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Education: Capital Investment

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital expenditure there was in the education sector in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood in each year since 1997. (143974)

The Department maintains records of capital allocations on a local authority rather than a constituency basis, also not on an expenditure basis. This is because local authorities may have access to other capital resources, and they decide locally when and how resources should be spent. Capital allocations by the Department to Blackpool, North and Fleetwood in each year since 1997 are set out in the following table.

£ million

1996-97

0.00

1997-98

0.00

1998-99

2.81

1999-2000

4.33

2000-01

7.30

2001-02

8.83

2002-03

7.38

2003-04

17.03

2004-05

14.99

2005-06

11.61

2006-07

8.81

2007-08

5.04

The nil figures in 1996-97 and 1997-98 reflect local authority re-organisation.

The drop in 2007-08 is due to the fact that no Targeted Capital Fund (TCF) allocations are being announced this year. However, £3.8 million TCF allocations in 2005-06, and £3.9 million TCF allocations in 2007-08, will result in phased expenditure over a three year period commencing in the year of TCF allocations, including 2007-08. Other changes, from year to year, are affected by local authority forecasts of pupil numbers.