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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) policy and (b) delivery issues led to the Building Schools for the Future programme being delayed. [159834]

Jim Knight: Many interplaying factors led to the programme being delayed. Most significant were the overly optimistic initial assumptions about delivery time scales, and the limited opportunities to build upon lessons learned due to the rapid roll out of the programme. The policy of prioritising entry into the programme by need, measured by deprivation (free school meals) and educational attainment (A*-C GCSEs), meant that some of the most vulnerable authorities facing a range of challenges were the first to enter the programme. We have addressed this with a series of measures, including a Readiness to Deliver assessment for authorities entering Waves 4-6 of the programme, streamlining the process through the introduction of ‘Strategy for Change’ and disseminating lessons learned. Since these measures were introduced, the pace of delivery has picked up.


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Building Schools for the Future Programme: Expenditure

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) capital and (b) resource expenditure was spent on the Building Schools for the Future programme in each financial year since the programme began; and how many private finance initiative credits were allocated in each financial year. [160274]

Jim Knight: Funding for the Building Schools for the Future programme involves a mix of capital grant, supported borrowing and PFI credits. The programme over the current spending review period consisted of the following budgets for waves 1 to 3.

£ billion
2005-06 wave 1 2006-07 wave 2 2007-08 wave 3

Total BSF funding

1.98

2.17

2.24

Of which:

Capital grant

0.19

0.82

0.81

Supported borrowing

0.59

0.10

0.13

PFI

1.20

1.25

1.30


In terms of expenditure to date, £27 million of capital grant was paid in 2005-06 and £106 million in 2006-07. This is in addition to £43 million paid in 2004-05 for ‘early win’ BSF projects.

Supported borrowing allocations are shown in terms of the amount of proposed capital investment. These allocations provide for revenue support to local authorities to enable them to borrow to invest—the revenue is an
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integral part of local authorities’ settlements, calculated by Communities and Local Government.

Around £3.4 billion of the available PFI credits have been allocated to projects so far, although these projects are in various stages of development.

Nursery Schools: Blackpool

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend free early years education places for two-year-olds piloted in local authorities in 2007; when the scheme is likely to be rolled out in Blackpool; and if he will make a statement. [160508]

Beverley Hughes: Since April 2006 16 local authorities have been trialling methods to improve child outcomes by offering disadvantaged two-year-olds free child care. In April 2007, this pilot was rolled out to a second wave of local authorities, including Blackpool, and all the pilots are currently due to end in 2009. The pilot is being carefully evaluated, and the findings will inform any future policy roll out.

Private Education: Eastern Region

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in (i) each local authority in the Eastern Region and (ii) each ward in the Peterborough city council area attended independent schools in each year since 1997. [160214]

Jim Knight: The available information for 1997, 2001 and 2007 is given in the following tables.

Information for all of the 11 years requested could be provided only at disproportionate costs.


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Independent schools( 1) : Number and percentage of pupils by age group, position in January: 1997, 2001 and 2007
Pupils in independent schools
Pupils aged 5 to 10
1997 2001 2007
Number Percentage( 2) Number Percentage( 2) Number Percentage( 2)

England

191,440

5.0

205,590

5.4

199,030

5.6

East of England Government Office Region

20,871

5.1

22,960

5.5

22,800

5.7

Local authorities with East of England

902

Bedfordshire(3)

1,734

3.7

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

820

Bedfordshire(4)

(5)

(5)

1,757

5.6

1,492

5.0

905

Cambridgeshire(3)

2,184

4.1

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

873

Cambridgeshire(4)

(5)

(5)

2,331

5.7

2,455

6.2

915

Essex(3)

6,372

5.2

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

881

Essex(4)

(5)

(5)

5,627

5.5

5,524

5.8

919

Hertfordshire

6,287

5.2

7,340

8.6

7,238

9.0

821

Luton

(5)

(5)

248

1.5

403

2.6

926

Norfolk

2,057

3.8

2,092

3.8

2,257

4.3

874

Peterborough

(5)

(5)

131

1.0

161

1.2

882

Southend-on-Sea

(5)

(5)

971

7.4

765

6.2

935

Suffolk

2,237

4.5

2,467

4.9

2,506

5.3

883

Thurrock

(5)

(5)

0

0.0

0

0.0

Wards within Peterborough:

Barnack

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Bretton North

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Central

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Dogsthorpe

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

East

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Eye and Thorney

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

*

*

Fletton

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Glinton and Wittering

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Newborough

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

North

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Northborough

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Orton Longueville

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Orton Waterville

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Orton with Hampton

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Park

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Paston

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Ravensthorpe

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Stanground Central

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Stanground East

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Walton

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Werrington North

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

Werrington South

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

(5)

West

80

7.9

131

9.5

159

14.8


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