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School Buildings

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much additional capital funding will be allocated to support the changes to school buildings which may be needed to provide facilities for the additional support staff needed to implement the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06. [120400]

Overall capital investment is set to rise from £3.8 billion this year to over £5 billion in 2005–06. Much of this capital investment is delivered to local authorities by formula and in accordance with their local asset management processes. It is, therefore, up to local authorities to decide on their priorities in consultation with local schools. In addition, from 2005–06, we will be rolling out the proposed Building Schools for the Future programme, details of which will be announced shortly. In the meantime, we have also invested £50 million over the two years 2002–03 and 2003–04, specifically to address school workforce issues. This funding was allocated by formula to all local education authorities for them to address their priority needs in accommodating Schools' Workforce.