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|Table 4A : Estimated eligibility and take-up of maintenance loans in England( 1) academic years 2001/02 to 2008/09 (provisional)|
|Academic year||Number of loans taken out (thousand)( 2)|
|(1) Student loans are available to eligible students normally domiciled in the United Kingdom.|
(2) Rounded to the nearest £10.
(3) The number of loans taken out for 2008/09 is based on the number of loans approved as at 5 November 2008.
(4) The numbers will increase as late applications come in and this may change the average value of loan.
Student Loans Company Ltd. (SLC); DIUS
|Table 4B : Take-up of tuition fee loans in England( 1,2) academic years 2006/07 through 2008/09 (provisional)|
|Academic year||Number of loans taken out (thousand)( 4)|
|(1) Tuition fee loans are provided by DIUS via the Student Loans Company to students normally domiciled in England who attend an HE course anywhere in the United Kingdom as well as to students from the European Union attending HE courses in England.|
(2) Students entering HE from 2006/07 can take out a Tuition Fee loan to cover all or part of the variable fee charged by their HEI.
(3) Students entering HE prior to 2006/07 can take out a Tuition Fee loan to cover their private contribution to fees if they make any.
(4) The number of loans taken out for 2008/09 is based on the number of loans approved as at 16 November 20008. The numbers will increase as late applications come in and this may change the average value of loan.
(5) The Tuition Fee loans for 2008/09 will be incurred by students at the point of payment to their HE institution. 50 per cent. will be paid in February 2009. 50 per cent. will be paid in May 2009.
(6) The figures for EU students are released early in the application process. Hence, these provisional figures are significantly lower than the likely final outturn.
Rounded to the nearest £10.
Student Loans Company Ltd. (SLC)
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will review the interest rate charged on mortgage-style student loans in order to reduce the level of interest payments; 
Mr. Lammy: The interest rate to be charged on mortgage-style student loans is set out in the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990 and the Education (Student Loans) Regulations 1998, which provide for a link to the retail price index (RPI). Specifically, the interest rate for an academic year is the annual movement in the RPI for the year to the previous March. Thus, the interest rate of 3.8 per cent. for the 2008/09 academic year reflects movements in the RPI for the year to March 2008.
The interest rate for the 2009/10 academic year, starting in September 2009, will reflect the RPI for the year to March 2009. Consistent application of the RPI meets the intention that, in fairness both to the borrower and to the taxpayer, over the lifetime of the loan, the borrower will repay in real terms no more than was borrowed.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many former students have (a) mortgage-style repayment student loans and (b) income-related repayment student loans; and how many such repayments (i) are and (ii) are not being made on schedule in each case. 
Mr. Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education on 10 September 2008, Official Report , columns 1939-41W. The response remains the same because the information published in the answer to the previous question (PQ 220225) is based on the Statistical First Release on Student Loans for Higher Education in England, Financial Year 2007-08 (provisional) which remains the latest published information available. The SFR is accessible at:
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many businesses in (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) London and (c) England have signed the skills pledge. 
Mr. Simon: The Skills Pledge is a voluntary, public commitment by employers to support their employees to develop their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work towards relevant, valuable qualifications to at least Level 2 (equivalent to five good GCSEs).
Since the launch of the Skills Pledge in June 2007 we have made excellent progress. The latest available figures up until December 2008, show that 13 organisations in the West Chelmsford constituency, 2,141 organisations in the London LSC region and 11,266 organisations in England have made the Skills Pledge. Please note that these figures include both public and private organisations.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many vocational training courses in (a) dance, (b) hairdressing, (c) food processing (wine), (d) aromatherapy, (e) ear-piercing and (f) beauty treatment received funding from his Department in 2008. 
Mr. Simon: As announced through the Governments Grant Letter to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) on 18 November, funding for adult learning will be £3.3 billion in 2009-10, an increase of 4.2 per cent. compared with 2008-09.
FE Colleges and providers are given indicative budgets based on the expected delivery of an overall volume of learning. The actual numbers and types of courses delivered by a college or provider will depend on learner and employer demand. The Statistical First Release (SFR) DIUS: Post-16 Education: Learner Participation and Outcomes in England 2007/08 (December 2008) provides information on the number of LSC funded learners in particular sectors, however information on the number of different courses funded in a given year is not collected. The SFR can be found at the following link:
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will take steps to assist those small and medium-sized enterprises which work with disadvantaged young people over the age of 18 years to improve their life prospects. 
DIUS is currently developing a Department wide Third Sector Strategy which will address how we work with the third sector across the range of our policies and programmes. We aim to ensure we make best use of the potential of the third sector to contribute to meeting our skills agenda through its ability to engage with disadvantaged groups.
To help ensure that the skills of people in the third sector are developed, DIUS, in conjunction with Office of the Third Sector, has supported the establishment of SkillsThird Sector, a new sector skills body. SkillsThird Sector will work with employers in the sector to identify and meet learning needs of the sector and work to increase take-up of training.
In the White Paper New OpportunitiesFair Chances for the Future the Government have outlined a commitment to ensure young people who are persistent NEETs (not in education, employment or training) have the right support and incentives to move off benefits, or out of inactivity, into education, training or work. Part of our offer includes initiatives we are
supporting through small and medium employers, such as local employment partnerships and apprenticeships, which we have reformed and expanded.
DIUS published Skills for Life: Changing Lives this month, which sets out our refreshed strategy for helping people at disadvantage through lack of basic skills. This strategy will ensure that SME employers and employees can access Skills for Life courses at all levels up to and including Level 2, and drive improvements in provision.
Train to Gain is the Governments flagship service for employers, including SMEs. Train to Gain provides learning opportunities for all employees, including those disadvantaged in the workplace. Train to Gain is available to employees and volunteers in the third sector. The new package announced for SMEs in October 2008 includes additional flexibilities for SMEs including bite size learning and funding for learners who already have qualifications. From December 2008 the new flexibilities for SMEs were available to all paid employees in third sector SMEs.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1253W, on anti-Semitism: children, if she will make it her policy to record the circumstances behind each such case; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The Government intend to introduce a new statutory duty on schools to record all incidents of bullying between pupils. We are planning to launch a full public consultation in May on draft regulations, and will be consulting on making it compulsory for incidents of bullying to be recorded by type, as related to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality etc.
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of anti-Semitic attacks in London in each of the last five years; and what steps she is taking to combat anti-Semitic attacks. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The statistics collected centrally in relation to religious or racially motivated offences do not include information that would allow the separate identification of offences committed against the Jewish community. This information could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost. Work on tackling anti-Semitic attacks forms part of the overall cross-government action on hate crime and will be reflected in the cross-governmental Hate Crime strategy that we are committed to producing.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been issued with penalty notices for disorder for being drunk and disorderly in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The number of people that have been issued with penalty notices for disorder for being drunk and disorderly in England and Wales from 2005 to 2007 can be found in the following table.
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