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Schools: Music

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) with reference to his Department’s press release of 21 November 2008, on funding for music in schools, how many new musical instruments have been bought with the funds announced; (254392)

(2) how much of the planned £40 million expenditure over four years on new musical instruments announced by his Department on 21 November 2007 has been spent.

The Music Instrument Fund (MIF) was introduced in 2007-08 and provides £10 million a year (capital grant) for LAs to purchase instruments for instrumental learning at key stage 2 or transitional programmes beyond key stage 2. In November 2007 it was announced that the £10 million grant would continue to 2011, hence the £40 million.

In 2007-08 local authorities claimed £9.97 million and 99,892 instruments were purchased. In 2008-09, £8.25million of the total allocation has already been claimed by local authorities and over 94,000 instruments purchased.