The £45bn project to rebuild all 3,500 secondary schools before 2020 is to use green construction methods. Sunday Times

A report from the education and skills select committee, headed by Labour MP Barry Sheerman, will criticise the programme for missing the opportunity to promote sustainable building methods.

Liberal Democrat committee member Paul Holmes said it was 'pretty stupid' that ministers had failed to put sustainability at the heart of the biggest public-sector building project since the 1960s.

In a recent meeting with the Sustainable Development Commission, competing contractors said they were keen to build schools with better Green credentials, but feared the costs could mean they would lose out to rivals in the bidding process.