§ Caroline Flint
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what percentage of(a) primary and (b) secondary school children have access to a school bus service; and what was the cost of providing such services to (i) primary and (ii) secondary children in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 5 June 2000]: We do not collect statistics on school children who have access to a school bus service. Provisional figures for local education authority expenditure in England on school transport in 1998–99 were £78 million for pre-primary and primary schools, £164 million for secondary schools, and £203 million for special schools.