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Further Education

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many colleges were on the register of education and training providers in each year since 1997; (273069)

(2) how many new colleges registered with his Department and its predecessors as education and training providers in each year since 1997;

(3) how many further education colleges registered with his Department and its predecessors closed in each year since 1997.

The Register of Education and Training Providers was established in 2005 to support the Home Office in tackling immigration abuse in the education sector. This was absorbed into the new UK Border Agency's (UKBA) Register of Sponsors on 30 March 2009 which will carry out a similar role.

All statutory further education (FE) colleges (including sixth form colleges) were included on the Register during its years of operation. The figures are provided at Annex A.

The Register also held approximately 15,000 other education and training providers at the time it ceased operations. Any education or training provider is free to call itself a college and without disproportionate expense the number using that descriptor for their activities cannot be identified.

The number of new statutory further education (FE) colleges (including sixth form colleges) created by the Department and its predecessors since 1997 is provided at Annex B.

The number of statutory further education (FE) colleges (including sixth form colleges) closed by the Department and its predecessors since 1997 is also provided at Annex C.

Annex A: Total statutory further education colleges (including sixth form colleges) on register

Year beginning

Number

2005

392

2006

390

2007

385

2008

377

2009

372

Annex B: Statutory further education colleges (including sixth form colleges) created since 1997

Date

Number

1997

0

1998

1

1999

3

2000

1

2001

3

2002

2

2003

1

2004

0

2005

2

2006

0

2007

0

2008

2

2009

3

Total

18

Note:

In all but three instances, the colleges crated were as a result of merger with other colleges.

Annex C: Statutory further education colleges (including sixth form colleges) closed since 1997

Date

Number

1997

4

1998

7

1999

10

2000

10

2001

9

2002

10

2003

7

2004

3

2005

4

2006

5

2007

8

2008

7

2009

8

Total

92

Note:

In all but one instance, the colleges crated were as a result of merger with other colleges.