§ Mr. Reed
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much section 11 funding was received by Leicestershire Local Education Authority in(a) 1996–97 and (b) 1997–98; what plans he has for the future of Section 11 funding in the next financial year for Leicestershire Local Education Authority; and if he will make a statement.484W
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The table shows the section 11 budget allocation to Leicestershire Local Education Authority in relation to each of the years shown:
Year £ 1996–97 2,480,992 1997–98 402,117 1998–99 412,571
Note:Since 1 April 1997, as a result of local government reorganisation, the City of Leicester has had responsibility for section 11 grant provision within its own boundaries, leaving Leicestershire Local Education Authority with a reduced level of financial provision to cover the rest of the county.
Responsibility for funding such work was transferred, with effect from 1 April 1999, to the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) under a new Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant. Leicestershire has been notified by the DfEE that its allocation in respect of 1999– 2000 under the new grant programme is £412,571. The DfEE will be consulting local education authorities about arrangements for setting allocations in relation to 2000–01 and subsequent years.