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English Language: Immigrants

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1394W, on English language: immigrants, how many places were available on English for Speakers of Other Languages courses for immigrants in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column reference 1363W.

Information is not available on the number of places for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses. Providers ensure adequate places are made available to support local demand.

Information on the number of immigrants enrolling on courses is not available.

We do, however, publish the number of Learning and Skills Council funded learners participating on a skills for life ESOL course in each academic year. Information for academic years 2005/06 to 2008/09 (provisional) was published in a Statistical First Release (SFR):

This information is also shown in the following table 1.

Table 1: Participation on LSC-funded ESOL courses, 2005/06 to 2008/09 (provisional)
Learner p articipation
2005/06 266,600
2006/07 243,900
2007/08 217,800
2008/09(1) (provisional) 210,200
(1) FE and train to gain figures for 2008/09 are not directly comparable to earlier years as the introduction of demand led funding has changed how data are collected and how funded learners are defined from 2008/09 onwards.

More information on demand led funding is available at:


Figures arc rounded to the nearest hundred.


Individualised learner record

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