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Circulars 242 And 245

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Education when she expects to be able to withdraw Circulars 242 and 245 and to restore the freedom which local education authorities enjoyed prior to these circulars being issued.

These Circulars will continue in force so long as the national financial situation requires. I do not accept the implication of the last part of the Question.

Is the education service to be the last to find any relief under the apparent prosperity which the Government claim to have restored?

The financial position is very much better, as the hon. Gentleman has said, thanks to the work of this Government. If he will look at the Estimates and the amount of building work that is being done, he will see that, thanks to the improvement, we are able to spend more on education and, I think, get better value.