HC Deb 14 June 1956 vol 554 c751
32. Mr. Baird

asked the Minister of Education if he is aware that Catholic children in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, have to travel up to four miles for denominational education; and when therefore he expects to be able to grant building permission for a new Roman Catholic school at Fordhouses, Wolverhampton.

Sir D. Eccles

I am aware of this situation but, as things are, I can see no early prospect of being able to approve a proposal to build this school.

Mr. Baird

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is now six or seven years since the Ministry first promised to try to include this school in the next year's building programme? Is it not ridiculous that we should have to wait this time and that children have to travel more than four miles to school?

Sir D. Eccles

I do not think so, because there is no shortage of primary school places in this area and it would be wrong to agree to build this school for denominational considerations, with which I sympathise, if it meant leaving empty other primary schools at a time when we are so short of them.

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