progress is being made.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) students and (b) undergraduates were studying (i) medicine, (ii) dentistry and (iii) subjects allied to medicine in each of the last five years, broken down by institution. 
For doctors, following an impressive expansion in medical student intake from 3,749 in 1997-98 to 6,194 in 2006-07, a decision was taken in July 2006 that no further expansion of medical school places is required at present. Medical student numbers will be kept under review taking account of the changing demographics of the workforces and the workforce requirements of the NHS.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-EU students are expected to graduate from universities in England this year; and how many have so graduated in the last 10 years. 
|Non-EU domiciled qualifiers( 1) English higher education institutions academic years 1997/98 to 2006/07|
|(1) From 2000/01 students qualifying from a dormant mode of study are included in the figures; they are excluded in all previous years. Incoming exchange students are excluded from the figures from 2000/01 onwards; they were included in all previous years. Figures cover qualifiers from all levels of study.|
Figures use the qualifications obtained population and have been rounded to the nearest five.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans are in place to (a) develop training schemes for people who wish to join the shipping industry and (b) improve employment prospects for seafarers at the end of their training. 
Mr. Simon: The Maritime Skills Alliance is the standard setting body for the shipping industry, and works with the Learning and Skills Council as a key stakeholder. The marine industry have apprenticeships that encompass a wide range of skills and pathways. These include pathways for those navigating and driving ships, as well as engineering, electronics, boat building and maintenance. Colleges and training providers that offer skills training also have a role in highlighting employment prospects for trainees. With about 95 per cent. of Britain's trade arriving and leaving by sea, there will be a continuous demand for skilled seafarers.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of undergraduate students who were in part-time work in the (a) first year, (b) second year, (c) third year and (d) fourth year of their degree courses during the last 12 months, broken down by (i) socio-economic group and (ii) number of hours worked per week. 
Mr. Lammy: Most recent estimates of the proportion of students undertaking paid work come from the 2004/05 Student Income and Expenditure Survey. This was a comprehensive study on student income, expenditure, borrowing and debt.
Table 1 shows the proportion of students who undertook paid work during the academic year 2004/05 by socio-economic group and year of study. Table 2 shows the hours worked on average among these students.
|Table 1: Proportion of students undertaking paid work during term-time|
|Year of study||Socio-economic group||Proportion undertaking paid work (percentage)|
CoverageEnglish domiciled full-time undergraduate students studying in England and Wales.
Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2004/05
|Table 2: Average number of hours worked per week by year of study|
|Year of study||Mean hours worked per week|
CoverageEnglish domiciled full-time undergraduate students studying in England and Wales, who undertook continuous paid employment during term-time.
Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2004/05
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people were entered for each publicly-recognised vocational qualification in the last year for which figures are available. 
The introduction of an internship offer is part of this Government's overall package to support individuals through the economic downturn. The intention
here is for unemployed graduates to have the opportunity to spend three months with an employer in either the private, public or third sector to apply their learning in the workplace and build the work-ready skills they will need for permanent employment. It is still early days and specific details are currently being worked out in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to ensure that graduates based in rural areas have access to the new national internship scheme. 
Mr. Lammy: As part of its overall package to support individuals through the economic downturn, the Government are considering new internship opportunities for unemployed graduates. We expect to offer graduates the opportunity to spend three months with an employer in either the private, public or third sector to apply their learning in the workplace and build the work-ready skills they will need for permanent employment. It is still early days and the details will be carefully worked out in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders. We will ensure that the position of graduates in rural areas is taken into account.
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