To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Learning and Skills Council spent on non-vocational adult education in the London borough of Islington in each of the last five years; and what expenditure is planned for 2008-09. 
I have been asked to reply.
The Government are committed to ensuring that learning serves the needs of the whole community and that everyone has the opportunity to improve their skills, prospects and quality of life. Non-vocational adult education courses offer a wide range of social and economic benefits for adults of all ages and backgrounds. We know that they help individuals to progress into qualification-bearing courses and have well-documented benefits in terms of personal health and well-being. Our recent consultation on informal adult learning is a measure of our commitment to this kind of learning and our intention to create a new vision of informal adult learning for the 21st century.
The exact makeup and distribution of learning provision at local level are operational matters for local Learning and Skills Councils and their partners in colleges and other providers, according to their assessment of local needs and priorities. Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive will write to the hon. Gentleman with more detailed information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
Children: Day Care
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department provided to each London local authority to support the provision of child care since 1996-97. 
Grant allocations for Sure Start, early years and child care in respect of the London local authorities are shown in the following tables.
Sure start, early years and child care grant allocations for London authorities