HL Deb 08 March 2004 vol 658 cc138-9WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 39) concerning the funding of the primary schools in Belfast, what further support has been, or can be, offered to Stranmillis Primary School. [HL1575]

Baroness Amos

The Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) has responsibility for funding this school. The chief executive has advised that in 2003–04 additional assistance has been provided as follows:

Budget Addition 37,523
Making a Good Start (P1 pupils) 15,958
Code of Practice (based on special needs pupils) 371
Assimilation Payments for Principal/Vice Principal 5,849
Reading Recovery 14,667
Total Additional Funding 74,368

In addition, the Belfast Education and Library Board LMS scheme provides for the allocation of funding to schools for defined circumstances, particularly the employment of substitute teachers and support for statemented pupils. Most schools will receive an allocation under these arrangements but the amount allocated to individual schools will not be known until after the conclusion of the financial year in question.