This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council’s Chief Executive, has written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.
Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 8 February 2007:
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 118424 that asked; “How many students living in the Elmet constituency were in receipt of education maintenance allowance (EMA) in each year since its inception; and what total amount was paid to students living in the Elmet constituency in EMA payments in each year since its inception.”
Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received education maintenance allowance is available at local authority level, but not at constituency level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.
EMA take-up for Leeds local authority area during each academic year since inception is as follows:
2006/07—7012 (to end of January)
Financial information is only available at national level, not at local authority, or constituency level.
I hope this answers your question.