§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2001–02 of the qualifications budget.
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
The qualifications budget for 2001–02, at 1 April 2001, was £102 million. Expected receipts for the year total £334,000. The majority of this money (£69 million at 1 April 2001) comprises grant in aid for the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. The remainder of the budget is used mainly for development work. The costs of the qualifications themselves are met by schools, colleges and others through the payment of fees.