Voluntary Work

Paul Flynn: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what volunteering he undertook as part of the One Day Challenge; what the nature of the work undertaken was; on what dates it took place; and what the names were of the organisations assisted. [76243]

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The Deputy Prime Minister: I, along with my ministerial colleagues, have pledged to undertake the One Day Challenge to give time to help others. I will undertake this challenge early in the new year.

Electoral Register

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation his Department has undertaken with electoral registration officers on the implementation of individual voter registration. [76332]

Mr Harper: The Cabinet Office has consulted widely on its proposals for individual electoral registration. All chief executives of local authorities with responsibility for electoral registration and their electoral administrators were informed when the consultation was published. Direct consultation with electoral registration officers has continued through the SOLACE Elections Panel. We have also consulted very extensively with electoral administrators across Great Britain throughout the consultation period, with a series of briefing events and presentations to regional branch meetings of the Association of Electoral Administrators.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from electoral registration officers on the (a) time and (b) resources required to implement the legislative proposals on changes to electoral administration. [76333]

Mr Harper: No direct representations have been received from electoral registration officers on the time and resources which will be required to implement the draft electoral administration provisions which were published for pre-legislative scrutiny alongside the draft individual electoral registration provisions. However, we have established and will continue to maintain dialogue with the Electoral Commission and Association of Electoral Administrators on the best way to implement our proposals.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in funding for local government on the ability of electoral registration departments to implement individual voter registration. [76334]

Mr Harper: The Government are working with electoral registration officers and with electoral administrators to ensure that they have the capacity to implement individual electoral registration properly. The Government are committed to funding the move to individual electoral registration centrally. The White Paper published on the 30 June 2011 estimated the costs of this move as £108 million. This is being funded as part of the Cabinet Office's spending review settlement.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much additional funding he estimates will be required for the introduction of individual voter registration. [76345]

Mr Harper: The Individual Electoral Registration White Paper published on the 30 June 2011 estimated the costs of the move to individual registration as £108 million. This is being funded as part of the Cabinet Office's spending review settlement.

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We have dropped the previous Government's plans for a voluntary phase leading up to the introduction of individual electoral registration, saving £74 million.

Jonathan Evans: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the Electoral Commission's recommendations in respect of individual electoral registration; and if he will make a statement. [76411]

Mr Harper: The Government's consultation on the Individual Electoral Registration White Paper closed on 14 October 2011. The Electoral Commission provided a detailed response to the Government's proposals on 14 October. The Government will set out their response to the consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny in due course, once these have been given proper consideration.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to make the draft secondary legislation on individual voter registration available while any proposals for changes to relevant primary legislation are considered by Parliament. [76501]

Mr Harper: The Government will set out their intentions for the legislation to implement the move to individual electoral registration when they respond to the consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether lessons learnt from the data-sharing pilots for electoral registration will be taken into account in his plans for individual voter registration. [76571]

Mr Harper: The lessons learnt from the pilots and the evaluation of them by the Electoral Commission, the Cabinet Office and the participating local authorities will all be taken into account.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish an implementation plan for individual voter registration; and whether this will take place at the same time as the introduction of legislation on individual voter registration. [76572]

Mr Harper: The Government will set out their intentions for the implementation of individual electoral registration when they respond to the consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) plans and (b) funding is in place to disseminate public information on the implementation of individual voter registration (i) locally and (ii) nationally. [76573]

Mr Harper: The Electoral Commission has a statutory responsibility to promote public awareness of electoral systems. As part of this, the Commission runs public awareness campaigns to educate electors on how to register to vote. We are working with the Commission on the plans for public awareness activity to inform the public of the move to Individual Electoral Registration. The funding for this has not yet been finalised.

The Government will strongly encourage everyone to register to vote under the new system.

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Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in developing well-designed and accessible electoral registration forms; and whether such forms will be developed and tested with the input from (a) electoral administrators and (b) software and print suppliers. [76574]

Mr Harper: The design requirements for electoral registration forms are set out in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, and Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006 and equivalent provisions for Scotland.

