§ Mr. Ashton
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will investigate the312W delay to the extension to St. Luke's Primary School, Shireoaks, Worksop, Nottinghamshire; why there has been no response from his Department to documentation submitted by the architects; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
Officials gave approval that this project proceed to tender on 24 November 1998 subject to confirmation from Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority that the phasing of spending could be contained within the overall "Local Education Authority Minor Works" allocation. This confirmation was given on 8 December 1998. It is for the school, diocese and Local Education Authority to agree when the project should proceed to the next stage—that is, the invitation of tenders—and advise the Department accordingly in order to allow the subsequent release of grant. It is understood from the consultant/architects acting for the school in this matter, that the Department will receive relevant documentation shortly and it is hoped that this will enable matters to be progressed.