HC Deb 05 July 1983 vol 45 cc74-5W
Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the level of funds for capital expenditure on school buildings.

Mr. Dunn

The capital expenditure allocations made by the Department for 1983–84 should enable local education authorities to fulfil their statutory duty to provide sufficient school places to serve the needs of their areas, to make further progress towards the Government's policy of reducing surplus places, and to make some improvements to the school stock. Additionally, authorities have freedom under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 to vie between services and, within specified limits, between years.