§ Mr. Hepburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of university entrants from(a) Jarrow, (b) south-Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK were from low income families in 2001; 724W
(2) what the proportion of university entrants from low income families was in (a) Jarrow, (b) south Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. 
§ Margaret Hodge
The available information from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for students from south Tyneside, the north-east and the UK, is shown in the table. UCAS do not routinely identify students from areas such as Jarrow, which lie within local authorities. The information is based on the social class of the applicants, which will not necessarily equate directly to levels of family income.
The Government are committed to raising the participation rates for people from less affluent family backgrounds, and has introduced Excellence Challenge, including the AimHigher campaign, which is targeted at raising attainment and aspirations among young people who traditionally would not consider going to university.
Proportion of accepted applicants to full-time and sandwich undergraduate courses who come from skilled manual, partly skilled and unskilled social classes Percentage Home domicile of student: Year of entry South Tyneside North-east1 UK 1997 39 33 28 1998 39 32 28 1999 41 32 28 2000 38 31 28 2001 36 32 28 1 Covers the following LEAs: North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, Durham, Northumberland, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland.