HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 cc944-5W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide(a) each primary school head teacher with a direct payment of £55,000 and (b) each secondary school head teacher with a direct payment of £180,000 to spend on school priorities in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement. [170144]

Mr. Gardiner

In his Budget Statement, the Chancellor announced allocations for English schools in 2005–06 (£55,000 for a typical primary school and £180,000 for a typica1 secondary school). These are not additional allocations but represent the continuation, at 2005–06 levels, of allocations being made available to English schools in 2004–05.

As in England, Northern Ireland schools benefit each year from an additional budget allocation over and above their Local Management of Schools (LMS) delegated budgets. There is on-going provision for this in my Department's baseline for 2005–06. As the 2005–06 allocations for English schools do not represent additions to planned allocations, the question of additional allocations for either English or Northern Ireland schools does not arise.