FOI release

Building Schools for the Future

Freedom of Information request and disclosure on Building Schools for the Future.

Documents

Details

  • Date requested: 31 August 2010
  • Publish date: 25 October 2010
  • Updated: 18 November 2010

Request

Can the department provide the following:

  1. Information setting out what consultation, communication or other discussions was undertaken by the Department for Education with interested parties in the period running up to and immediately after the Education Secretary’s announcement. Interested parties include Local Education Partnerships members, construction companies, facilities management companies and ICT companies.

  2. Information held by DfE which summarises the views prior to and immediately after the Education Secretary’s announcement of HM Treasury, Building Schools for the Future Investments LLP and Partnerships for Schools on the implications of what the Secretary of State announced.

Release

Answer to question 1

The department can confirm that no consultation was held prior to the Secretary of State’s announcement on 5 July. On the same day, the Secretary of State also announced a review into capital expenditure. The Capital Review team sought views and evidence from interested parties related to future capital investment, via a call for written evidence, a number of themed workshops and a programme of face-to-face meetings. The Capital Review team will publish a report at the end of the year.

Ministers and officials have also met and corresponded with a wide range of interested parties since the announcement including MPs, councillors, local authority officials, teachers, pupils, and representatives from private business.

Answer to question 2

The department can confirm that, following a search of its electronic and paper records, no such information is held.