HC Deb 01 March 1962 vol 654 c1511
12. Mr. Ainsley

asked the Minister of Education if he is aware of the uneconomic burden placed upon the county education committee by the continued use of two buildings for junior mixed and infant departments in the Peases West schools, Crook, Co. Durham; and what proposal he has approved to improve such conditions in the near future.

Sir D. Eccles

I understand that the local education authority is working out a scheme to bring all the children at the Peases West primary school into one building, but it has not yet been put to me for approval.

Mr. Ainsley

Is the Minister aware that I started my educational career in one of the buildings that is still in use, with high and narrow windows, often with shadows across the desks, and very often with artificial lighting? Is he also aware that the local education authority included it in a minor works programme, but that his Ministry has halved that programme, which is delaying the progress of this authority? Will he look at these projects in a more favourable light?

Sir D. Eccles

When I get this scheme, I shall look at it urgently, but the school seems to have done well in respect of the hon. Gentleman.

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