§ Dr. Kumar
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities have sought authority to create partnerships with private companies to deliver additional resources222W for schools and colleges in their areas; which companies are involved in each area; and how much has been contributed to each educational institution. 
§ Mr. Miliband
Local education authorities are free to contract out a wide range of their statutory functions to private companies. They are not required to seek authority to do so, and the Department has not conducted a comprehensive survey of such partnerships. The information requested is therefore not available.