§ Mr. John Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the capital expenditure allocation for education for Cheshire county council for 1974–75 and each succeeding year, to the latest available date; and what was its actual expenditure in each of these years.
§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
The control of capital expenditure by local education authorities is based on the value of work started in each year. The figures in the following table, which are expressed at the prices prevailing at the time, compare the authority's annual share of the resources available for educational building with the total value of projects which they were able to start:
Starts allocation (£m) 1974–5 7.366 1975–6 4.222 1976–7 3.912 1977–8 3.030
Value of work started (£m) 1974–5 7.366 1975–6 4.068 1976–7 3.769 1977–8 2.980