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Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 11 February 2010:

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated 2 February 2010:

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 2 February 2010:

Departmental Travel

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department has incurred on international travel since 2007. [319752]

Mr. McFadden: The expenditure incurred on international travel by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills since 2007 is:

£

2007

2,768,317

2008

3,634,638

2009

3,493,441


Education: Wolverhampton

Mr. Purchase: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much capital expenditure his Department has allocated to (a) the University of Wolverhampton and (b) Wolverhampton further education colleges since 1997. [322264]


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Kevin Brennan: Capital expenditure for the higher education sector is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Since 1997, HEFCE has allocated £41.191 million to the University of Wolverhampton for capital related developments.

Capital expenditure for the further education sector has been administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) since April 2001. Before this time, capital expenditure was administered by the Further Education Funding Council. Since 2001, a total of £6.5 billion of projects have been approved "in detail" including an LSC grant support of £3.4 billion. Since 1997, £5.478 million of capital grant support has been allocated to the City of Wolverhampton College.

Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he ( a) has taken and (b) plans to take to deal with anti-Semitism (i) on university campuses and (ii) in student unions; what recent discussions he has had on this issue; and if he will make a statement. [321837]

Mr. Lammy: This Department has set up a group on anti-Semitism and higher education to facilitate discussions between the Jewish community and higher education stakeholders, which I chair. This group covers all issues relating to anti-Semitism on campus and plays an important role in helping to tackle anti-Semitism in higher education. The two meetings that have taken place have resulted in practical actions to be taken forward by higher education stakeholders and Jewish community representatives working collaboratively.

I also attended the recent Jewish student Lobby of Parliament in February 2010 where I heard from students about their experiences at university and made clear once again the Government's strong opposition to anti-Semitism and any form of racism in higher education.

I was appalled at the rise in total anti-Semitic incident figures shown in the recent Community Security Trust annual report, in particular the very disturbing 38 incidents against one academic.

However, the overall trend in HE showed a 13 per cent. decrease from 2008.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings have been held of the higher education sub-group of the cross-government working group on anti-Semitism since January 2009; who from each Civil Service grade attended each meeting; what was discussed at each meeting; what further meetings are planned; and if he will make a statement. [321838]

Mr. Lammy: There have been two meetings of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' (BIS) anti-Semitism and higher education group, in April 2009 chaired by me and in November 2009 chaired by my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Postal Affairs and Employment Relations and by Martin Williams, the Director for Higher Education in BIS. At each meeting a ministerial private secretary was present and also a policy official (higher executive officer). A further meeting is due to be arranged for spring 2010.


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The first meeting discussed anti-Semitic incident monitoring in higher education (HE), and how this was reported by students. The second meeting included updates from members of the group on their wider work on equality and diversity, including tackling anti-Semitism, and on the recent guidance for students, "A Student's Guide to Antisemtism on Campus", produced by the Union of Jewish Students and the Community Security Trust. Both meetings resulted in agreement to a number of practical actions which are being taken forward by HE stakeholders and the Jewish community.

We are committed to encouraging higher education institutions to ensure discrimination has no place in any of their policies or practices and to act swiftly when incidents or complaints are brought to their attention. One of the most important ways of tackling any form of racism in our universities is to ensure there is a dialogue between the universities, students and minority communities and this Department has been instrumental in fostering communication between the Jewish community and higher education. An important part of this work has been the establishment of the BIS anti-Semitism and higher education group, which brings together student representatives, representatives of the Jewish community and key HE sector bodies.

Higher Education: Milton Keynes

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Milton Keynes (a) applied for and (b) were accepted onto a place at university in each of the last three years. [321874]

Mr. Lammy: The information is given in the table.

Applicants and accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS from Milton Keynes local authority( 1)
Year of entry

2007 2008 2009

Applicants

1,727

1,966

2,295

Accepted applicants

1,389

1,574

1,742

(1) Based on the declared home address of the applicant. Source: UCAS.

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Higher Education: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people from City of York constituency started a degree course in (a) 1996, (b) 2005 and (c) 2009. [322119]

Mr. Lammy: The number of young (under 21) undergraduate entrants, from the City of York constituency, to UK higher education institutions is shown in the table. Figures are taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and are provided for the 1996/97, 2005/06 and 2008/09 academic years. Data for the 2009/10 academic year will become available from January 2011.

Young( 1) undergraduate entrants( 2) from the City of York constituency( 3) . UK higher education institutions( 4) . Academic years 1996/97, 2005/06 and 2008/09
Academic year Entrants

1996/97

260

2005/06

415

2008/09

410

(1) Covers entrants under the age of 21.
(2) Covers entrants to full-time and part-time courses.
(3) The table does not include entrants where the constituency of the student cannot be established due to missing or invalid postcode information.
(4) Excludes the Open University due to inconsistencies in their coding of students across the time series.
Note:
Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and are rounded to the nearest five.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK (a) undergraduate and (b) post graduate students there were at the (i) University of York and (ii) University of York St John in each year since 1996-97. [322121]

Mr. Lammy: The numbers of UK-domiciled undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments at the University of York and York St John University in each year since 1996/97 are provided in the table.


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UK-domiciled undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments( 1 ) University of York and York St. John University-academic years 1996-97 to 2008-09
University of York York St John University

Undergraduate Postgraduate Undergraduate Postgraduate

1996-97

4,965

1,265

3,620

290

1997-98

5,340

1,245

3,465

390

1998-99

5,750

1,240

3,480

415

1999-2000

5,830

1,390

3,415

540

2000-01

6,145

1,430

3,660

525

2001-02

6,725

1,625

3,915

660

2002-03

6,965

1,710

4,465

810

2003-04

7,320

1,975

4,280

775

2004-05

7,600

1,920

4,385

610

2005-06

8,215

2,040

5,110

705

2006-07

8,080

1,785

4,875

730

2007-08

8,030

1,880

4,825

615

2008-09

8,105

2,100

5,270

620

(1) Covers students of all ages enrolled on full-time and part-time courses.
Notes:
Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and are rounded to the nearest five.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Islamic Organisations: Finance

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has provided funding to Islamic organisations in each year since 2005. [321698]

Mr. McFadden: The Department does not separately record companies or organisations that receive grant or other funding under the heading of "Islamic", and thus an exercise to try and obtain such information would be unlikely to be successful. Establishing this and obtaining the information could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.

Minimum Wage

Mr. Cash: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the extent to which income at the rate of the national minimum wage is sufficient to meet the average cost of living. [321620]

Mr. McFadden: The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a key part of the Government's wider strategy for achieving a fair minimum income from work. Because individuals situations vary, the NMW needs to be considered along with other measures for alleviating poverty, such as tax credits. These take account of individual circumstances and can therefore better target resources on those who need it most.


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