HC Deb 07 May 1998 vol 311 cc477-8W
Mr. Gareth Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if local education authorities will be required to submit bids for individual projects funded by the new money for education announced in this year's budget. [40308]

Mr. Hain

The following elements of the additional 1 2 million budget funding for raising standards in line with Building Excellent Schools Together (BEST) agenda and for the enhancement of skills are being directed to local authorities and schools. The allocation arrangements are as indicated.

£ million
Raising standards of literacy (books etc). 2.1
Every school over 30 pupils to automatically receive £900, those with 30 pupils or fewer £30 per pupil;
Reducing infant class sizes 2.4
LEAs have been asked to submit bids for funding for infant class size reduction grant; Addition to New Deal for schools capital funding. 2.2

LEAs have been asked to bid against an indicative allocation.

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