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Art: Education

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding levels for fine art courses in (a) further education, (b) work-based learning, (c) adult and community learning and (d) sixth form colleges were in each year from 1997 to 2006; and what the budgeted levels of funding are in each of the next three years. (127444)

We have increased investment in further education by 48 per cent. in real terms between 1997 and 2005. Adult funding will increase by 7 per cent. between 2005-06 and 2007-08 with funding for young people increasing by 13 per cent. over the same period. This means that overall in 2007-08 through the LSC we will invest £11.2 billion, an increase of £716 million compared with 2006-07.

Information on course subjects that learners are undertaking is available only from the LSC at the broad sector level. This does not allow for discrete subjects such as fine art to be identified, and therefore it is not possible to provide details on the level of funding for these courses.

As the Department has not yet received it Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) settlement, I am not in a position to announce the funding levels for specific programmes during the CSR period.