Building Schools for the Future Programme

Education written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the costs incurred by (a) the London Borough of Camden, (b) the London Borough of Brent, (c) Hampstead School, (d) Jack Taylor's School, (e) Royal Free Children's School and (f) Queen's Park Community School in respect of their preparation and presentation of bids for inclusion in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

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

The cost to local authorities of reaching the point of entry to the Building Schools for the Future programme (i.e. reaching the Remit meeting) is not held. It is likely to be relatively low given that the only requirement at this stage was the completion of a 20 page Readiness to Deliver statement, which was based on information the local authority would normally hold.

The typical cost to a local authority of reaching Outline Business Case approval once it has entered the programme is estimated at £1.67 million.

For projects that have entered in to procurement, the additional cost to progress from Outline Business Case to Close of Dialogue is estimated at £1.7 million.

The figures stated above are on the basis of a Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Local Education Partnership procurement with two sample schemes.

The Department for Education does not hold data on the cost to individual schools of the BSF programme. This will vary locally depending on the arrangements between individual local authorities and schools.

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