§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what proportion of the money his Department spent on school places for children of Foreign Office personnel was spent on the independent sector in each year since 1996; and what he estimates the proportion will be in 2003; 
(2) what the average cost to his Department was of the school places provided for the children of Foreign Office personnel in independent and private schools in each year since 1996. 
§ Mr. Rammell
Education expenditure for children of Foreign Office personnel since 1996 has been spent almost entirely on fee-charging schools in the private and independent sector. Less than 1 per cent. in each year is spent on boarding fees for state run boarding schools.
We do not distinguish between private and independent schools. The annual expenditure on education for children of FCO personnel since 1996 is as follows.513W
Financial year £ 1995–96 10,569,861 1996–97 11,669,734 1997–98 10,547,169 1998–99 10,477,132 1999–2000 12,114,888 2000–01 12,944.790 2001–02 13,806,197 2002–03 15,990,618