§ Mr. Ben Chapman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Wirral, South 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
The following table shows the number of children in Wirral, South benefiting from EiC, and the annual spend per pupil for the years in question.
2000–01 5,349 473,473 88.52 2001–02 5,376 473,473 88.07 2002–03 5,443 507,764 93.29 2003–04 5,566 1,182,257 212.41 1All funding figures supplied by Wirral Excellence in Cities Team.
The increase in the rate of EiC funding in 2002–03 was to pay for extra learning mentors and the increase in 2003–04 was due to the introduction of the Leadership Incentive Grant and the Behaviour Improvement Programme