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The table provided shows the usual weekly hours worked by women as published in the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin, accessible via the link below. Estimates for the more detailed categories requested are not available on a basis consistent with those published.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Indications of the sampling variability of LFS aggregate estimates are provided in the Statistical Bulletin.
|Usual weekly hours of work( 1) for women in employment: Three month periods ending November, 1997 to2009-United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted|
|Less than 6 h ours||6 up to 15 hours||16 up to 30 hours||31 up to 45 hours||Over 45 hours|
|(1) Main job only including paid and unpaid overtime.|
It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.)
Labour Force Survey
Mr. Burns: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, 848-9W, on higher education: Chelmsford, how many applicants from (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area did not get a place at university in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.  [Official Report, 8 April 2010, Vol. 508, c. 15MC.]
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 1 February 2010]: The information is in the following table.
|Applicants to full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS from West Chelmsford constituency and Chelmsford local authority area 2005-06 to 2007-08|
|Year of entry|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of creditors' committees in scrutinising insolvency practitioners. 
Ian Lucas: Creditors have a financial interest in the outcome of insolvency proceedings and are therefore well placed to monitor the actions of insolvency practitioners. Ultimately insolvency practitioners are subject to the control of the court.
The OFT is currently undertaking a study into various aspects of the corporate insolvency market.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support for manufacturing industry. 
Ian Lucas: The manufacturing strategy launched in September 2008 brings together over £150 million support for a range of policy measures that address key issues impacting on competitiveness such as skills, design, technology, global value chains and the move to a low carbon economy.
The advanced manufacturing package of measures announced in July 2009 provides more than £150 million from the strategic investment fund to support the development of high tech manufacturing that will enable UK manufacturers to take advantage of new market opportunities.
In addition, manufacturing benefits from:
The Real Help for Business package-support for manufacturers is described in the leaflet which is available at:
The Vehicle Scrappage Scheme where more than 330,000 orders for new vehicles have been placed.
The Manufacturing Advisory Service which has been expanded and has conducted over 32,000 manufacturing reviews and supported more than 11,800 implementation projects worth nearly £700 million value added.
Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent representations he has received on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's review of funding for its Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund; and when he expects the review to be published; 
(2) how much funding the Higher Education Funding Council for England has allocated to museums and galleries in each of the last five years, expressed in 2009-10 prices. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Higher Education Museum, Galleries and Collections Fund recognises the importance of these nationally valued institutions. I am pleased that the resources we have allocated to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) mean that they are planning not only to continue this funding stream, but also to increase it to £10.6 million in 2010/11.
However, it is important that all special funding streams are reviewed periodically. This ensures that public funds continue to be spent wisely. The Museums Fund is currently under review by a panel appointed by the Funding Council. The review will make broad recommendations about the fund's future. The HEFCE Board will make detailed funding decisions for individual institutions based on these recommendations. I understand that those decisions are expected to be made before the summer, after which the review report will be published.
The Department has received correspondence from Oxford university and the university of Central Lancashire on this subject.
The total allocation in each year is as follows:
|University Museums and Galleries Funding|
The figures show levels of the Higher Education Museum, Galleries and Collections Fund over the past five years in cash terms. In 2005/06 the fund was administered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The figure for 2005/06 shows both core and project funding from the AHRC and is not comparable to that for subsequent years.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with Royal Mail on its service to customers in areas which did not receive mail deliveries during the recent adverse weather conditions; what (a) information and (b) consultation Royal Mail held with such customers; and what assessment has been made of whether the universal service obligation was complied with during the period of adverse weather conditions. 
Mr. McFadden: Department officials were in contact with Royal Mail during the severe weather.
Decisions relating to operational matters are the direct responsibility of the company and local assessments were made on whether services could operate safely under local conditions. Royal Mail kept customers informed of disrupted services via its website:
but due to the nature of the changing conditions, assessments had to be regularly made and it was not always possible to give customers advanced notice of whether local services will be operating as normal.
Postcomm, the independent postal regulator, is responsible for monitoring Royal Mail's performance in relation to the universal service obligation. The regulator receives regular compliance reports from Royal Mail regarding its quality of service and will where appropriate raise any reasonable concerns with the company over any significant interruption to local services due to the severe weather conditions.
The Government would like to thank postmen and women up and down the country for their efforts to deliver the mail in the face of the extreme weather conditions recently experienced in the UK.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on skills brokers under the Train to Gain programme in each of the last three years. 
Kevin Brennan: The expenditure for each of the three years is set out in the following table.
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