§ Mr. Miliband
[holding answer 21 October 2003]The information requested has been placed in the Libraries.
§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether his pledge of increased school funding is related to a baseline that involves excluding(a) capital funding used for revenue purposes, (b) balances used to permit higher revenue spending, (c) staff reductions, redundancies or non-appointments made to reduce revenue spending and (d) funding incorporated into school mainstream budgets in 2002–03 that in previous years was made by way of special grants; 
(2) if he will make a statement on the base used to calculate each school's 4 per cent. increase in funding. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The proposed baseline for the per pupil minimum funding guarantee is an adjusted version of a school's budget share for the financial year 2003–04. It therefore does not include any reference to capital funding used for revenue, spend from school balances, the effect of staffing changes, or additions to 2002–03 budgets. The adjustments to the 2003–04 budget shares would have the effect of adding to the baseline any sums 589W made available from Additional Budget Support Grant, whether within a redetermined budget share or allocated separately; and excluding the following items: rates; amounts for named pupils, including those for special educational needs; prior year adjustments and sixth form funding from the Learning and Skills Council.