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Schools: Buildings

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in (a) Leicester and (b) England (i) received new school buildings, (ii) were substantially repaired and (iii) were housed in buildings considered unfit for purpose in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of his Department’s expenditure on repairs to school buildings in (A) England and (B) Leicester in each such year; and what estimate he has made of the average cost of providing a new (1) primary and (2) secondary school building in the last five years. (274627)

Where repair expenditure on schools relates to the maintenance of existing assets, it is financed out of revenue funding. Where work involves new buildings or existing buildings are enhanced, it is financed from capital funding. The Department make revenue and capital allocations to local authorities and schools and relies on them to commission work in accordance with their asset management plans.

The Department carried out a survey of new and refurbished schools in July 2007, and the results, for England and Leicester, are shown in the following tables. The Department does not maintain records of buildings that are unfit for purpose.

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

England

New Additional

26

27

21

32

Rebuilt Existing

101

144

175

161

Refurbished > 80 per cent.

52

81

57

94

Refurbished 50 per cent. to 80 per cent.

162

193

161

176

Total

341

445

414

463

Leicester LA

New Additional

1

1

Rebuilt existing

1

2

Refurbished > 80 per cent.

Refurbished 50 per cent. to 80 per cent.

3

1

1

Total

3

1

2

4

School capital allocations by the Department in respect of England and Leicester for each of the last five years are set out in the following table:

£ million

2004-05 Outturn

2005-06 Outturn

2006-07 Outturn

2007-08Estimated outturn

2008-09 Projection

England

4,132

4,581

4,565

5,274

5,964

Leicester

18.3

25.5

8.7

7.5

14.8

The England allocation figures are taken from table 8.3 of the 2008 departmental annual report.

In addition, Leicester is in Wave 1 of the Building Schools for the Future programme, with a secondary school programme estimated to cost some £256 million.

The Department does not maintain an estimate of the average cost of providing a new primary school or secondary school, year by year. This is due to the fact that costs vary greatly according to size and type of school, local cost factors, site constraints and other abnormal factors, and whether VAT is payable.

Regarding the strategic Building Schools for the Future programme, the average cost of a new secondary school across the programme has been approximately £26 million.