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School Finance

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on schools in 1996-97; how much was allocated to schools for 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (96923)

In 1996-97 central and local government expenditure on education, including capital was £18,604 million. In 2006-07 the Department planned to allocate £38,612 million to schools.

Notes:

1. The cash figure for 1996-97 comes from the Statistical Bulletin "Education and Training Expenditure Since 1995-96", published in November 2005. The central element is the departmental expenditure limit. The recurrent local authority figure is drawn from Revenue outturn statements which LEAs submitted to what is now Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

2. The 2006-07 figures are taken from the Departmental Annual Report 2006. Some of the underlying figures may have been revised since the DAR's publication. The 2006-07 figure is not directly comparable to the 1996-97 figure (but is the nearest equivalent) as the 2006-07 figure does not include any local authority funding in addition to the new dedicated schools grant which was introduced on 1 April 2006.

3. The 2006-07 figure is the departmental expenditure limit for schools, it includes capital but excludes PFI.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Hendon have received capital funding from his Department since May 1997; and if he will make a statement. (96924)

Capital allocations from the Department are made on a local authority, not a constituency basis, and allocations to individual schools are prioritised by local authorities. Accordingly, the Department maintains central records of allocations to local authorities, on a financial year basis commencing 1 April. Allocations to the London borough of Barnet since 1 April 1997 are set out in the following table.

£ million

1998-9

1.8

1999-0

5.6

2000-1

3.9

2001-2

11.9

2002-3

7.5

2003-4

15.9

2004-5

12.0

2005-6

18.5

2006-7

15.1

The large allocation of £41.5 million in 2006-07 includes an amount of £28.4 million for a one-school pathfinder school.