HC Deb 09 May 1968 vol 764 c591
1. Mr. Marten

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will issue a circular to education authorities recommending that the building of new comprehensive schools shall not be under-taken until funds are earmarked for the entire project and that comprehensive reorganisation shall not take place until the project is completed.

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

No, Sir. Where a progressive increase in school population is foreseen, it is often necessary to build a new secondary school by instalments. It will depend on the local circumstances whether the school can then be organised on a comprehensive basis before the whole project is complete.

Mr. Marten

In those conditions is it not rather unsatisfactory to call a unit which is scattered over the countryside in a number of centres a comprehensive school? Is not that an illusion, and should not they wait until the school is ready before calling it a comprehensive school?

Miss Bacon

Sometimes when even a part of the school is built it can be organised on comprehensive lines. As I said, it depends on local circumstances and numbers.