§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative cost was of those functions of her Department concerned with adult education and basic skills in each year since 1997; and how much that sum represented per adult in the population. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
[holding answer 23 January 2002]: The figures are set out in the table for the period 1998–99 to 2000–01. Figures prior to 1998–99 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. 'Adult Education' is interpreted as the local education authority secured adult education sector.
Financial year DfES admin cost (£000) Cost per adult1(£) 1998–99 207 0.01 1999–2000 351 0.01 2000–01 351 0.01 1The administrative cost for each complete financial year divided by the adult (age 19+) resident population for England (from the Office for National Statistics) taken at the mid point of the calendar year which forms the first nine months of each financial year.