§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the spending totals are of each of the grants administered under the Standards852W Fund for 2000–01; what are the planned totals for each year to 2004;and how much of the total in each case is further spending allocated under the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
Total expenditure allocated, and taken up by local education authorities, for each of the grants administered under the Standards Fund for 2000–01 are shown in the following table. Figures include both Government and local authority contributions to the Standards Fund. Planned totals for future years will be determined as part of detailed decisions to be made following the outcome of the Spending Review.
Grants administered under the. Standards Fund spending totals £ million School Improvement 289.2 School Leadership: National Professional Qualification for Headteachers 20.4 School Leadership: Serving Headteachers 8.1 Qualifications 18.0 New National Curriculum 17.1 Training Schools 2.5 Advanced Skills Teachers (AST): Introductory Phase 1.7 Advanced Skills Teachers (AST): National Programme 13.6 Beacon Schools 8.0 Specialist Schools 55.0 Early Years Training and Development 13.1 Early Excellence Centres 5.9 National Literacy Strategy—Primary 48.1 National Numeracy Strategy—Primary 49.8 National Numeracy Strategy—Intensive Training 9.0 Summer Literacy and Numeracy Schools and Literacy and Numeracy at Key Stage 18.9 Key Stage 3 Numeracy: Secondary Schools Conference 2.7 Year 6 Literacy and Numeracy Booster Classes 42.0 Family Literacy and Numeracy 6.8 Playing for Success 3.2 Study Support 17.1 Ethnic Minority Pupils and Traveller Achievement Grant 162.5 Special Educational Needs 55.0 Social Inclusion, Drugs and Youth 137.3 Teenage Pregnancies 5.0 Access Fund for pupils aged 16–19 Year Olds 9.0 Education Maintenance Allowances 77.4 Excellence in Cities: City Learning Centres 33.3 Excellence in Cities: Gifted and Talented Children 18.0 Excellence in Cities: Learning Support Units and Learning Mentors 34.3 Protecting Local Authority Music Services 30.0 Expanding Local Authority Music Services 20.0 Lifelong Learning Development Plans 17.7 Education and Health Partnerships 5.7 Parent Governors Representatives 0.2 Teaching Assistants 130.0 Small School Support Fund 16.8 Working Environment Fund 20.0 Performance Management and Threshold Assessment Training 20.0 Support for Performance Management and Threshold Assessment arrangements 20.0 Administrative Support for Small Schools 56.0 Supported Early Retirement Scheme for Heads 10.0 Adult: Pupil Ratio in Reception Classes 12.3 Excellence in cities: Best Practice Research Projects 0.2 Excellence in Cities: Innovation Projects 1.0 Small Education Action Zones: Development Plans 0.2 Small Education Action Zones: Implementation 2.9 Adult Ethnic Minority Achievement 1.2 Gifted and Talented Summer Schools 3.6 Transforming Key Stage 3 10.0 Literacy and Numeracy Strategies—Catch Up 18.6 Excellence in Cities: Development costs 1.0 Reducing Infant Class Sizes 137.7 Reducing Infant Class Sizes: Capital Grant 70.6 Formula Capital 161.3 Seed Challenge Capital Fund 31.0 School Laboratories 30.0 Learning Support Units 11.0 Nursery Capital 5.0
Grants administered under the Standards Fund spending totals £ million National Grid for Learning 198.0 School Security 22.0 New Deal for Schools Capital 558.0 Total 2,804.2
§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is his estimate of the cost of administering Standards Fund grants in(a) his Department and (b) local education authorities over the period of the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
No figures are available of the administrative costs of the Standards Fund. The Government have recognised the need to restrict the burden on schools as the size of the Fund has grown. The Department is reviewing the arrangements for the Standards Fund in consultation with schools, Local Education Authorities and other interested parties. As a result of the review changes will be made to simplify the operation of the Standards Fund from April 2001, details of which will be announced in the Autumn. The main changes resulting from the review will involve reducing the paperwork by simplifying the mechanics of payment and accounting; encouraging an approach focused on outcomes; giving schools and local authorities greater spending freedom; sharing timely management information, and spreading best practice.