Under Government proposals for individual electoral registration published for consultation in June, the Electoral Commission will determine the forms to be used for electoral registration. Once we have considered the responses to the consultation we are committed to working with the Electoral Commission and a range of interested parties, including electoral administrators and software suppliers to test the accessibility of registration forms.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to ensure that sufficient training for (a) electoral registration officers and (b) electoral administrators is in place before the introduction of individual voter registration; and if he will set out a timeline for the implementation of such training. [76575]

Mr Harper: The Cabinet Office will set out its plans in light of the response to the consultation on the Government's proposals for individual electoral registration published in June.

Lobbying

Neil Carmichael: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he proposes to publish his plans for a statutory register of lobbyists. [76059]

Mr Cox: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish his proposals to establish a statutory register of lobbying activity. [76349]

Mr Harper: The coalition agreement made clear that we will regulate lobbying through introducing a statutory register of lobbyists and ensuring greater transparency.

We remain committed to creating a statutory register of lobbyists and will publish a consultation paper next month.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Agriculture: Education

Brandon Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students studied at agricultural colleges in the academic year 2010-11; and how many such students went on to a career in the agricultural sector. [75642]

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Mr Hayes: There were 55,020 Government-funded learners participating in further education at agriculture and horticulture colleges in England for 2009/10, the latest academic year for which final data are available. The figure has been rounded to the nearest 10.

Further education covers participation in learner responsive, apprenticeships, workplace learning, adult safeguarded learning and university for industry provision.

Information is not available on the number of these learners who went on to a career in the agricultural sector.

Apprentices

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) apprenticeship vacancies there were and (b) people were seeking an apprenticeship on (i) 1 September and (ii) 1 October 2011. [75448]

Mr Hayes: The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) apprenticeship vacancies online system shows that there were 7,950 live apprenticeship vacancies on 2 September 2011(1), and 6,190 live apprenticeship vacancies on 1 October 2011.

The apprenticeships vacancies system does not provide a measure of the number of people seeking an apprenticeship at any given time. In the first two months (August and September) of the 2011-12 academic year 88,730 candidates activated an account on the system, enabling them to make applications for advertised vacancies. This total does not include individuals who activated accounts in previous quarters but are still seeking an apprenticeship.

A vacancy can be advertised on both the apprenticeship vacancy online system and also via an employer's own website.

It is not possible to record those applications which have gone directly to the employer, therefore the applications only relate to the vacancies advertised through the apprenticeship vacancies online system.

Apprenticeship vacancy online reports are updated on a monthly basis and published by the Data Service on the fourth day of each calendar month at the following link:

http://mireportslibrary.thedataservice.org.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship_vacancy_reports/

(1) Vacancy figures were not available for 1 September so the next possible date was used.

Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any Ministers plan to participate in the UK Trade and Investment defence and security sector trade mission to Saudi Arabia in November 2011; which companies will be taking part; and what the cost to the public purse of the mission will be. [76150]

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Mr Prisk: UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) plans to support the overseas trade mission to Saudi Arabia in November which is being arranged by the UK Aerospace, Defence and Security Trade Association (A|D|S). A number of UK defence and security companies have expressed their interest in attending to A|D|S. No involvement of a UK Government Minister is currently planned. The costs of UKTI DSO assistance for the event are expected to be offset by income from industry.

Business: Complaints

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials have had discussions on customer complaints with representatives of banks and other big businesses; and if he will make a statement. [76476]

Mr Prisk [holding answer 24 October 2011]: Business, Innovation and Skills Ministers and officials have meetings with a variety of organisations in the public and private sectors. When we receive complaints from customers, these are passed to the relevant agency where appropriate, and are fed into the wider process of policy development and delivery.

Customers who are unable to resolve their individual complaints with their bank or other business concerned are advised to contact: in the case of banks, the Money Advice Service or Financial Ombudsman Service; or in the case of other businesses, Consumer Direct who may refer complaints to other sector ombudsmen for potential redress.

