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The number of student loan borrowers from the Leeds local authority area is as follows.


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Table 2: Income contingent student loans 2000/01 to 2008/09( 1)
Academic year Student loan borrowers

2000/01

6,840

2001/02

8,090

2002/03

8,480

2003/04

8,680

2004/05

8,670

2005/06

9,050

2006/07

9,670

2007/08

10,200

2008/09 (Provisional)

10,680

(1) Consistent data are not available before academic year 2000/01. Figures exclude the older mortgage style loans, and cover loans for maintenance and tuition fees.
Source:
Student Loans Company.

Data from the two sources (HESA and SLC) are not directly comparable because certain students and courses (for example post graduate courses) included in Table 1 do not attract student support. Additionally, Table 2 provides those who have taken out loans, but does not include those who may have received student support in the form of a grant such as students from lower income families or those who study part-time courses.

Immobilisation of Vehicles

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have paid in vehicle clamping charges incurred on (a) privately-owned and (b) publicly-owned land in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [302751]

Mr. McFadden: Any costs which may exceptionally have been paid in association with vehicle clamping charges would not be recorded separately. To provide this information would therefore entail a disproportionate cost.

Departmental policy is that the driver of the vehicle is responsible for following all advice, guidance and legislation in relation to road safety and is therefore also responsible for meeting the cost of any fines incurred (including parking fines), as a result of any driving offence. The Department will not meet those costs.

Internet

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on access to next generation networks for internet service providers. [302854]

Mr. Timms: I and my officials are in regular contact with Ofcom on a range of issues, including next generation access.

Jobseeker's Allowance: Graduates

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of university students who graduated in 2009 and who are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in (a) England, (b) Leeds and (c) Leeds North West. [307764]

Mr. Lammy: BIS does not have information on the number of graduates who are claiming jobseeker's allowance.

However, as a proxy, for those who left university in 2009, we can use the labour force survey to look at their initial outcomes in July to September 2009. The following table gives the latest BIS estimates of the number of 2009 UK domiciled first degree leavers in different labour market activities. Note that typically new graduates
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take time to move into employment in the months after graduating, with more graduates out of work in the first few months after graduation.

BIS does not hold this information for England, Leeds or Leeds North West.

BIS estimates of the number of first degree graduates in each activity

2008/09 graduates

Employment

153,000

ILO unemployment

88,000

Economic inactivity

49,000

Sources:
Labour Force Survey Quarter 3 2009.
BIS internal estimates.

Lord Sugar

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 513W, on Lord Sugar, on what dates those meetings took place. [307655]

Mr. McFadden [holding answer 15 December 2009]: Between the dates previously indicated, Lord Sugar met Baroness Vadera on 11 June 2009, 7 July 2009 (twice) and 3 August 2009. He met Lord Davies of Abersoch on 13 July 2009, 24 September 2009, 1 October 2009 and 30 November 2009.

Money Laundering Regulations 2007

Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 607W, on estate agents: registration, how many estate agents who have registered with the Office of Fair Trading under the provisions of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 have registered (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine and (j) 10 premises. [308008]

Kevin Brennan: To date, 1,775 estate agents have registered with the OFT for money laundering purposes. The registered estate agents break down is as follows:

Number

(a) one premise

1,343

(b) two premises

235

(c) three premises

66

(d) four premises

45

(e) five premises

21

(f) six premises

15

(g) seven premises

8

(h) eight premises

4

(i) nine premises

5

(j) 10 premises

0


The remaining 33 estate agents have 11 or more premises.

National Investment Corporation

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on the creation of a national investment corporation; what the remit of the corporation will be;
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when it will make its first investment; what the criteria for investments will be; and what funding has been allocated for a corporation in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [304200]

Ian Lucas [holding answer 9 December 2009]: The Rowlands Growth Capital Review, published in November 2009, recommended the creation of a growth fund to provide a new channel to attract private sector investment into UK SMEs seeking between £2 and £10 million. The pre-Budget report set out how we are taking this forward. The Government are working with a number of banks to establish a Growth Capital Fund that will work for the benefit of the economy and we will be announcing initial investors and fund structure in 2010.

We will take a view on the remit of National Investment Corporation in the New Year in the light of these discussions.

Overseas Students: English Language

Chris Huhne: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places were available on English for Speakers of Other Languages courses for immigrants in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10. [306000]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 10 December 2009]: Information is not available on the number of places for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. Providers ensure adequate places are made available to support local demand.

We do, however, publish the number of Learning and Skills Council funded learners participating on a Skills for Life ESOL course in each academic year. Information for 2007/08 and 2008/09 (provisional) was published in a Statistical First Release (SFR) on 22 October 2009 at:

Updated information for 2008/09 will be published on 17 December 2009.

Information on the number of immigrants enrolling on courses is not available.

In the 2007/08 academic year, there were 2,170 entrants to HE level courses in English as a Second Language. It is not possible to identify how many of these students were immigrants. The level of detail of individual subjects is not consistently recorded by institutions. Subject of study is only required at the subject line level (i.e. Q3 English studies), though some institutions choose to record subjects at a lower level (i.e. Q330 English as a second language). As such, the above figures may undercount the numbers studying "English as a Second Language", as some institutions may have chosen to code as "English studies".

Prisoners: Loans

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prisoners received (a) a student loan and (b) a maintenance grant in each of the last 12 years; and how many of them (i) are in arrears on repayments and (ii) have made no repayment in the last 12 months. [303757]


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Mr. Lammy: In his written statement on 7 February 2008, Official Report, columns 85-86WS, on the Education (Student Support) Regulations, the Secretary of State announced that he was amending the student support regulations to disallow prisoners who were also full-time students from receiving financial support for maintenance, thereby removing the long-standing provision which had allowed prisoners to claim such support. Maintenance support for any student who has spent part of a year in prison is reduced pro-rata. Some prisoners, typically those allowed daily release on temporary licence to attend a higher education course, are eligible to receive a loan for tuition fees only.

Prisoners receiving student loans and grants( 1)
of which:
Academic year Number receiving a maintenance grant, maintenance loan or tuition fee loan Receiving a maintenance loan Receiving a grant( 2) Receiving a tuition fee loan

1998/99

-

-

-

-

1999/2000

10

10

-

-

2000/01

5

5

-

-

2001/02

10

10

-

-

2002/03

20

20

-

-

2003/04

15

15

-

-

2004/05

25

20

10

-

2005/06

35

30

25

-

2006/07

45

45

40

25

2007/08

40

40

35

25

2008/09

5

-

-

5

'-' = Nil or less than 3
(1) The figures reflect the number of prisoners in each year who received a payment. Prisoners may have received payments in more than one year. Figures rounded to nearest five.
(2) Mostly maintenance grant or higher education grant, but may also include targeted support allowances.
Source:
Student Loans Company

Repayments of income contingent loans, introduced in 1998, are usually collected through the tax system. Borrowers cannot get into arrears (unless they move overseas and do not repay according to the calculated repayment schedule)

Borrowers become liable to repay their student loans in the April after they leave their course (the statutory repayment due date, SRDD). After that date those with earnings of over £15,000 per year will repay, usually by deductions from salary. Those past SRDD and earning less than £15,000 are not required to repay. In the tax year 2007/08 there were 65 borrowers past SRDD who had received loans when in prison. 10 of these made a repayment during the tax year.


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