§ Dr. Julian Lewis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the changes in real terms in core funding for further education colleges in each year since 1997. 
§ Margaret Hodge
The information is as follows:
Funding for participation(£) Real terms index 1997–981 3,070 98 1998–991 3,120 97 1999–20001 3,360 101 2000–012 3,380 100 2001–023 3,500 101 1 Actual 1 Provisional 3 Planned
This table shows the estimated participation funding allocated to the LSC in real terms for each full-time equivalent (FTE) student in FE. It includes additional funds derived from employer contributions and other funds made available for widening participation, to support the introduction of Qualifying for Success and for increased provision of basic skills courses. Compared to the Departmental Annual Report 2001 this now gives a complete picture of funding for participation for colleges. It does not represent total funding for further education as it excludes targeted funds such as capital, standards fund and Teachers Pay Initiative (TPI).
If targeted funds were included then the estimated total funding for each FTE student in FE in real terms increased by 12 per cent. over the same period.