Post-16 Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Bob Blizzard Bob Blizzard Labour, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will allocate a portion of the funding for rebuilding of secondary schools to further education colleges for delivery of vocational education to 14 to 16-year-olds.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Universities), Department for Education and Skills

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is for investment in schools.

The Spending Review settlement for 2005–06 to 2007–08 provides however, for capital investment in both the schools and further education sectors. The Department has been working with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to ensure that this capital investment is complementary. Where BSF proposals address the 14–19 agenda in association with a local further education college, the LSC will consider this when determining applications to upgrade further education provision, where this is deemed to be necessary as part of the overall local strategy. In order to support the needs of further education colleges, the Chancellor's March 2005 Budget statement included additional resources for the sector of £100 million and £250 million in 2008–09 and 2009–10 respectively.

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