§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration she has given, or will give, to permitting local education authorities to exceed cost limits on new school building by an agreed tolerance, on a basis similar to that operated by the Department of the Environment in respect of housing yardsticks.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
The comparison between school cost limits and housing yardsticks is not a valid one and my right hon. Friend does not propose to introduce a system of cost tolerances for school building.