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Gove accused of fifth BSF list blunder

Education Secretary Michael Gove has faced a grilling in the Commons over his handling of the decision to axe Labour’s £55 billion school building programme

He was told there is ‘widespread anger’ among MPs after the Government released a fifth list of schools hit by the axed Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Shadow education secretary Ed Balls claimed the new list includes 20 schools more than a week ago, and still contains errors.

Gove has faced growing pressure from MPs - including from within his own party - after incorrect information was released following his decision to scrap the scheme.

He was forced to apologise to the Commons last week after it emerged that an initial list of 715 affected projects was strewn with errors - many schools believed to have escaped the axe later learned their re-building projects would be affected.

During a tense exchange at Commons question time this afternoon Balls pushed Gove on whether the Education Secretary had been told by Government officials not to publish the list of schools affected by the BSF cancellation.

Balls told Gove: ‘You must now know there is widespread anger on all sides of the House.

‘Following weekend reports that you were advised by officials not to publish a list of schools at all, I wrote to you yesterday to request answers in advance of today’s oral questions.

‘I have received a reply which does not answer any of my questions. It merely attaches a new list - list number five - which has 20 more official cancelled schools compared to a week ago.’

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