§ MR. RADCLIFFE COOKE (Hereford)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he is aware that the alterations and additions to school buildings required by the Education Department can in numberless cases neither be carried out while the schools are open nor completed within the usual period for which such schools are closed for the holidays; and whether he will take steps to ensure that the schools in question shall not suffer any diminution of grant by reason of the inability of the children to complete the full or average number of school attendances during the year in which building operations ordered and sanctioned by the Department are carried out?
§ MR. ACLAND
The Code provides that if a school has been closed for part of the year for any unavoidable cause a corresponding reduction is made from the 400 meetings required in ordinary circumstances. This provision has always been found to be, and will continue to be, quite sufficient to meet such cases as those mentioned.