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School Buildings

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money the Government has spent on the replacement of old and worn-out school buildings in (a) England and (b) the Portsmouth area in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [100104]

Government support for capital investment in school buildings in England for 2002–03 is £3 billion; for Portsmouth the figure is £4.25 million. We do not collect information on the split between new buildings and renovation. Looking to the future, I announced on 26 February proposals for a new approach to capital investment in a paper, "Building schools for the future". This will be a programme of rebuilding and renewal to ensure that secondary education in every part of England has facilities of 21st Century standard within 10 to 15 years from 2005–06, subject to future public spending decisions. We will also aim to provide substantial investment in primary school buildings.