HC Deb 22 January 2003 vol 398 cc371-2W
Dr. Palmer

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on progress in providing teachers in Broxtowe with a laptop computer with internet access. [92004]

Mr. Charles Clarke

In May 2002 Nottinghamshire LEA, responsible for Broxtowe, was allocated a total of £867,926 and latest records show the LEA has spent £828,360, purchasing 936 laptop computers. To date LEAs have been given £60 million to purchase laptop computers on behalf of their schools. So far over 60,000 laptops have been purchased.

I announced on 9 January 2003 a £195 million extension of the Laptops for Teachers initiative to April 2006, making the total amount of funding £300 million. This will result in two thirds of all eligible teachers benefiting from personal access to a laptop computer over the four year period of this initiative. LEAs, including Nottinghamshire will receive a further allocation of Laptops for Teachers funding in May this year.

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