HC Deb 23 October 2002 vol 391 c384W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the total education budget in 2001–02 was taken up by(a) assessment of students, (b) assessment of teachers and schools through inspection and (c) assessment of teacher training through inspection. [76597]

Mr. Miliband

The cost of overseeing the assessment of students through the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority represented 0.2 per cent. of the total education budget of almost £40 billion for England in 2001–02. No data is held centrally on the overall costs of exam fees and associated assessment costs payable by schools. OfSTED, working with the Adult Learning Inspectorate in some circumstances, is responsible for(b) and (c). The sum of the Inspectorates' budgets was £183 million in 2001–02 or 0.5 per cent. of the total education budget, although some of this was spent on inspecting pre-school and non-schools post-16 providers as well as schools and teachers.

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