HC Deb 28 February 1995 vol 255 cc527-9W
Mr. Elletson

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list in rank order the percentages of their total budgets under local management of schools which county councils delegate to individual schools; and if she will calculate how much extra per pupil Lancashire would have been able to spend if it had delegated as much as the authority which delegated most.

Mr. Robin Squire

The percentages of general schools budgets delegated to schools by county councils in 1994–95 are shown in the table below. The percentage delegated does not affect the total spending per pupil by the education authority concerned; but if Lancashire had delegated 78.8 per cent. of the general schools budget rather than 70.3 per cent., schools' delegated budgets would have been larger by approximately £200 per pupil.

English counties 1994–95
Local education authority Percentage of GSB delegated
Hertfordshire 78.8
Northamptonshire 76.6
Suffolk 75.5
Berkshire 75.5
West Sussex 75.3
Avon 74.9
North Yorkshire 74.7
Northumberland 74.3
Staffordshire 74.2
Nottinghamshire 74.1
Warwickshire 74.0
Cheshire 74.0
Leicestershire 73.9
Hereford/Worcester 73.9
Hampshire 73.7
Somerset 73.2
Durham 72.8
Wiltshire 72.7
Gloucestershire 72.6
Bedfordshire 72.5
Cleveland 72.5
Humberside 72.4
Essex 72.2
Lincolnshire 71.9
Norfolk 71.7
East Sussex 71.1
Devon 70.9
Dorset 70.8
Kent 70.8
Buckinghamshire 70.7
Lancashire 70.3
Isle of Wight 70.1
Cornwall 70.1
Cambridgeshire 69.9
Oxfordshire 69.8

English counties 1994–95
Local education authority Percentage of GSB delegated
Shropshire 69.1
Cumbria 68.9
Derbyshire 68.7
Surrey 67.9


The figures have been derived from budget statements published by local education authorities under section 42 of the Education Reform Act in respect of the financial year 1994–95, and received by the Department prior to 17 October 1994. The percentages have been rounded in the table to one decimal place.