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Senior leaders from the department this week gave evidence to MPs on parliament’s Public Accounts Committee – who urgently called for more timely data on potential issues caused by RAAC problems

A parliamentary committee has voiced its exasperation at Department for Education senior leaders after they were unable to provide key data on the crisis related to unsafe concrete in school buildings.

DfE permanent secretary Susan Acland-Hood and infrastructure chief Jane Cunliffe repeatedly knocked back questions on the educational impact of new guidance on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete – known as RAAC – at a Public Accounts Committee session hosted this week.

The perm sec reiterated that DfE had published a list of 147 schools affected by the discovery of RAAC. But she would not give MPs figures on the number of schools currently closed as a result of the situation, or an indication of the level of pupils affected.

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