School Places: Chelmsford

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 25th January 2016.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Conservative, Chelmsford 2:30 pm, 25th January 2016

What plans the Government have to meet demand for school places in Chelmsford.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

As I have said, the Government are investing £23 billion in school buildings to create 600,000 new school places. Essex received £71 million between 2011 and 2015 to create new school places. It has been allocated a further £127 million for the places that will be required by 2018.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Conservative, Chelmsford

Although I am grateful for that answer, my question referred to Chelmsford, rather than Essex. Does the Minister have the figures for Chelmsford?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

I am very happy to meet my right hon. Friend to go through the figures for Chelmsford. In Essex, we created more than 2,000 new places between 2010 and 2014. Many more have been delivered since then or are in the pipeline. I am very happy to discuss his constituency in more detail.