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Funding Applications, Bradford

Volume 205: debated on Friday 6 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Bradford, South on 25 February, Official Report, column 803, if he will list the deficiencies in the applications from Bradford for central Government funding.

The deficiencies I had in mind included Bradford's initial failure to bid for a supplementary credit approval in 1991–92 to support additional capital expenditure on its schools; an initially unrealistic bid against the raising standards in inner city schools activity in the Department's 1992–93 grants for education support and training programme; and a bid for section 11 grant for 1992–93 which required a substantial amount of re-working to meet the new criteria for section 11. I have on a number of occasions made my concerns known to representatives of the authority. However, yesterday I announced that the submission by Greenhead school in Bradford under the technology schools initiative was one of the 21 best bids received by the Department.