David Lammy: All the evidence shows that variable tuition fees have not deterred young people from lower-income backgrounds from applying to university. University acceptances for people aged 18 and under from lower socio-economic groups rose by more than 8 per cent. this year alone, demonstrating that we are changing the attitudes and aspirations of young people.
David Lammy: At our request, the Higher Education Funding Council for England is reviewing the impact of the equivalent or lower qualification policy. We will consider the council's advice when we receive it later in the year.
David Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was formed in June 2007, following the Machinery of Government changes, and as a result we are only able to provide information from June 2007. The Department does not hold the information requested centrally and there would be a disproportionate cost to gather the information requested.
David Lammy: London Metropolitan University is a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Acts. As such the Secretary of State has no powers to intervene in how London Metropolitan University chooses to operate its employment policies.
David Lammy: For the period in question there were three projects that received an offer of grant from the Technology Strategy Board, but where no grant was paid due to the inability to provide the matched funding required.
David Lammy: Figures from table T5 of the Performance Indicators in Higher Education show the proportion of full-time first degree starters expected to neither obtain an award nor transfer, at London Metropolitan University in the 2005/06 academic year, was 21.2 per cent. Figures for the 2006/07 academic year will be available in June 2009.
David Lammy: indicated assent.
David Lammy: The information asked in both questions is not held centrally.
David Lammy: To date, no sales of student loans have been made under the 2008 Act.
David Lammy: This information is not held centrally.
David Lammy: The UK's strategy for science and society is being developed in partnership with a range of stakeholders, following an extensive consultation process in 2008, and we plan to publish in late spring 2009.
David Lammy: DIUS has provided £300,000 during 2008-09 for the Sunningdale Institute to establish the Whitehall Innovation Hub. This funding has included launching and setting up the Hub in 2008, running costs and activities in the financial year 2008-09. The Department is currently in discussions with the Hub over funding arrangements for the future.
David Lammy: The Department is currently in the process of establishing this group and inviting attendees to the first meeting. At this first meeting the group will agree its continuing membership and terms of reference. We see this group as playing an important role in helping to tackle anti-Semitism in higher education.
David Lammy: The Government do not formally assess the performance of individual universities, or individual departments within universities.
David Lammy: The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operates three research stations in the British Antarctic Territory. The cost of operating them in the last financial year 2007-08 was about £4 million. This excludes the cost of the science and monitoring work undertaken at these stations. The total BAS resource budget is £45 million per year.
David Lammy: The latest information has been placed in the House Libraries.
David Lammy: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State last met the Housing Minister at the end of January.
David Lammy: We are challenging the apprenticeships gender divide by legislating to ensure that young people get impartial careers information on apprenticeships alongside other options. We are also taking positive action for learners in non-traditional occupations.
David Lammy: I do not accept that, but what I do accept is that we are in a global downturn. Market conditions have changed since the proposal was brought before the House. That is why I made the announcement that I have made today.
David Lammy: According to the latest published provisional data for 2007-08, 500 income-contingent loan borrowers living overseas are in arrears.