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Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the current level of expenditure per pupil through (a) the special purpose grant (development) scheme in the grant-maintained school sector and (b) the grant for education support and training scheme in the local education association maintained school sector. [35809]

For the current financial year 1995–96, each GM school can apply for up to £42.50 per pupil, or the part-year equivalent, for special purpose grant (development). LEA-supported expenditure under the grants for education support and training programme averages £37.27 per pupil in LEA-maintained primary, secondary and special schools. The two figures are not wholly comparable because of additional administrative costs and liability for VAT in the GM sector.