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Race Relations

Volume 300: debated on Thursday 13 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans for section 11 funding; and what assessment he has made of their impact on education funding in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. [15694]

We have made it clear that the previous plans which would have meant a reduction in the level of funding from £83 million this year to £43 million next year will not stand. This will be of special significance for Tower Hamlets, which is the largest single recipient of section 11 grant.We shall shortly let local authorities have more precise information about arrangements after August 1998, when current funding approvals are due to run out.