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Adult Education: Finance

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on the Adult Education and Skills Strategy in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) in each of the previous five years, broken down by main budget heading. (232396)

The majority of funding for adult further education and skills is managed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and included in the LSC budget. Some funding is spent outside the LSC and included in other lines. A breakdown of expenditure from 2002-03 to 2007-08 included in the Adult Education and Skills Strategy line in Annex 2, Table 11 of the 2008 Departmental Report is set out in the following table.

Outturn (£ million)

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-081

Adult Education and Skills Strategy

245

172

182

191

168

176

Of which:

Skills Funding for Regional Development Agencies

42

42

43

43

44

45

Skills For Life Development (non-LSC)1

47

46

46

60

27

25

Capital Funding for UK Online Centres and Wired Up Communities

90

Sector Skills Development Agency

17

35

70

68

75

81

Learndirect and Adult Guidance(non-LSC)2

19

18

4

6

9

9

Investors in People UK

2

5

5

5

6

6

UK Skills Sponsorship

4

3

3

3

4

5

Other Adult Education and Skills Strategy

24

23

11

6

3

5

1 Estimated

2 These lines do not show the full expenditure on these programmes as some expenditure is included in the LSC budget. In particular where funding reduces significantly, this is because funding has been transferred to LSC.

Source:

The figures for total expenditure on the adult education and the skills strategy line are taken from Table 11, Annex 2 of the 2008 Departmental Report for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.