The following table shows the number of higher education students receiving childcare grant in England in each year since 2004/05(1); consistent information is not available before 2004/05. The table also shows the average payment and the total expenditure in each year.
(1) Student numbers are rounded to the nearest 100, average amounts are rounded to the nearest £10.
Amount (£ million)
Students receiving childcare grant make up around 1 per cent. of higher education students applying for some form of student finance support.
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which identifies students with children under three, who do not apply for a childcare grant. Therefore the numbers in the table do not necessarily cover all full-time students with children under the age of three. No information is held centrally which identifies part-time students with children under the age of three.
To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students in each subject area received funding from the Learning and Skills Council in each year since 2003-04. 
Table 1 shows the number of learner enrolments/starts by sector subject area which were funded by the Learning and Skills Council, from 2004/05 to 2007/08 academic year. Data cannot be provided on a comparable basis for 2003/04.
Table 1: Number of learner enrolments/starts by sector subject area which were funded by the Learning and Skills Council, 2004/05 to 2007/08