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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible create the minimum of environmental damage; 
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(2) what assessment her Department has made of (a) the sustainability and environmental impacts of private finance initiative (PFI) projects for which it is responsible and (b) the effectiveness of the PFI process as used by her Department to deliver environmentally sustainable projects; 
Jacqui Smith: The Department for Education and Skills does not itself undertake private finance initiative (PFI) projects. PFI projects for the provision of schools are delivered through contracts between local authorities and private sector contractors.
However, my Department gives high priority to sustainability and environmental impact in all school building projects. We want all new school buildings to meet the highest environmental standards, whether procured through the private finance initiative or conventionally. To that end, we have worked with the building research establishment to develop a new specific environmental assessment methodology (BREEAM) for schools. This was launched in 2004. Further information on the schools BREEAM method is available at http//www.breeam.org/schools.html.
It is now a condition of capital funding from my Department that all major new build and refurbishment projects valued at £500,000 for primary schools and £2 million for secondary schools and involving rebuilding or complete refurbishment of more than 10 per cent. of the floor area of a school should be subject to this BREEAM assessment. This includes PFI projects. All these projects must aim to achieve a 'very good' assessment under the schools' BREEAM. This is a tough new requirement for schools that will ensure that environmental sustainability is considered in design and construction.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, columns 107677W, on private finance projects, what total value of assets and liabilities for each of the listed private finance initiatives and public private partnerships is recorded on the Government balance sheet; what proportion of assets and liabilities is listed; what the accounting treatment is for assets and liabilities; and whether it is compatible with (a) generally-accepted accounting practices and (b) international financial reporting standards. 
Jacqui Smith: The Department for Education and Skills does not itself undertake private finance initiative (PFI) projects. PFI projects for the provision of schools are delivered through contracts between local authorities and private sector contractors. None of the assets or liabilities of these contracts is therefore recorded on the Government balance sheet (GBS).
The Department is itself undertaking one public private partnership (PPP) project in partnership with Capita, for the delivery of the Connexions card across England. There are no assets or liabilities in respect of this project recorded on the GBS.
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Balance sheet treatment of PFI/PPP projects is determined by an independent auditor following United Kingdom generally accepted accounting practice, in accordance with Financial Reporting Standards issued by the independent Accounting Standards Board.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita pupil funding in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools was in each London borough, in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
|LEA name||Pupils aged 310||Pupils aged 1115|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||5,550||6,780|
|Kensington and Chelsea||5,700||7,200|
|Barking and Dagenham||4,320||5,290|
|Kingston upon Thames||3,890||4,790|
|Richmond upon Thames||3,820||4,780|
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school buildings and sports fields was used during the school holidays in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local authority in 200405. 
Beverley Hughes: The information requested is not held centrally. While it is Government policy to encourage schools to make their facilities available out of school hours, the extent to which they do so is a matter for each individual school.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were eligible for free school meals in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each London borough in the last period for which figures are available. 
|Maintained nursery and primary schools||Maintained secondary schools|
|Number on roll||Number known to be eligible for free school meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals||Number on roll||Number known to be eligible for free school meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals|
|201||City of London||220||70||30.8|||||||
|205||Hammersmith and Fulham||10,070||4,490||44.6||7,050||2,310||32.7|
|207||Kensington and Chelsea||7,320||2,960||40.5||3,510||990||28.3|
|301||Barking and Dagenham||18,490||4,740||25.6||12,290||3,300||26.9|
|314||Kingston upon Thames||11,720||860||7.3||9,590||800||8.3|
|318||Richmond upon Thames||12,760||1,240||9.7||7,290||1,190||16.4|
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