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Schools: Accommodation

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many temporary school buildings were in use in each London borough in each year since 1997. (136260)

Data supplied to the Department by local authorities in 2001, 2003 and 2005 show the following numbers of temporary buildings at maintained schools in each London borough:

2001

2003

2005

Barking and Dagenham

5

9

19

Barnet

72

153

99

Bexley

190

174

44

Brent

84

70

70

Bromley

28

28

24

Croydon

126

116

110

Ealing

20

119

70

Enfield

65

Greenwich

22

Hackney

29

10

19

Haringey

7

30

7

Harrow

144

146

150

Havering

2

22

Hillingdon

95

90

9

Hounslow

44

53

98

Islington

2

11

8

Kensington and Chelsea

3

3

3

Kingston upon Thames

2

Lambeth

41

41

41

Lewisham

31

32

25

Merton

4

5

Newham

90

89

72

Redbridge

14

Richmond upon Thames

16

35

Southwark

9

11

11

Sutton

99

104

84

Tower Hamlets

17

12

15

Waltham Forest

19

19

Wandsworth

22

22

29

Westminster

4

2

These data are of thought to be of variable quality and completeness. Data are not held by my Department for other years since 1997.

Central Government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 1996-97 to £6.4 billion in 2007-08 and will rise further to £8.0 billion by 2010-11. 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 buildings where they are considered to be unsuitable.

Modern, high-quality mobile or demountable buildings 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.