§ Mr. Ivan Henderson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to the Harwich constituency under the Sure Start scheme. 
§ Maria Eagle
[holding answer 10 February 2003]Pursuant to my reply on 4 March 2003,Official Report, columns 965–66W, there is one Sure Start Local Programme operating in the Harwich constituency—a Round 3 programme in West Clacton and Jaywick that was approved in June 2001. It has revenue funding of £601,996 for 2002–03. Funding for capital projects of £400,000 has been approved to date, including funding for a toddler playground and the purchase and refurbishment of a property for a Sure Start Centre. The programme can apply for approval of capital funding up to £1 million. Essex county council is the accountable body.
Plans for a 'mini' Sure Start programme are currently being considered by the Sure Start Unit. The Harwich 'mini' Sure Start, if approved, will receive up to £100,000 each year for revenue expenditure and funding for capital expenditure of up to £250,000 in total.