To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects his Department to spend on giving free books to 11-year-olds in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families expects to spend £2.7 million in 2010-11 delivering free books to 11-year-old children. This funds the Booked Up programme, delivered by the charity Booktrust, which offers a choice of book, from a selected list, to every child of this age. In the recent Pre-Budget Report, funding was agreed for specific areas of spending for the years 2011-13. We will be considering allocations of funding beyond those areas, including for Booktrust, within a full spending review due to take place later this year.