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Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of employers involved in foundation degrees were in the public sector in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many students studied for such degrees with public sector employers in each year. 
Bill Rammell: We do not classify foundation degrees as public or private sector because students are recorded according to subjects studied and many courses would apply to the public, private and third sectors. Foundation degrees graduates are, however, well-represented in education, and subjects allied to medicine (which together amount to around 35 per cent. of all FD graduates) where the employment opportunities are largely in the public sector, and around a third of all FD courses currently running are in the areas of education, health and care, community or public services.
Employer involvement is an essential feature of all foundation degree programmes. Employers can be involved in the design, delivery and regular review of programmes. It is also expected that there will be recognition from employer bodies such as sector skills councils and professional bodies as well as close collaboration between employer and provider institutionsto ensure foundation degrees are responsive to meeting the nation's skill needs.
Bill Rammell: The available information shows the number of Foundation Degrees awarded by subject area of study. The latest figures are shown in the table; comparable information for 2006/07 will be available in January 2008.
|Number of students( 1) awarded Foundation Degrees by subject area English Higher Education InstitutionsAcademic years 2002/03 to 2005/06|
|(1) Covers students on full-time and part-time modes of study.|
Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of children qualifying for free school meals had (a) one parent, (b) two parents and (c) neither parent in paid work in each year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children selected by aptitude to attend (a) city academies and (b) specialist schools are in receipt of free school meals. 
|Maintained secondary schools and academies( 1) : number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals: As at January 2007 (Provisional): England|
|Number of pupils on roll( 2)||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 2)||Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2 )Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration.
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in further education in each of the regions failed to complete their course in the last 12 months; and how many of those were in the final year of their course. 
Bill Rammell: Non-completion is not a standard measure used in further education (FE). The standard measure of success used in FE is the success rate, which refers to the proportion of qualifications achieved in each academic year against those who start working towards a particular learning aim. Learners who transfer to alternative provision during their programme of study are excluded from the calculation. The following table shows the regional success rates for 2002/03 to 2005/06the latest full year for all FE funded courses.
|FE success rates by region|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are studying further mathematics A or AS level via the further
mathematics network in (a) West Sussex and (b) England. 
Jim Knight: The Department does not hold information on the subjects being studied by students at A level. However, data from examination awarding bodies show that 121 students aged 16-18 were entered for GCE A level further mathematics in West Sussex institutions in 2005/06. The number of entrants in England was 6,516. Equivalent figures for GCE AS level entries in further mathematics in 2005/06 were 60 in West Sussex and 4,078 in England. The data do not show how many of these were via the further mathematics network.
|Table 1: GCE A level entries in further mathematics by candidates aged 16-18 in all schools and colleges|
|Academic year ending||Number of entries|
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