HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1509-10
5. Major Conant

asked the Minister of Education whether she will give an assurance that Malvern College will be enabled to return to its own buildings at Malvern in September, 1946, as was promised by her Department last September.

Miss Wilkinson

Allthe Departments concerned are collaborating to free the Malvern College buildings, which are at present occupied for the purpose of urgent scientific work of high priority, with the least possible delay. I can give an assurance that it will be possible for Malvern College to resume its activities in at least a part of its own buildings in September, 1946, provided that a measure of inconvenience can be accepted by the college authorities.

Major Conant

May I ask the right hon. Lady to bear in mind that as a result of previous undertakings given by her Department contracts have been entered into with a large number of parents in two large schools, and will she do what she can to speed things up?

Miss Wilkinson

I am very conscious of that; we had a conference at my Ministry last night with all the others Ministers concerned, and it is not a simple matter, because of the high priority of the important scientific work that is being done there. A part of the premises will, however, definitely be freed.