Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Gypsy and Traveller site grants were made in each of the last three years; and what the average amount of such a grant was in each of those years. 
An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 30 November 2009. The figures in the second paragraph were incorrect. The answer given was as follows.
In rounds one and two of year 2006-07 56 grants were paid at a total cost of £14,265,752 making the average grant £254,745. For rounds one and two of year 2007-08 74 grants were paid at a total cost of £13,436,131 making an average of £181,569 per grant and in 2008-09 56 grants were paid at a total cost of £11,965.079 with the average grant being £213,662.
In rounds one and two of year 2006-07 100 grants were paid at a total cost of £20,439,796 making the average grant £204,397.96 For rounds one and two of year 2007-08 95 grants were paid at a total cost of
£32,295,321 making an average of £339,950.75 per grant and in 2008-09 44 grants were paid at a total cost of £21,561,277 with the average grant being £490,029.02".
The hon. Gentleman focused mainly on costs. I understand his point about ensuring that there are short-term costs in the region of £37 million to make the transition from the Learning and Skills Council to the Skills Funding Agency and the Young People's Learning Agency. He cited a debate in another place, involving my noble Friend Baroness Morgan, but he failed to mention the full quote from my noble Friend, so let me put it on the record:
"I reiterate that, over time, those changes are expected to generate net annual savings of £77 million from rationalisation of premises, IT, shared services and streamlined contracting and data collection processes. The new system is expected to be revenue-neutral for providers, with prudential savings through reduced bureaucracy."-[ Official Report, House of Lords, 15 March 2010; Vol. 718, c. GC216.]
At the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (Consequential Amendments) (England and Wales) Order 2009 affirmative resolution debate, which took place on 22 March 2010, I quoted a figure of £77 million Official Report, House of Commons, 22 March 2010, column 9, when it ought to have been £17 million. This error occurred because the Minister quoted Official Report, House of Lords, 15 March 2010; Vol. 718, c. GC216. The Official Report, House of Lords has subsequently acknowledged their error in recording this amount and issued a correction notice Official Report, House of Lords, 22 March 2010, column 836.