HC Deb 07 June 1962 vol 661 cc648-9
31. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Education in how many estimates for school works for 1962, which had already been passed, he has now made a reduction in those referring to heating in schools where the present heating arrangements are inadequate.

Mr. K. Thompson

Projects of this kind are normally minor works and it is for local education authorities to decide how to use their allocations.

Sir B. Janner

Surely the hon. Gentleman will not permit the cutting down of arrangements which are absolutely essential to provide proper heating for children in schools? Has not the experience of our weather in the last few months caused him to deal with this matter? Does not he realise that there should be proper heating arrangements for children? What does he propose to do about this matter?

Mr. Thompson

We want to get all these conditions up to modern standards when we can. The authorities must decide how they allocate their minor works resources.