HC Deb 26 April 2001 vol 367 c352W
17. Mr. Pike

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much money has been allocated for(a) new school building and (b) major building repairs and improvement in the north-west since May 1997. [157924]

Jacqui Smith

£839.6 million in total has been allocated for investment in school buildings in the north-west in the years since 1997. Of this, £199.5 million has been allocated through the New Deal for Schools programme, which is targeted at major repairs and improvements. Over the next three years we have so far allocated a further £501.3 million in funding for schools in the north-west, as part of the biggest school building and repair programme in over half a century.