§ Mr. Damian Green
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of(a) secondary school and (b) sixth-form college budgets are accounted for by the Standards Fund in 2001–02. 
§ Mr. Timms
Two separate Standards Fund are in operation: one paid by the Government to local education authorities, most of which is passed on by them to schools; the other administered by the learning and skills council and is paid to further education institutions.
School budget statements for 2001–02 indicate that the Standards Fund represents 6.9 per cent. of secondary school budgets.
The largest element of funding for sixth form colleges is from the learning and skills council's participation funding. In addition, they receive grant from the Standards Fund managed by the learning and skills council. It is estimated that the Standards Fund will account for 4.8 per cent. of these two funding streams in 2001–02. Sixth-form colleges may receive other funding in their budgets, but details of these are not available centrally.