Schools: Buildings

Department for Education written question – answered at on 8 September 2023.

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Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school buildings constructed by (a) Caledonian Modular and (b) other contractors engaged under the Modern Methods of Construction framework have been investigated by her Department for possible safety defects; and if she will publish the findings of those investigations.

Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) state-funded school and (b) college buildings were Caledonian Modular contracted to build by her Department since 2010; and whether she has an estimate on the number that were (i) completed and (ii) partially constructed.

Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has taken steps to recover money from (a) the administrators of Caledonian Modular and (b) other organisations in relation to (i) schools that were never completed and (ii) schools constructed by Caledonian Modular that have since closed due to possible safety defects.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Caledonian Modular Limited (CML) was directly contracted to deliver five schools by the Department for Education. The Department did not contract CML to build any further education college buildings. Three schools were completed and two were partially constructed and are being rebuilt.

All five of these schools delivered by CML have been investigated. No other schools using Modern Methods of Construction have been similarly investigated, and there are currently no plans to publish the findings.

Appropriate steps are being taken to enforce the Department’s contractual rights in relation to all affected CML schools, including those schools which have closed due to possible safety defects and those which never reached completion. The Department is pursuing all avenues for redress against the parties responsible for those issues.

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