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Education Spending

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how this year's allocation to the normal spending plans for the Department of Education is to be distributed between (a) state controlled schools, (b) Catholic maintained schools, (c) integrated schools and (d) Irish medium schools; [99414](2) how much is to be invested in

(a) state controlled schools, (b) Catholic maintained schools, (c) integrated schools and (d) Irish medium schools as part of the recently announced investment in Northern Ireland. [99413]

The education element of the recently announced £2 billion investment amounted to £300 million. This is the largest ever announcement of capital investment projects in the Northern Ireland schools estate. It includes £263.1 million in relation to 43 major works projects with the balance comprised of:

Capital costs of development of grant maintained integrated schools, subject to the achievement of full grant maintained status—£16.2 million
Removal of temporary classrooms—£10 million
Schools disabled access—£10 million
Youth Service—£l million.
The major works projects announced for initial release are based on an assessment of educational need and not on school sector. The capital value, including public-private partnership projects, is as follows:

£ million
Capital value
(a) Controlled schools135.1
(b) Catholic maintained schools25.2
(c) Grant maintained integrated schools7.2
(d) Irish medium schoolsNil
(e) Other voluntary schools (including voluntary grammar)95.6
Included in the above schemes are projects, which have been funded from the Department of Education's normal baseline resources, amounting to:

£ million
(a) Controlled schools11.9
(b) Catholic maintained schools12.0
(c) Grant maintained integrated schools5.1
(d) Irish medium schoolsNil
(e) Other voluntary schools (including voluntary grammar)24.0
The total value of the projects funded from the Department of Education baseline funds amounts to £53 million, of which £39 million is attributed to 2004–05 and 2005–06 financial years.