asked whether the right hon. Gentleman is aware that an inquiry was held in October, 1909, into the need of a new school to replace the Portland School, Marylebone, and that as a result it was decided by the Board that a new school of approximately the same size in the same position was required; whether the Board of Education has receded from the position then taken; whether there is adequate accommodation in non-provided schools for the children in that district; whether further delay in providing proper educational facilities will be permitted; and whether, in order to secure that a site may be obtained, he will inform the local education authority for London that action must be taken forthwith?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative and to the second in the negative. As regards the third part of the question I have no reason to suppose that children whoso parents desire them to attend non-provided schools are unable to obtain admission for them. With regard to the rest of the question, I must refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to a similar question on 29th May.
Has the right hon. Gentleman read the report of the inquiry which was held in 1909, and does that not afford sufficient evidence to show that there were then a large number of people desiring non-provided school accommodation in that district?.
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
Yes, I have seen that report and I have considered the matter very carefully, but I am afraid I cannot press the London County Council to take any further action at present.