HC Deb 05 March 2001 vol 364 cc6-8W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to establish training and financial support structures for existing voluntary organisations. [151180]

Ms Hodge

[holding answer 28 February 2001]: My Department has no specific mandate to set up training and financial support structures for voluntary organisations. It is the Home Office Advice Communities Unit that has overall responsibility within Government for the voluntary sector. However, the voluntary sector is essential to the achievement of our objectives and we have put in place a number of arrangements for improvement the way we work with voluntary organisations and to help them improve the quality of their work.

We already provide support and technical assistance to providers working on particular initiatives such as Surestart, Millennium Volunteers and the New Deal Innovation Fund. We have established a short-term Voluntary Sector Support Unit within the Department to enhance the relationship with the sector, and we are introducing a national Funding Formula through the Employment Service and the Learning and Skills Council with effect from April this year.

School name Project description Allocation (£)
Belmont Primary Remedial works after flooding 43,598
Re-roofing work 7,000
Chellaston Secondary New technology extension and internal refurbishment 550,569
Merrill College Repairs to pipework 924
Heating system repairs 10,129
Heating system repairs 6,221
Health and Safety work and fire prevention measures 84,205
John Port Heating repairs 71,904
Roof repairs and Health and Safety work 31,286
Noel-Baker Roof repairs 102,875
Roof repairs 44,633
The Pingle Security measures 63,585
School name Project description Allocation (£)
Belmont Primary Boiler repairs 4,824
Replacement classrooms 256,559
Linton Primary New hall and changing rooms 210,830
Chellaston Secondary New sixth form 1,139,747
Replacement of outfall drains 12,163
Merrill College Repairs to electrical services following water leak 8,534
Repair to gas pipes following gas leak 14,688
Re-roofing works 5,498
Sewer repairs 5,698
Essential roof repairs and securing of windows 120,792
John Port Re-roofing works 77,079
Foul drainage works 34,251
Four new science labs accommodation and prep rooms 510,034
Noel-Baker Re-roofing works 78,317
Upgrade fabric of block 129,787
The Pingle Extension and roof repairs to technology block 295,093

With the establishment of Learning and Skills Council, we are introducing a Common Inspection Framework, a system of approved providers, longer-term contracts and "joined-up" purchasing arrangements.

We have recently commenced work on developing a new framework for our relationships with providers which will harmonise best practice around the Department and its associated bodies. A consultation exercise on the basis for this framework will be carried out in the spring.