Copyright

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward proposals to provide design the same legal protection as copyright. [73524]

Mr Davey: The Government broadly accepted the recommendations of the Hargreaves review of intellectual property and growth, in particular, that policy should be evidence based. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a ‘call for Evidence’ on design intellectual property (IP), which, together with an online survey, will help us identify changes to the designs IP framework that users of the system think are now needed.

Data Protection

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any (a) personnel and (b) organisations who are not employees of his Department are provided with a copy of (i) his own and (ii) other Ministers' diary; and if he will make a statement. [76366]

Mr Davey [holding answer 24 October 2011]: Most Business Innovation and Skills Ministers ask their offices to send copies of their diaries to their partners,

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parliamentary and constituency offices where appropriate, and in one case, their book-keeper but to no-one else who is not an employee of the Department.

Ministerial Meetings

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small and medium-sized private sector businesses since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [75699]

Mr Prisk: All my meetings are now published quarterly on the Department's website which you can access using the following hyperlink:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/transparency/staff

Infrastructure

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking in respect of its report, Infrastructure supply chains: barriers and opportunities. [75805]

Mr Prisk: There are a number of areas where my Department is addressing issues raised in the Infrastructure supply chains report, in particular:

by co-funding and supporting the Government Chief Construction Adviser and the Government Construction Strategy on public procurement which, among other things, will provide improved transparency and predictability of work load;

on investment issues through the Green Investment Bank which will begin investing in green infrastructure in 2012 and by supporting a number of infrastructure supply chain projects in Round 1 of the Regional Growth Fund;

on ensuring ports are ready to respond to opportunities in offshore wind by working with Department for Transport and Department for Energy and Climate Change to attract further investment into port infrastructure;

on difficulties in getting technological innovations ready for market stage by co-funding with six industrial members (BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell) the Energy Technologies Institute who focus on delivering large scale low carbon energy technology demonstration projects; and

on addressing issues of simplification, reducing bureaucracy and increasing flexibility around SME's experience of the apprenticeship programme where BIS have ensured the Skills Growth Review has focused on the 'end to end' engagement of SMEs in apprenticeships.

The report's findings have also been made available as evidence to inform the Government's priorities for the Infrastructure Growth Review and the process to update the National Infrastructure Plan, both of which are led by Infrastructure UK.

Secondment

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants in his Department at (a) director general and (b) director level have undertaken secondments to industry in the last 18 months. [75055]

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Mr Davey: BIS was created in June 2009 following the merger of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and the Department for Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. In July 2011 BIS completed the final phase of a major departmental restructuring.

BIS has formal and informal programmes which foster links with industry. For example staff working on Enterprise spend a week in a small business each year. In addition BIS has recently launched an outreach programme where staff spend at least one to two days with other organisations to learn about how they operate and the challenges they face. This includes visits to industry. Three director generals and six directors have undertaken recent visits and 150 others staff members have undertaken visits or plans to do so.

UK Trade and Investment, a joint organisation of BIS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), works very closely with business both in the UK and overseas. The new chief executive spent several weeks, before taking up post, meeting many companies, large and small. Directors in UKTI meet and work alongside both UK and overseas companies very regularly. UKTI staff are able to spend time—the usual is up to a week—with a company.

In the last 18 months no director generals or directors have undertaken lengthy formal secondments to industry.

Cyber-Security

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve cyber-security in relation to his Department's estate; and if he will make a statement. [75116]

Mr Davey: Government take cyber-security very seriously and it has been categorised as a tier one threat to UK national security. £650 million is being invested over the next four years in a National Cyber-Security Programme, working across Departments, with the private sector, international partners and citizens to improve the UK's cyber security capability.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills routinely assesses the prevailing threats to its ICT systems and applies appropriate and proportionate measures in accordance with the Government standards set out in the Cabinet Office's Security Policy Framework (SPF); these standards are aligned with industry best practice approaches.

