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Financial Support, Bradford

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received regarding financial suppport for education in Bradford; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has received a number of letters on this issue and I recently received a deputation from Bradford which included the hon. Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Cryer).

Bradford has done well out of the change from the grant-related expenditure assessment for education to the standard spending assessment—the education component of its SSA is £179 million and is substantially higher than the comparable GRE figure for 1989–90. This assessment should mean that the authority has a solid funding base for its education service in 1990–91.

Bradford's annual capital guideline for 1990–91 was over £9 million. LEAs have been invited to submit their education capital expenditure plans for 1991–92 by 15 September. Bradford's needs will be considered syrnpathetically against an objective set of criteria, as will the needs of all other LEAs.