HC Deb 31 July 1924 vol 176 cc2230-1

asked the President of the Board of Education whether the three years' programme of the London County Council for the development of education in London has been submitted to him; and whether he is prepared to approve of the same?


I have received, with gratification, the resolutions, passed by the London County Council at its meeting last week, approving, in principle, an extended programme of school building and school development in all branches of education. The council are proposing to return to the 40–48 scheme for elementary education, which they commenced before the War, and to make extensions in secondary school accommodation and various other educational advances. I understand that the items of the programme will be brought before the council from time to time for their specific approval and will be submitted to the Board, but I may say at once that, as regards their principle and general scope, I welcome them and will do everything to assist the council in the matter.


Will the right hon. Gentleman call the attention of other education authorities to the three years' principle, and suggest that they might very well follow the example which has been set by London in this respect?


I hope they will observe what has happened.


May I ask the Leader of the House if the Government will give the same consideration to County Council recommendations emanating from this side of the House as they do to proposals from a similar source put forward by hon. Gentlemen opposite?