Education and Health

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 5:21 pm on 2nd June 2010.

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Photo of Edward Balls Edward Balls Shadow Secretary of State for Education 5:21 pm, 2nd June 2010

Yes. Back in February, we thought that it was one of the shadow Schools Minister's flights of fancy. We never realised that he was serious when it was suggested that, despite schools being almost at the point of signing the forms, when the work had been done and the contractors pretty much hired, at the last minute all would be put on hold. That dashes expectations for children and it takes away contracts and jobs. All we heard from the Secretary of State was that it was important that we built new free schools somewhere else. It is no satisfaction to know that there will be a new school down the road for some parents, if another school, which was planned to be rebuilt, is suddenly put on hold. That is a reality for 700-plus schools all round the country.