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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the total cost of administration of each of the former training and enterprise councils in each of the last three years. 
Margaret Hodge: Information on the total cost of administration of the former training and enterprise councils is not available. The amount spent by TECs on administration and its disclosure were a matter for individual TECs and varied between them. Some TECs showed no administration costs within their statutory accounts under this heading, while most excluded the costs of staff involved in the direct delivery of their programmes. However, all TECs had to show staffing costs as a note within their accounts. While this understates administration costs, as it does not cover expenditure on premises, information technology and other support systems, it is the only available indicator for the information sought. I have therefore provided figures for the financial years 199798, 199899 and 19992000 showing spend on staffing costs of each of the former Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) in England as stated in their consolidated annual statutory audited accounts for the full range of activity TECs undertook. This information is not yet available for 200001.
Any direct comparison of staff costs between TECs is misleading, both because there is no statutory definition of staff costs and also because the range of training and enterprise activities differed between TECs.
|TECS by region||199798||199899||19992000|
|Yorkshire and Humberside|
|Norfolk and Waveney||2,676,000||2,714,000||3,106,000|
|North West London||1,512,188||1,967,655||2,726,005|
|Isle of Wight||733,424||1,241,925||1,582,489|
|Heart of England||2,146,037||2,354,176||2,483,181|
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Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers (a) in the Wycombe constituency and (b) nationally entered higher education in each of the last four years. 
Margaret Hodge: Figures for the number of school leavers who go on to higher education are not collated centrally on a constituency basis. The available figures for Great Britain, showing the proportion of under 21-year- olds who enter higher education for the first time, are given in the table. The increase in the index in 199798 related partly to changes in the funding arrangements for higher education, with students choosing to enter HE rather than wait until 199899. There was a corresponding reduction in 199899 before the entry rates started to increase again in 19992000. Between 199798 and 200001, total HE students in English universities and colleges rose by 83,000.
(21) The API is defined as the number of GB domiciled initial entrants to full-time and sandwich undergraduate HE aged under 21, expressed as a percentage of the average number of 18 and 19 year olds in the population.
(22) Projected: final data on initial entrants are not yet available.
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(23) All grades including heads and deputy heads.
(24) Excludes sixth form colleges.
(25) Provisional data.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the number of children who were judged to be illiterate on leaving school in England in the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 14 November 2001]: 99 per cent. of 15-year-olds have achieved a GCSE pass in English in each of the last three years. However, no separate assessment has been made of literacy rates among school leavers. The Government are committed to raising standards of literacy, particularly through the successful National Literacy Strategy in primary schools and the new Key Stage 3 Strategy in secondary schools.
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