HC Deb 25 May 1950 vol 475 cc259-60W
12. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Education at what rate per year are the 11,500 needed classrooms now being built; and at what date does he estimate that this deficiency will have been overtaken.

Mr. Tomlinson

The figure in question was a rough estimate, assuming an even distribution of the school population, of the number of additional classrooms needed to enable all pupils to be registered in classes not exceeding 30 or 40. The classrooms now being built are to meet the needs of the increasing school population. Their number bears no direct relationship to the figure mentioned, though they should lead to some incidental reduction in the size of classes.