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asked the Minister of Education how many county educational authorities will have completed their school building programme so that secondary modern education is available to all their children for whom it is intended by 1960; and in how many counties their schemes will be incomplete by that date.
Does not the right hon. Gentleman recognise that deferment of the building of these schools prevents a number of children in that area from having the advantage of secondary education and that a further deferment will create a still worse disadvantage?
That is inevitable in the process of the delay of this programme. While, of course, I very much regret the delay, progress has been made in Norfolk. Four schools have already been completed, seven are under construction, and one will be started in 1958–59.
Do not the terms of the answer to Question No. 18 show that the kind of action wanted from the Government, if any, is one which would have expedited rather than retarded the programme in Norfolk?
Surely that question applies to the whole field of investment. It is not for me at this moment to enter into that general question. We know that it is necessary slightly to slow down the rate of expansion.
The right hon. Gentleman says that it is not for him at this moment to enter into the general question. When does he feel that he will be in a sufficiently established position to raise that question with his colleagues?