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Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to encourage local authorities to publish the annual balances of individual schools in their areas. (310940)

Local authorities must make a copy of their section 52 outturn statement, which includes the raw data on school balances, available on a website maintained by the authority and accessible by the public.

Revenue balances for individual maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools in England are also publicly available on the Department’s website at

The 2008-09 figures for each school in England were published on 7 January 2010 alongside data for 1999-2000 to 2007-08. This information is taken from local authorities’ published section 52 outturn statements for the years in question.