HC Deb 08 July 1948 vol 453 cc559-60
24. Sir Patrick Hannon

asked the Minister of Education the grounds upon which he refused a permit for the erection of a girls' grammar school in South Birmingham; if he approves of the reorganisation of the two secondary schools at Hortfield Crescent, namely, a mixed modern school for boys and a grammar school for girls; what conditions will attach to this proposal submitted at the instance of the Birmingham Education Committee; and if, in view of the efficiency of Birmingham educational administration, he will afford full facilities for rapid promotion of reconstruction of those schools.

Mr. Tomlinson

The local education authority were informed in September, 1946, that the provision of a new grammar school in South Birmingham was not as urgent as others of their projects. I have approved the reorganisation of Hart-field Crescent Schools subject to certain conditions about which I am writing to the hon. Member. I shall help as far as I can to get the approved work done quickly.

Sir P. Hannon

In view of the high standard of efficiency in the administration of education in Birmingham, will not the Minister give every possible facility for the development of these secondary schools in that area?

Mr. Tomlinson

Yes, Sir, but not until questions that are more urgent in relation to other areas have been dealt with.