§ SIR F. S. POWELL
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he will make more clear in the text of the Code that Schedule 7 does not apply to schools which have been already approved by the Department, or the plans for which have been passed, but only to new schools; and whether he will also secure further modification of Section 7 in the same schedule, with a view of not recommending so large a number of class rooms in all cases?
§ MR. ACLAND
If the hon. Baronet will refer to Article 85 (a) of the Code, he will see that it is there explicitly stated that the rules of Schedule 7 apply to new schools and enlargements, and this statement is repeated at the head of the schedule itself. I do not see how this can be made more clear, but I shall be glad to consider any suggestion which the hon. Baronet may make to me. As regards the paragraph in the schedule as to the number of class rooms, this is not a compulsory requirement, but a practical suggestion meant for the help and guidance of local managers and architects. The consulting architect of the Department recommended its insertion on the ground that he knew from experience that managers often needed help in these details of planning. Classes, of course, means classes under separate teachers.