HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c488
20. Mr. Odey

asked the Minister of Education what was the original estimate of the cost of Longcroft Secondary School, Beverley; what has been the total expenditure to date; what is the present estimate of the total expenditure for completion; what is the total number of children for which this school will cater; and how the cost per capita compares with similar schools before the war.

Mr. Tomlinson

The original estimate of the cost of this school, made in advance of the taking out of quantities, was £196,533. It has now been virtually completed, and the estimated final cost is £271,650. On the basis of 680 places, the net cost per place, excluding adult accommodation and also site layout, fencing, roads and playing fields, is £350. No similar schools were built before the war but the cost of a new senior elementary school was usually about £80 per place.

Mr. Odey

In view of the housing shortage, is it not possible to reduce the scale of expenditure on this type of school without lowering the standard of education provided?

Mr. Tomlinson

The hon. Gentleman is asking me to do something which we did 12 months ago.