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Non-Provided Schools (Building Grants)

Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Education when he proposes to make an announcement with regard to the provision of building grants for non-provided schools?

I cannot at the moment say when I shall be able to make a statement on this subject.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this delay in making a statement, in view of the increasing burdens on those responsible for these schools, is placing them in a very difficult position indeed?

The question is extraordinarily difficult, and it is no use trying to hurry it.

Will my right hon. Friend be in a position to make a statement on this matter before his Bill dealing with the school-leaving age has a Second Reading?

I am not in a position to make any statement about it at all at present.

Does my right hon. Friend realise that, if he makes no statement, hon. Gentlemen on this side of the House who have given pledges in regard to that matter will be placed in a very difficult position?