§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the annual budget of the Qualifications Curriculum Authority. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
I refer the hon. Member to my reply on 1 December 1997,Official Report, column 11. I expect the Authority to submit its Corporate Plan to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, in the very near future. He will then determine the Authority's grant in aid. My Department has indicated to the Authority that a sum of around £53 million will be available.