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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) mean cost, (b) acquisition cost, (c) average refurbishment or rebuild cost and (d) average pupil capacity is of schools built under his Building Schools for the Future programme.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The Building Schools for the Future programme is not mine or the coalition Government's; it was a programme started under the previous Administration. The mean cost of all new build schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme is £18.6 million pre-election and £16.3 million post-election. The acquisition cost of schools or sites is not held centrally; local authorities will hold this information on individual projects. The average refurbishment cost of schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme is £3.9 million. The average capacity of new build schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme is 1,080 pupils.

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