Yes, Sir. The Board are anxious that local education authorities should proceed, with as little delay as possible, with schemes to provide the accommodation for technical education required in their areas to meet the needs of industry.
§ Mr. H. G. Williams
Is my hon. Friend considering the diminished demand for technical education owing to the fall in the birth rate since 1920?
I am afraid I cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman. From the point of view of bricks and mortar, there is a definite shortage of facilities for technical education in this country, and the clear policy of the Board is to make that shortage good. That is why steps were taken some years ago to survey the country and to provide for additional expenditure in each area.
§ Mr. Williams
Have the Board taken into account the heavy fall in the birth rate which took place subsequent to 1920?