HC Deb 16 March 1896 vol 38 c994

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there has been any improvement in the condition of affairs in the Limply Stoke Reformatory, near Bath; whether the school results are still at the low level shown by the last triennial report; and, whether any further changes in the staff are being considered?

THE HON. MEMBER further asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the proposed changes to be made in connection with the Bath Industrial School for Girls, 16, 17, and 18, Walcot Parade, Bath; and, whether the rooms are small and numerous, the premises old, difficult to keep clean, and the general condition of girls indifferent?


Notice was given last year by the managers of the Limply Stoke Reformatary School of their intention to resign the certificate of the school. The notice expires on the 31st instant, and the school will then be closed. All the inmates have now been disposed of but six. As regards the Bath Industrial School, it is true, I understand, that the rooms are small and numerous, and the premises old, but not in any special degree more difficult to keep clean than any private house situated in a similar position in Bath. The health of the girls is good at present, the improvement of late years in this respect being attributable to the fact that in the summer the girls are taken to the seaside for from four to six weeks. Their general condition appeared to the Inspector on his last visit to be good. The premises, nevertheless, are certainly not entirely satisfactory, and, at the instance of the Inspector, the managers have been and are endeavouring, I understand, to make arrangements which will enable them to move to premises more in accordance with modern requirements. Meanwhile the health of the school and of the staff is being carefully watched.