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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many higher education students have been studying in further education colleges in each of the last 10 years. 
|Higher education enrolments( 1) English further education colleges-Academic years 2002/03 to2007/08|
|(1) Includes postgraduate and undergraduate students of all domiciles enrolled on full-time and part-time courses.|
(2) Figures for the 2007/08 academic year are provisional.
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five.
2. Figures cover students who are funded by the Learning and Skills Council at level 4 and above.
Learning and Skills Council's Individualised Learning Record (F04 and F05).
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many foundation degrees in each subject have been awarded in each year since they began, broken down by subject area. 
Mr. Lammy: The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects information on the number of Foundation Degree qualifiers at Higher Education Institutions. Information on Foundation Degree qualifiers from English Further Education Colleges is not available. The latest information from HESA is shown in the table.
|Qualifiers( 1) from foundation degrees by subject of study English higher education institutions academic years 2002-03 to 2007-08|
|Subject of study||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08|
|(1) Figures cover qualifiers from all domiciles and modes of study.|
Figures are based on a HESA qualifications obtained population and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
However, figures in their report do not cover qualifiers by subject of study. To demonstrate the volume of students studying at FECs, table 4 of the HEFCE report shows that approximately one quarter of entrants to Foundation Degrees in 2005-06 were registered at English FECs.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students studying for higher education qualifications in further education colleges had previously attended (a) a maintained school, (b) an
independent school, (c) a further education college, (d) a sixth form college and (e) a university in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Stephen Williams: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the Strategic Investment Fund he plans to allocate to skills training and higher education. 
Kevin Brennan: The Strategic Investment Fund is helping to deliver the Government's strategy as set out in the "Building Britain's Future - New Industry, New Jobs" framework document, published on 20 April, and will allow Government to support advanced industrial projects of strategic importance to the UK's economic renewal and growth.
While there are no plans to allocate money specifically to skills training and higher education, details of the projects where funding has already been allocated are set out in an interim report on the SIF which was published in October. Copies are available in the Library.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the cost per student of a course leading to a higher education qualification in (a) a university and (b) a further education college. 
Mr. Lammy: Estimates of the cost per student of a course leading to a higher education qualification are not available separately regarding whether a student attends a university or further education college.
The 2009 DIUS annual report provided a provisional estimate of expenditure per full-time equivalent student for the financial year 2007-08 across all types of institution. The average departmental expenditure per student per year was estimated to be £6,215, and was composed of teaching grant, research grant and student support expenditure.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new jobs for young people his Department expects to be created in each of the next five years. 
Ian Lucas: Ultimately it is successful businesses that create jobs. Government's focus is to drive sustainable economic growth, which in turn can foster the business success that will generate the jobs of the future.
The Government have also invested nearly £5 billion since November 2008 to help those on out-of-work benefits take up the jobs created by businesses. This includes a substantial package of education, training and employment measures for young people.
Ms Rosie Winterton: A range of advice and support is available to assist firms in the West Midlands seeking to reduce waste and save money through recycling. The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the West Midlands (MAS-WM) and Business Link West Midlands (BL-WM) provide support to businesses to help them improve their efficiency. This can include work to improve processes to reduce or eliminate the creation of waste or to reduce costs through the use of recycled materials. MAS-WM and BL-WM also work with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) and encourage firms to use their services.
NISP, now supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, brings together companies which produce waste with other companies which can use that waste as raw materials. This assists both companies, saving the waste producer the cost of disposal and providing the waste user with materials at a lower cost than if they had used virgin raw materials. NISP has:
1. Saved 5.2 million tonnes of waste going to landfill
2. Eliminated 357,000 tonnes of hazardous waste
3. Save the use of 7.9 million tonnes of virgin material
4. Saved 9.4 million tonnes of water
5. Prevented 5.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions
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