§ 12. Mr. Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will review the allocations of money for school building in Scotland over the next three years.
46. The Earl of Dalkeith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has for altering the existing financial provisions for school building in Scotland.
§ Mrs. Hart
The factors determining the amount of investment for school building include the capability of the building industry, the general economic position, and the rate of economic growth. Whilst at present my right hon. Friend can hold out no prospect of increasing the allocations, he will keep the position under close study.
§ Mr. Johnston
Is the hon. Lady aware that that reply will cause some disquiet, as indeed did the announcement of the allocation of money during the last Administration? This cut-back in allocation will postpone the much needed improvement of school buildings, and, secondly, it seems to be in direct contradiction of the intention to raise the school leaving age to 16 by 1970.
The Earl of Dalkeith
Does the hon. Lady realise that during the election campaign her party made considerable play of the school building cuts? Does her Answer mean that that campaign was mere electioneering, and was sheer humbug?