Ministers have been forced to bring in a troubleshooter in an attempt to rescue a huge building programme that has ground to a halt because of the credit crunch.

John Denham, the Skills Secretary, has just appointed Sir Andrew Foster to investigate the crisis facing a programme of building or renovating sixth-form and further education colleges, according to The Times.

Sir Andrew, former chief executive of the Audit Commission, will be asked to investigate why the project, operated by the Learning and Skills Council, has run out of money.

The Times