HC Deb 26 February 1998 vol 307 c349W
Mr. Jenkin

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the amount by which the 1998–99 revenue support grant has changed in relation to the 1997–98 figure as a result of the discontinuation of the pre-school voucher scheme in the 1998–99 academic year for each unitary and island authority in Scotland. [31392]

Mr. Wilson

The decision to end pre-school education vouchers has not in itself had any effect on revenue support grant for individual authorities. All grant funding for the education of children in the pre-school year under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 will continue in 1998–99 to be outside Aggregate External Finance. However, £13.6 million has been transferred from AEF into the pre-school education grant programme in 1998–99 to prevent the double funding of local authorities for pre-school education places.