To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many losses and special payments have been made by his Department in the 2017-18 financial year to date; and what the value of those losses and payments have been.
Data for 2017/18 is not yet available. It is standard for the department to collate and validate data on losses and special payment at two intervals during each financial year (up to the end of Period 9 in December in preparation for the annual accounts and again at Period 12 in March as part of year-end). We are unable to confirm 2017/18 figures until the data has been verified, validated, finalised and signed off by the relevant business area, for inclusion in the department’s 2017/18 annual accounts. Data for this financial year to the end of December 2017 should be available from the beginning of February. We welcome any subsequent request to share data on losses and special payment up to the end of December 2017 as per the estimated timing above. For general information, any losses and special payments in excess of £300,000 will be included in the department’s Consolidated Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18. This will be available on the department’s GOV.UK website, in due course at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-annual-reports.