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Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Secretary of State (Innovation, Universities and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies, setting out in each case their (i) function, (ii) latest estimated annual running costs and (iii) number of staff; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Skills)

The non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies of my Department are listed in the following table. This provides the details sought in your question.

Schedule of the non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies—April 2008
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Student Loans Company (SLC) Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Commission for Employment and Skills (CES)
Type of body NDPB NDPB NDPB NDPB Executive NDPB and company limited by guarantee
Approximate FTEs (full-time equivalents) 240 1,280 3 (1) 3,630 85
Budget (£ million)
2008-09 7,466.7 82.3 0.5 11,589 (2)69.7
2009-10 7,706.3 74.7 0.49 12,017 (2)68.1
2010-11 8,061.0 77.1 0.48 12,599 (2)67.9
Key functions Distribute public money to HEIs To provide financial services to HEIs and students throughout the UK To promote and safeguard fair access to HE for under-represented groups Funding and commissioning post-16 learning (up to but not including HE) in England Assess progress towards 2020 Leitch objective
Promote high quality education and research To administer the collection of repayments Work effectively across the four UK nations to support the world class skills agenda
Ensure accountability and promote good practice Advise Ministers and monitor the contribution of the employment and skills system
Advise on the integration of employment and skills related services
Manage the performance of the Sector Skills Councils
(1) Establishment figure. (2) DIUS funding.
New FE sector-owned improvement body National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) Research Councils ( RC s) Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
Type of body tbc Executive agency Executive agency and trading fund NDPB NDPB
Approximate FTEs (full-time equivalents) 120 51 959 (2)9,909 75
Budget (£ million)
2008-09 (1)140-150 throughout the period 4.3 57.8 3,111.8 180
2009-10 (1) 5.2 59.9 3,239.1 243
2010-11 (1) 5.3 60.1 3,395.6 253
Key functions Strategic commissioning body to support FE organisational development Responsibility for the UK's Weights and Measures framework Responsibility for the UK's Intellectual Property framework The Research Councils aim to deliver a world-class research base and through this create a higher level of economic impact and a better quality of life for people in the UK. The integration of three key outputs is vital to achieving this objective: skilled people, knowledge and innovation Managing programmes to support technological innovation for DIUS
To improve standards of teaching and learning for the benefit of learners, employers and the wider community Provision of statutory and commercial metrology services Responsibility for the UK engagement on IP issues
(2)Figure from 2006-07 reports and includes institute/scientific and technical staff.
Design Council National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts(NESTA)( 1) National Physical Laboratory
Type of body NDPB NDPB Government owned contractor operated agency
Approximate FTEs (full-time equivalents) 65 95 575
Budget (£ million)
2008-09 6.035 38 58
2009-10 6.035 38 59
2010-11 6.035 38 47
Key functions Strengthen and support the UK economy and society by inspiring and enabling the best use of design To support and promote talent, innovation and creativity in the fields of science, technology and the arts NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute and is a centre of excellence in developing and applying accurate measurement standards, science and technology
DIUS provides NPL with guaranteed funding to maintain and disseminate current measurement standards and to perform research into new standards, techniques and instrumentation that will support future UK needs and stimulate innovation
NPL also represents the UK in the international measurement arena
(1)NESTA is funded by an endowment from the National Lottery rather than grant-in-aid.

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