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Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) administrative, (b) recruitment, (c) staffing, (d) building, (e) ICT and (f) marketing and advertising costs had been incurred in establishing the (i) Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency and (ii) Ofqual at the latest date for which figures are available. (275071)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has begun a transformation programme, with the creation within its existing powers of interim Ofqual in April 2008; the restructuring of the rest of the QCA as it evolves into the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA); and relocation of QCA to Coventry by early 2010 in line with commitments following Sir Michael Lyons’ Independent Review of Public Sector Relocation. Approximately £3 million was spent in 2008-09 on establishing interim Ofqual and relocating it to Coventry by June 2009. These costs include the costs of recruitment, relocation, restructuring, additional staff reflecting the new approach to regulation, and communications. Over the same period, QCA spent £150,000 on restructuring and communications as it evolves into the QCDA.