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Students: Finance

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what budget was allocated to communicating student finance arrangements to prospective students in each year from 1999-2000 to 2010-11.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

An annual breakdown of expenditure on communicating student finance arrangements, including to prospective students, from 1999-2000 to 2010-11 are provided in the following table. As records are only required to be kept for seven years, not all data are available.

The Student Loans Company was also allocated part of the Department’s publicity budget to provide some technical information to students and from 2009/10 responsibility for providing information to students was delegated to the Student Loans Company. A breakdown of the allocation made by the Student Loans Company is also provided in the table.

The Department considers it essential to ensure that prospective students and their families know about the full package of support available, to support access to higher education. This Department is working with the Central Office of Information to develop an effective and proportionate information campaign.

We have appointed an advertising agency to support this campaign and expect their costs to be in the region of £150,000, including their charges for production of press and online advertisements. The budget for chosen media is yet to be determined.

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Financial year Department for Business, Innovation and Skills student finance publicity budget Student Loans Company communications budget
1999-2000 (1) (1)
2000-01 90,000 (1)
2001-02 1,660,000 (1)
2002-03 2,025,000 (1)
2003-04 4,000,000 (1)
2004-05 2,000,000 280,598
2005-06 4,500,000 1,483,900
2006-07 4,100,000 1,097,092
2007-08 4,500,000 3,288,351
2008-09 4,000,000 2,851,560
2009-10 60,000 5,263,030
2010-11 150,000 1,650,243
(1) Data not available.

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