HC Deb 17 December 2003 vol 415 cc966-7W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost, including setting of examinations, printing, postage, marking and publishing SATs at Key Stage 2 was in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [144625]

Mr. Miliband

The costs of setting the exam, printing, postage, marking and publishing of the Key Stage 2 tests are as follows:

£ million
Key Stage 2 Amount
Test development, pre-testing and level setting 1.25
Test printing 0.65
Test distribution 0.55
Marking 10.43
National data collection 0.85
Results publication 0.9
Total 14.63
The costs relate to the 2003 Key Stage 2 tests with the exception of results publication which are for the 2002 tests. Publication figures for 2003 will not be available until the cycle has finished.
The figures relate to the test cycle and not a financial year.