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Building Schools for the Future

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme. (250620)

Next month, I aim to publish the revised national programme for Building Schools for the Future, which prioritises the expressions of interest submitted in November by authorities, in line with our published criteria. This will include priority projects for 70 authorities not yet started in the programme, including Brighton and Hove. Partnerships for Schools will approach the most highly prioritised projects for evidence that they are ready to deliver and to join the programme.

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to announce the results of the latest round of bids for funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme. (250622)

Next month, I aim to publish the revised national programme for Building Schools for the Future, which prioritises the expressions of interest submitted in November by authorities, in line with our published criteria. This will include priority projects for 70 authorities not yet started in the programme, including Stockport. Partnerships for Schools will approach the most highly prioritised projects for evidence that they are ready to deliver and to join the programme.

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for spending on the Building Schools for the Future programme in the next three years. (250627)

Next month, I aim to publish the revised national programme for Building Schools for the Future, which prioritises the expressions of interest submitted in November by authorities, in line with our published criteria. This will include priority projects for 70 authorities not yet started in the programme, including Plymouth. Partnerships for Schools will approach the most highly prioritised projects for evidence that they are ready to deliver and to join the programme.

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proposals he has to bring forward spending under the Building Schools for the Future programme. (250630)

The Government are aiming to bring forward some of schools capital expenditure due in 2010-11 into financial year 2009-10, to stimulate the economy during the current economic downturn. However, because of the strategic planning that underpins Building Schools for the Future, it would be unsuitable for bringing forward in this way. BSF typically involves the design and build of entire new schools which are simply less suitable for bringing forward quickly for construction in a 12 month period.