HC Deb 20 May 1974 vol 874 cc27-8W
Mr. Michael Latham

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of school building work in each of the years from 1970 to 1973, inclusive, was carried out by local education authorities using proprietary industrialised building systems in consortia; what proportion was carried out by industrialised methods provided by a contractor on a package deal basis, or designed by a private architect and built by a contractor; and what proportion involved the use of traditional methods of construction, respectively.

Mr. Armstrong

Information is not collected in precisely this form, but the following table shows the percentages of school building work carried out by local education authority consortia, other systems, and traditional methods respectively. It is based on returns submitted by local education authorities and includes schools in Wales which are the responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

LEA Other
Consortia Systems Traditional
Per cent. Per cent. Per cent.
1969–70 37 5 58
1970–71 41 6 53
1971–72 38 5 57
1972–73 35 5 60

Mr. Tyler

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many primary school new building and improvement projects in Cornwall were originally included in the programme for 1973–74 but have been postponed; and if he will assist the county education authority to revive them in the original form or otherwise as soon as possible.

Mr. Armstrong

Four primary school improvement projects programmed to start during 1973–74 must be deferred under the terms of the Department's Circular 15/73 at least until after 30th June 1975. I cannot yet say when it will be possible for the projects to start.