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Mr. Timms: The Department continues to support and provide guidance to local education authorities (LEAs) in England and we are devising a programme to support school-led governor recruitment. We fund the School Governors' One-Stop Shop to recruit governors with business and management skills in areas covered by the Excellence in Cities programme. As part of our commitment to encourage recruitment of school governors from minority ethnic backgrounds, the Department supports the activities of the Collective of Bangladeshi School Governors that promotes governorship to minority ethnic communities in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
Margaret Hodge: The Higher Education Funding Council for England takes into account the higher cost of teaching science and engineering subjects in making grant allocations to higher education institutions, but the Government have no plans to introduce incentives for institutions to provide science and engineering courses, nor for students to take them.
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Margaret Hodge: The Government have carefully considered the representations on the financial needs of higher education from Universities UK, and from a number of other bodies. The outcome of the 2002 spending review will be announced in the summer.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in respect of retraining needs in the airline and aerospace industries; what budgets she has made available to assist with such retraining; and if she will make a statement. 
The airline and aerospace industries have been affected by a number of closures and job losses in recent months. The Government have been proactive in working, in regional and local partnerships, to support those people affected by providing the most appropriate service to help them back into work and to retrain them where necessary.
Retraining opportunities are offered to people who have been made redundant through Work Based Learning for Adults. In addition, Rapid Response Funding has recently been approved to retrain individuals made redundant from BAe Systems in the north-west and Gill Aviation in the north-east. The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) are also offering supportfor example, at Gatwick and Heathrow LSC funding has been provided for one to one advice sessions for clients facing particular employment problems, and to support their training needs.
Mr. Gordon Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 March 2002, Official Report, columns 76470W, to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Mr. Cousins), if she will break down the figures for Blackpool (a) by part-time and full-time students and (b) by age of student. 
Margaret Hodge: The previous figures shown for Blackpool in the answer of 11 March were all full-time, apart from two students on part-time initial teacher training courses; the level of fee support received by these two students is unknown.
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Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in medical schools in the UK there were who had been educated at (a) state schools and (b) independent schools in each of the last five years. 
|Year of entry|
|Previous school type||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001|
(28) Including former grant maintained schools.
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proportion of people in England who speak a second language; and what recent research she has commissioned on comparisons with other EU states. 
Margaret Hodge: As part of its support for the European Year of Languages, the European Commission carried out a survey of the languages spoken in the 15 member states of the European Union in April 2001. The survey, "Eurobarometer 54", indicated that 34 per cent. of the UK sample is able to speak another EU language.
Our long-term language strategy, which we plan to publish in the autumn, will outline our proposals to widen the opportunities for language learning in this country. In particular, it is our ambition that all primary school children will be entitled to study languages by 2012.
|District name||Literacy levels(29)||District name||Literacy levels(29)|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||26.0||Wigan||25.9|
|Amber Valley||25.0||St. Helens||26.4|
|North East Derbyshire||23.7||Durham||27.4|
|Hinckley and Bosworth||22.3||Alnwick||26.2|
|North West Leicestershire||24.1||Blyth Valley||26.6|
|Bassetlaw||24.4||Newcastle upon Tyne||25.8|
|Newark and Sherwood||24.0|||||
(29) Percentage of population with 'low', 'lower' or 'very low' literacy.
National average equals 24 per cent.
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Data at ward level is available as a searchable database on the Basic Skills Agency website at "www.basic-skills.co.uk/datasite/", which also contains data by Parliamentary Constituency and by local Learning and Skills Council area.
The most detailed survey of basic skills in Britain is "Adult Literacy in Britain", published in 1997. This reported that 23 per cent. of the population had low levels of literacy. 15 per cent. of those with low levels of literacy did not speak English as a first language and may not have been born in the UK. This equates to around 1 million of the 7 million adults in England with poor literacy skills.
|University of Kent||Canterbury|
|Christ Church College||Canterbury|
|University of Durham||City of Durham|
|University of Teesside||Middlesbrough|
|University of Newcastle||Newcastle upon Tyne, Central|
|University of Northumbria||Newcastle upon Tyne, Central|
|University of Keele||Newcastle-under-Lyme|
|University of Salford||Salford|
|University of York||Selby|
|Sheffield Hallam University||Sheffield, Central|
|University of Sunderland||Sunderland, South|
|University of Leeds (Bretton Hall)||Wakefield|
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