HC Deb 13 November 1969 vol 791 cc589-90
7. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will now approve the necessary work on the two secondary schools in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames which was previously approved by him and in respect of which he subsequently withdrew approval.

Miss Bacon

No, Sir. The reasons why I am unable to include these two projects in the major school building programme have already been explained to the right hon. Gentleman and the circumstances have not changed.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

In view of the fact that her right hon. Friend thinks that he will have enough funds available to provide for comprehensive universities, does not the right hon. Lady think that it might be possible for him to find money for two schools which he and his authorities approved over two years ago?

Miss Bacon

The right hon. Gentleman knows that he raised this on an Adjournment debate and that we had a very long discussion. I was able to show then that there was no overall shortage of places in the Borough of Kingston. In any case, even if it had been allowed on other grounds, we asked Kingston to show how these schools would be compatible with a reorganisation scheme of secondary education. As yet, we have not heard from them.