§ Mr. Stephen O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the level of central funding from his Department to(a) Cheshire county council, (b) Chester city council, (c) Vale Royal borough council and (d) Crewe and Nantwich borough council in each of the last five years; and what the average funding of county, city and borough councils in England was in those years. 
§ Mr. Miliband
No departmental funding has been made to Chester city council, Vale Royal borough council, or Crewe and Nantwich borough council. The table shows the Department's total recurrent and capital funding for the financial years 1997–98 to 2001–02 to Cheshire Local Education Authority.
£ Recurrent funding1 Capital funding2 1997–98 16,006,000 8,373,000 1998–99 7,906,000 9,784,000 1999–2000 7,878,000 15,337,000
£ Recurrent funding1 Capital funding2 2000–01 25,115,000 27,812,000 2001–02 35,664,000 34,124,000 1 Funding comprised of Standards Fund Grant (departmental contribution), School Standards Grant, School Budget Support Grant, Education Budget Support Grant, Teachers Pay Reform Grant, Nursery Education Grant, Childcare Grant, Education Action Zone Grant and Grant Maintained Transitional Funding Grant. Reductions in 1998–99 and 1999–2000 are due to local government reorganisation and the transfer of Nursery Education Grant for four year-olds to Education Standard Spending. 2 Funding includes Basic Need (ACG), Standards Fund Grant (departmental contribution), Voluntary Aided School Grant, Schools Access Initiative and New Deal for Schools.
Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.
The Department provides support to each local authority in England which is a local education authority, including all county councils. The main determinant of each local education authority's level of funding is the number of pupils it educates.