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Education: Finance

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) England have had revenue balances in excess of those predicted in each year since 1997; (289462)

(2) how many primary schools in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) England have had revenue balances in excess of those predicted in each year since 1997.

The Department collects figures of the balances held by schools and the amount of revenues raised by schools via the Section 52 Outturn statements. We have collected information on balances since 1999-2000. There are no figures available for previous years. The Section 52 Outturn statements are completed by all local authorities in England and we request only the final figures for the schools in their area. We do not collect predicted figures.

The following table shows the number of schools in Hertfordshire and England that held surplus balances from 1999-2000 to 2007-08. The Department does not hold figures by constituency.

Maintained primary and secondary schools in surplus1 in England and Hertfordshire local authorities,1999-2000 to 2007-082

Number

LA name

Primary schools in surplus

Secondary schools in surplus

1999-2000

England

16,695

2,700

Hertfordshire

400

75

2000-01

England

17,138

2,919

Hertfordshire

421

79

2001-02

England

17,093

2,857

Hertfordshire

418

76

2002-03

England

16,535

2,693

Hertfordshire

415

68

2003-04

England

16,187

2,756

Hertfordshire

403

67

2004-05

England

16,506

2,834

Hertfordshire

413

73

2005-06

England

16,302

2,745

Hertfordshire

396

79

2006-07

England

16,213

2,740

Hertfordshire

398

79

2007-08

England

16,276

2,829

Hertfordshire

401

76

1 A school's total revenue balance is calculated from the combination of any unspent allocations (including unspent Standards Fund grants) and the cumulative balance of income less expenditure from revenue funding sources during the financial year and any balances carried forward from previous years. This is drawn by adding together the unspent allocations and balance carried forward columns from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statements 1999-2000 to 2001-02 (Table 2), Consistent Financial Reporting categories B01 and B02 from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statements (Table B) 2002-03 to 2005-06 and Consistent Financial Reporting categories B01, B02 and B06 from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statements (Table B) 2006-07 onwards. 2 School level revenue balances are not available prior to the inception of Section 52 for the 1999-2000 financial year.

In February 2009, we published the figures for balances and deficits held by schools for the financial year 2007-08. Last month, the Department began receiving submissions from local authorities providing information for 2008-09. The Department is now in the process of confirming and clarifying this information and we expect to publish the figures for balances and deficits held by schools for the financial year 2008-09 in 2010.