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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding per head was provided to school children up to 18 years of age in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency and (b) Telford constituency in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006. (147676)

The requested information is allocated to local authorities and not at constituency level. The Shrewsbury constituency is part of Shropshire LA, and the Telford constituency is part of Telford and Wrekin LA. The revenue funding figures per pupil aged three to 19 for Shropshire LA and Telford and Wrekin LA for years 2003-04 to 2005-06 are as follows:

ShropshireTelford and Wrekin2003-043,7103,7902004-053,8503,9102005-064,0404,120 Notes:1. Price base: real terms at 2005-06 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 27 September 2006.2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of Education Formula Spending (EFS) settlements and include the pensions transfer to EFS and the Learning and Skills Council.3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DCSF Department Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged three to 19 and exclude Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the EFS settlement calculations.5. Rounding: figures are rounded to the nearest £10.6. Status: some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding is expected to be minimal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what amount in (a) percentage and (b) real terms the Government have spent on (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools from its education budget in the last five years. (147846)

[holding answer 11 July 2007]: The requested figures are in the following table. These are extracted from table 12.3 of the 2007 Department for Education and Skills departmental report, a link to which follows:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/deptreport2007/

Education expenditure1 by central and local government2 by sector in real terms3 in England 2002-03 to 2006-07

£ million

Schools4

2002-03 outturn

2003-04 outturn

2004-05 outturn

2005-06 provisional outturn

2006-07 estimated outturn

Primary5

10,188

10,785

10,911

11,350

11,640

Percentage of education expenditure

22.3

21.6

21.0

20.6

20.7

Secondary

12,944

14.295

14,869

15,454

15,822

Percentage of education expenditure

28.3

28.6

28.6

28.0

28.2

Total education expenditure (real terms)

45,697

49,992

51,998

55,168

56,121

1 Figures within departmental expenditure limits (DEL), Excludes DfES administration costs and expenditure on other areas than education, for instance on children and families and on skills.

2 The recurrent local authority figures in this table are drawn from Table 8.4 of the 2007 departmental report; the footnotes to that table set out the underlying data sources. Central Government figures are drawn from the Combined Online Information System (COINS).

3 All figures have been converted to 2005-06 price levels using the 28 March 2007 gross domestic product (GDP) deflators.

4 Figures from 2003-04 onwards reflect the transfer of responsibility from the Department to LEAs of costs relating to teachers’ pensions,

5 Primary figures exclude expenditure on under fives.