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Pre-School Education: Finance

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1150W, on Pre-School Education: Finance, whether the expenditure shown in the answer includes funding awarded to increase the early years entitlement to 15 hours per week. (213954)

Local authorities spent £246,003 on increasing the free early years entitlement to 15 hours per week in 2006-07 and were allocated in excess of £45 million in £2007-08 for the same purpose. These sums are in addition to the £3.6 billion for 2006-07 and £4.0 billion for 2007-08.