§ Mr. Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the expenditure by local education authorities in the United Kingdom on discretionary awards and any other forms of support for students in the further education sector in each of the years 1991–92, 1992–93 and 1993–94; and what information he has on how much local education authorities are planning to spend for this purpose in 1994–95.
§ Mr. Boswell
Local education authority returns to my Department show that expenditure on discretionary awards for further education in England and Wales was £163.9 million in 1991–92 academic year and £169.3 million—provisional—in 1992–93. Their returns for 1993–94 are not yet available. It is for LEAs to decide how much to spend on discretionary awards in 1994–94: they do not provide the Department with information on their plans.