Newton Rigg College: Skills Funding Agency

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th June 2021.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the Skills Funding Agency agreed to a confidential deed of release during the 2011 sale of Newton Rigg.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In line with the policy on further education assets adopted by its sponsor department at the time (the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessor (the Learning and Skills Council) only sought asset deeds when further education assets were being transferred to other types of organisations, such as higher education institutions. This was to ensure that the assets were used and retained for the benefit of further education. As the assets were transferred to Askham Bryan College, an asset deed was not required as it was an incorporated further education college whose core mission was, and remains, the delivery of further education.

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