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Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of school buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was. (172284)

The Ministry of Justice has built or approved no schools. However, the Department has completed 38 projects within the last five years or are in the final stages of completion. 26 have been assessed under the BREEAM assessment model.

(a) 15 have been assessed as “Excellent” (58 per cent.)

2004—3 projects (12 per cent.)

2007—12 projects (46 per cent.)

(b) 11 have been assessed as “Very Good” (42 per cent.)

2003—1 project (4 per cent.)

2004—1 project (4 per cent.)

2005—1 project (4 per cent.)

2006—2 projects (7 per cent.)

2007—6 projects (23 per cent.)

(c) 12 projects have still to be assessed.

The capital costs of the work are not known for projects where it was the Landlord who met the Capital cost of the works or the project was procured by the Lead local authority prior to the Courts Act 2005 or the project was a PFI scheme. The capital cost of the 14 projects where costs are known amounts to £190.2 million.