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Airwave Service

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what organisations for which his Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets. [234699]

Mr. Simon: As far as we are aware none of the organisations for which DIUS is responsible use, or are planning to use, Airwave handsets.

Apprentices

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of apprentices (a) were school leavers, (b) were further education college leavers, (c) were already employed by the employer providing the apprenticeship, (d) had been in employment with a different employer and (e) were from another category in each year since 2002. [235175]


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Mr. Simon: Information on what route apprentices have come from is not currently available. However, a national apprenticeships vacancy matching service is being developed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to provide a high quality service to employers wishing to recruit apprentices, and to young people and adults considering an apprenticeship. This service will help deliver the objective outlined in World-class Apprenticeships to expand and improve the quality of our apprenticeships programme. The service will be available across England by April 2009. Part of the future role of the service will be to provide the new National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) with management information on apprenticeships.

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of (a) large employers, (b) medium-sized employers and (c) small employers in England offered apprenticeships in each year since 2002; [235176]

(2) how many and what proportion of advanced apprenticeship places in England were with (a) large employers, (b) medium-sized employers and (c) small employers in each year since 2002; [235177]

(3) how many and what proportion of level 2 apprenticeship places in England were with (a) large
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employers, (b) medium-sized employers and (c) small employers in each year since 2002. [235178]

Mr. Simon: Data on the number and size of the employers supporting apprentices are not collected via the individualised learner record (ILR) and hence the information requested is not currently available.

From the 2009/10 academic year, this information will be available on the ILR when a unique employer identifier will have to be provided by all employers of apprentices.

We can provide an estimate of the size of employers that offer and have recruited apprentices from the National Employer Skills Survey (NESS). These data are based on over 79,000 establishments that were surveyed April and July 2007.

Findings of the NESS show that (from Table 1) 6 per cent. of all employers surveyed have recruited an apprentice. 15 per cent. of employers with between 100 and 199 employees have recruited an apprentice, while 26 per cent. of employers with over 500 employees have recruited an apprentice.

From Table 2, 14 per cent. of all employers surveyed have offered an apprenticeship. 25 per cent. of employers with between 100 and 199 employees have offered an apprenticeship, while 40 per cent. of employers surveyed with over 500 employees have offered an apprenticeship.

Table 1: Percentage of employers that have recruited an apprentice
Number of employees of employer

All employers 2-4 5-24 25-99 100-199 200-499 500+

Percentage of employers that have recruited an apprentice

6

4

8

11

15

19

26

Source:
NESS

Table 2: Percentage of employers that have offered an apprenticeship
Number of employees of employer

All employers 2-4 5-24 25-99 100-199 200-499 500+

Percentage of employers that have offered an apprenticeship

14

10

17

21

25

30

40

Source:
NESS

Counterfeit Manufacturing: Internet

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps are being taken to tackle the trade in counterfeit goods on internet auction sites. [235829]

Mr. Lammy: The Government's plan for the creative industries, Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy, PP1067, published in February 2008 and available in the Library of the House, recognised online infringement of intellectual property rights as a particular concern. That document set out the Government's general action plan for intellectual property enforcement, of which online enforcement forms an important segment. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is now leading in the Government's delivery of that plan. In line with the plan, local authority trading standards officers have been given expanded powers to deal with intellectual property crime. The Government have just completed a consultation on introducing exceptional summary (above £5,000) fines in magistrates' courts. The consultation is designed to align the penalties for online and physical copyright offences. And there is ever growing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and internet service providers. For example, eBay work closely with officials at the IPO and the enforcement agencies. During 2007, eBay trained some 7,000 law enforcement officials globally, assisted in over 66,000 investigations and the arrest or conviction of over 500 individuals.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 527-28W, on departmental buildings, what the cost of the refurbishment was. [233877]

Mr. Simon: The cost of the refurbishment at Kingsgate house, undertaken by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on behalf of the
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Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, was £5.1 million. This provided a cost-effective working environment, with flexible desking on the basis of eight desks for every 10 people, movement-activated lighting to reduce power consumption and video conferencing facilities to reduce travel costs.

Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) universal serial bus flash memory data storage devices, (b) mobile telephones, (c) personal digital assistants and (d) laptop computers, used to store restricted or confidential data have been lost by or stolen from his Department in each year since 2001. [235332]

Mr. Simon: The following table shows how many items used to store restricted or confidential information which have been lost or stolen by the Department since it was created in June 2007. The records do not distinguish between lost and stolen items. Before June 2007, the functions which make up the Department were part of other Government Departments, and records are retained by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

2007 2008 (to date)

(a) Universal serial bus flash memory data storage devices

0

0

(b) Mobile telephones

0

0

(c) Personal digital assistants

2

1

(d) Laptop computers

(1)1

0

(1) Lost and subsequently recovered.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies. [230763]

Mr. Simon: The information requested is as follows:

Departmental Internet

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department’s website received in 2007-08. [235324]

Mr. Simon: DIUS was formed following Machinery of Government Changes on 28 June 2007. Prior to the current website being launched in October 2007, a
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temporary DIUS site existed for which website statistics are not available. Between October 2007 and March 2008 the DIUS website has received:

and

Departmental Older Workers

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits. [228752]

Mr. Simon: The Department was formed as part of the Machinery of Government changes announced on 28 June 2007. Figures are available from 28 June 2007 to 30 September 2008. The information is set out as follows:

Number Percentage

Over 55

6

Over 60

1

Percentage of new recruits (over 55)

4

Percentage of new recruits (over 60)

1


Departmental Pensions

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million. [229549]

Mr. Simon: It is not appropriate to disclose pension information for civil servants other than Board Members whose details are shown in the Remuneration Report in annual Resource Accounts. A copy of the Innovation, Universities and Skills Resource Accounts for financial year 2007-8 can be found in the Library or accessed electronically using the following link:

Similar information for the Department’s agencies can also be accessed electronically:

National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML):

and

Intellectual Property Office (IPO):

Departmental Public Relations

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08. [228099]

Mr. Simon: The Department does not hold public relations or consultancy spend data at the level of detail sought. To determine the public relations consultancy
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spend would be at disproportionate cost. Entertainment and advertising and promotion spend for 2007-08 was as follows:

£000 Percentage of total spend

Entertainment

81

0.0003951

Advertising and Promotion

470

0.0022930


The total spend for 2007-08 was £20,505,604,000 as reported in the 2007-08 Resource Accounts.

Higher Education: Admissions

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of
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successful undergraduate university applicants from (a) the UK, (b) EU member states other than the UK and (c) non-EU states were accepted for a science, technology, engineering or mathematics course in each year since 2002. [232268]

Mr. Lammy: The latest information is shown in the following table. Figures for the 2008 year of entry will be available in January 2009.

The figures are taken from data collected by the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) which are limited to students who apply to full-time undergraduate courses via the UCAS application system. The figures do not therefore cover part-time students, nor those full-time students who apply directly to higher education institutions.

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses by subject group and home domicile 2002 to 2007
Year of Entry

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

UK acceptances (number)

331,725

333,942

334,295

360,244

345,564

364,544

STEM(1 )(percentage)

38.5

38.2

37.7

37.5

37.9

37.4

Non-STEM (percentage)

61.5

61.8

62.3

62.5

62.1

62.6

EU acceptances (number)

11,992

12,572

15,452

17,247

18,280

20,661

STEM(1 )(percentage)

39.7

40.5

39.7

37.5

39.2

38.8

Non-STEM (percentage)

60.3

59.5

60.3

62.5

60.8

61.2

NON-EU acceptances (number)

24,398

27,793

27,797

27,878

27,046

28,225

STEM(1 )percentage)

43.5

42.3

43.6

43.0

42.3

42.0

Non-STEM (percentage)

56.5

57.7

56.4

57.0

57.7

58.0

(1) STEM subjects include Combined Science courses.
Source:
UCAS

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