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Building Colleges for the Future Programme

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much has been spent on each project under the Building Colleges for the Future programme in each year since its inception; (268649)

(2) how much has been spent on the Building Colleges for the Future programme in each region in each year since the programme’s inception;

(3) how many Building Colleges for the Future projects which have cleared the application in detail stage (a) have been completed and (b) are under way.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 55WS, on capital investment (further education colleges), (1) what estimate he has made of expenditure incurred by further education and sixth form colleges on capital building projects (a) in advance of the feasibility stage, (b) between the feasibility stage and an approval in principle and (c) between an approval in principle and an approval in detail since 1997; (268742)

(2) which colleges had received funding from the Learning and Skills Council in advance of an approval in principle for a capital building project at the latest date for which information is available.

Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested pertains to records held by the Council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Members with the information requested. A copy of his letters will be placed in the House Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the Building Colleges for the Future programme. (268680)

The Department has and continues to have regular discussions with both HM Treasury and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), on the Building Colleges for the Future programme.

DCSF already contributes to FE modernisation from the 16-19 capital fund to support growth of 16-19 places in college projects with the FE capital programme and plans to continue to do that.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which further education colleges with capital funding projects which have been submitted to the Building Schools for the Future programme will not receive funding in the current spending round. (268682)

Further education capital projects are funded through the Building Colleges for the Future programme, which is administered by the Learning and Skills Council on behalf of the Department.

The Building Schools for the Future programme, as administered by Partnerships for Schools on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools, and Families, does not include further education colleges and as such there are no capital projects to list which will not be funded in the current spending round.