§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what decision she has made as to where and how the common funding formula will operate in 1995–96.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
My right hon. Friend announced on 14 November 1994 the Government's decision to extend the common funding formula for secondary schools in 1995–96 to all areas where, as at 30 September 1994, 30 per cent. or more of secondary school pupils were being educated in grant-maintained schools. This will mean a further 17 areas on top of five in which the CFF is operating this year.
A copy of a letter sent by the Department to all grant-maintained schools and local education authorities, explaining the 1995–96 CFF arrangements in more detail, has been placed in the Library.