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Primary Education: Capital Investment

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether local authorities will be required under the primary capital programme to reduce primary pupil places across the whole authority as a condition of spending the funding awarded under the programme. (241205)

There is no such condition. Prior to agreeing funding for the Primary Capital Programme, we asked each local authority to develop Primary Strategies for Change in consultation with local stakeholders setting out how the programme will support national policies and local priorities. We release funding to each authority once we are satisfied with its Strategy for Change. We issued guidance on the content of strategies for change on 6 December last year.

Among other things, the guidance made clear our expectation that local authorities should review overall provision taking into account demographic change and parental preference. However, responsibility for balancing the demand and supply of places is a matter for local determination.