§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Birkenhead have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in each year since the programme's inception. 
§ Mr Miliband
Park High School, Prenton High School Ridgeway High School, Rock Ferry High School and Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead have been included in Excellence in Cities since September 2000. The table below shows the number of children in Birkenhead benefiting, and the annual spend per pupil for the years in question.
No of Children Total EiC expenditure1 £ Spend per Pupil £ 2000–01 4,870 675,311 138.67 2001–02 5,056 675,311 133.57 2002–03 5,141 726,028 141.22 2003–04 5,284 1,437,340 272.00 1 Funding figures were supplied by the Excellence in Cities coordinator for Wirral.
The large increase in the rate of EiC funding in 2003–04 is due to the extra funding provided through the Leadership Incentive Grant and Behaviour Improvement Programme which came on stream in 2003.