HC Deb 24 May 1894 vol 24 cc1170-1
MR. GRAHAM (St. Pancras, W.)

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he is aware that the St. Mary Magdalene, Munster Square Schools have, during the last 17 years, been examined by three or four different Inspectors, and in each case pronounced satisfactory; whether he is aware that the Report of the Education Department of the 17th of March, 1894, finds such fault with the ventilation and lighting of the infant school as would make it impossible to continue the school in the same locality; and whether, under these circumstances, he will make inquiries with the view of a reconsideration of the matter by the Department?


After the inspection of this school in November last Her Majesty's Inspector reported that the lighting and ventilation of the infant room was very unsatisfactory. The matter was gone into with great care, and the Senior Chief Inspector visited the school in January. He reported that, in his opinion, no part of the room was properly lighted, and that some parts of it must be very prejudicial to the children's eyesight. It appears that owing to the breadth of the room and the arrangement of the windows, less than one-third of the floor area can receive a proper supply of light. The managers were informed on the 17th of March that unless some satisfactory proposal as to the lighting were made the room could not be recognised after the current year. The matter has been so very fully and carefully considered that I am unable to undertake any revision of the decision arrived at.

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