§ VISCOUNT CRANBORNE (Rochester)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the Department have refused to recognize for the grant half the accommodation of Trinity Infants' School, Darwen; whether he is aware that an improvement in the condemned room was made in 1889, and that the managers have received no complaint from the Department since 1888 until 1892, and that, in 1893, the managers promised to provide new accommodation; whether the plans of a new school have been submitted and approved; and whether, under these circumstances, he will reconsider the decision of the Department to diminish the grant to this school by a sum of £50?
§ MR. ACLAND
I have inquired into the case, and I find the facts to be as stated; but Her Majesty's Inspector informs me that at each of his visits between 1888 and 1882 the unsuitability of the room in question, which is only 9½ ft. high and badly ventilated, was mentioned to the managers. A recent letter from the official correspondent of the school (dated July 24th) states that the new school will be very nearly if not quite, completed by November next; and, on the understanding that the managers will carry out this undertaking, I will not enforce the reduction of the accommodation during the current school year.