HC Deb 15 February 2000 vol 344 c476W
Mr. Doug Henderson

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set aside the passporting test and review his decision to reduce the education element in Government grant made available to Newcastle City Council. [110185]

Ms Estelle Morris

It is vitally important that the increased funding we have made available reaches education. We will therefore continue to urge local authorities to passport the increase in education standard spending assessment to education budgets. My right hon. Friend will take decisions on the release of the £50 million special grant to support school budgets in due course.

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