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National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills: Thurrock

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made on establishing cross-cutting procedures to enable progress to be made on the (a) funding for and (b) construction of a site shared with the Royal Opera House campus, Thurrock of the Creative and Cultural Skills Academy. (320598)

[holding answer 4 March 2010]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has worked closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government to progress the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills (NSA) and the Royal Opera House Production Park.

In November 2009, the Learning and Skills Council committed £5 million to the NSA. Discussions have taken place with the Homes and Communities Agency on funding.

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation handed over the Royal Opera House Production Workshops to the Royal Opera House on the 2 March 2010. The completion date for this project is November 2010 and it will house the creation of costumes and scenery.