§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his oral statement of 8 April 1998,Official Report, column 351, if he will provide an extra £3.5 million for education in Essex. 
§ Mr. Byers
As my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has made clear, Essex's education SSA for 1998–99 is some £497 million—an increase of some 525W £27 million, or 5.8 per cent. The Government have no plans to reward the County Council with extra resources for failing to use all of this increase to support Essex schools.