HC Deb 17 November 1908 vol 196 c1025

To ask the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Board's inspector has, during several years, called the attention of the managers of the schools at Limps-field, Surrey, to the unsatisfactory condition of the schools and to the overcrowding that exists in them; whether the school at Limpsfield Chart was closed in June, 1907, causing additional over-crowding in the schools in Limpsfield village; whether he is aware that some of the children have to kneel on the floor to write; and whether anything can be done to remedy this state of affairs.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I am aware that the premises of the Limpsfield Church school are far from satisfactory, and that the school is seriously overcrowded. Plans for carrying out the necessary improvements were approved by the Board in July, and I propose to require that the work should be immediately put in hand if the recognition of the school is to continue. The provision of a new council school for 200 children has been sanctioned, and the Board have inquired of the local authority as to when the plans of the site will be submitted. The local authority are being urged to press on the provision of the new school with all possible despatch and to provide such temporary accommodation as is necessary in the meantime.