Free Schools

Department for Education written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount her Department has spent to date on underwriting salaries of staff at free schools whose schools did not open or open on time.

Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list all the free school projects that have been withdrawn or cancelled to date; and what the cost to the public purse was of the withdrawal or cancellation of each such project.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education does not have a full breakdown of revenue spent on staff salaries for proposed free school projects.

The total pre-opening expenditure for free school projects is published on GOV.UK:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenue-expenditure-for-free-schools

We will shortly update this information to include projects that opened or were withdrawn or cancelled up to September 2015.

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