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National Investment Corporation

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department sought any external legal and financial advice in relation to negotiations with (a) retail and (b) investment banks on the proposed National Investment Corporation. [318902]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department sought external advice on possible fund and investment structures before discussions with both retail and investment banks. The Department is continuing to seek advice as negotiations continue.

Public Sector: Billing

Mr. Binley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) Government departments, (b) local authorities, (c) primary care trusts, (d) educational institutions and (e) Government agencies have signed up to his Department's Prompt Payment Code. [317705]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Institute of Credit Management developed and operates the Prompt Payment Code. As of 12 February 2010, 22 Government Departments, 145 local authorities, 249 NHS bodies and 36 other bodies (which include educational institutions and Government agencies) were signatories to the code.

The latest list of signatories is provided on the ICM website and can be viewed via the following link:


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Public Sector: Procurement

Mr. Binley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses which have contracts with (a) Government departments, (b) local authorities, (c) primary care trusts, (d) education institutions and (e) Government agencies. [317704]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not hold the information requested and an estimate could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Students: Newcastle upon Tyne

Jim Cousins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students received non-repayable maintenance grants from Newcastle City Council in each year since 2004-05; what the average grant received by such students was in each such year; how much was awarded in total in each such year; and how many and what proportion of those in receipt received a partial award as a result of means testing. [320710]

Mr. Lammy: The information is shown in the tables.

Grants for maintenance - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Local Authority( 1)
Academic Year Grant

Total

2004-05

HE Grant

Applicants (number)

590

Award Amount (£)

510,000

Average (£)

860

2005-06

HE Grant

Applicants (number)

1,050

Award Amount (£)

940,000

Average (£)

900

2006-07

HE Grant

Applicants (number)

820

Award Amount (£)

750,000

Average (£)

910

Maintenance Grant(2)

Applicants (number)

940

Award Amount (£)

2,000,000

Average (£)

2,130

2007-08

HE Grant

Applicants (number)

490

Award Amount (£)

440,000

Average (£)

890

Maintenance Grant(2)

Applicants (number)

1,690

Award Amount (£)

3,670,000

Average (£)

2,170

2008-09

HE Grant

Applicants (number)

140

Award Amount (£)

130,000

Average (£)

890

Maintenance Grant(2)

Applicants (number)

2,520

Award Amount (£)

5,620,000

Average (£)

2,230

(1) Table covers approved applicants awarded a grant, amounts show award entitlement amounts. Applicant figures rounded to nearest 10, award amounts to nearest £10,000, averages to nearest £10
(2) Maintenance Grant includes Special Support Grant
Source:
Student Loans Company


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Full and Partial grants for maintenance - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Local Authority( 1)
Academic Year Grant Applicants Percentage of those awarded a grant

Full Grant Partial grant Total Full Grant Partial grant Total

2004-05

HE Grant

500

90

590

85

15

100

2005-06

HE Grant

900

140

1,050

86

14

100

2006-07

HE Grant

710

110

820

87

13

100

Maintenance Grant(2)

600

340

940

64

36

100

2007-08

HE Grant

420

70

490

86

14

100

Maintenance Grant(2)

1,120

570

1,690

66

34

100

2008-09

HE Grant

120

20

140

85

15

100

Maintenance Grant(2)

1,660

860

2,520

66

34

100

(1) Table covers approved applicants awarded a grant. Numbers are rounded to nearest 10 so components may not sum to totals
(2) Maintenance Grant includes Special Support Grant
Source:
Student Loans Company


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