HC Deb 26 January 1994 vol 236 c283W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he proposes to lift the current moratorium on capital expenditure on schools in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram

My decision to slow down the building programme for schools and colleges was taken with great regret, and only because I judged it more important to protect standards in the classroom.

Planning of projects is still proceeding, but, at this stage, I cannot give a commitment as to when the moratorium will be lifted.