§ 30. Mr. J. E. B. Hill
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of the advice he is giving local authorities on the postponing of repairs and maintenance of educational buildings and grounds as a measure of educational economy.
§ Mr. Hill
Is it not clear that to get anywhere near the restrictions required by the Secretary of State, local education authorities have, on their education expenditure, been forced to cut much of their care and maintenance work for this year? Is it not piling up trouble for future years if, as a result of his policy, the only course open to them is to go on cutting maintenance in the following year as well?
§ Mr. Short
The hon. Gentleman need not shake his head. I was involved in the negotiations and I assure him that this was one of the assumptions.
Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would care to tell the House how much, in addition to the education bill, he would add for this purpose? I assure him that we are keeping a close tally on all the 1515 additions to public expenditure which are being suggested by hon. Gentlemen opposite.