HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 cc402-3W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the current average cost per pupil under the assisted places scheme for 1993–94 for each participating school in the scheme in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mr. Robin Squire

The information requested, which relates to the academic year 1993–94, is given in the table:

School name Average cost per. assisted pupil £
Dame Allan's Boys 2,239
Dame Allan's Girls 2,507
Central Newcastle High 2,267
La Sagesse Convent 2,962
Newcastle upon Tyne Church High 2,194
Royal Grammar, Newcastle 2,182

Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the marginal tax rate implied by the withdrawal of support against income under the assisted places scheme means test; and when the means test scheme was last revised.

Mr. Robin Squire

Parents whose incomes are above the threshold for full fee remission—currently £9,352 for academic year 1994–95—are required to pay a proportion of their income towards assisted place fees in accordance with a parental contribution scale. The scale has six successive income bands, and three percentage rates in each band according to the number of children holding assisted places in the family. For 1994–95, the lowest percentage required in respect of one assisted place holder is 9 per cent. of the income in the first tranche above the threshold. The corresponding percentages in the successively higher income bands are 12 per cent., 15 per cent., 21 per cent., 24 per cent. and 33 per cent.—the later percentage applying to that part of income exceeding £18,183.

Parental contribution scales are reviewed annually. The uprating proposed for academic year 1995–96 compared with 1994–95 is set out in the answer given to the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds (Mr. Spring) on 26 January, Official Report, columns 316–17.

Mr. Donohoe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 13 January,Official Report, column 219, if she will make a statement indicating for the financial year 1993–94 for each school covered by the assisted places scheme which is not covered in that answer in descending order the amounts which each school received, the number of pupils covered by the assisted places scheme at each school, the proportion of the school roll covered by the assisted places scheme and the fees charged for assisted places scheme pupils at each school.

Mr. Forth

[holding answer 26 January 1995]: The information requested, as collected for the academic year 1993–94, has been placed in the Library.

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