§ Mr. Bright
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the system of capital allocations for(a) grant-maintained schools and (b) local authority-maintained schools.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
Each year grant-maintained schools are invited to submit bids for capital allocations for the next financial year. My right hon. Friend assesses these across the sector as a whole taking account of each school's needs relative to other GM schools. For further details I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Dorset, South (Mr. Bruce) on 26 January 1990,Official Report, columns 899–902.
Within the LEA-maintained sector, my right hon. Friend sets an annual capital guideline for each local education authority and makes capital allocations for governors' expenditure at voluntary aided and special agreement schools following his assessment of local education authority capital expenditure plans. For further 182W details I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Mr. Baldry) on 20 December 1989, Official Report, columns 254–58.