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Primary School Funding

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by how much the level of funding per child in primary schools in Northern Ireland differs from those in (a) England and (b) Wales. [109116]

The following in formation is taken from outturn statements published by each of the funding authorities in Northern Ireland and from the DfES Departmental Report:

£
2000–01
England2,280
Northern Ireland2,148
Direct comparison between these per capita figures is not appropriate given the differences between schools in Northern Ireland and England especially with regard to levels of delegated responsibility, the incidence of small schools and differing levels of social deprivation. Primary per capita expenditure figures for Wales are not available.