§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what percentage of local authority budgets for education was spent on discretionary awards for each year since 1990. 
§ Mr. Forth
Information is not available in the form requested. The following table shows total local education authority expenditure in England on discretionary awards in the academic years 1990–91 to 1994–95 and total net recurrent local authority expenditure on education in the financial years 1990–91 to 1994–95. Because the figures for discretionary awards expenditure and net recurrent expenditure are not directly comparable, it not possible to calculate the percentage of total expenditure which is attributable to discretionary awards.
Expenditure by local education authorities: England Academic year Expenditure on discretionary awards1 £m(cash terms) Financial year Total expenditure on education1, 2£m(cash terms) 1990–91 198 1990–91 17,230 1991–92 222 1991–92 19,451 1992–93 219 1992–93 20,892 1993–94 173 1993–94 18,635 1994–953 132 31994–95 18,392
Source:1 LEA returns of form 503G and LEA RO1 returns to the Department of the Environment.
Notes:2Net recurrent expenditure, ie., total recurrent expenditure, excluding joint arrangements, minus customer and client receipts and revenue from LEAs for pupils and students educated by other authorities.3Provisional.