HC Deb 30 January 1969 vol 776 cc1515-6
32. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is aware that some 80 infant and junior pupils at the St. Mary's Junior Roman Catholic School, Warwick, have to be accommodated in a small, narrow cloakroom for half-an-hour daily while their classrooms are being prepared for the serving of school dinners, and cleared afterwards; and what proposals he has for including improvements to this school in the building programme with a view to ending the overcrowded conditions.

Mr. Edward Short

I am aware of the difficulties in this school. I understand that the authority expects the number of children in the area to grow and I shall be happy to reconsider the case for a new school when the authority submits a new proposal.

Mr. Smith

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that Answer. Would not he agree that it is remarkable in this day and age that these black hole of Calcutta conditions should be allowed to exist, even if only for a few more months?

Mr. Short

There are thousands of old schools throughout the country which should have been demolished many years ago.