HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 cc471-2W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures in the draft School Transport Bill will ensure that pupils attending denominational schools of their particular faith are not put at a disadvantage for home-school transport arrangements. [165482]

Alan Johnson

The draft School Transport Bill contains powers that will allow Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to operate school travel schemes. The only group of pupils specifically protected in the draft Bill is those entitled to free school meals, who are protected from charges provided they attend their nearest suitable school. However, in the draft prospectus that was published alongside the draft Bill we remind LEAs that local schemes must comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, which requires LEAs to take account of the religious and philosophical beliefs of parents, particularly in respect of pupils from low income families who will probably depend on public transport to get to school.

It is important that parents can choose a school in accordance with their religious convictions and in approving schemes, we will not expect LEAs to disturb well established arrangements for denominational transport, particularly where they are associated with local agreements or understandings about the sitting of denominational schools.

Entrants to Postgraduate Research Courses1 in UK HE institutions
Subject of course:
Science2 Engineering Technology Mathematical Sciences Other subjects All subjects
1994–985 9,575 2,555 535 500 8,243 21,408
1995–96 8,852 2,397 476 550 8,954 21,229
1996–97 8,662 2,380 469 508 8,934 20,953
1997–98 9,181 2,153 507 501 8,726 21,068
1998–99 11,070 2,676 745 513 10,256 25,260
1999–2000 10,843 2,604 734 554 10,428 25,163
2000–01 11,007 2,936 591 529 10,916 25,979
2001–02 11,341 2,724 519 638 10,532 25,754
2002–033 11,781 2,827 542 671 10,449 26,271
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record.
1 Covers UK and overseas students taking Doctorates, Masters and other postgraduate courses mainly by research.
2 Covers Medicine and Dentistry, subjects allied to Medicine, Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects, Physical Sciences, Computer Sciences, Architecture, Building and Planning.
3 Provisional.

Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportions of state-supported PhD students beginning their courses in each of the last 10 years have studied scientific subjects. [152633]

Alan Johnson

The latest available information, for UK and EU students entering PhD courses in the UK, is shown in the table. Figures for earlier years are not available centrally.