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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much grant funding has been provided to higher education institutions by the (a) Arts and Humanities Research Council, (b) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, (c) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (d) Economic and Social Research Council, (e) Medical Research Council, (f) Natural Environment Research
Council, (g) Science and Technology Facilities Council and (h) Higher Education Funding Council for England in each of the last five years. 
Research Council academic grants to HEIs exclude studentships and doctoral training grants. Higher Education Funding Council for England total grant covers recurrent grant, non-recurrent grant, and other ring fenced allocations.
|Enrolments( 1) from Lewes constituency( 2) : UK Higher Education Institutions( 3) academic years 1996/97 to 2007/08|
|(1) Covers undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages enrolled on full-time and part-time courses.|
(2) The table does not include enrolments where the constituency of the student cannot be established due to missing or invalid postcode information.
(3) Excludes the Open university due to inconsistencies in their coding of students across the time series.
Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and are rounded to the nearest five.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department and its predecessors have allocated to higher education in Preston in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Lammy: We do not hold this information in the form requested. However, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has allocated the following amounts to the University of Central Lancashire:
These figures cover HEFCE grant allocations only and do not include other sources of public funding.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on (a) the Research Excellence Framework and (b) other proposed changes to arrangements for research funding. 
My Noble Friend the Secretary of State wrote to Tim Melville-Ross, chairman of HEFCE, on 22 December. He asked HEFCE to continue to develop proposals for the Research Excellence Framework, following the consultation which ended on 16 December and for their views on how along side our commitment to supporting research excellence, to achieve the presumption made clear in Higher Ambitions in favour of more, rather than less, research concentration, especially in the high cost, scientific disciplines.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what responses he has received from higher education institutions on his Department's proposed Research Excellence Framework. 
Mr. Lammy: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has been consulting on their proposals for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on behalf of the UK's funding bodies. HEFCE have received over 500 responses from a wide range of parties including many from Higher Education Institutions. The consultation closed on 16 December and I look forward to receiving HEFCE's analysis of the responses.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, columns 607-8W, on Learning and Skills Council for England: pay, what proportion of Learning and Skills Council staff received a bonus in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and how many such staff were responsible for overseeing (i) capital funding, (ii) Train to Gain and (iii) Adult Learner Responsive funding. 
Kevin Brennan: Decisions about the payment of performance bonuses to staff are made by the Learning and Skills Council. Geoff Russell, the Council's acting chief executive, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
Mr. Cash: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the number of universities which should be entitled to offer research courses leading to doctoral qualifications; and what assessment he has made of the effects of this policy on universities in the West Midlands. 
This policy does not seek to create a specific number of HEIs with higher/research degree awarding powers, and each application is considered on its merits against detailed criteria which are available on the website of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which 10 parliamentary constituencies have received the most funding from his Department in respect of vocational training in the last 12 months. 
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is responsible for the funding of post 16 further education (FE) and skills training delivered through FE colleges and training organisations in England. As set out my
Department's Skills Investment Strategy (November, 2009) funding for adult training places will increase by 3 per cent. to £3.5 billion in 2010-11.
Data on funding for training are not available on a parliamentary constituency basis, as the parliamentary constituency is not an administrative area. However, the LSC publishes funding allocations to FE colleges and training organisations organised by local authority. Full details are available on the LSC website under the following link:
The following table sets out the local authorities with the greatest adult funding allocations for 2008/09 academic year issued to FE colleges and training institutions based in that area. The actual amount invested will depend on demand from employers and learners.
|Adult (aged 19 or over) funding allocations to FE colleges and training organisations summarised by local authority|
|Local authority( 1)||Total LSC allocation( 2) (£ million)|
|(1) The local authority in which the head office of the FE college or training organisation is based; some institutions will provide training across LA boundaries.|
(2) Includes allocations for Adult Safeguarded Learning, Adult Learner Responsive and Employer Responsive funding.
Chloe Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents have received childcare vouchers (a) at the latest date for which information is available and (b) in each year since their introduction. 
Published research, commissioned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in 2006, by the National Centre for Social Research estimated that there were 174,000 users of child care vouchers available under Employer Supported Childcare (ESC) in late 2005. The full title of the NatCen report of 2006 is "Monitoring of the Reform of the Income Tax and National Insurance Rules for Employer Supported Childcare", and is available at:
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