School Transport

Education and Skills written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Alan Hurst Mr Alan Hurst Labour, Braintree

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Essex received free school transport to (a) secondary schools, (b) primary and infant schools and (c) special schools in each year from 1990 to 2003.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

Although we collect data on home to school transport expenditure, we do not usually collect data on the number of children receiving free transport. However, in response to a recent survey, Essex said that it provides free home to school transport to about 21,000 pupils at a cost of around £20 million in 2000/01.

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