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To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to provide funding for an increase in primary school places in Bristol from 2013.
Last year the Department announced capital funding of £800 million in 2011-12 for the provision of pupil places. Bristol city council's share of this ‘basic need' allocation was £9.36 million and we have stated that local authorities can expect similar levels of funding from 2012-13 through to 2014-15. An announcement about capital programmes and allocations from 2012-13 will be made in due course.
Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, announced a further £500 million of capital funding in 2011-12 for those areas where rising pupil numbers are leading to the greatest pressure for school places. Bristol city council has been allocated a further £18.32 million from this fund. Basic need funding is not ring-fenced, in order to give local authorities flexibility over the timing of spend.