HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 cc812-3W
Mr. Collins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding for schools has come from(a) private and (b) public sources in each year since 1997. [167578]

Mr. Miliband

The Government encourage capital investment from private sources, but do not hold information about total amounts. Recent government programmes which encourage such investment include the Private Finance Initiative, specialist schools, academies and Seed Challenge. This approach will continue in Building Schools for the Future. Local authorities can also secure private investment through agreements with developers.

The following table shows the Department's support for capital investment, including the Private Finance Initiative, in each year since 1997. Some other departments also provide capital support for schools.

£ billion
1997–98 0.8
1998–99 1.1
1999–2000 1.4
2000–01 2.1
2001–02 2.2
2002–03 3.0
2003–04 3.8
2004–051 4.5
1 Budgeted allocation

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