MR. J. CARVELL WILLIAMS) (Notts., Mansfield
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education—(1) whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the Reports of the Sanitary Inspector and the Medical Officer of Health of the Corporation of Heywood, and of the Architect of the Education Department, relative to the sanitary condition of St. John's school in that town; (2) whether the alterations recommended in such reports have been effected and the schoolroom meets the requirements of the Department; (3) whether the Town Council have requested the Department to inquire into the sanitary condition of the other public schools in the town, and whether such inquiry will be instituted; (4) whether he is aware that, in consequence of the closing of the Heywood United Methodist Free Church School, a large number of the scholars are playing in the streets, the parents refusing to send them to the Episcopalian or 388 Roman Catholic schools; (5) and whether, as the Town Council have for the second time requested the Department to order the appointment of a school board, their request will be complied with?
§ SIR JOHN GORST
I shall be happy to show these Reports to the hon. Member, and will lay them on the Table if he wishes for them. The alterations recommended at St. John's School are now being carried out. The Town Council have made such a request and the County Council have made inquiries from their Inspector. The answer to the fourth paragraph is "Yes." The Town Council have again passed a resolution asking for a school board by a diminished majority. Their request is now under the consideration of the Committee of Council.