§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the education budget of(a) school admissions and appeals, (b) the School Adjudicator and (c) school admissions policy staff in his Department in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Miliband
[holding answer 20 July 2004]: The Department does not collect data on expenditure by each local authority on the administration of school admissions and appeals. However, for the financial year 2004–05, LEA net planned budgets to cover this expenditure totals £46 million, or approximately £307,000 per local authority. This includes budgets for funding delegated to governing bodies of schools that are their own admission authority and administer the system themselves.
For the financial year 2003–04, outturn figures showed the total cost of the Schools Adjudicators and their support staff to be £637,572 and the total cost of school admissions policy staff to be £530,287.