HC Deb 22 November 1962 vol 667 cc1383-4
15. Mr. C. Hughes

asked the Minister of Education when work on the extensions to the Holyhead County School are to commence

Mr. Chataway

The authority expects to go to tender very early in the new year, and I hope that it will be possible for building work to start in March or April, 1963.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that accommodation in this large comprehensive school of 1,400 pupils, one of the largest in Wales, is grossly inadequate? Does he know that, nearly two years ago, Lord Eccles, who was then Minister of Education, promised me that the work would be started last year? Will the hon. Gentleman now give me a firm assurance that work will, in fact, be started in March as he has stated?

Mr. Chataway

Extensions to the school were included in the 1961–62 major building programme, and they make up the first stage of a very complicated remodelling scheme which has involved a considerable amount of planning. Both my right hon. Friend's Department and the local education authority are aware of the urgency of the project.