§ Mr. Cordle
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement on her decision to cut back both major and minor school building projects; and, in particular, to what extent she has considered the shortage of school space in inner city areas.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The Department's Circular 12/73 announced that no more final approvals would be given before the end of 1973 for major educational building projects in the maintained sector and that no further minor works should be started before the end of 1973. No decisions have yet been taken about the effect of this circular on particular projects or areas, and another circular will be issued as soon as possible setting out the basis for the resumption of approvals.