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Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been made available to schools and colleges in Liverpool in each year since 1997. 
John Healey: Nationally, capital investment in school buildings has more than tripled from less than £700 million in 199697 to over £2.2 billion in 200102, and will rise to over £3.5 billion a year by 200304, totalling £8.5 billion from 200102 to 200304. Table A shows the total capital investment of over £168 million in school buildings in Liverpool from 199798 to 200102, including £74.3 million of PFI credits.
The overall settlement for 200203 is a good one, and Liverpool's pupils will further benefit. Its Education SSA will increase by £11.33 million or 4.48 per cent. over 200102. Liverpool will also benefit from an overall increase in Standards Fund grant of over £160 million; and an increase of 2.75 per cent. in the direct grant for schools. In addition, Liverpool will receive £8.04 million extra in revenue support grant (RSG) from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to bring its overall increase in RSG up to 4 per cent.
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|Year||Capital Allocation £ million|
1. Allocations comprise capital grant and credit approvals including PFI credits for school buildings
2. The figure for 200001 includes £74.3 million of PFI credits
(16) Change since 199798
1. Figures reflect all sub-blocks of the Education SSA plus all revenue grants in DfES's Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 419. The Private Voluntary Independent element of the SSA that replaced Nursery Education Grant funding is not included in the funding figures.
2. Grant figures exclude funds that include ages before 4 years old, Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant and Education Maintenance Allowance.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to link funding for universities to the socio-economic background of students admitted to those universities; and if she will make a statement. 
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Margaret Hodge: [holding answer 6 March 2002]: The Government is promoting wider access to universities. As part of this, the Higher Education Funding Council for England provides funding to higher education institutions to reflect the additional costs of recruiting students from low participation postcodes.
John Healey: We do not hold information on the level of capital investment in school buildings in coalfield areas. The Department allocates most capital funding for schools to Local Education Authorities (LEAs), based on needs related formulae, and it is for the Authorities to assess and prioritise the capital needs of their school buildings in line with their local Asset Management Plans (AMPs). Individual LEAs will, therefore, hold information on how much capital investment has been allocated to schools within coalfield areas.
|Year||Capital allocation £000s|
|LEA Mntd||Direct Grant||Total||maintained Primary||of which middle deemed||Maintained secondary||of which middle deemed|
|Bath and North East Somerset||0||0||0||12,924||0||12,273||0|
|Bristol, City of||1,658||0||1,658||31,597||0||17,907||0|
|Isles of Scilly||0||0||0||140||0||124||0|
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|LEA Mntd||Non-Mntd||Total||Pupil Referral Units(18)||Independent||City Technology Colleges||All Schools|
|Bath and North East Somerset||317||0||317||0||4,264||0||29,778|
|Bristol, City of||804||0||804||3||7,855||0||59,824|
|Isles of Scilly||0||0||0||0||8||0||272|
(17) Excludes pupils who are also registered at a mainstream school.
(18) Excludes pupils who are also registered at a mainstream or special school.
Annual Schools Census
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 231W, on school land sales, what rules govern whether a local education authority has to obtain permission to sell school land to developers; and if she will make a statement. 
John Healey [holding answer 11 March 2002]: Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 requires local authorities to obtain the consent of the Secretary of State before selling any playing fields which:
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Advisory Panel to make sure that they comply with the published criteria. The Panel comprises representatives from the National Playing Fields Association, the Central Council of Physical Recreation, the education organisation Learning through Landscapes, the National Association of Head Teachers and the Local Government Association.
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