§ 18. Mr. M. MacPherson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what economies are intended in the school building programme for 1952.
Owing to the shortage of steel, there will be a slowing down, in 1952, of the start of new school buildings, but every effort will be made to carry on work already in progress as quickly as possible. My right hon. Friend proposes to issue a circular on the school building situation, and a copy will be sent to the hon. Member.
§ Mr. MacPherson
Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman and the Secretary of State keep in mind that even in an atmosphere of cuts and economies a policy has already been suggested in England for making some additional provision for urgent technical education, and will the Minister bear that in mind when he is considering Scottish school and college building?
§ Mr. Rankin
Will the Minister keep in mind that the Glasgow education authority is already working on what is re- 795 garded in official circles as a minimum school building programme, and that any further threatened reduction in that programme will create chaos in education in the City of Glasgow?
§ Mr. Hamilton
Is the Minister aware of the need for coal production, and can he tell the House whether or not this cut in building for education will affect adversely the development of mining areas such as Fife?