§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cash resources were made available to education authorities in London from section 11 grants devoted to the teaching of English as a second language in the last financial year for which these grants were paid; and what plans Her Majesty's Government have to sustain such teaching by other means in 1995–96.
§ Mr. Nicholas Baker
The table shows the level of section 11 grants payable in respect of local education authorities' expenditure in 1993–94 on approved projects concerned entirely or primarily with teaching English as a second language in schools, or at pre-school level.
The projects continue to attract such funding in the current financial year. Since 1 April 1994, grant has been paid to the first group of authorities from the new single regeneration budget for which the Department of the Environment has lead responsibility, while authorities in the second group have continued to receive grant from the Home Office under section 11. Over 40 per cent. of the relevant projects were originally approved until 31 March 1997, and we have made it clear that existing commitments will be honoured.
As to new additional funding from 1995–96, such activity was within the scope of the bidding guidance for the single regeneration budget published in April, and applications have also been invited for section 11 grant.
Authority £ Brent 1,456,511 Greenwich 1,572,728 Hackney 3,466,412 Hammersmith & Fulham 582,028 Haringey 2,630,865 Islington 1,593,722 Kensington & Chelsea 1,060,465 Lambeth 1,062,702 Newham 1,823,386 Southwark 2,964,612 Tower Hamlets 7,228,566 wandsworth 1,762,389
Authority £ Barking & Dagenham 285,412 Barnet 866,982 Bexley 144,987 Camden 1,432,780 Croydon 1,108,480 Ealing 3,359,869 Enfield 1,324,482 Harrow 726,718 Havering 50,636 Hillingdon 303,153 Hounslow 1,576,105 Kingston-upon-Thames 123,861 Merton 636,479 Redbridge 1,084,599 Richmond 69,014 Sutton 37,447 Waltham Forest 1,552,590 Westminster 1,774,619