HC Deb 02 May 1966 vol 727 c1232
42. Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will take action to remedy the overcrowding and other conditions at Boreham Church of England Primary School, Chelmsford.

The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Mr. Goronwy Roberts)

A new county primary school at Boreham providing 280 places has been included in the Essex authority's 1967-68 major building programme. This new school will absorb the pupils from Boreham Church of England Primary School, which is due for closure under the authority's development plan.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

In view of the present primitive conditions at this school, which are seriously handicapping the education of a whole generation of children, will not the Minister take some temporary measures to alleviate the position? Will he not treat it as urgent and so alleviate the anxieties of many parents at Boreham?

Mr. Roberts

My right hon. Friend is conscious of the poor physical conditions at the Church of England school concerned, and he has told the authority that he is ready to consider favourably any requests which it makes for an early start to the county school in the 1967-68 programme.