In the first instance, the Board expressed some doubt as to the wisdom of throwing open the plans to competition. The question has, however, since been discussed between representatives of my Department and of the local education authority; and I do not wish to interfere with the authority's discretion, if they are satisfied that this course is calculated to result in the production of a thoroughly efficient design for the new buildings.
§ Mr. T. SMITH
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a good many parts of Doncaster the authorities are getting anxious about the delay in providing ample school accommodation, and will the right hon. Gentleman do his best to expedite the matter?
I can certainly give that assurance. We are very anxious to get it done as soon as possible.
On 1st October last, the latest date for which figures are available, the number of pupils was 582.
I have no information on the subject; but I am causing inquiries to be made, and will communicate with the hon. Member.