HC Deb 16 November 2000 vol 356 c754W
Mr. Breed

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make extra funds available to fund special needs education in rural areas.[138277]

Jacqui Smith

Resources are distributed to local education authorities through Standard Spending Assessments. These are calculated using information about the demographic, economic and social characteristics of an area. This includes a sparsity factor, which would take account of additional transport costs in areas such as Cornwall with dispersed populations, and consequently higher costs of transporting pupils with special educational needs.

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