HC Deb 03 April 1905 vol 144 cc133-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what was the average attendance at Strandtown National School, Belfast, during the year 1904; what number of pupils is accommodation provided for, allowing ten square feet for each pupil; when did the National Board's inspector first report on overcrowding in regard to this school; and how often has the Board directed the attention of the manager to the necessity of providing additional accommodation; and whether, in view of the terms on which a manager can borrow money from the Board of Public Works, he will refuse to continue a grant to this school if the manager refuses to provide suitable accommodation for the children attending.


The average attendance was 305, and the number for which accommodation exist is 224. The inspector first reported overcrowding in September, 1904, and the Commissioners directed the attention of the manager to the matter in October, 1904. The manager has since taken steps to reduce the number of pupils in attendance. The Commissioners will consider the question of continuing the grants when they have received the returns for the past quarter.