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Curriculum: Expenditure

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1702W, on curriculum expenditure, what exact amount his Department spent in 2005-06 on the delivery of the free entitlement for three and four year olds; what the exact level of funding has been in each of the last five years; and in relation to which duties set out in the Childcare Act 2006 each local authority spent the budget in 2005-06. (128747)

The information available on expenditure for three and four year olds is shown in table 8.3 in the Departmental Report 2006. The estimated outturn for 2005-06 is £3.443 billion. This includes expenditure on under fives in nursery schools, in primary schools and in the private, voluntary and independent sectors. For the outturn figures for the previous five years, I refer the hon. Member to row (c) of the answer I gave on 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1396W.

The Childcare Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 11 July 2006 and, therefore, none of the duties contained in it were in force in 2005-06.