HC Deb 01 March 1962 vol 654 cc1522-3
30. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Education what was the original allocation for minor works from 1961 to 1963 for the Sunderland Education Authority; and what is the revised allocation for that period.

Sir D. Eccles

Minor works expenditure in Sunderland in 1961–63 will amount to£57,000 contracted for in the first six months of 1961–62,£30,000 for the rest of the two-year period, and a further sum at the authority's discretion for projects costing less than£2,000 each. This replaces the previous allocations of£50,000 and£60,000 for all minor works in the two years.

Mr. Willey

Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that this is a deplorable economy, in view of the disparities between the old and new schools in Sunderland? Does he further realise that this economy takes a very real toll of manpower, technical and administrative, which is in short supply?

Sir D. Eccles

These cuts in minor works were made precisely because at the time the building industry was overloaded and this was the part of the educational programme where relief could be most quickly given.

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