HC Deb 11 November 1968 vol 773 c39W
Mr. Ronald Bell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science by what proportion he reduced the school-building programme which was originally approved for Buckinghamshire County Council in making the revised programme for the current year; and what is the comparable proportionate reduction for local education authorities in England and Wales as a whole.

Miss Bacon

The relevant figures for the major school building programme have to be read with those for 1967–68 and are as follows:

Buckinghamshire England and Wales
£m. £m.
Original authorised level 1967–68 1.85 101
Original authorised level 1968–69 1.85 81.5
Projects actually started 1967–68 2.60 122
Revised authorised level 1968–69 1.28 70.5

Note: The total resources available for 1968–increased, but following the postponement of the raising of the school leaving age, a first charge against them was the value of the projects which authorities started in 1967–68 in excess of the authorised level for that year.