§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make it her policy to increase the provision of college library books in line with the increases in student numbers.
§ Mr. Boswell
The Further Education Funding Council has developed a new funding methodology after wide consultation; its proposals gained a high degree of acceptance. The new methodology provides a direct link between funding and the numbers of students recruited and retained. Allocations to colleges are made monthly as a block grant, and colleges are free to determine how best to use the resources made available to them.