HC Deb 06 March 1890 vol 342 c125

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the attention of the Education Department was called, in July, 1888, to the deficiency of school accommodation in Leyland; whether he has considered the Report of Her Majesty's Inspector, made by order of the Department, which recommended that an infant school should be provided; has any action been taken in consequence of the letter of the Department written on 12th August, 1889, suggesting the voluntary formation of a School Board for the purpose of supplying the required accommodation; and whether, seeing that it is the duty of the Department to enforce the provision of sufficient school accommodation, they will now proceed to act in accordance with their statutory obligations?


The question is not free from difficult}-; but upon a review of all the circumstances, and looking to the fact that the point involved is one rather of the inconvenient distribution of school accommodation, than of any actual deficiency, the Department, though ready to assent to the establishment of an infant school in the centre of this district, either by voluntary effort or by the ratepayers after the formation of a, School Board, do not see their way to issuing notices and forcing such a school upon an unwilling locality.