SCHOOL PLAN TO COST US A VAST SUM
' C.H.' REPORTER
THE £400 million five-year Schools Plan, described in last week's Ministry of Education White Paper, is welcomed by educationalists at large, but is causing anxiety to Catholics, who want to know how much it will
I asked Bishop Beck of Salford, the Hierachy's spokesman on educational matters, to comment. He said:
"The White Paper, 'Secondary Education for all: A New Drive', is an important document for Catholics because it declares publicly that, in meeting the cost of the Government's five-year programme of secondary school building, the Government recognises that the Churches may need some further help if they are to be enabled to play flack full part in carrying out their share'."
It goes on to say that the Government will shortly invite the interested parties to discuss this possibility.
"The publication of this White Paper." the Bishop went on, "may be taken to be the end of restrictions on voluntary school building which have been a serious handicap to Catholic reorganisation throughout the country. "Ever since February 1952, when Miss Horsbrugh published her famous Circular 245, the Ministry of Education have found themselves unable to include in the annual building programmes of the local education authorities any projects designed: " (a) to relieve overcrowding in existing schools; (b) to replace or improve unsatisfactory premises of Continued on page 7 Col. 3