HC Deb 24 April 1969 vol 782 c651
39. Dr. Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on his visit to the Norfolk primary schools; and what proposals he now has for the improvement of the buildings.

Mr. Edward Short

I saw much of interest during the visit, which covered secondary schools and a technical college as well as primary schools. I am authorising four new primary schools in areas of growing population in the county.

Dr. Gray

As there was criticism by the East Anglian Planning Council of the environmental circumstances of these primary schools, does not my right hon. Friend think that something should be done to raise the standard of primary schools in Great Yarmouth and Norwich and to think of the whole of Norfolk as a priority area?

Mr. Short

I could not judge about the criticism by the Planning Council, but from the schools which I saw there was certainly nothing to justify the criticism made in the Planning Council's report.