HC Deb 19 July 1971 vol 821 cc1025-6
20. Mr. McBride

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the hindering factor in the present phase of construction at Cefn Hengoed School, Swansea, due to be completed in September 1971 ; what will now be the new completion date ; what steps he is taking to assist Swansea Local Education Authority in this regard ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Thomas

I understand that the original completion date of September 1971 was extended by the Swansea Council by four months to compensate for delays outside the control of the contractors.

The latest completion date is April 1972 but, following the Council's strong representations, it is hoped that the contractors will be able to improve on that date by at least two months.

Mr. McBride

I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that reply. My constituents are becoming seriously perturbed that the date of completion of the school is being delayed. Will the Secretary of State assist Swansea City Council as far as he is able, so that pupils from the catchment area will be offered the opportunity, as early as possible, to continue their education in this very fine school?

Mr. Peter Thomas

As the hon. Member will appreciate, my Office is not responsible in any way for the delay. That is a matter entirely for Swansea Council and the contractors, between whom there is a binding contract.

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