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Further Education Colleges

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on levels of capital funding for further education colleges. (205672)

£2.4 billion of capital investment has been made in the further education sector, including investment for information and learning technology (ILT) in the last 10 years, compared to ear marked expenditure of zero pounds in 1997.

A record further £2.3 billion will be invested over the next three years—enabling us to continue the ‘once in a generation’ opportunity we have to build world-class further education facilities so the sector can deliver world-class skills.

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the total capital expenditure was in further education colleges in England in 1997 and 2007; and what plans he has for future expenditure. (205682)

The total capital expenditure in further education colleges in England in the financial year 1997-98 was nil. In 2007-08, the LSC forecast outturn indicates that the total capital investment—including Information and Learning Technology—was £560 million.

In total across that period, this Government have invested a massive £2.4 billion and will be investing a record further £2.3 billion across the next three years.

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of further education colleges; and if he will make a statement. (205684)

College success rates and inspection grades show strong improvement over recent years. With the LSC, Ofsted and others, we have now developed a wider suite of indicators to identify how the system is performing. These include learner and employer satisfaction rates, destination outcomes, attainment and financial performance measures. Over the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 period, we are developing the Framework for Excellence which will assess individual providers' performance against existing measures as well as these indicators.