HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 cc918-9W
Ian Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in the Eccles constituency he expects to stay in education as a result of the introduction of education maintenance allowances; and if he will provide additional funding to further education colleges in the City of Salford to support additional students. [173132]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The DfES does not hold information on student numbers for individual constituencies. However, we estimate that there will be about 3,900 extra sixteen year olds in the North West Region in further education this September who would not be participating without EMA. Salford is an EMA pilot area and at present there are 1,200 students in receipt of EMA.

The 2002 Spending review settlement allows for an expansion in the numbers of young people in FE. The additional funding takes account of the impact of EMA in further education colleges.