§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2001–02 of the office of the schools adjudicator. 
§ Mr. Timms
The cost in 2001–02 will be known only after the end of the financial year. Expenditure in 2000–01 was £442,000 for adjudicators' costs (mainly fees and expenses) and £355,000 for support staff. We expect expenditure in 2001–02 to be lower than 2000–01 as the number of cases referred to the adjudicator has fallen.