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Student Finance

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact on university applications from students in the London borough of Havering of the introduction of tuition fees. [115343]

18-year-old applicants to full-time and sandwich undergraduate courses in the UK
Year of entry:
1996199719981999200020012002
Students from Havering
Applicants579629563587577635503
Population2,6472,9482,9932,8232,7692,7582,756
Percentage applying21.921.318.820.820.823.018.3
All students from the UK
Applicants167,792182,723185,747181,782180,385186,364188,325
Population667,593726,736747,354741,836727,022735,605737,343
Percentage applying25.125.124.924.524.825.325.5

Source:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last discussed with the Secretary of State for Scotland his plans to introduce top-up fees in England and Wales (a) before 12 June 2003 and (b) since 12 June 2003. [122295]

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills has regular discussions with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland on this issue.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individual students he estimates will receive the full £1,000 maintenance grant when it is introduced in 2005–06. [122561]

[holding answer 30 June 2003]: I refer my hon. Friend to the response given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones) on 6 February 2003, Official Report, column 357W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the level of Government subsidy that will be required to service the Government's higher education proposals for 2005–06 onwards. [122562]

[holding answer 30 June 2003]: The publicly planned expenditure for higher education in England in 2005–06 is set out in "The future of higher education" Cmd 5735. Assessments of the costs of meeting the Government's policies for higher education beyond 2005–06 will be made as part of the 2004 Spending Review, work on which will commence shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of default on loans repayable to the student loans company was in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and if he will express the amount as a percentage of the total amount repaid. [122563]

[holding answer 30 June 2003]: The answer covers only mortgage style loans in public ownership because these are repayable to the Student Loans Company. Income contingent loans are collected

The latest available information, showing the proportion of 18-year-olds who applied for entry to HE, are shown in the table. The figures show that the fall in the proportion of students applying from Havering in 2002 was not reflected nationally.through the tax system. At the end of financial year 2001–02 the Student Loans Company had collected 85.5 per cent. of the amount recoverable since the scheme began. The amount recovered was £707 million against a recoverable amount of £827 million, leaving some £120 million overdue. The recoverable amount excludes early repayments, deferred repayment of loans and loans where liability to repay has been cancelled.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of total income-contingent student loans outstanding he expects to be repaid, taking into account (a) deaths, (b) defaults, (c) write-offs on account of age, (d) moves abroad and (e) deferments owing to inadequate income. [122818]

For reasons of commercial confidentiality information on the percentage resource cost of student loans, and by implication the amount expected to be repaid or written off, is exempt from publication.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if it is his policy that students who drop out of their courses should be required to pay a proportion of any approved top-up fee levied by their higher education institution. [122819]

The Government has no plans to prescribe the proportion of tuition fees to be paid by students who drop out of their courses when variable fees are introduced. At present, UUK and SCOP issue joint guidance covering the treatment of private contributions to fees when students withdraw from courses under the current system. Fees for such students are charged at the discretion of the institution concerned, taking account of the guidance, which states that these students should pay fees pro rata to their attendance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average net present value is per £1,000 of existing student loan, taking into account deferments and the zero real interest rate. [122820]

For reasons of commercial confidentiality, information on the percentage resource cost of student loans, and by implication the net present value of £1,000 of loans issued, is exempt from publication.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of students are (a) eligible for education maintenance allowance and (b) claiming educational maintenance allowance, broken down by (a) private and (b) maintained sector status, in (A) each local education authority and (B) England. [122982]

The following table gives a breakdown, by local education authority, of the estimate of the number of students who are in further education and the percentage of those who are claiming Education Maintenance Allowance in the pilot schemes. The estimates of the number of students in further education are based on figures taken from the 1991 population census. Local education authorities do not collect information on how these figures are distributed between private and maintained sector status institutions.

Local education authorityEstimate of number of eligible students in Further EducationNumber of students who have received EMAPercentage of students who have received EMA
Barking and Dagenham1,50095263.5
Barnsley2,2001,47967.2
Birmingham14,70010,27769.9
Bolton3,6002,23061.9
Bradford5,9004,85082.2
Brent2,6001,81369.7
Camden1,4001,25289.4
Cornwall6,8005,67783.5
Coventry4,4002,38654.2
Doncaster3,5002,54372.7
Ealing2,8001,64958.9
Gateshead2,3001,83579.8
Greenwich2,0001,36668.3
Hackney2,0001,97798.9
Halton1,4001,08177.2
Hammersmith and Fulham1,20082969.1
Haringey2,0001,57978.9
Hartlepool1,00081681.6
Islington1,5001,30987.3
Kingston upon Hull2,4001,92280.1
Knowsley2,0001,91395.7
Lambeth2,3001,73775.5
Lancashire (East)5,1002,46648.4
Leeds8,5004,85757.1
Leicester4,4003,25974.1
Lewisham2,2001,80582.0
Lincolnshire (N.E.)2,2001,40563.9
Liverpool6,2003,58757.9
Luton2,7001,58158.6
Manchester6,3004,45670.7
Middlesbrough1,9001,57883.1
Newham2,7002,58995.9
North Tyneside2,5001,59563.8
Northumberland4,2002,64362.9
Nottingham3,3002,79184.6
Oldham3,0002,62487.5
Salford1,8001,12762.6
Sandwell2,5002,04181.6
Sheffield5,6003,71666.4
Southampton2,5001,39255.7
Southwark1,9001,46777.2
South Tyneside2,0001,66683.3
St. Helens2,2001,46566.6
Stoke on Trent2,6002,607100.1
Suffolk6,8002,61738.5
Sunderland3,5002,26064.6
Tameside2,8002,02672.4
Local education authorityEstimate of number of eligible students in Further EducationNumber of students who have received EMAPercentage of students who have received EMA
Tower Hamlets2,2002,765125.7
Wakefield4,3002,20151.2
Walsall3,2002,64982.8
Waltham Forest2,2001,57771.7
Wandsworth1,7001,01359.6
Wigan3,7002,54668.8
Wirral4,1002,54061.9
Wolverhampton3,2002,35973.7
Worcestershire5,8003,04052.4
England total189,300131,782169.6
1 Average

Notes:

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is currently paid to young people who reside in one of the pilot areas, irrespective of the location of the institution they attend. We only have estimated figures for the number of young people living in each local education authority (LEA) area who participate in further education. In some areas, particularly those where there has been rapid population movements, the estimates carry some degree of uncertainty; therefore there are some anomalies in the right hand column.