HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 c1358W
Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the new schools agreed to be built in(a) Greater London and (b) each London borough. [158457]

Mr. Miliband

The majority of capital support is allocated to schools and local education authorities (LEAs) by formula, and they decide how to invest it in line with their asset management plans. The Department does not, therefore, have complete information about all the capital investments in each school; this should be held locally. Tables have been placed in the Libraries which set out the capital support made by this Government to each London LEA since 1997–98, in total and by programme, including devolved formula capital grants to each school.

In addition to the funding programmes indicated overleaf, the Department will also invest significantly in secondary education facilities through Building Schools for the Future (BSF). The aim of this new approach is to rebuild and renew secondary schools in every part of England within 10 to 15 years from 2005–06, subject to future spending decisions. During the course of BSF, we therefore expect London authorities to receive large-scale investment to transform their secondary school buildings. We have already approved funding in principle for BSF projects in Newham and Waltham Forest for 2005–06, and we are also working on a BSF pathfinder project involving Greenwich, Southwark and Lewisham.