§ Mr. Joel Barnett
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement on the arrangements her Department makes to assist local authorities with planning and providing primary and junior schools to meet the requirements of new housing estates; and, in particular, what applications and representations she received and what discussions she had with regard to new housing estates in the towns of Heywood, Royton, Crompton, Milnrow, Little-borough, Wardle and Whitworth.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
The Department's officers are ready at all times to discuss with local education authorities and other bodies concerned the effect of housing development on primary and secondary schools. Several discussions have taken place with the Lancashire Education Authority about proposals that it has submitted for school building in the areas mentioned by the hon. Member.