HC Deb 23 July 1953 vol 518 cc588-9
44. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Education why permission to build an infant and junior school at Mowmacre Hill, Leicester, and an infant and junior school at Braunstone Frith, Leicester, has been refused; and what alternative plans she has to provide the 580 and 820 places which were to be used at Mowmacre Hill and Braunstone Frith schools respectively.

Miss Horsbrugh

When the new school accommodation at present under construction or authorised has come into use, the authority will have at their disposal 4,000 more primary school places than at present. On present information, I consider that if use is made, so far as is necessary, of the measures suggested in Circular 245, this accommodation should be sufficient to meet the estimated increase in the number of children and the needs of new housing estates.

Mr. Janner

That is not really an answer to the Question. May I ask the Minister why, when she approached the Leicester authorities to give her details of their requirements, she emphasised the particular importance of having schools in new housing areas? In view of that, why has she now refused permission to build them? Is she aware that there will be no places for these children if these schools are not provided?

Miss Horsbrugh

I am not aware that there will be no places for these children if the particular schools referred to are not provided. As I have said, there will be an extra 4,000 primary school places.