HC Deb 23 July 1953 vol 518 c585
39. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Education what advice she has now given to local education authorities about the rebuilding or improvement of slum schools.

Miss Horsbrugh

Authorities remain free to use for the improvement of old schools a substantial proportion of the resources allocated to them for carrying out minor capital works, but, under present conditions, I cannot authorise them to carry out major building projects designed to replace unsatisfactory premises.

Mr. Janner

Is the Minister not aware that no real effort is being made by the Government at all in this matter, and that there should be a larger allocation for this purpose? How can she tolerate such conditions as exist when school rooms are described as "zoos" and school playgrounds as "squelching quagmires" or "dust baths"?

Miss Horsbrugh

Yes, but the best way of dealing with this, as I think the hon. Gentleman will agree, is to build more quickly more new schools, and that has been done in the last two years at a greater rate than ever before.