It is not in the interest of national security to make public details of particular improvements in relation to individual Departments as it may expose vulnerabilities to those who may seek to exploit them.

Education: Prisons

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prisoners are enrolled on Open University courses. [75556]

Mr Hayes: Data from the Open University indicate that, at 17 October 2011, 1,273 offenders held in prisons in England were enrolled on a course with the Open University.

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European Fighter Aircraft

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether his Department undertook an impact assessment on the likely effects on (a) employment and (b) the economy of a slow-down in orders for tranche 3A of Eurofighter; and when any such assessment was made; [76092]

(2) whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department discussed a slow-down in orders for tranche 3A of Eurofighter with (i) representatives of BAE systems and (ii) representatives of staff at BAE systems; and when any such discussions took place. [76096]

Mr Prisk: The decision to slow down orders for tranche 3A of the Eurofighter Typhoon was taken by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as it falls within MOD's delegated authority and was not subject to an impact assessment by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Ministers and officials from BIS did not discuss the slow down in orders for tranche 3A of the Eurofighter with representatives of BAE Systems or representatives of staff at BAE Systems. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), met the BAE Systems Brough Trade Union Parliamentary Committee on 30 June. The discussions covered a number of issues but not the slow down in orders for Tranche 3A.

Exports: Brazil

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of potential future trends in UK exports to Brazil in (a) the oil and gas sector, (b) biotechnology, (c) pharmaceuticals, (d) creative industries, (e) renewables industries, (f) automotives and (g) chemicals sectors; and if he will make a statement. [76077]

Mr Prisk: This year the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the Government's target is to double UK exports to Brazil by 2015. UK exports in goods and services over the four year period 2007-10 increased by 91%. We assess there is significant potential for sustainable growth in the sectors listed, and opportunities for UK companies to benefit from that growth. These sectors have all been identified as priorities for UK companies.

Green Deal

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many discussions officials in his Department have had with small businesses interested in becoming Green Deal providers since 14 September 2011. [76767]

Mr Prisk: Officials in the Department meet with businesses on a regular basis about a wide range of issues. The Government's Chief Construction Adviser and officials have met with a number of bodies representing the interests of small businesses in construction since 14 September 2011. These include the National Specialist Contractors Council, the Federation of Master Builders,

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the National Federation of Builders, the National Insulation Association, the Insulated Render and Cladding Association, the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes and Trustmark. The Green Deal formed at least part of the discussions in these meetings. The Chief Construction Adviser also chairs the Green Deal Capacity and Innovation Forum, which is one of the Green Deal Government/Industry stakeholder fora.

Higher Education Funding Council

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) postgraduate research masters, (b) postgraduate taught masters and (c) PhDs the Higher Education Funding Council funded in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; how many it will fund in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [74011]

Mr Willetts: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provides funding to higher education institutions (HEIs) in England. This funding meets some of the costs incurred by HEIs of teaching students on taught postgraduate courses and of supervising students in the first three years of a postgraduate research degree programme. The funding is allocated to institutions by reference to the numbers of eligible home and EU students enrolled at those institutions and identified in the most recent statistical returns. Allocations for 2010-11 and 2011-12 were based on the following data:

Full-time equivalent students 2010-11 2011-12

On taught postgraduate programmes

80,908

81,518

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On research degree programmes, which includes both research masters and PhD students

39,654

42,686

HEFCE protected provision for research degree programme supervision costs in research allocations for 2011-12 at £205 million p.a., maintaining it at same cash levels as 2010-11. HEFCE allocation in relation to taught postgraduate provision was £117.6 million in 2010-11, and £112 million in 2011-12.

Allocations are calculated by reference to actual student number data from previous years, rather than projections of student numbers. Data on future student numbers are not available.

Higher Education: Admissions

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the higher education cohort entered higher education using vocational qualifications in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [74696]

Mr Willetts: Information on the highest qualification held on entry to higher education is shown in the table, for young (aged under 21 on entry) English-domiciled undergraduate entrants to UK higher education institutions, in the academic years 2007/08 to 2009/10. However, these qualifications may not necessarily be the ones on which successful admission to the institution was based; a student whose highest qualification on entry is not vocational may additionally hold a vocational qualification at a lower level, and vice versa. Information for the 2010/11 academic year will become available from January 2012.

