HL Deb 17 December 2001 vol 630 c29WA
Baroness Blatch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What percentage of the overall education budget is spent on (a) schools; (b) Department for Education and Skills running costs and centrally funded initiatives; and (c) local government administrative costs. [HL1858]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland

Approximately 67 per cent of the total education and skills budget for England in 2001–02, made up of this department's departmental expenditure limit plus the education standard spending assessment, is being spent on schools. My department's departmental expenditure limit, which provides funding for schools as well as further and higher education and lifelong learning, represents around 46 per cent of the total budget for England. The department's central running costs constitute some 0.5 per cent of the total. Local Education Authority administration costs make up around 1 per cent of the total.