HC Deb 10 November 1938 vol 341 c296
60. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Minister of Health whether Circular 1857 or any similar circular, requesting particulars of five years' schemes of proposed capital expenditure, has been sent to publicly-owned utility companies in addition to local authorities?

Mr. Elliot

No, Sir.

Mr. Morrison

Would not the Government be able to get a much more complete picture of the proposed capital expenditure during the next five or six years if they included the public utility companies?

61. Mr. Morrison

asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have submitted five years' schemes of proposed capital expenditure in accordance with Circular 1857; and whether it is proposed to publish the list of authorities and the amount of their proposed expenditure?

Mr. Elliot

Returns showing provisional programmes of capital expenditure covering the five years commencing 1st April, 1938, have now been received from 440 local authorities, representing one-fifth of the whole. I will consider the question of the publication of details in due course.

Mr. Tomlinson

What will be the position now of the plans that have been sent in that cater for the provision of secondary education, which has since been banned by the Board of Education?

Mr. Elliot

It has not been banned; but I think it would be better if such a question were addressed to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education.