HC Deb 06 March 1924 vol 170 c1634W

asked the President of the Board of Education the number of plans for new secondary school buildings approved during the present financial year; the accommodation and approximate cost of each school; and the amount of land approved for each school?


I could not, without disproportionate labour, collect and tabulate separate particulars for every individual school upon each of the points raised by my hon. Friend. The general position, however, is roughly as follows: The Board have been able to give their general approval to plans for about 30 complete school buildings during the current financial year. These buildings will supply about 10,000 places, of which more than two-thirds will be additional to accommodation which already exists. In addition to this between 50 and 60 proposals for the enlargement of existing schools have been similarly approved. The cost of individual schemes differs considerably; but in the case of completely new school buildings it frequently approximates to about £100 a place. The size of the sites also varies, but they are usually not less than two acres for every hundred pupils.