HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c484
13. Mr. Alport

asked the Minister of Education how many new primary schools will be completed during the year 1951.

Mr. Tomlinson

On 1st October last, 717 primary schools or departments were under construction, but I cannot say how many of these will be completed by the end of 1951. The number completed during the first nine months of 1950 was 152.

Mr. Alport

Is it the policy of the Government to give priority to the building of this type of school as opposed to the building of secondary and other types of school, in view of the increase in the school population due to take place during the years up to 1954?

Mr. Tomlinson

If the numbers actually under construction are an indication of priority, I can say that 80 per cent. of the schools being built are primary schools and the remainder consist of the other types of school.