asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much of the £300,000 saved on abolishing the Centre for Information and Advice on Educational Disadvantage will be spent on combating educational disadvantage.
When, on 15 November, my right hon. and learned Friend announced his decision to close the centre, he did not have in mind any specific new expenditure by his Department in this field. Opportunities do arise from time to time, however, to support activities which help to combat educational disadvantage. These will continue to be considered on their merits, and this Department will continue to be closely involved through the work of Her Majesty's Inspectorate and the Educational Disadvantage Unit.