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Lord Chan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Adonis: The latest information, showing the complete list of subject groups studied by students from these countries, is shown in the table.
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Postgraduate and undergraduate students from overseas at UK higher education institutions 2003–04

Students from:
Hong Kong
Subject group:
Medicine and dentistry105151201405520
Subjects allied to medicine2351151252256520
Biological sciences3153806536011545
Veterinary science0100
Agriculture and related subjects75455355
Physical sciences400380552205025
Mathematical sciences270785402904025
Computer science1,9652,2458561019575
Engineering and technology2,8151,73518582521080
Architecture, building and planning485260854009030
Social studies1,4101,88513546024060
Business and administrative studies8,7558,7806602,0451,290275
Mass communications/documentation520315409012020
Historical and philosophical studies455540805015
Creative arts and design470495100540280240
Combined courses5535050525

Postgraduate and undergraduate students from overseas at UK higher education institutions 2003–04 continued

Students from:
Subject group:
Medicine and dentistry130845502605515510
Subjects allied to medicine1052803080405055
Biological sciences1351203512550301520
Veterinary science5510500
Agriculture and related subjects2010552010
Physical sciences10055306085251510
Mathematical sciences6013015452020510
Computer science3205904085105454530
Engineering and technology9352,40518558030017011050
Architecture, building and planning18039530506515255
Social studies14024085285200755025
Business and administrative studies6101,290305210905155190115
Mass communications/documentation50105202035102510
Historical and philosophical studies30302550102055
Creative arts and design7514540120751051520
Combined courses-250100505


Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Figures have been rounded to the nearest five; a dash (–) indicates that the number is greater than zero but less than three.

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City Academies

Lord Smith of Leigh asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Adonis: Capital expenditure by the department to the end of the 2004–05 financial year on the 17 open academies was £341 million.

Health Professions Council: Chiropody and Podiatry

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The Department of Health does not hold this information. The Health Professions Council is an independent statutory body responsible for the regulation of chiropody and podiatry, and can supply these data.

Four-wheel Drive Vehicles: Off-road Use

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): Following the department's research project on the use of byways open to all traffic, published in January, we now intend to conduct a research project to ascertain the extent of the illegal use, by motorised vehicles, of other rights of way and land off-road. The project will be taken forward later this year.

In addition, to fulfil a commitment made in The Government's Framework for Action (January 2005) on the use of mechanically propelled vehicles on rights of way, we shall be publishing a comprehensive enforcement guidance document this summer. The
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guidance will set out examples of enforcement best practice and will clarify the extensive powers already available to deal with the illegal use of vehicles on rights of way and off-road.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The provision of a mechanical link such as a travelator between Stratford International and Stratford regional stations was a condition of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Stratford Station and Subsidiary Works) Order 2001. Investigations and discussions continue on the most appropriate form of such a link.

Passenger Transport Executives

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government expect to publish the guidance later this month.

Cabinet Office: Policy Co-ordination

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Yes. A key Cabinet Office objective is to achieve co-ordination of policy and operations across government. The work of the Cabinet Committee secretariats is crucial to achieving this objective. The secretariats support Ministers collectively and provide efficient arrangements for collective decision making.

Further information about the work of the secretariats was published in the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2004 (cm 6226) available at–the–cabinet–office/reports.asp and in the Library.

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