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Temporary Mobile Classrooms

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each London borough are using temporary mobile classrooms. (80514)

Data supplied to the Department by local education authorities in recent months show the following numbers of primary and secondary schools in each London borough using temporary mobile classrooms:

London borough

Primary

Secondary

Barking and Dagenham

9

2

Barnet

30

10

Bexley

16

9

Brent

30

5

Bromley

10

1

Croydon

43

10

Ealing

30

6

Enfield

24

7

Greenwich

9

3

Hackney

8

1

Haringey

5

1

Harrow

47

8

Havering

6

4

Hillingdon

4

1

Hounslow

28

14

Islington

5

Kensington and Chelsea

3

Kingston upon Thames

1

Lambeth

21

3

Lewisham

14

Merton

4

Newham

26

7

Redbridge

5

2

Richmond upon Thames

16

4

Southwark

7

1

Sutton

27

13

Tower Hamlets

4

5

Waltham Forest

9

3

Wandsworth

7

1

Westminster

1

1

Central Government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 1996-97 to £5.8 billion this year and will rise further to over £6.3 billion by 2007-08. Progress is being made year-by-year in improving the quality of the school building stock. The bulk of schools capital is now allocated by formula to authorities and schools so that they can address their local priorities, including the replacement of decayed temporary accommodation, on which we have set a high priority. Given the high levels of funding, authorities have the opportunity to replace temporary classrooms where they are considered to be unsuitable.

Modern, high quality mobile or demountable classrooms provide a good environment for teaching and learning where there is short-term need. They might, for instance, be needed to cope with a short-term increase in pupil numbers, or where extensive remodelling or rebuilding of permanent accommodation means providing temporary accommodation on the school site, rather than transporting children elsewhere.