Young (aged under 21 on entry) English-domiciled undergraduate entrants (1) by highest qualification on entry UK Higher education institutions. Academic years 2007/08 to 2009/10
Highest qualification on entry 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10

General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) level 5

60

40

35

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 5

25

20

25

Higher National Diploma/Certificate (including BTEC equivalents)

4,230

4,300

3,905

GNVQ level 4

100

85

40

NVQ level 4

65

80

95

GNVQ level 3

245

600

435

NVQ/level 3

380

915

1,390

Ordinary National Diploma/Certificate (including BTEC equivalents)

14,795

16,485

20,840

NVQ level 2

140

290

440

Advanced Modern Apprenticeships

25

20

20

Total vocational only

20,060

22,835

27,225

       

Higher degree of UK institution

135

65

55

Postgraduate diploma or certificate, excluding PGCE

50

95

95

Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with QTS/GTC Registration

35

30

15

PGCE without QTS/GTC Registration

10

15

10

Postgraduate equivalent qualification

10

50

25

Undergraduate qualifications with QTS

60

75

40

First degree of UK institution

460

445

330

Graduate of European Union institution

45

30

30

Graduate of other overseas institution

75

50

60

Graduate equivalent qualification

35

20

30

Open University credit

40

50

100

Other credits from UK institution

655

700

730

Certificate or diploma of education

1,085

1,275

1,105

Diploma in Higher Education (HE)

500

670

835

Professional qualifications

195

175

290

Foundation course at HE level

930

935

815

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Other HE qualification of less than degree standard

470

500

655

Foundation Degree

1,120

1,765

2,050

A-level equivalent qualification

15,510

22,635

28,010

Any combinations of GCE A-level GNVQ or NVQ

197,795

205,040

206,215

Foundation course at further education level

2,010

1,370

1,510

Access course—Quality Assurance Agency recognised (QAA)

1,035

1,220

1,310

Access course (not QAA recognised)

410

485

455

Baccalaureate

1,855

2,055

2,505

GCSE/O-level qualifications only

7,240

8,340

8,235

Other non-advanced qualification

1,245

1,445

975

Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)

1,665

2,060

2,295

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

20

30

50

Other non-UK qualification, level not known

2,080

1,795

1,370

Student has no formal qualification

910

1,285

1,070

Total other

237,675

254,685

261,270

       

Total with known highest qualification on entry

257,735

277,520

288,500

Percentage vocational only

7.8

8.2

9.4

(1) Covers entrants to full-time and part-time courses. Notes: 1. Figures are on a Standard Registration Population (SRP) basis. 2. Figures in this table are rounded up or down to the nearest live, so components may not sum to totals. 3. Percentages are based on unrounded figures are given to one decimal place. Key: BTEC: Business and Technician Education Council QTS: Qualified Teacher Status GTC: General Teaching Council GCE: General Certificate of Education GCSE: General Certificate of Secondary Education Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record

Job Creation

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what multiplier factor his Department recommends using on direct job numbers to estimate the number of jobs being created in the supply chain. [76540]

Mr Prisk: There is no single recommended multiplier factor used by the Department. This is because in analysing the impact of an intervention on the number of supply chain jobs created or safeguarded, proper account needs to be taken of deadweight, displacement, substitution and leakage effects in accordance with UK Government appraisal guidance “The Green Book”. The multiplier factor used will also reflect the sectoral and geographical scope of the intervention and whether we are considering the short or long-term effects of Government action.

Literacy

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to increase adult literacy. [75843]

Mr Hayes: The Government are continuing to fund literacy courses for adults who lack basic literacy skills, so that that they can get the skills they need to function in society, progress onto further training and employment, and to operate more productively in work.

