(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.