The advice of the Department's Architects and Building Branch is always available to education authorities who wish to design schools with wider purposes in mind, such as the incorporation of an evening institute, youth club or adult education centre.
Is this really good enough? Is not there a reluctance on the part of local authorities to design these dual-purpose schools, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for bad? In view of the high cost of this capital asset, ought not more effort be made to see that schools are built so that they can be used more advantageously?
A circular was issued jointly by the Department and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in August last year encouraging greater use of projects of this kind and offering the co-operation of the Department in organising this, and also on the architectural side. We think that an improvement is taking place. In the next two years, 160 secondary school projects are included in the building programmes, which will incorporate other features for further education, youth centres, and so on. This is something that my right hon. Friend will be wanting to stimulate in every way.
Is it not the case that in some areas, where there is a need for swimming pools, the need could sometimes be met by making available swimming pools in the grounds of schools? Would this be a possibility?