§ MR. BRIDGEMAN (Shropshire, Oswestry)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education if he has received an appeal from the managers of Bylchau school, Denbighshire, and a petition from more than ten ratepayers in the district, under Section 8(1) of the Education Act, 1902, against the proposal to erect a new provided school; if he is aware that, 36 although the local education authority affixed a notice to the church door stating that an inquiry would be held, the Board have granted personal interviews to those who desire the new school and have given no opportunity for those who oppose it to be heard; and if he will state what action he proposes to take.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (Mr. McKENNA,) Monmouth, N.
The Answer to the first paragraph is in the affirmative. I am not aware of any notice stating that an inquiry would be held, and I think the hon. Member must be referring to the public notice which the local education authority are required to give under Section 8 of the Act, which dealt only with the proposal to provide a new school, and as far as I know made no suggestion of any inquiry. No interview has taken place with regard to the necessity of this school and none has been asked for on this question.