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Schools: Chelmsford

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years. (254674)

The Department allocates capital funding on a local authority basis, and then relies on the authority to prioritise spending within its area and between schools.

Accordingly, no records are held centrally on spending in West Chelmsford, or between primary and secondary schools.

Capital allocations by the Department to Essex county council in each of the last five years are set out in the following table:

£ million

2003-04

62.6

2004-05

63.2

2005-06

55.6

2006-07

51.2

2007-08

52.6

In the current period 2008-09 to 2010-11, allocations made so far amount to £244.2 million, i.e. £81.4 million per annum. The corresponding allocation in 1996-97 was £12.2 million.