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Minor Works Programme

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the Minister of Education the total minor works programme for all local education authorities for 1957; and the total amount he has proposed to them for the next 15 months.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

Excluding work for the school meals service, £14 million and £11·2 million respectively.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Is the Minister aware that the minor works programme not only includes new school places, with which I am sure he will not tamper, but also the brightening up and cleaning of the slum schools of England and the provision of laboratories for science and of decent, modern sanitation? Will the Minister at least put the laboratories and the lavatories back in the programme?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

A good deal of the brightening up is done under maintenance, but I naturally regret that these important provisions for schools have had to be deferred.