HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 cc199-200W
102. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Education how much money was spent on the provision of schools during the three years after the 1914–18 war; and how much in the comparable period after the last war.

Mr. Tomlinson

During the three financial years 1919–21 the total capital expenditure incurred by local education authorities in respect of all education services, including the provision of sites, was about £5 million. For the three financial years 1945–48 no comparable figure is available but total expenditure on educational building, excluding the provision of sites, is thought likely to be slightly under £30 million.

104. Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Education the value of school building which has been approved by his Department since 1945; the value of the buildings constructed during that period; and the value of buildings in the process of construction.

Mr. Tomlinson

Between 31st December, 1945, and 31st December, 1948, the latest date for which the information is available, my Department approved building work to an approximate total value of £61 million. The total value of building projects completed during the same period was about £20 million. The value of work under construction on 31st December, 1948, was about £29 million. These figures cover all educational building with the exception of work on Emergency Training Colleges and School Meals Service projects carried out by the Ministry of Works on an agency basis, and work, mainly for independent and direct grant schools, carried out under civil building licences issued by the Ministry of Works after consultation with my Department.