HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 cc680-1W
Mr, Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he will take to ensure that local authorities with significant numbers of SCOLA system-built schools retain sufficient capital allocations to maintain their fabric and improve facilities under his new proposals. [123345]

Mr.. Miliband

Overall capital funding to schools and local education authorities in England has increased from less than £700 million in 1996–97 to £3.8 billion in 2003–04. This will increase further to more than £5 billion in 2005–06. The bulk of this funding is allocated by formula, based partly on need identified in local asset management plans (AMPs), and it is for authorities and schools to deploy this funding in line with locally agreed priorities identified in the AMP, including the replacement of system buildings.