§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what level of funding local education authorities receive in order to ensure access to education establishments for disabled persons.
§ Mr. Forth
Local authorities do not receive any grant specifically for this purpose. Central Government support for local authorities is virtually entirely through general grant, which is not hypothecated to particular purposes. Local authorities are thus free to determine their own spending priorities. Information on local education authorities' spending to ensure access to education establishments for disabled persons is not collected centrally.