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Schools: Construction

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the standard of existing school buildings; and if he will make a statement. (196425)

Data on the suitability and condition of school buildings were supplied to my Department by local education authorities in 2005-06. Similar data were supplied in 2001 and 2003. Analysis of the 2003 data is included in the publication “Schools Asset Management: Data Analysis 2004”, available at:

www.teachernet.gov.uk/sbamps

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.