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Education (Development Plans)

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Education by what date the development proposals under the Education Act, 1944, have to be submitted to him; whether he will give an indication of what development plans are possible under present circumstances, and of the future time table for the implementation of the plans.

Section II (1) of the Education Act, 1944, requires development plans to be submitted to me by 1st April, 1946, or within such extended period as in any particular case I may allow. Most of the plans have now been received. In so far as the implementation of the plans depends on building, the developments which are expected to be possible during 1948 and a provisional forecast for 1949 are set out in Circular 155, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy. It is not possible in present circumstances to forecast the building prospects for later periods.