HC Deb 30 June 1938 vol 337 c2109
36 and 37. Mr. Logan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (1) whether he is aware that the Liverpool Education Committee is considering the issue of statutory notices of its intention to build council schools in Roman Catholic areas; whether this is in conformity with the desire of the Board; and, if not, what action does he intend to take;

(2) whether, in view of a recent circular he sent to Liverpool education authorities asking for reorganisation plans to be forwarded to him by 30th June, he is now in a position to make a comprehensive statement in regard to the provision of non-provided schools, grants and maintenance of religious rights in such reorganisation, in conformity with the national compromise and the Education Act, 1936?

Mr. Lindsay

A letter was received from the Liverpool local education authority two days ago setting out in a general way their proposals for providing the additional school accommodation which is needed in the dockside area. Proposals are included for the issue of notices for a number of new council schools, which appear to be intended for children now in attendance at Roman Catholic schools which are not suitable for their existing numbers. This letter is now being considered and I am not yet in a position to say anything further on the matter.

Mr. Logan

Although the position is delicate, and I do not want to put the Minister in an awkward situation, may I ask whether, if I put a question down in a week's time, I can have something more definite about the City of Liverpool in regard to this involved question, or would a fortnight be better?

Mr. Lindsay

I could do with three weeks.