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Peter Luff: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist Sheffield Forgemasters to invest in a new press for ultra-heavy forgings; when he expects the decision to invest to be announced; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Lucas: The Government have received an application for investment by Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited, for the development of a production facility for ultra heavy forgings. This is being considered under the Industrial Development Act. As yet no decision has been taken.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the 10,000 additional places on science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses announced by his Department on 20 July 2009 will be taken up at each higher education institution at the start of the academic year 2009-10. 
The 10,000 places were allocated to institutions by HEFCE according to their share of full-time undergraduates that entered in 2007-08 to priority subjects identified by Government. Where institutions indicated to HEFCE that they were unable to take up their share of places they were redistributed pro-rata across the sector.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to provide financial assistance to those entering further education. 
[holding answer 16 September 2009]: There is a range of financial assistance to learners entering further education. Learners on priority provision,
as well as those in receipt of income-related benefits, are not required to pay a fee for learning.
Adult learners (aged 19 plus) can apply for the Adult Learning Grant which pays up to £30 per week to those on low incomes undertaking full-time learning for their first full Level 2 or first full Level 3 qualification. Education maintenance allowance (EMA) of up to £30 per week is available to eligible l6-19 year olds participating in learning that meets the EMA eligibility criteria.
Colleges are allocated discretionary funding to help students aged 20 and over meet childcare costs. Learners under the age of 20 can apply for help with childcare costs through Care to Learn. Discretionary Learner Support Funds are also available for learners over the age of 16 experiencing financial hardship.
Learners can also apply for loans. Since July 2009, students have been able to apply for Professional and Career Development Loans (P and CDLs). These build on the successful Career Development Loans programme and offer more generous terms for students with loans up to £10,000 and lower interest rates.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Government funding was made available for further education in the academic year 2008-09. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 16 September 2009 ]: Expenditure by the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) on adult further education (FE) and skills for 2008-09 was £4.852 billion. This is based on expected outturn data as reported in the 2009 departmental report (July 2009).
The majority of funding is routed through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and supports adult participation through the Adult Learner Responsive route, Employer Responsive route (Train to Gain and Apprenticeships), and Adult Safeguarded Learning.
Mr. McFadden: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not provide any specific support for the haulage sector. However, we have taken steps to help improve cash flow, to increase the availability of the credit businesses need, and to encourage investment so that businesses come through the recession ready to grow.
In particular, we obtained bank lending commitments from RBS and Lloyds to lend £27 billion additional lending to businesses this year. This includes lending guaranteed under the Working Capital Scheme.
We have also taken steps to assist small businesses to overcome short-term cash-flow problems-for example the enterprise finance guarantee and also measures to ensure prompt payment by both public and private sectors.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many additional student number places funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England there will be (a) in total and (b) for full-time, first year undergraduates in 2010-11. 
Mr. Lammy: In his letter of 6 May the then Secretary of State informed HEFCE that up to 10,000 additional student numbers (ASN) could be awarded in 2010-11, with that figure to be finally confirmed in the next annual grant letter. At this stage in the cycle of negotiations with institutions it is not possible to determine the breakdown of those places.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of university students who started their course in each year since 1997 had parents in the (a) A, (b) B, (c) C1, (d) C2, (e) D and (f) E social grouping; 
Mr. Lammy: The latest information on socio-economic classification from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is shown in the table. Parental socio-economic classification information is self-reported by entrants aged under 21, therefore figures are restricted to this group of entrants. This information should be regarded with caution due to the high proportion of students who fail to report their parents' occupations, or who provide incomplete or imprecise information. Figures prior to 2002/03 are not comparable due to the change from social class to socio-economic classification.
|Full-time undergraduate entrants by local authority and socio-economic classification, UK higher education institutions( 1) , academic years 2002/03 to 2007/08|
|Academic year||Local authority||Higher managerial and professional occupations||Lower managerial and professional occupations||Intermediate occupations||Small employers and own account workers||Lower supervisory and technical occupations|
|Academic year||Local authority||Semi-routine occupations||Routine occupations||Never worked and long-term unemployed( 2)||Missing/not classified||Total|
|(1 )Excludes the Open university due to inconsistencies in their coding of entrants across the time series.|
(2 )Information is not comprehensively collected on the 'never worked and long-term unemployed' category for students: Students who fit this group are usually classed as having missing information.
(3 )Covers students whose socio-economic classification was missing or not classified: not classified includes occupations which were inadequately described, not classifiable or unstated.
(4 )Covers entrants of all domiciles.
Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
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