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Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proportion of (a) part-time and (b) full-time mature students entering higher education in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001. [31468R]
Margaret Hodge: The available data for 1999 and 2000 are given in the table. Corresponding data for 2001 will be available in April 2002. Latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), covering full-time first degree and HND courses only, show that 63,700 home domiciled students aged 21 or over were accepted for entry in autumn 2001, an increase of 9.5 per cent. compared to the previous year. UCAS does not cover students applying for part-time undergraduate courses.
(19) Census count as at 1 December. Covers first degree, HND, HNC and all other undergraduate courses in both HE and FE institutions.
(20) Young entrants are those aged under 21, mature are those aged 21 or over.
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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure per pupil was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Westminster, (ii) Kensington and Chelsea and (iii) each region in England in (A) 199798, (B) 200001, (C) 200102 and (D) projected for 200203. 
|Pre-primary and primary||Secondary|
|Kensington and Chelsea||2,650||2,850||3,460||3,650|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||1,700||1,980||2,200||2,500|
|Kensington and Chelsea||2,840||2,900||3,700||3,720|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||1,820||2,020||2,350||2,550|
1. The figures consist of NIE per pupil in pre-primary/primary schools and secondary schools in 199798 and 19992000 (the most recent year for which the Department has finalised outturn data) and are in both cash and real terms.
2. Expenditure data are drawn from RO1 (199798) and section 52 table 3 (19992000) returns. The expenditure data used to derive these unit costs cover all school based recurrent spending, including teaching and non-teaching staff salaries, school premises costs, equipment and supplies and unspent balances held by schools at the year end.
4. All figures are rounded to the nearest £10.
5. Figures are converted from cash to real terms 200001 prices using the December 2001 GDP deflators.
6. Information for 200001 and 200102 is not yet available and as a result it is not possible to arrive at a projection.
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Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Government's strategies to raise educational attainment in present and former coalfield areas. [31470R]
Mr. Timms: We have several strategies that are helping to raise educational attainment in coalfield and other areas. Standards of literacy and numeracy in primary schools are the highest they have ever been and evidence shows that the coalfields are benefiting from these strategies although we recognise that there is still work to be done.
We published the Schools White Paper "Achieving Success", last September, which sets out our vision for education for the years ahead. The Key Stage 3 strategy (11 to 14-year-olds) aims to build on the success at primary level but has been adapted to meet the more diverse and complex nature of the secondary curriculum.
We have introduced floor targets so that every school, wherever it is based, will be supported to secure at least 20 per cent. of students with five good GCSEs by 2004, rising to 25 per cent. by 2006.
Coalfield areas are also benefiting from more localised targeting with initiatives such as Excellence in Cities and Education Action Zones providing additional resources for schools serving disadvantaged areas. Coalfield areas already benefiting from these initiatives include Rotherham, St. Helens, Barnsley, Doncaster and Wigan.
Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she (a) has introduced and (b) plans to implement in response to the report of the Migration Research Unit into the effect of pupil mobility on (i) schools and (ii) educational attainment. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The report from the Migration Research Unit identified a number of groups of mobile pupils. In only one of these was an effect on attainment found. This was for those pupils who moved house frequently due to family break-up. The effects on schools included the need for flexible induction. Measures being introduced and that are planned for implementation include:
Guidance on the Standards Site illustrating how schools with high mobility have effectively tackled this;
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the instances in which her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period in the financial year 200001. 
(21) 4.5 per cent. of all invoices paid
(22) 3.0 per cent. of all invoices paid
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students failed to complete their teacher training courses; and what percentage of all the students on such courses this represented in the latest academic year for which figures are available. 
The Initial Teacher Training Performance Profiles, published by the Teacher Training Agency show the number and percentage of final-year trainees at 1 December in England who subsequently failed to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of their final year. Latest figures are available for academic year 19992000 (ITT Performance Profiles 2001).
These figures do not take into account drop-out during earlier years of the course, which mainly applies to undergraduate courses; and may include trainees awarded QTS after the November following the trainee's final year.
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