Following the publication of “Skills for Sustainable Growth”, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is undertaking a review of literacy and numeracy provision for adults in order to improve economic and personal returns through making this provision more effective.

Literacy: Prisoners

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of rates of illiteracy in prison. [75555]

Mr Hayes: Level 1 literacy skills may be regarded as the threshold level needed for life and work, though opinion differs on the definitive character of literacy. Individual level data is not collected centrally that would allow analysis of prisoners’ prior achievement.

However, the Skills Funding Agency collects data on the learning aims for which prisoners enrol. Data provided by the Skills Funding Agency from individual learner records (ILR) for the academic year 2009/10 show that prisoners enrolled for 28,400 qualifications, courses and learning events with a literacy aim at Level 1 or below. These literacy aims were part of a total of 341,221 learning aims for which prisoners enrolled across public sector prisons and young offenders' institutions in England.

Local Enterprise Partnerships: West Midlands

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding has been made available from the public purse to the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership since it was created. [76655]

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Mr Prisk: Local Enterprise Partnerships can apply to Government funding to support their development through the Department's Capacity and Start-up Funds. They can also apply for funding to support specific programmes or projects, for example, the Regional Growth Fund or through the Technology Strategy Board. Partnerships can also access European funding streams or may receive financial support from local authorities.

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of effects on jobs in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency of the creation of the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. [76656]

Mr Prisk: Since the creation of the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership no assessment has been made of the partnership's effect on jobs in the Ladywood constituency of Birmingham. It is for local enterprise partnerships to both decide their priorities and assess the effectiveness of their interventions.

Pancreatic Cancer: Research

Eric Ollerenshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of (a) medical and (b) cancer research funding was allocated to pancreatic cancer research in the latest period for which figures are available. [76778]

Mr Willetts: The Medical Research Council (MRC) does not hold details of expenditure on research directly relating to pancreatic cancer. It would not be possible to undertake the necessary analysis in the time available.

In 2010 the MRC spent £107.9 million on cancer and research relevant to cancer. This includes a broad portfolio of both site-specific and general cancer research, some of which will be relevant to pancreatic cancer. It is often the case that research which has been classified as being undertaken in one site may also have implications in another such as pancreatic cancer.

Current MRC investments in the area include funding for the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, a joint strategic investment between MRC, Cancer Research UK and Oxford university aimed at yielding new advances in radiation treatment of patients with cancer, including studies specifically on pancreatic cancer. The MRC's Cancer Cell Unit is also carrying out work in the area of pancreatic cancer.

The MRC provides funding for research through a range of grants and personal awards to scientists in universities, medical schools and other research institutes and welcomes investigator-initiated research proposals in all areas of research. The MRC's primary considerations in funding decisions are research excellence and importance to health; however, high quality proposals in areas of particular strategic importance may be given priority in competition for funds.

Further details on research programmes that have received funding from the MRC can be found at:

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/ResearchPortfolio/index.htm

The Department of Health spent £91 million on cancer research in 2009-10. Total expenditure on pancreatic cancer research cannot be disaggregated from this figure. The Department's National Institute for Health Research

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(NIHR) welcomes high quality funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including pancreatic cancer.

In August 2011, the Government announced £800 million investment over five years in a series of NIHR biomedical research centres and units, including £61.5 million funding for the Royal Marsden/Institute of Cancer Research Biomedical Research Centre.

Regional Development Agencies

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the assets and intellectual property of regional development agencies are not inappropriately gifted or transferred to (a) former employees of the agencies in the private or third sector and (b) private or third sector organisations. [76112]

Mr Prisk: Regional development agency (RDA) assets are being disposed of in accordance with the terms of “Managing Public Money” and the RDA “Accountability and Financial Control Framework”.

