HC Deb 30 November 1967 vol 755 cc621-2
14 Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) whether he will now direct that the Monkscroft Primary School be approved for building in 1970–71; (2) whether he will now approve that the next part of the Bournside Comprehensive School in Cheltenham be built in 1970–71.

The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Miss Alice Bacon)

My right hon. Friend is at present considering proposals put to him by local education authorities for the 1970–71 programme, but I cannot yet say whether he will be able to include these projects.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

In view of these two Questions being taken together, and the boast of the Secretary of State for Defence that £2,000 million more was being spent on the social services, may I ask the right hon. Lady to make certain that there is sufficient for the primary schools in this area of considerable growth? Secondly, as the comprehensive school is the only purpose-built comprehensive school in the area, is it not ridiculous to cut it off when it is half built, instead of finishing it?

Miss Bacon

We shall be considering projects from all over the country for the 1970–71 programme. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will realise that it will be impossible to make an announcement about one project when each one has to be measured against the needs in other areas.