HC Deb 17 December 1974 vol 883 cc1336-7
8. Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent submissions have been made by Warwickshire County Council in respect of school building in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Mr. Armstrong

A new school to replace the Bulkington Lane Church of England Primary School in Bedworth was one of the two projects submitted by Warwickshire in September for this year's major improvements programme. It was included in the programme.

Mr. Huckfield

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply, but he will be aware of the strong representations that I have made to him on behalf of Galley Common and Exhall primary schools. Will he bear in mind that there is a strong feeling in Nuneaton that people living in the south of Warwickshire, which is mostly represented by Tory county councillors, get a far better deal than people living in the north, which tends to be mainly Labour? Will my hon. Friend also confirm that the Warwickshire County Council is primarily responsible for allocating school building priorities in my constituency?

Mr. Armstrong

The determination of priorities is a matter for the local education authority. I am well aware of the problems. My hon. Friend makes repeated representations to me. I assure him that we are considering all his representations, but the final order of priorities is for the local authority.