HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 cc35-6W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost has been of the Fast Track Scheme, including the costs of advertising. [38049]

Mr. Timms

The Government have invested the following funds in creating the Fast Track Teaching Programme, a new career route for some of the highest calibre future teachers:

2000–01 4,603,058
2001–02 18,530,000
1 Estimated end-year forecast

This represents the total investment to date in fast track, including: national advertising; targeted marketing; application materials; assessment and selection: enhanced initial teacher training; bursaries; ICT; additional professional development events; marketing to schools; and the investment needed to build a highly personalised system of job-broking, career management and professional development.