§ 6 and 7. Mr. Maudling
asked the Minister of Education (1) why he is not prepared to make a grant towards the extension of St. Andrew's School, Totteridge, on the lines proposed by the managers and supported by the local education authority;
(2) by what criteria he decides whether an extension to an existing school should be regarded as creating an entirely new school.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
On the information before me I have reached the conclusion that the enlargement of this school in 590 accordance with the development plan would amount to the establishment of a new school, and a maintenance contribution under Section 102 of the Education Act, 1944, would not be possible. In determining such questions I take into account all the circumstances, including the proposed increase in numbers in relation to the size of the school, any recent previous enlargement, and any consequential change in the character of the school.
§ Mr. Maudling
As the local education authority regards this as the only satisfactory educational solution, and local opinion supports it, will the Minister change his mind, as his present decision involves very large expenditure in respect of a new school, much larger than would be involved in making a grant towards the extension of the existing school?