Royal Academy of Engineering: Publications

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking in response to the report, Business motivations for engaging the public in science and engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering. [75804]

Mr Willetts: Public engagement with science and engineering is vital if the UK is to realise the full potential of its significant investments in science and research. We must inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. We must also ensure that members of the public have confidence in research being carried out and that researchers are able to listen and respond to the aspirations and concerns the public have. BIS and the Royal Academy of Engineering jointly commissioned the Business motivations for engaging the public in science and engineering report. As the report makes clear, businesses are already an important contributor to the spectrum of science and engineering engagement activities, particularly when it comes to inspiring the next generation. Together with businesses themselves, BIS will consider over the coming months where businesses could add value through involvement in other activities.

Science: Higher Education

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department provides additional funding to reflect the additional capital cost associated with science, technology, engineering and maths courses. [75886]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 20 October 2011]: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provides Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with Teaching and Learning Capital Investment Funding. HEFCE are responsible for making decisions about how this funding is managed. They apply formulae which recognise the costs of different courses by price group weightings and include some targeted allocations.

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This calculation reflects the additional costs of some science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) courses.

HEFCE also provides research capital to HEIs, part of which includes weighting for high cost science based disciplines.

The formulae used for calculating distribution of the Capital Investment Fund are contained in the HEFCE funding guide: 2011/08 Capital Investment Fund 2: Capital allocations for learning and teaching 2012-13; capital allocations for research 2011-12 to 2014-15.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. [75887]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 20 October 2011]: The Department funds a number of programmes which encourage all young people to understand the excitement and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in their lives, and to encourage school pupils to study these disciplines at university, and to make appropriate choices at each stage in their educational careers. These programmes include STEMNET and its 27,000 strong cohort of STEM ambassadors, the Big Bang Fair, the National Science and Engineering Competition and National Science and Engineering Week. In addition, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills partners, including the National Academies and the Research Councils, deliver a range of educational outreach activities directly aimed at school-aged students.

STEM generally—and those STEM subjects with are strategically important and vulnerable subjects (SIVs) in particular—remain a priority for university teaching grant. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in freeing up student number controls, is taking steps to ensure that provision of, and support for, subjects classified as (SIVs) is not disadvantaged.

The Higher Education white paper also outlined a strategy for improving the information published by universities. Universities have been asked to do more to explain the benefits of studying different subjects so that potential students can make informed choices about what to study. STEM skills are vital to businesses, health and research, and we want to ensure that students are more aware of the value of undertaking these courses at university.

UKTI Defence and Security Organisation

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which trade missions the UKTI Defence and Security Organisation plans to undertake up to the end of 2012; [76584]

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(2) which military and security exhibitions staff of the UKTI Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) will be attending up to 30 June 2012; and whether UKTI DSO will be exhibiting in each case. [76585]

Mr Prisk [holding answer 24 October 2011]: Overseas trade missions in support of UK defence and security exports planned by UK Trade & Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) to the end of financial year 2011/12 are listed in the following table:

Month and year Country

October 2011

Brazil

October 2011

Canada

October 2011

Japan

October 2011

Mexico

November 2011

Saudi Arabia

November 2011

Serbia

December 2011

Spain

February 2012

Belgium

February 2012

Brazil

February 2012

Colombia

February 2012

India

February 2012

Kazakhstan

February 2012

Libya

February 2012

Mexico

February 2012

Nigeria

February 2012

Turkey

March 2012

Italy

March 2012

Qatar

March 2012

Saudi Arabia

March 2012

USA

March 2012

Vietnam

Exhibitions to the end of financial year 2011/12 at which UKTI DSO plans to have a stand are shown in the following table. Members of UKTI DSO may attend other exhibitions at short notice.

Month and year Country Exhibition

November 2011

Bulgaria

PSE

November 2011

Dubai

Dubai Airshow

November 2011

Saudi Arabia

IFSEC

December 2011

Malaysia

LIMA

December 2011

India

IFSEC

December 2011

Kuwait

GDA Kuwait

January 2012

UAE (Dubai)

Intersec

January 2012

UK

Security and Policing

February 2012

Singapore

Singapore Air Show

February 2012

Australia

Pacific Australia

March 2012

Chile

FIDAE

March 2012

Qatar

DIMDEX

March-April 2012

India

DEFEXPO