HC Deb 09 May 1968 vol 764 cc119-20W
44. Sir E. Boyle

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, if, in view of the shortage of infant school places in Birmingham at the start of the summer term, he will immediately approve an increased allocation of school building resources for this purpose.

Miss Bacon

This was only marginally a school accommodation problem, and was mainly caused by a shortage of infant teachers. The authority have now provided places for all their 5-year olds and a substantial number of those who will become 5 during the term. The authority are already receiving substantial help within the various school building programmes recently announced, including approval for building starts on six new primary schools in the current year.