HC Deb 20 June 1988 vol 135 cc381-2W
Mrs. Gillian Shephard

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has on the operation of education support grants in Norfolk, in particular those which are specifically geared to the needs of rural areas.

Mrs. Rumbold

The total expenditure that has been approved for support by education support grants in Norfolk in the four years to 1988–89 and the amount of expenditure on which grant has been claimed is given in the table.

The authority has taken part in the pilot project to improve the quality or the range of the curriculum provided in primary schools in rural areas and figures are given in the table. This is the only activity that is specifically geared to the needs of rural areas.

Education support grants: Norfolk
£ cash prices
Expenditure supported by ESGs on
All activities1 Curriculum in primary schools in rural areas (included in all activities)
Financial year Approved Claimed Approved Claimed
1985–86 386,400 368,203 66,600 66,600
1986–87 1,412,850 1,005,444 123,600 123,600
1987–88 1,461,400 2 107,300 2
1988–89 1,833,200 2 134,100 2
1 As well as curriculum in primary schools in rural areas the other activities are:
Mathematics in Schools
Science in Primary Education
Midday Supervision
Education needs of unemployed adults
DP equipment in FE
Misuse of Drugs
Education for a multi-ethnic society
2 Figures not yet available.

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