HC Deb 08 November 1971 vol 825 cc616-7
5. Sir A. Meyer

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what sum of money he has allocated for school building in Flint-shire for the period 1972–73; and how many school places this represents.

Mr. Peter Thomas:

The Flintshire Local Education Authority has been allocated £1.1 million for school building in 1972-73. This will provide about 2,110 places.

Sir A. Meyer:

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that this announcement has caused great satisfaction in Flintshire? Does he not agree that this is a better use of public money than the provision of free school milk for children who can afford it, and will he say how this programme compares with school building programmes in recent years?

Mr. Thomas:

This is a considerable increase. My hon. Friend asked only for the figure for one year. For the period from April this year until the end of March, 1974, the Flintshire school building programme is estimated at £3.5 million, with the provision of 7,400 places.