§ Mr. Hoban:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the components of the expenditure on city academies as set out in the table of expenditure by function by the Department in the Winter Supplementary Estimate 2003–04. 
§ Mr. Miliband
[holding answer 9 December 20031The components of expenditure set out in the table relate to Academies running costs. The main component (set out in the table of expenditure by function contained within the Winter Supplementary Estimate) relates to recurrent costs and covers the general annual grant paid by the Secretary of State to individual Academies. This figure also includes the general administrative expenditure costs incurred by the Department in the running of the programme.
The second, smaller component relates to amounts paid to Academies by local education authorities in respect of the Standards Fund.