§ Mr. Luff
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will announce the amount of the additional payment she will make to the Worcestershire local education authority to compensate for the amount transferred to the Learning and Skills Council for sixth-form education in Worcestershire; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Timms
The transfer of sixth-form funding to the LSC from April 2002 will be cost neutral at LEA level—the adjustments to individual SSAs to take account of the transfer will match the payments that LEAs get back from the LSC.
But we propose to pay a special grant to a minority of LEAs where the changes being made to the funding methodology would not fully eliminate the impact of the funding changes in 2002–03.
I expect details of the special grant to be released after consultation on the Local Government Finance Settlement has been completed at the end of the month.