§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what use her Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for the collection of data and in formulas for the distribution of grants and awards; and when such usages were last reviewed.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
Postcodes are used in the collection and analysis of some DfEE statistics. Grants and awards are distributed mainly at local education authority or local authority level, or to specified organisations. In view of the wide-ranging nature of the DfEE's activities, it would not be possible to provide a full analysis of the use of postcodes without incurring disproportionate costs.