HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 cc225-6W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his policy on the treatment of local authority supplementary bids for(a) education capital expenditure in 1990, 1991 and 1992, (b) education support grant in 1990–91 in respect of training for school governors, (c) education support grant in 1990–91 and (d) local authority training grants scheme support in 1990–91 where such bids are being made to support the development of magnet schools; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold

My right hon. Friend is willing to consider any bids for grants within his responsibility which are submitted by local education authorities as being consistent with the objectives of the grant and the arrangements for its allocation, and are designed to support worthwhile developments. He is currently considering the bids submitted by LEAs for education support grant funding, including those for school governor training, and for LEA training grant scheme funding in 1990–91; the allocations for all LEAs will be announced around the turn of the year.

Annual capital guidelines are assessed in accordance with well-established criteria which are familiar to local education authorities. My right hon. Friend expects to make an announcement about annual capital guidelines for LEAs in 1990–91 shortly before Christmas.