§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to ring fence funding for books in the allocation of resources to local education authorities.
§ Mr. Forth
No. It remains our policy that it is for local authorities to decide what expenditure, within the resources available to them, to devote to the services for which they are responsible; and for schools under delegated management to decide how to deploy their budgets among teaching costs, other staff costs, and non-pay costs such as books.