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Schools Access Initiative

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in the Buckingham constituency benefited from the Schools Access Initiative in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03; and how much each school was awarded. [108512]

The Schools Access Initiative provides resources to help make mainstream schools accessible to pupils with disabilities. The funding is allocated to local education authorities and it is for each authority to decide its priority schemes. In total, Buckinghamshire LEA has received £1.3 million through the Schools Access Initiative in the years 2000–03.At the end of the financial year LEAs are required to report back to the Department the projects funded from the Initiative. According to the reports received from Buckinghamshire LEA, no projects in schools in the Buckingham constituency were funded from Schools Access Initiative in 2000–01. In 2001–02 Gawcott Community Infant School received £20,230 and Royal Latin School £17,805. LEAs have until 25 July 2003 to return reports for 2002–03.