§ Bob Spink
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Essex suffered a cash budget cut in this financial year. 
§ Mr. Miliband
In Essex local education authority 86 schools had a fall in their cash budget share in 2002–03, but of these only three also had a fall in their cash budget share per pupil. Changes in pupil numbers are the principal reason for changes in budget share from year to year. 493 schools had a rise in their cash budget share, but of these 20 had a fall in their cash budget share per pupil: this was largely in cases where rising rolls led to a lessening of the factor which protects the smallest primary schools.
The information is taken from data published in the LEAs section 52 budget statements for 2001–02 and 2002–03.