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Schools Funding (Birmingham)

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what has been the total capital investment in Birmingham's schools in each year since 1992; and what is his forecast for spending in the next three years. [147059]

Jacqui Smith: Birmingham local education authority has received some £123.674 million of funding from central Government for capital investment in school buildings since 1996-97, as shown in the following Table A. Information prior to 1996-97 is not readily available. Table B shows the forecast investment over the next three years.

Nationally, investment in school buildings has tripled from £683 million a year in 1996-97 to over £2 billion in 2000-01. It will be £3.2 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £7.8 billion in school buildings in total from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

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Table A: Central Government capital investment in schools in Birmingham local education authority

Funding stream1996-971997-981998-991999-202000-01
Basic Credit Approvals5,3842,8113,6112,2292,730
Supplementary Credit Approvals1,3811,330262510620
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools1935145306871,172
Schools Renewal Challenge Fund446--------
New Deal for Schools--1,1932,7666,86013,816
School Security Grant--263327357355
Removal of Outside Toilets----80----
Energy Efficiency Initiative----310----
Key Stage 1 Class Size Initiative------298733
National Grid for Learning Grant----4,0004,0004,000
PFI Credits----51,000----
Assistance with Asset Management Plans------135--
Seed Challenge Funding--------593
Formula Capital for Schools--------7,501
Renewal of School Laboratories--------555
Nursery Provision--------122

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Table B: Forecast investment in schools in Birmingham local education authority

Funding stream2001-022002-032003-4
Basic Credit Approvals1,245(4)--(4)--
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools2,337(4)--(4)--
New Deal for Schools Devolved Formula4,0645,46710,562
New Deal for Schools Condition Funding2,9018,07310,257
Seed Challenge Funding6901,2711,271
Renewal of School Laboratories555(4)--(4)--
Schools Access Initiative1,046(4)--(4)--

(4) Future years' allocations shown are only those already announced as being attributable to Birmingham Local Education Authority.

In addition to the amounts shown, schools in Birmingham will also benefit from a share of other programmes where allocations have not yet been made. These include over £1 billion of credit approvals, mainly to provide new pupil places; £440 million of grant to governors of Voluntary Aided schools; £555 million grant through the NDS Modernisation fund and £170 million worth of funding under the Schools Access Initiative.

This funding will be augmented by capital receipts and other contributions from Local Education Authority sources, and the contribution which governors of Voluntary Aided schools make to their building work. In addition, more than £1 billion more is available nationally through Private Finance Initiative Credits for projects which will sign in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Funding specifically ring fenced for the renewal of school laboratories is ending in 2001-02. Local Authorities will be able to prioritise their other increased funding for this purpose, if they wish.

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Asset Management Plan

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) if he will list (a) by authority and (b) as a total, the results of the asset management plan condition data surveys, breaking the data down according to each level of priority; [147254]

Jacqui Smith: We are discussing with local education authorities the outcome of our validation of their asset management plans condition data and will publish data analysis later in the year.

Ministerial Hospitality

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the cost of hospitality given by Ministers was in his Department in each of the last three years. [147233]

Mr. Wills [holding answer 25 January 2001]: The cost of hospitality given by Ministers in pursuance of Departmental business for the last three full financial years is £8,587, £12,524 and £9,055 respectively.

Teachers' Pay

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proposals he has on pay for new teachers designed to fill vacancies. [147396]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 26 January 2001]: The new teachers' pay arrangements will be based on recommendations contained in a report of the independent School Teachers' Review Body to be published shortly. It is not therefore possible at this stage to say what changes will occur. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will conduct a statutory consultation before implementing any changes.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the average salary for (a) primary teachers, (b) secondary teachers, (c) graduates in all other sectors and (d) all employees in each year since 1974. [147301]

Ms Estelle Morris: Average salaries for full-time teachers, for those in employment with an NVQ level 4 or above (or equivalent) and for all full-time employees are contained in the following table:

Full-time teachers(5)
Nursery and primarySecondaryEmployees with NVQ level 4(6)All employees(7)

(5) Average salary of full-time teachers in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools sector of England and Wales at 31 March of each year 1974 to 2000. Figures up to 1993 include sixth form colleges. Teacher salary figures for 1999 are provisional, those for March 2000 are estimated by applying the April 1999 pay award of 3.5 per cent. to 1999 data, consequently the March 2000 data does not include the effects of the post-threshold pay scale that will be paid from 1 September 2000.


DfEE Database of Teacher Records

(6) Average salary of those in full-time employment in GB with a qualification of NVQ level 4 or equivalent or above, in the spring of years shown. Includes teachers with such qualifications.


Labour Force Survey (as the New Earnings Survey does not include qualifications data)

(7) Average salary of those in full-time employment in GB whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence, at April of each year. Figures from 1974 to first row for 1983 are compiled on the basis of men aged 21+ and women aged 18+. Figures for second 1983 row and onwards are compiled on the basis of employees on adult rates. Figures for 1997 and 1998 include late receipts.


New Earnings Survey

(8) Not available

(9) Provisional

(10) Estimated

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The number of regular teachers in maintained schools in England increased by 6,900 between January 1998 and January 2000.

There was a growth of more than 2,000 in the number of people training to be teachers between 1999-2000 and 2000-01, the first such increase since 1992-93.

An estimated 250,000 classroom teachers in England are eligible for the post-threshold pay scale, of whom 81 per cent. have applied. Teachers moving to the new scale will receive a £2,000 pay increase from 1 September 2000 and can progress on the basis of their performance up to the scale maximum of over £30,000 excluding allowances.

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