HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 cc516-7
40. Mr. Touche

asked the Minister of Education if he has considered that a unanimous resolution has recently been passed by the southern division of the Surrey Education Executive, of which a copy has been sent to him, to the effect that the raising of the school age will so accentuate the shortage of places in secondary schools within the area that only half of the boys and girls over 11 years of age can be accommodated in secondary schools of any type; and what action he is taking in the matter.

Mr. Tomlinson

Proposals by the authority to erect prefabricated huts to supplement the school accommodation in the Southern division of the county when the compulsory school age is raised, have been approved by my Department and every effort is being made to secure their provision on time. New secondary schools will be built as soon as labour and materials become available. As an interim measure, I understand the Surrey local education authority are considering whether some temporary reorganisation can be effected.

Mrs. Manning

Will my right hon. Friend exercise the influence which he used to have over his old Department to see whether some special hutments can be sent and be congregated in one place, so as to make secondary accommodation for these young people?

Mr. Tomlinson

I will keep in mind the experience I have gained, and see if it can be used.