16. Mr. Bates
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will pay an official visit to school buildings in the metropolitan borough of Wirral.
Is the Secretary of State aware that my constituents in Bebington are fed up at delays in implementing comprehensive secondary education, chiefly caused by the disastrous policies of the right hon. Lady the Leader of the Opposition when she was Secretary of State 1185 for Education? Therefore, will he take the opportunity, when visiting my constituency, to make clear—or will he say now—that despite the recent sabre rattling of Tory councillors he intends to implement comprehensive education throughout the Wirral?
§ Mr. Mulley
In reply to the general proposition advanced by my hon. Friend, I intend to see that comprehensive education is implemented throughout the country—which includes the Wirral. I understand that the Department received a scheme from the Wirral in February. We have had no indication of any change in those proposals. I hope that the local authority will go ahead and implement them as soon as possible.