§ Mr. Alan Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected funding levels are per full-time student in(a) sixth forms and (b) further education colleges for each of the next two years. 
§ John Healey
The latest estimate of the average delegated funding per sixth form student in schools is for 2000–01 and is £3,230. On this basis, projected average funding for 2001–02 is £3,330, rising to £3,430 in 2002–03. The total funding per full-time equivalent student in FE sector colleges in 2000–01 allocated by this Department is £3,420 rising to £3,660 in 2001–02, and £3,760 in 2002–03. However, these figures are not directly comparable, as the FE unit funding figures include total public funding allocated for further education, while the schools' figures are based only on 705W delegated funds and exclude other funding which the school receives centrally from LEAs which impact on post-16 students.
§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent per student in higher education in each year since 1990, excluding contribution from outside the public sector. 
§ Margaret Hodge
The available data for England are shown in the table.
Publicly planned funding for higher education institutions in
Year Funding per FTE student2 1991–92 5,300 1992–93 5,060 1993–94 4,900 1994–95 4,830 1995–96 4,750 1996–97 4,580 1997–98 4,580 1998–99 4,700 1999–2000 4,810 2000–01 4,860 2001–02 5,020 2002–03 5,140 2003–04 5,290 1Unit funding is based on HEFCE/TTA recurrent grant and plus tuition fees, divided by the number of full time equivalent students. It excludes capital, funding for widening access and all student support 2Figures are rounded to nearest £10
§ Mr. Hoyle
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the timetable for an announcement on the new proposals for higher education funding; if representatives of the National Union of Students are being consulted under the review; and whether the present system of tuition fees will be abolished. 
§ Margaret Hodge
We need to ensure that we have an appropriate balance between the contribution made by students, their families and the state to support our ambitions to widen access and participation in higher education. A range of policy options is being considered and no decisions have been taken.
We plan to consult widely on any proposals for change and would expect the National Union of Students to contribute. No decisions have been taken yet on the timing of an announcement.