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Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK-based haulage companies have (a) become insolvent, (b) ceased trading for other reasons and (c) been started up in each of the last 10 years. 
Ian Lucas: The available statistics for (a) insolvencies in the "Land Transport" industry are shown under Table 1. The main constituents of the haulage industry fall under this category; which also includes all other types of industrial activity relating to land transport-it is not possible from information collated centrally to separate out haulage in isolation. These statistics only cover England and Wales, as similar figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are not available centrally at this level of detail.
Responsibility for statistics relating to business start-ups and closures ("births" and "deaths") has moved from the Department for Business to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Tables 2 and 3 record statistics received from the ONS in response to (b) and (c) above. These represent those figures which are both readily available and most similar in coverage to the figures for insolvencies, but they should not be treated as being entirely consistent and, in particular, the ONS' figures will include some businesses that are not registered companies.
|Table 1: Company insolvencies in the land transport industry; England and Wales|
|Insolvency t ype|
|Liquidation( 1)||Administration||Receivership||Company voluntary arrangement|
|n/a = No official statistics centrally available .|
(1). Liquidation includes compulsory liquidation and creditors' voluntary liquidation
(2). From July 2007 Road Transport is defined within the SIC2003 classification; up to September 2006 it is defined within the Insolvency Trade Classification.
(3). Only compulsory liquidation figures are available for 1999 to 2001
No statistics by sector are available from Q4 2006 to Q2 2007 inclusive because of the
change in industry classification.
|Table 2: Business "deaths" in the land transport industry, England and Wales|
1. The population base includes all those businesses which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE, rather than registered companies.
2. It should be noted that the e figures are inclusive of insolvencies; it is not possible to separate these out.
Office for National Statistics (ONS).
|Table 3: Business "births" in the land transport industry, England and Wales|
The population base includes all those businesses which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE, rather than registered companies.
Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings his Department has had with the chair of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance. 
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate degree starts were (i) men and (ii) women in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
|Proportion of students entering higher education courses in UK HEIs who were male and female by level of study 2007/08, all domiciles, all modes of study|
| Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)|
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to ensure that agricultural science graduate and post-graduate courses are recognised as science disciplines for the purposes of the higher education science funding structure. 
Mr. Lammy: Decisions about the assignment of individual subjects to particular price groups are made by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). They are taken after consultation with the sectors concerned and informed by evidence about the relative costs of teaching and research in different subjects. I understand that, for teaching funding, agriculture and forestry are assigned to the same price group which covers all laboratory based science, engineering and technology. With regard to research funding, agriculture, veterinary and food science are allocated to the highest weighted cost band along with all other clinical and laboratory sciences.
Mr. Lammy: Higher education institutions had until 20 November to submit claims for matched funding under the voluntary giving scheme for 2008-09 (the first year of operation). These claims are currently being processed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This first tranche of payments in the three year initiative are due to be completed by March 2010.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the average cost per undergraduate student of (a) management and administrative staff and (b) other administrative expenditure by a university. 
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which further education colleges received targeted allocations for foundation degrees from the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2008-09. 
Accrington and Rossendale College
Askham Bryan College
Bishop Burton College
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Castle College Nottingham
Central Sussex College
City College, Birmingham
City College, Coventry
City of Sunderland College
City of Westminster College
Cleveland College of Art and Design
Dearne Valley College
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
East Riding College
Farnborough College of Technology
The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
Havering College of Further and Higher Education
Hereford College of Arts
Highbury College, Portsmouth
Hopwood Hall College
Joseph Priestley College
Lakes College-West Cumbria
Leeds College of Art and Design
Leeds College of Technology
Liverpool Community College
The Manchester College
New College, Durham
New College, Nottingham
New College Stamford
North East Surrey College of Technology
North East Worcestershire College
North Lindsey College
North West Kent College of Technology
The College of North West London
Northbrook College, Sussex
Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
Park Lane College
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