Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust

Education written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Heidi Alexander Heidi Alexander Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust and (b) that Trust's auditors on possible fraud within the trust;

(2) if she will place in the Library a copy of the service level agreement between the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust and the schools in which it operates.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The trust reported to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) that a theft had occurred. The trust undertook a full independent review, and the EFA monitored their response. The Department for Education’s most recent discussion with the trust has been to confirm progress with the recovery of funds and the police investigation.

The Department has not had recent discussions with the trust’s auditors. The EFA reviewed the most recent audited accounts in early 2014.

The Department does not hold a copy of the service level agreement between the Federation Trust and its schools.

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