HC Deb 16 May 1994 vol 243 c368W
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.