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Schools: Buildings

Volume 505: debated on Tuesday 2 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on school buildings in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) nationwide in each year since 2008. (313482)

Schools capital funding is allocated on a local authority basis, and a large proportion is prioritised by local authorities between primary and secondary schools. Accordingly, records are not maintained centrally which distinguish between primary and secondary schools, or between constituencies. The following table shows schools capital allocations made so far to South Tyneside and the North East region for the financial years 2008-09 and 2009-10.

£ million



South Tyneside



North East region



The large increase in 2009-10 results from:

(a) a Building Schools for the Future project in Hartlepool worth nearly £110 million;

(b) for all authorities, the first year of the Primary Capital Programme, worth £55 million to the region in the first year of allocation; and

(c) a number of projects brought forward as part of the Government’s fiscal stimulus.

Planned school capital allocations for England for the three year period 2008-09 to 2010-11 amount to £21.9 billion, split £6.7 billion for 2008-09, £7.0 billion 2009-10, and £8.2 billion for 2010-11. Local authorities may add to this figure by using revenue reserves for capital purposes.