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Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what evaluations of the academies programme have been commissioned by his Department for publication in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and if he will make a statement. (201101)

The Department has a contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry out a yearly evaluation of the academies programme. This contract ends with the publication of the fifth annual report later this year. The Department is currently considering options for conducting future evaluations.