§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions her officials have had with promoters of a City Academy in the City of Newcastle area; how many promoters have approached her; and whether those discussions are continuing. 
§ Mr. Timms
Discussions have taken place, and are continuing, with a number of potential sponsors to establish City Academies across the country. There has been no formal approach from a partnership (comprising a sponsor and the local education authority) for a City Academy in the City of Newcastle area.