§ Mr. Chidgey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what efficiency gains were factored in the funding awards, made to(a) further education colleges, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) schools with a sixth form in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
[holding answer 15 May 2002]
Success, widening participation and adult basic skills. The second shows a unit of funding for all funding for further education, including funds such as capital, standards fund and Teachers Pay Initiative. Since 1997 1407W colleges have widened participation among learners, broadened programmes of study for 16–19 year olds, increased basic skills provision and improved qualification success rates. Funding for schools with sixth forms was set by individual local education authorities up to 2001–02 and any effciency gains will have varied from place to place.