§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the total gross public spending on(a) grant-maintained schools and (b) city technology colleges for the years since 1988–89; and what is the projected expenditure for the years to 1995–96 at 1991–92 prices.
§ Mr. Forth
Spending to date on grant-maintained schools and city technology colleges has been as follows:777W
Total spending in future years on grant-maintained schools will depend on the number of schools becoming grant maintained, their size and location, and the balance between primary and secondary schools. However, on current trends a reasonable estimate would be about:
£ million (1991–92 prices) 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 Grant-maintained schools 1,100 2,300 4,000
Projected future spending on city technology colleges is as follows:
£ million (1991–92 prices) 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 City technology colleges 47 46 48
Figures for GM schools include annual maintenance grant. which is recovered from local authorities; special purpose grants; capital grant; cost of GM ballots; the Grant Maintained Schools Centre; the projected cost of the Funding Agency for Schools. They exclude other spending by local authorities, who remain responsible for some services to GM pupils, and DFE running costs.