HC Deb 27 November 1963 vol 685 cc265-6
20. Mr. Gourlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from Fife Education Authority regarding cuts in the school building programme for 1964–65; and what was the nature of his reply.

Lady Tweedsmuir

My right hon. Friend has so far received no representations from the authority, though he has seen its telegram addressed to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. It has, however, sought a meeting with my right hon. Friend's Department on this matter and the meeting will take place later this week.

Mr. Gourlay

Is the noble Lady aware that since 1958–59 the Fife Education Authority has completed £1 million—£1,275,000 worth of school building? What reason, therefore, has the Department for suggesting that it is capable of starting building work next year to the tune of only £800,000, less than £500,000 to be spent on Glenrothes High School this year?

Lady Tweedsmnir

I stated earlier that the £800,000 was a provisional allocation. If the hon. Gentleman examines further the five-year period he mentioned, he will see that while £11 million worth of work started in Glenrothes, the picture as a whole shows that £3,650,000 worth was started in the rest of the county.