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Sure Start

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the Sure Start programmes in Buckinghamshire, indicating the amount spent on each scheme. [106009]

There are two Sure Start local programmes operating in Buckinghamshire.A mini Sure Start programme in Booker and Castlefield, High Wycombe, was approved in September 2002 with revenue funding of £114,500 for 2002–03. Funding for capital projects of around £64,500 has been approved to date including funding for equipment and professional fees. Plans to extend the mini Sure Start programme to a full (Round 6) Sure Start local programme are currently being considered by the Sure Start Unit. Subject to approval, the revenue funding likely to be offered is £417,500 for 2003–04, £709,750 for 2004–05, and £835,000 for 2005–06, with on-going funding for a total of up to 10 years.A round-three programme in Milton Keynes was approved in August 2001. Revenue funding approved of £357,029 for 2001–02, £665,005 for 2002–03 and £715,000 for 2003–04. On-going funding will continue after this for a total of up to 10 years. Funding for capital projects of £42,000 has been approved to date for fees for a proposed building at Fuller Slade and Hodge Lea. The programme can apply for approval of capital funding up to £1 million.