HC Deb 09 April 1970 vol 799 cc736-7
26. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will identify the new factors which have caused him to withdraw the approval which he gave two years ago for the extension of Beverly Boys School and the rebuilding of Bonner Hill Girls School in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.

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

The two schools were originally included in the programmes for 1967–68 and 1966–67 announced in July, 1966, and March, 1964. Because work had not started by 31st March, 1968, they had to be considered then for subsequent programmes and were excluded in favour of more urgent projects elsewhere.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

But as these projects were regarded as necessary by the right hon. Lady's Department several years ago, and as no new circumstances are cited in her answer, can she give any explanation whatever, other than a desire to penalise a local authority with which she is in dispute, for denying to children facilities which she herself thought necessary several years ago?

Miss Bacon

I am astounded at the right hon. Gentleman's attitude this afternoon, since only on Tuesday he brought a deputation from the borough to see me and expressed his great satisfaction at the way in which I had dealt with the matter on that occasion.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In order that the right hon. Lady shall have no opportunity of misunderstanding my good manners on Tuesday, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible opportunity.

Mr. Speaker

Notice should be given in the conventional way.