Education and Inspections Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 9th May 2006.

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Useof property held in trust for purpose of primaryeducation

‘A local authoritywhich holds property as a trustee for purposes to which the ElementaryEducation Act 1870 applied may apply the capital and income of suchproperty for the purposes of primary education.'. —[Dr.Blackman-Woods.]

Broughtup, and read the Firsttime.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong, Minister of State (Cabinet)), Cabinet Office, Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee), Member, Education & Skills Committee

I beg tomove, That the clause be read a Second time.

I tabled the new clause tohighlight the issue of funds accruing under the Elementary EducationAct 1870 that local authorities cannot use for primary education.Apparently, the Act states that local authorities are trustees ofproperties built under the Act, but when those properties are sold thelocal authority cannot reinvest the money in supporting primaryeducation in the local authority area. I know that a number of localauthorities have money in accounts which they would like to use tosupport primary education or new building.

If the Minister cannot acceptthe new clause, I should be grateful if the Department could considerways of dealing with the problem by some othermeans.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State, Department for Education and Skills

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for explainingwhat lies behind the new clause. It is right that when educational landor assets are sold the proceeds should be reinvested in improvingeducational provision. I know that one or two of my hon. Friends areconcerned about that, and I am happy to explore the problem with myofficials. It would probably help us if my hon. Friend and others whoare concerned about this met us so that we can pursue the matter andsee whether there is a way of resolvingit.

Motion andclause, by leave,withdrawn.