§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he instructs the Inspectorate of Schools in Wales to report on buildings which do not conform to the school building regulations; and how many reports of this nature have been received by the Welsh Office in the past 12 months.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
As a matter of principle I do not instruct H.M. Inspectors of Schools on the work they should undertake. During the course of their work H.M. Inspectors will, whenever they deem it appropriate, report on school buildings to both the Welsh Education Office and the Local Education Authority concerned. The advice of H.M. Inspectors is always sought on proposals submitted by local authorities for the programming of improvements to existing schools or the building of new schools.