§ 32. Mr. Steele
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why work on the Haldane Public School at Balloch has been stopped.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
Shortly after the preliminary work of pegging out the site had started I approved a proposal by Dunbartonshire education authority to extend the size of the school, and the work was suspended to enable the necessary alterations to be made to the plans.
§ Mr. Steele
Is the Secretary of State aware that just four weeks agothe Joint Under-Secretary of State informed me that work had just started on this school? Is it not the case that the local education 1120 committee wanted a larger school and that the plans were held up because the right hon. Gentleman's Department did not agree to a larger school, that the committee finally agreed to the smaller school and that then his Department suggested that a larger school should be built? Could I have some explanation of this avoidable delay?
§ Mr. Stuart
The delay is due to the fact that it was decided that it was right to increase the size of the school.