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Pre-Budget Report

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional capital expenditure relating to (a) schools and (b) (i) further and (ii) higher education colleges was announced in the 2006 pre-Budget report. (112836)

The 2006 pre-Budget report announced that capital investment in education will rise by an additional £250 million, £750 million and £1,850 million over the years 2008-09 to 2010-11. These additions ensure that, as announced in Budget 2006, capital investment in schools will rise from £6.4 billion in 2007-08 to £8 billion in 2010-11.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional spending per child was announced in the 2006 pre-Budget report for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools, excluding those sums previously announced. (112837)

The 2006 pre-Budget report announced an additional £130 million in direct payments for schools in England in 2007-08, including to support personalisation and extended services.

These additions, channelled through the schools standards grant, mean that direct payments to schools will rise to an average of £200 per pupil for primary schools and £225 per pupil for secondary schools in 2007-08. This compares to 2006-07 levels of direct payments at £159 and £171 respectively; and previously planned 2007-08 levels of direct payments at £178 and £213 respectively.

The pre-Budget report also announced £10 million in 2007-08 to improve guidance to schools on supporting boys' reading and writing, and provide additional small group support and tuition targeted towards 400 secondary schools where the gender gap is largest.