Schools: Shropshire

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th October 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Walmsley Baroness Walmsley Spokesperson in the Lords (Education and Children), Children, Schools and Families

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they gave Shropshire County Council an extension of one month to put in its capital resources bid for primary schools.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

No formal extension was granted. We invited every local authority to prepare a strategic plan for capital investment across its primary school estate in consultation with local stakeholders. We asked for all the plans to be submitted to the department by 16 June 2008. Shropshire County Council officers advised my officials that, because of the need for further local consultation, Shropshire would not be able to meet this deadline. The plan was received on 19 August. The department will notify local authorities of the outcome of assessment shortly.

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