Education and Skills written question – answered on 19th July 2001.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department in the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily completed; and in how many has compensation been (i) paid and (ii) claimed for performance failure.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools)

In the last five years, a total of 56 schools PFI projects have been approved by this Department. Of these, 31 have so far signed contracts. The remaining 25 projects are working towards contract signature following approval by DfES and the Treasury chaired Project Review Group.

In addition, 12 PPP projects, which were developed with support from New Deal for Schools funding, have reached contract signature.

Local authorities are generally responsible for monitoring the performance of schools PFI and PPP contracts.

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