asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will expedite approval of the Devon county council application for a grant in respect of a 150 place extension to Braunton school and community college together with the new primary school in Braunton, in view of the need to accommodate the children of Royal Air Force and civilian personnel at the Royal Air Force station, Chivenor which is due to be operational again in August.
The Devon local education authority has applied for an increase in its school building allocation for 1980–81, amounting to £1,513,000, in respect of projects in Braunton and three other parts of the county. These applications relate to permission to start work up to a particular value and not to grant. They are being considered, on the basis of need, in the light of competing bids from other local education authorities and the limited resources available. I expect a decision to be taken shortly.