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Primary Education: Construction

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average cost of building a new primary school was in the latest period for which figures are available. (271589)

The Department does not hold data on average expenditure on primary school buildings. Levels of investment are decided locally and authorities may add funding from other sources to the schools capital allocations they receive from government. However, a typical average-size primary school could be expected to cost £3 million to £4 million depending on location and site factors.

Central Government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million to a planned £7.3 billion by 2010-11.