To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is of setting up a new pupil referral unit; and what the average running costs were for pupil referral units in the last year for which figures are available.
We do not hold information on the cost of setting up new pupil referral units (PRUs). The cost will depend on the size of the accommodation required, the number of pupils and the particular needs to be met.
All PRUs are very different, and as a result the average running cost will vary widely depending on the individual characteristics of the PRU. However dividing the total planned expenditure on the provision of education at PRUs in England in 2004–05 (as recorded on local authorities 2004–05 section 52 budget statement) by the total number of PRUs in England as at January 2004 gives an estimated average planned running cost of around £466,000.