HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 cc294-5W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the amounts(a) allocated to and (b) spent from the Standards Fund in each of the last three years. [22683]

Mr. Timms

The amounts allocated and spent from the Standards Fund in the last three years are as follows.

Amount allocated Amount spent
1998–99 618,349,380 586,812,481
1999–2000 1,256,632,332 1,167,833,535
2000–01 2,524,925,580 2,215,126,768

The figures include recurrent and capital Standards Fund grants. The Standards Fund includes Government grant and local authority contributions, which have both been included in the calculations. The amounts for 2000–01 will not reflect the full level of expenditure as not all local authorities have yet submitted outtum expenditure details, once they have done so the allocated figure and the expenditure figure will move closer together. In addition, £144 million of Devolved Formula Capital funding for schools was allocated to schools late in the financial year, which meant most schools decided to carry expenditure over into 2002–03. We have reallocated the capital budget underspend in 2001–02 to accelerate spend on improving the condition of school buildings.

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