School building crisis
The Government's secondary schools renewal programme could be in "crisis" due to the economic downturn, a Commons committee heard. Graham Watts, head of the Construction Industry Council, said that Building Schools for the Future, costing Pounds 45 billion, could stop if lending did not resume soon. "After a slow start, the programme had started to pick up. This acceleration may come to a full stop if the funding isn't there, particularly from the private side. That is a crisis," he said.