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Delegated Schools Budgets

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what guidance he has issued to local education authorities for the phasing out of additional revenue payments to former grant-maintained schools; [148379]

Ms Estelle Morris: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has called on all local education authorities to delegate at least 85 per cent. of their local schools budgets in 2001-02 and at least 87 per cent. in 2002-03. The intention is to achieve a national average level of delegation of 90 per cent. in 2003-04, on a basis which takes account of the differing circumstances of individual local education authorities.

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The regulations requiring LEAs to provide a guaranteed level of funding for former grant-maintained schools are not directly connected with the minimum delegation requirements set by the Government, although the amount of transitional funding is likely to be influenced by the LEA's level of delegation. The existing arrangements for transitional funding will remain in place for 2001-02, subject to minor adjustments: no decision has yet been taken in respect of subsequent years.

Public Service Agreements

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the public service agreements set up with local authorities and set out the inhibitors to achieving educational targets that have been identified by local authorities. [148351]

Ms Estelle Morris: The negotiations on local PSAs centre on giving pilot authorities greater flexibility in exchange for more demanding performance targets. These negotiations are still in progress. We expect to conclude agreements with the first pilot authorities shortly.

New Deal (Sussex)

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many people in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid-Sussex constituency are on the New Deal, broken down by each option. [148354]

Ms Jowell: Figures at the end of November 2000 show that the following numbers of young people are participating in New Deal for Young People in Mid and West Sussex:

Mid-Sussex constituency
Total on New Deal21
Number on Gateway12
Number on ND Options6
Education and Training1
Voluntary Sector3
Environment Taskforce2
Numbers on follow-through3
West Sussex coastal plain unit delivery
Total on New Deal114
Number on Gateway55
Number on ND Options39
Education and Training26
Voluntary Sector4
Environment Taskforce1
Numbers on follow-through20

School Buildings (Waveney)

Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many schools in Waveney constituency have benefited from investment in school buildings since May 1997. [148511]

Jacqui Smith: Table A shows the schools in the Waveney constituency which have benefited from investment through the New Deal for Schools programme, which commenced in 1997-98. These allocations formed

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part of the £13.331 million investment made so far in schools in Suffolk 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 is in addition to other capital funds made available to Suffolk local education authority.

In total, since 1997, Suffolk local education authority has received some £56.34 million of funding for capital investment in school buildings as shown in the following 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 £3.2 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.

Table A: New Deal for Schools: Allocations to schools in the Waveney constituency

Year/school ProjectTotal allocation (£)
Included within a 13 school package:
Kirkley HighImprovements(3)1,065,000
Included within a three school package:
Kirkley HighUpgrading fire alarm systems(3)70,000
64 schoolsSafety glazing(3)250,000
8 schoolsSafety glazing(3)38,900
12 schoolsRe-roofing(3)325,000
9 schoolsElectrical safety work(3)90,000
6 schoolsRe-roofing(3)148,000
Carlton Colville PrimaryReplacement of condemned temporary accommodation110,000
St. Edmund's Roman Catholic PrimaryReplacement of condemned temporary accommodation127,500
Warren Special SchoolReplacement of condemned temporary accommodation60,000
Included within an 18 school package:
Albert Pye Primary
Sir John Leman High Removal of friable asbestos(3)350,000
Kirkley High
Included within a 22 school package:
Beccles Middle
Bungay Primary
Bungay Middle
St. Edmund's Primary
Benjamin Britten High
The Denes School Re-roofing works(3)525,000
Elm Tree Middle
Fen Park Middle
The Harris Middle
Kirkley High
Pakefield Middle
Roman Hill Middle
Included within a five school package:
Elm Tree Middle Curtain walling replacement(3)200,000
Worlingham Middle
Included within a 12 school package:
Elm Tree PrimaryReplacement of obsolete boilers(3)350,000
Woods Loke PrimaryReplacement of temporary accommodation185,000
Ringsfield PrimaryReplacement of temporary accommodation60,000
Kirkley HighReplacement of Horsa buildings280,000
Included within a three school package:
Ashley School PrimaryRemoval of asbestos panels(3)185,000
Included within 36 school package:
Albert Pye Primary
Elm Tree Primary Removal of friable asbestos(3)295,000
Benjamin Britten High
Included within a 20 school package:
Carlton Colville Primary
Denes High Re-roofing works(3)760,000
Whitton Green Primary
Included within a 29 school package:
Blundeston Primary
Northfield St. Nicholas
The Poplars Primary
Roman Hill Middle
Kessingland Primary Replacement of obsolete(3)235,000
Denes High boilers
Fen Park Primary
St. Margaret's Primary
Ringsfield Primary
Worlingham Middle
Included within a 10 school package:
Woods Loke PrimaryCurtain walling replacement(3)630,000
Included within a 16 school package:
Benjamin Britten High
Elm Tree Middle
Harris Middle Re-roofing(3)520,000
Pakefield Middle
Roman Hill Middle
Included within a 12 school package:
Albert Pye Primary
Beccles Middle
Benjamin Britten High Replacement of obsolete(3)235,000
Kirkley High boilers
Somerleyton Primary
Included within a 116 school package:
Carlton Colville Primary
Meadow Primary
Roman Hill Middle
Elm Tree Primary
Harris Middle
Oulton Broad Primary Urgent electrical works(3)500,000
Pakefield Primary
Roman Hill Primary
The Denes High
The Poplars Primary
Worlingham Middle

(3) Denotes total allocations made to package projects covering more than one school. Suffolk local education authority will be able to advise the value of projects and schools in the Waveney constituency which benefited from these allocations.

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Table B: All capital allocations to Suffolk local education authority

Basic Credit Approvals5,0675,3376,7009,051
Supplementary Credit Approvals623357239349
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools181846221260
New Deal for Schools1,0651,5792,9387,749
School Security Grant177223227228
Removal of Outside Toilets--20----
Energy Efficiency Initiative--196----
Key Stage 1 Class Size Initiative----8831,073
National Grid for Learning Grant--1,4559752,296
Assistance with Asset Management Plans----107--
Seed Challenge Funding------355
Formula Capital for Schools------5,012
Renewal of School Laboratories------358
Provision of Secondary Learning Support Units------161
Schools Access Initiative127112

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