§ Mr. Ronald Bell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science by what proportion he reduced the school-building programme which was originally approved for Buckinghamshire County Council in making the revised programme for the current year; and what is the comparable proportionate reduction for local education authorities in England and Wales as a whole.
§ Miss Bacon
The relevant figures for the major school building programme have to be read with those for 1967–68 and are as follows:
Buckinghamshire England and Wales £m. £m. Original authorised level 1967–68 1.85 101 Original authorised level 1968–69 1.85 81.5 Projects actually started 1967–68 2.60 122 Revised authorised level 1968–69 1.28 70.5
Note: The total resources available for 1968–increased, but following the postponement of the raising of the school leaving age, a first charge against them was the value of the projects which authorities started in 1967–68 in excess of the authorised level for that year.