asked the Secretary of State for Wales what finances will be made available to Gwent County Council to facilitate the structural extensions and improvements at educational establishments necessary for the introduction of comprehensive secondary education in that part of the constituency of the hon. Member for Bedwellty not yet covered by a comprehensive education system.
Building work costing some £2 million has already been programmed to improve the secondary schools of the Sirhowy and Western Valley. I am also considering with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science a bid from the Gwent authority for a capital allocation to extend the Cross Keys College of Further Education to facilitate the introduction of comprehensive education in the area. A decision on this matter will be announced shortly.