HC Deb 23 November 1970 vol 807 c16
18. Mr. Gower

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has for speeding up the improvement of older primary schools which lack modern washing systems and water-closets.

Mr. Peter Thomas

In addition to minor works allocations, £3 million is being allocated in the major school building programme for 1972–73 for the replacement and improvement of old primary schools. I hope to make further allocations in successive years.

Mr. Gower

I thank my right hon. Friend for that encouraging answer. Will this be looked at in connection with the Government's assurance that emphasis will be given to primary education?

Mr. Peter Thomas

Yes, Sir. This is the highest sum ever to be allocated in one year solely for this purpose, and virtually the whole amount will go towards the replacement and improvement of inadequate primary schools built before 1903.