§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what estimates he has made of the amount of money currently held in reserve accounts by schools in(a) England and Wales, (b) Cheshire and (c) Warrington; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the amount of money from delegated budgets underspent by schools in (a) England and Wales and (b) Cheshire in each of the past five years. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The table shows the amount held as balances by LEA schools in(a) England and(b) Cheshire for each of the financial years 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96 and 1996–97. Responsibility for schools in Wales rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales. Information on the position at the end of the financial year 1997–98 will not be available centrally until local education authorities publish their outturn statements later in the Autumn. I will write to my hon. Friend when those figures are available, and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library.
Balances held by LEA schools £000 Financial years (a) England (b) Cheshire 1992–93 605,304 16,677 1993–94 646,810 16,196 1994–95 649,949 15,314 1995–96 581,456 14,410 1996–97 523,679 13,375