asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many mobile and demountable classroom units are in use as educational buildings in England and Wales.
In 1976 the number of temporary places erected since 1940 at schools in England and Wales and still in use was 879,000. Of these 129,000 are known to be of a non-moveable type. Most of the remaining 750,000 will be either demountable or fully mobile, but a precise figure cannot be given.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in view of the decline in the school population, she will issue guidance to local authorities on the alternative uses to which mobile and demountable classroom units can be put.
My right hon. Friend is certainly willing to consider pre- paring and issuing guidance an this and related aspects of the redeployment of surplus mobile and demountable classroom accommodation if it were thought helpful. The views of the local authority associations will be sought.