St. Mary's Secondary School, Croydon

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1967.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Croydon South 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the proposed extension to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Secondary School, Croydon, will be included in the 1968–69 building programme.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

My right hon. Friend is not yet able to announce a decision on the secondary school proposals submitted by the Croydon Local Education Authority for the 1968–69 Major Building Programme.

Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Croydon South

Is my hon. Friend aware that this school has appeared regularly in the Croydon school building programme since 1963 and that this matter is now one of extreme urgency? Is she also aware that I led a deputation to our late colleague, Ted Redhead, over this matter and that a great number of Catholic parents in Croydon are very worried about the delay in getting this plan approved?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

We are very much aware of the point made by my hon. Friend, but it was only on 4th July that we received revised proposals for the way in which school building programmes would fit into secondary reorganisation, and we are now considering this urgently.