§ Mr. Kidney
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what financial support is available for measures to improve school security. 
§ Jacqui Smith
My Department currently provides an annual grant, through the Standards Fund programme, to all local education authorities in England specifically to support measures to improve security in maintained schools in their areas. The Government grant available is £16.5 million, with local education authorities contributing an additional £5.5 million, making a total of £22 million per year.
For 2000–01, Staffordshire local education authority received £290,050 from central Government to support school security measures.