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Obsolete Schools (Rebuilding)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the fact that she proposes to bring Part III of the Education Act, 1944, into operation about 1957, she will ensure that, by that date, obsolete schools which have been on the black list since 1926 will have been rebuilt.

No, Sir. I cannot say precisely what progress will have been made by 1957 in dealing with unsatisfactory school buildings.

When does the Minister mean to modify Circular No. 245 so as to allow local authorities to get on with the rebuilding and rehabilitation of very old schools?

I think I made the position clear in the debate on Monday. Children are going from old buildings into new schools. In fact, one in six of all the children are now in schools that have been built since the war. That process is continuing. We shall have fewer children in the bad schools and will get to the stage in which we shall be able to pull down the old schools when we have sufficient new ones for the children to go into.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that old buildings do not necessarily mean bad schools?