HC Deb 25 February 2002 vol 380 c748W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will express, in real terms, the SSA per student in respect of post-16 education in each local education authority in(a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02; and what her estimate is of SSA per student transferred to the Learning and Skills Council in 2002–03. [37043]

Mr. Timms

The Post-16 SSA cannot be expressed meaningfully as a per pupil amount because education for this group is not compulsory and a large part of the post-16 SSA is determined on the basis of population aged 11 to 15. For local education authorities without school sixth forms, and consequently with very small numbers of post-16 pupils, this would produce disproportionately high figures. Participation rates in schools post-16 can also vary significantly in authorities with sixth forms, which would make the figures for post-16 SSA per pupil vary significantly from year to year.

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