HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 c189W
77. Mr. Morley

asked the Minister of Education the number of schools completed and occupied from August, 1945, to the present date; the number of schools which are now under construction; and what additional number it is anticipated will be completed by 31st December, 1949.

Mr. Tomlinson

Between August, 1945, and 31st October, 1948, the latest date for which the information is available, 31 schools had been completed and occupied and 30 others had been wholly or partly occupied although some work on them was still in progress. Including these 30, the number of new schools under construction on 31st October last was 298. I am unable to forecast how many of these will be completed by 31st December, 1949. All these figures relate to new schools and do not include the provision of new premises for existing schools or additions and extensions to existing schools.

81. Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Education which are the five comprehensive school projects which he has rejected; and why he has done so.

Mr. Tomlinson

They were new schools proposed in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The local education authority, on consideration, agreed that they were too small to provide efficiently for the purposes intended.