§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assistance is given in the formula for aggregate external finance to the provision of nursery education.
§ Mr. Stewart
[holding answer 13 May 1994]: With the exception of the specific grants component, aggregate external finance itself is not hypothecated to particular local authority services. But AEF is distributed amongst authorities having regard to grant-aided expenditure assessments. The level of GAE for 1994–95 includes £21.104 million in respect of nursery teaching staff, and £742.939 million in respect of school non-teaching staff, property and so on. The latter assessment covers the full range of education authorities' services and the portion which relates to nursery education is not identifiable.