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David Lammy: I can tell my hon. Friend that it would be disastrous. He will see that this week we published figures showing what has happened in every constituency across the country, and in the 88 most deprived constituencies, time and again numbers have doubled—they have gone up. That would all be gone if we saw the reduction proposed.
David Lammy: Information on the socio-economic group of postgraduate students is not held centrally. Socio-economic group information is held for full-time undergraduate students, as it is collected as part of the UCAS application process. Postgraduates apply directly to institutions, rather than through UCAS, so this information is not collected.
David Lammy: I refer the hon. member to the reply given on 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 905w.
David Lammy: The two-year pilot Student Leadership Programme run by Youth at Risk is operating in London Metropolitan university, the university of Bedfordshire and Thames Valley university. The project has been running since July 2008 and so far DIUS has provided £153,000 of funding.
David Lammy: Financial institutions still see higher education as being a low risk sector and are keen to continue to lend. We will keep the situation under review in changing economic circumstances.
David Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has not made any payments to date to Deutsche bank under their contract as Sales Arranger for the Student Loan Sales Programme.
David Lammy: Figures obtained from the Student Loans Company show that by 21 April 2009, 125,000 applications had been registered from people expecting to start higher education in academic year 2009/10. At the equivalent point last year the figure was 75,000: however the registration process opened earlier this year on 9 February, compared with 8 March last year.
David Lammy: Certain graduates will be eligible for a repayment holiday from April 2012. Graduates will be eligible to take a repayment holiday if they started a higher education course in 2008/09 or later, are taking out their first student loan and are due to enter repayment for the first time in April 2012 or later.
David Lammy: Our position remains that the first three years of the system of variable fees introduced in 2006 will be reviewed by an independent commission. We expect that commission to begin its work later this year, following the publication of our Framework for the future development of higher education.
David Lammy: These figures are not held centrally and the Department has made no such estimates.
David Lammy: The Higher Education Funding Council for England announced its provisional grant allocations for 2009/10 on 5 March 2009. Coventry university will receive £54,064,049 and Warwick £77,405,193. Final allocations will be announced in October.
David Lammy: We will invest £210 million in adult community learning in England in 2009-10. We also recently published "The Learning Revolution" White Paper, setting out our ambitious vision for informal learning in the 21st century, with an additional £30 million funding for such learning this year.
David Lammy: In 2005-06, 3.85 million adult learners resident in England participated in LSC-funded skills courses. In 2007-08, that total was 3.28 million. The corresponding figures for the Billericay constituency were 5,960 in 2005-06, and 5,060 in 2007-08.
David Lammy: Swindon is one of the 27 areas that believes it could benefit from our New University Challenge initiative and has submitted an initial expression of interest. The Funding Council have recently published guidance for applications and in due course will make the decisions on the funding of projects, subject to high quality bids.
David Lammy: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, and my hon. Friend, the Minister for Further Education meet the Association of Colleges regularly to discuss issues of mutual concern. They will be meeting the Association on 6 May.
David Lammy: I have regular discussions with the HE sector and its representative bodies. Concerning the allocation of places, it is a steadfast principle that individual universities decide who they admit to their courses and Government do not interfere in that process.
David Lammy: As the Prime Minister said on 27 February, science, engineering and technology will be "the foundation of Britain's economic success". That is why the Budget maintained the Science and Research ring fence, and announced a £750 million Strategic Investment Fund to support advanced industrial projects of strategic importance.
David Lammy: I will deal with all those points in my speech. I would prefer to do it in that way rather than through separate interventions.
David Lammy: The Department does not provide funding for Palestinian academics wishing to study in the UK.
David Lammy: The Human Tissue Authority is currently assessing the impact of human tissue legislation and regulation on tissue-based research. This is of course primarily a matter for the Department of Health.