HC Deb 28 November 1957 vol 578 c1263
22. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Education the total minor works programme for all local education authorities for 1957; and the total amount he has proposed to them for the next 15 months.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

Excluding work for the school meals service, £14 million and £11.2 million respectively.

Dr. King

Is the Minister aware that the minor works programme not only includes new school places, with which I am sure he will not tamper, but also the brightening up and cleaning of the slum schools of England and the provision of laboratories for science and of decent, modern sanitation? Will the Minister at least put the laboratories and the lavatories back in the programme?

Mr. Lloyd

A good deal of the brightening up is done under maintenance, but I naturally regret that these important provisions for schools have had to be deferred.