HC Deb 31 March 1884 vol 286 cc1170-1

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether his attention has been called to the evidence given before the Shoreditch Board of Guardians, on the 19th of March, in the case of a boy "Wiles," aged 10, when two doctors reported the boy to be insane, and the child's mother attributed his insanity to over pressure at school, and stated also that the child had complained that a pupil teacher had beaten him on the head with a rule; to the evidence given by Mr. George Andrews, surgeon, at the coroner's inquest held on the death of a girl named Rachel Gibbons at Egham, on the 17th of March, and the verdict of the jury that "deceased died from inflammation of the brain by over work at school and lessons at home;" and, whether he has caused any inquiries to be made into the above cases, and will state the result of those inquiries?


Sir, the first case involves a serious charge against a teacher of the London School Board, and I understand it is now undergoing investigation; the second has been referred to Her Majesty's Inspector, whose Report will, no doubt, be received in a day or two. I shall be very glad to submit both Reports to the noble Lord as soon as I receive them.


Will the Papers be presented to the House?


I shall be glad to present the Papers on the subject.