§ MR. LEON (Bucks, N.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, whether he is aware that the school children of the village of Ashendon, near Aylesbury, above the age of seven years have to walk two miles to attend the school at Wootton Underwood, and that Her Majesty's Inspector reports that—The existing schoolroom at Ashendon is not suitable for more than a small number of infant children";and whether the Education Department will require the Ashendon school managers to make adequate provision for all the children in the schoolroom in that village?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Sir W. HART DYKE,) Kent,
In the absence of notice, I have been unable to ascertain the facts of the case referred to by the hon. Member, but I will cause inquiry to be made. I may say, however, that I do not think that two miles is an excessive distance for older children to to go to school, as the hon. Member will see by reference to Section 74 of the Elementary Education Act, 1870.