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Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what training Ofsted inspectors have received in respect of duties imposed on schools by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001. 
Mr. Miliband: The training undertaken by school inspectors is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector David Bell will write to my hon. Friend and a copy of his letter will be placed in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of the schools that have lost specialist status since 1996, how many were (a) arts, (b) business and enterprise, (c) engineering, (d) languages, (e) maths and computing, (f) science, (g) sports and (h) technology. 
Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many UK students have qualified for the income-dependent element of student loans in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in each academic year since 1998; 
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Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2003]: For the first year of the new student support arrangements, academic year 199899, eligible new entrants domiciled in England and Wales received support for living costs through both grants and loans. Grants, which were assessed against family income, on average formed about a quarter of the support available. All students were entitled to a non income-assessed loan which comprised the remaining three quarters of support available.
The number of students in academic years 19992000 and 200001 (latest year for which data is available) who are eligible for the full income-assessed element of the loan and those who receive some of the income-assessed element of the loan are:
|Academic year||Students eligible for the full income-assessed element of the loan||Students eligible for part of the income-assessed element of the loan|
(23) The amount of student loan available is assessed by local education authorities in England and Wales for students who are normally domiciled in their area and studying in the UK.
(24) Includes students in receipt of loans for extra weeks of study.
(25) Excludes students in receipt of the reduced rate of loan as these are not subject to income-assessment.
(26) In academic year 200001 data are not available separately for Wales due to a low response rate to the survey. Data are provisional.
(27) The apparent rise in student numbers over the two years is accounted for by the introduction of income-assessed student loans in 19992000 for those starting their courses that year or academic year 199899so two cohorts were included in the first year but three in 200001.
F503G student support survey of LEAs in England and Wales
Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reports he has received about the number of students in Scotland who have qualified for (a) the full amount, (b) a proportion and (c) no part of the young students' bursary in each academic year since its introduction. 
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(d) Scotland qualified for (i) the full amount, (ii) a proportion and (iii) no part of student maintenance grants in each academic year from 1990 to 1998. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2003]: The support arrangements under the mandatory awards scheme for eligible undergraduate students domiciled in England and Wales on courses which began before 1 September 1998 consisted of payment, usually in full, of their tuition fees, a grant towards their maintenance, depending on income, and a non-income assessed loan. New students in academic year 199899, were expected to contribute up to £1,000 a year towards the cost of their tuition depending on family income. In 199899, income-assessed grants on average only formed about a quarter of the support available and all students were
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entitled to a non income-assessed loan which comprised the remaining three quarters of support available and which will be repayable on an income contingent basis.
In addition to the basic maintenance grant disabled students, students with dependants and lone parent students could also apply for various supplementary grants and allowances, the majority of which were income-assessed.
|Mandatory scheme students(29)|
|Full maintenance grants||165.8||||257.8||301.2||324.0||328.8||321.9||317.3|
|Partial maintenance grants||169.9||||205.7||224.2||225.0||218.6||205.8||203.4|
|Nil maintenance grants(31)||117.1||||147.3||154.8||168.4||179.2||194.0||205.6|
|Full maintenance grants||11.9||||17.3||19.4||20.3||20.8||21.0||20.2|
|Partial maintenance grants||12.9||||15.1||15.8||16.3||15.2||14.1||14.0|
|Nil maintenance grants(31)||5.2||||6.4||6.2||7.1||8.2||8.2||9.2|
|Mandatory scheme students(29)||Student support scheme students(29),(31)||All students|
|Full maintenance grants||198.2||118.9||317.1|
|Partial maintenance grants||139.0||43.0||182.1|
|Nil maintenance grants(31)||150.0||64.7||214.7|
|Full maintenance grants||12.7||8.7||21.4|
|Partial maintenance grants||9.3||2.5||11.8|
|Nil maintenance grants(31)||6.8||3.6||10.4|
(28) The table shows awards made by local education authorities in England and Wales to students normally domiciled in their area. The table excludes placement year sandwich students who do not normally receive maintenance support in their placement year.
(29) Up to and including academic year 199899 eligible students in England and Wales received support through income-assessed grants and a non income-assessed student loan. For new students in 199899, the proportion of grant and loan was approximately 25 per cent. and 75 per cent.
(30) Separate data for academic year 199192 are not available; combined England and Wales totals show 212.1 thousand students with full maintenance grants, 199.1 thousand students with partial maintenance grants and, 135.2 thousand students with a nil maintenance grant. These figures do not include data in respect of the London Residuary Body estimated to be 8,600 mandatory awards; an accurate breakdown of this figure is not available.
(31) Data in 199899 include an estimated 15,000 students support scheme students in England and Wales who, because they did not expect to receive a contribution to their support from public funds, did not make an application to their local authority.
(32) Totals may not add through due to roundings.
F503G survey of local education authorities on student support
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