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Higher Education

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the rate of participation by 18-year-olds in higher education in each region in England was in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05. [216487]

Dr. Howells: The latest information shows the proportion of 18-year-olds from each region who obtained places on full-time higher education courses via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and this is shown in the following table. Figures for 2004/05 are not yet available.
 
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Percentage of 18-year-olds obtaining places in HE

2002/032003/04
North East19.820.9
North West21.820.9
Merseyside21.421.0
Yorkshire and the Humber19.719.3
East Midlands21.021.0
West Midlands21.721.2
East of England22.622.0
London23.923.6
South East23.322.7
South West21.120.2

In addition, HEFCE have recently published 'Young participation in Higher Education' published by HEFCE, which shows, for each region, the proportion of young people who enter higher education at age 18 or 19. The figures for the two most recent years are:
Percentage of each year cohort aged 18

19992000
North East24.024.0
North West27.628.2
Yorkshire and the Humber25.225.6
East Midlands27.527.9
West Midlands27.728.1
East of England28.630.1
London35.036.4
South East32.733.3
South West29.130.0

Rochdale Students

Mrs. Fitzsimons: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18 to 22-year-olds from Rochdale were studying at university (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. [217367]

Dr. Howells: Participation rates for each parliamentary constituency are not calculated by the Department. The most recent information shows the proportion of 18-year-olds from Rochdale local education authority who obtained places on full-time higher education courses via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and this is shown in the table.
Proportion of students aged 18 from Rochdale local education authority accepted through UCAS to full-time undergraduate courses in the UK

Academic yearPercentage
1996–9716.3
2003–0418.0

In addition, HEFCE have recently published Young participation in Higher Education", which shows the proportion of young people who enter higher education at age 18 or 19 by parliamentary constituency, although this only covers the years up to 2000. A discussion of the participation divisions between areas with high and low levels of participation, and trends (18-year-olds in 1994 to 18-year-olds in 2000) for constituencies is contained in the report (sections 2.12, 3.8 and 4.1).
 
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The figures indicate that the proportion of young people from Rochdale who entered higher education at age 18 or 19 was 24 per cent. in 1997 and 25 per cent. in 2000.

School Funding

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government have allocated per child in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Romford and Havering constituencies in 2004–05. [219374]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is collected at local education authority level. Romford schools fall within Barking and Dagenham, Essex, Havering and Redbridge LEAs. The information requested is shown in the following table:
Total cash funding per pupil by each LEA containing a school in Romford, 2004–05
£

LEA namePrimary (3 to 10-year-olds)Secondary
(11 to 15-year-olds)
Barking and Dagenham4,0605,080
Essex3,4604,360
Havering3,4804,480
Redbridge3,7504,580




Notes:
1.Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of education EPS settlements and include the pensions transfer to EPS and LSC.
2.Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 3–10 and 11–15 and exclude EMAs and grants not allocated at LEA level.
3.The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the EPS settlement calculations.
4.Figures are in cash terms rounded to the nearest £10 as reported by the LEA.
5.2004–05 figures are provisional as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited.



Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the allocation of capital funding to schools in Crosby and Formby before they receive Building Schools for the Future funding. [219086]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: On 30 November 2004, we announced capital funding allocations for all schools and authorities in England for the next three years. This followed the settlement of the 2004 spending review, in which schools capital increased to £6.3 billion by 2007–08, a six fold real-terms increase since 1996–97. Our announcement included direct capital funding for schools, and a typical primary school of 250 pupils will receive £25,500 of devolved formula capital in 2005–06, £32,250 in 2006–07and £34,250 in 2007–08. A typical secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £87,250, £108,500 and £113,000 in these years to use for its own priorities.

Further, Sefton local education authority, which includes Corby and Formby, will receive a total of £12.6 million of formulaic funding over the next three years, and a further £3.5 million will be available for its voluntary aided schools. In all, over £32.5 million has been allocated from 2005–06 until 2007–08 for Sefton and its schools.
 
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Additionally, the authority can apply to the Targeted Capital Fund for exceptional needs which it cannot fund from its formulaic allocations. Last week we announced details of how authorities can access this funding for 2006–07, and all authorities are invited to apply for this additional funding. Finally, because Sefton is not prioritised early in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, by 2011 we aim to provide it with funding to transform at least one of its secondary school with the greatest need.

My officials are currently meeting all authorities to discuss their capital strategy in the light of our recent announcements on funding allocations and BSF, and how they can best use the funding available to them from our allocations and their other resources to improve their school estate.

School Toilets

Dr. Palmer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which national body is responsible for the standard of school toilets and washrooms for pupils; [218913]

(2) what discussions her Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive about extending its powers of inspection to cover school toilets for pupils; and if she will make a statement. [218914]


 
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Mr. Stephen Twigg: The minimum number of toilets for pupils in maintained schools is controlled by the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999. Local education authorities are responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations. The condition of the facilities is a matter for the school's head teacher and governors as they are responsible for cleaning and maintenance. We have had no discussions about extending the inspection powers of the Health and Safety Executive to cover school toilets for pupils.

School Violence (Essex)

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school violence episodes occurred in Romford and Havering schools in each year since 1997. [219020]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: This information is not collected centrally.

Schools (Essex)

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private, independent and faith schools there are in Romford and Havering constituencies. [219017]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is shown in the tables.
All schools: Number of schools by religious character, January 2004:Romford parliamentary constituency and Havering local education authority

Romford parliamentary constituency
Maintained nurseryMaintained primary(25)Maintained secondary(25)Special(26)Pupil referral unitsIndependent
No religious character0193001
Church of England021000
Roman Catholic021001
Methodist000000
Other Christian Faith(27)000001
Jewish000000
Muslim000000
Sikh000000
Other000000
Total0235003

Havering local education authority
Maintained nurseryMaintained primary(25)Maintained secondary(25)Special(26)Pupil referral unitsIndependent
No religious character05514333
Church of England021000
Roman Catholic002001
Methodist000000
Other Christian Faith(27)001003
Jewish000000
Muslim000000
Sikh000000
Other000000
Total06518337


(25)Includes middle schools as deemed.
(26)Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools.
(27)Includes schools of mixed denomination or other Christian beliefs.
Source:
Annual Schools' Census and EduBase




 
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