§ 37. Mr. Brooman-White
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of new school places provided by local authorities in grant-aided and approved schools during 1954.
§ Mr. Brooman-White
Do not these figures give the answer to any attempt made by the Opposition to allege that the 1868 Government are lagging in the school building programme? Though the problem of overcrowding is very great, has not remarkable progress been made in overcoming it, and do not these figures constitute something like an all-time record?
§ Miss Herbison
Is not the Minister aware that the figures given are completely wrong, and that in each year since the present Government came to power capital investment in the provision of new school places has been cut?
§ Mr. Stewart
That is not correct. The House may like to know that the figure for the year which I have just quoted is 27 per cent. higher than for the previous year and nearly double the figure for 1950.