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School Building

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what measure of relaxation he envisages in regard to his Department's control of local education authority building projects following the enactment of clause 14 of the Education (No. 2) Bill.

Local education authority building projects will continue to require the approval of the Secretary of State, but my right hon. Friend intends, subject to the passage of the Bill, that Departmental scrutiny of projects should be substantially lessened and area cost guidelines will not be established in Wales. Authorities will be asked to continue to provide plans and cost data to the Welsh Office in order that trends may be monitored.The local authority associations are being consulted immediately on the proposed new arrangements.