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Schools (Battersea)

Mr. Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the additional resources his Department has made available to schools in Battersea since 1997 according to sector; and under which scheme or fund they are provided. [154831]

Jacqui Smith: Information showing the schools in the Battersea constituency that benefited from capital investment under the New Deal for Schools is shown in Table A. These allocations formed part of the £4.651 million investment made so far in schools in the London borough of Wandsworth local education authority under the New Deal for Schools programme.

The New Deal for Schools was introduced as a new additional programme targeted specifically at addressing the backlog of urgent repairs in school buildings that had built up after 18 years of under-funding under the previous Administration. It has been in addition to other capital funds made available to the London borough of Wandsworth local eduction authority. In total, since 1997, the London borough of Wandsworth local education authority has received some £13.214 million of funding for capital investment in school buildings as shown in Table B.

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 £3.5 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £8.5 billion in school buildings in total from 2001-02 to 2003-04. Capital investment already allocated to the London borough of Wandsworth local education authority in 2001-02, including the increases announced by the Chancellor in the Budget statement of 7 March, amounts to £5.942 million.

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I refer my hon. Friend to the letter sent to him by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 16 February for details of increases to revenue funding for schools in the London

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borough of Wandsworth. An extract of revenue funding allocated is shown in Table C. Information at constituency level or sector is not readily available.

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Table A: New Deal for Schools (NDS)--Allocation for schools in the Battersea constituency

Year/school ProjectGrant awarded (£)
1997-98
Alderbrook PrimaryReplace gas heaters (11)135,000
Joseph Tritton PrimaryProvide a secure main entrance with CCTV
1998-99
Chesterton (with Chantfield) PrimaryReplacement of three asbestos clad huts123,338
St. George's C of E Primary (VA)Renew heating pipework system73,840
Joseph Tritton PrimaryMajor works to corroded boundary wall57,477
Honeywell InfantDemolition of old dining hall and outside toilets and replacement with new194,419
Honeywell JuniorDemolition and replacement of old dining hall and outside toilets196,299
Borough wide package of 22 schoolsSafety of chimneys/flue renewals(12)379,500
1999-2000
Included within a 12 school package:
Belleville Primary
High View Primary Renewal of mechanical and electrical services (12)1,015,500
The Vines
Wix Primary
Included within eight school package:
Chesterton Community CollegeAsbestos removal(12)157,886
2000-01
Included within a 12 school package:
Allfarthing Primary
Battersea Technology College Renewal of roof and associated drainage works (12)1,621,017
Bolingbroke Primary
John Burns Primary
Chesterton PrimaryReplacement of temporary classrooms234,240

(11) Local education authorities (LEAs) were not required to specify individual project costs for phase 1 of the NDS programme, so the amount shown is the total allocation in that year to the LEA. London borough of Wandsworth local education authority holds project level information

(12) Denotes total allocation made to package projects covering more than one school. London borough of Wandsworth local education authority will be able to advise the value of projects at schools which have benefited from these allocations

Note:

Funding by sector is not readily available except where specific allocations to Voluntary Aided (VA) schools are identified


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Table B: All capital allocations to London borough of Wandsworth local education authority

£000
1997-981998-991999-20002000-01
Annual Capital Guideline (ACG) Basic Credit Approvals502741,6141,166
Supplementary Credit Approvals (SCAs)2129826124
Grant to Voluntary Aided (VA) Schools428229142715
New Deal for Schools (NDS)1358651,0162,635
School Security Grant36455959
Energy Efficiency Initiative--25----
Class Size Initiative----115108
National Grid for Learning (NGfL) Grant--292455580
Assistance with Asset Management Plans----23--
Seed Challenge Initiative------133
Devolved Formula Capital for Schools------659
Additional Devolved Formula Capital for Schools------593
Renewal of School Laboratories------124
Nursery Provision------68
Schools Access Initiative (Grant)--32616
Outside Toilet Initiative--66----
Total8611,8973,4766,980

Note:

Funding by school sector is not readily available, other than where specific grant to the Voluntary Aided sector is shown above. Other programmes may, however, include funding for Voluntary Aided schools.


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Table C: Revenue funding allocations--London borough of Wandsworth local education authority

£ million
Standard spending assessmentGrants
1997-9889.13.1
1998-9993.71.2
1999-200098.23.2
2000-01101.98.9

Note:

The following revenue grants have been included: DfEE contributions to the Standards Fund; Class Size Reduction Grant; Funding for Education Action Zones; Grant for Nursery Vouchers in 1997-98; School Budget Support Grant; School Standards Grant; and Education Budget Support Grant.


Battersea Technology College

Mr. Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what funding has been made available, listed by project and funding scheme, for pupils and teachers at Battersea Technology College, since 2 May 1997. [154820]

Ms Estelle Morris: Most funding provided by the Department is distributed via local education authorities. The initial budget share for 1998-99 to 2000-01 financial years made available by Wandsworth Local Education Authority to Battersea Technology College is set out in the table. Figures for 1997-98 are not readily available. In addition, Battersea Technology College received £40,000 School Standards Grant in 2000-01. It also received at least £218,069 in 2000-01 through the Standards Fund. Figures for payments through the Standards Fund are not available for 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The Department does not hold information relating to specific projects and project schemes made available at Battersea Technology College since 2 May 1997.

£

Budget sharePer pupil (average)
1998-991,155,0002,608
1999-20001,351,0002,712
2000-011,930,3992,907

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Circulars

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list by date the circular documents which have been sent by his Department to (a) local education authorities, (b) primary schools and (c) secondary schools since 1 May 1997; and how many pages each document contained. [148352]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 2 February 2001]: Our monthly batched mailings to schools clearly distinguish between documents requiring action and those for guidance and information. Since May 1997 schools have had an average of one action document a fortnight during term time from DFEE. Many of these related to literacy and numeracy, teachers pay or funding improvements. Most items sent are for information only.

Since September 2000, we have sent less automatically to schools. Of the 47 documents sent to all primary schools since September 2000 only 11 required action. The main documents of substance were the guide to improve grammar teaching and the autumn package of benchmarking data on pupil performance.

The position for secondary schools was similar. Of the 48 documents sent since September 2000 only 11 required action. The main document of substance was the autumn package of benchmarking data on pupil performance.

The table shows for each school how many documents we sent to all primary or all secondary schools. Many documents went to both types of school and are counted in each list. The full list of titles is in the Library.

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Mailings to all primary or all secondary schools by school year

Items
1997-981998-991999-2000(13)2000-01
Primary
Literacy and numeracy--items for action1320
Literacy and numeracy--information/guidance129104
National curriculum--items for action2030
National curriculum--information/guidance117254
Teachers pay and school funding--items for action2732
Teachers pay and school funding--information/guidance82489
Other material requiring action7989
Information and guidance on other topics43594719
Secondary
Literacy and numeracy--items for action0020
Literacy and numeracy--information/guidance3230
National curriculum--items for action0030
National curriculum--information/guidance47314
Teachers pay and school funding--items for action1332
Teachers pay and school funding--information/guidance1194810
Other materials requiring action1414129
Information and guidance on other topics52806223

(13) 2000-01 to end March only


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A list of documents sent to LEAs since March 2000 has also been placed in the Library. My answer to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Mr. Willis) on

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22 March 2000, Official Report, column 571W, gave the number of mailings prior to this date. Page lengths of mailings to LEAs are not recorded centrally.

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