HC Deb 04 December 1995 vol 268 cc115-6W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what funds will be available nationally for initial teacher training in 1996–97, and what funds were available in 1994–95 and in 1995–96. [23]

Mr. Robin Squire

The funds available for initial teacher training for 1996–97 are set out in the letter of 28 November from the Department to the Teacher Training Agency. A copy of this letter is in the Library.

Some £151.641 million has been notionally allocated for the funding of ITT courses. It is for the agency to decide on the distribution of funds between the activities that it supports.

In 1994–95, the Higher Education Funding Council for England allocated £141.587 million for the recurrent funding of ITT. In addition, the Department for Education and Employment spent approximately £1.259 million of the school-centred ITT-SCITT-scheme.

In 1995–96, the HEFCE allocated £53.91 million for ITT funding, for the final term of academic year 1994–95. The Teacher Training Agency has allocated £109.953 million for recurrent ITT funding for the first two terms of academic year 1995–96. In addition, the Department has provided £448,000 for funding for SCITT courses in 1995–96.

None of these figures includes student support, or the income from fees for students on ITT courses.