Literacy: Finance

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

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.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

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.

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