§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
The hon. Member's figures appear to be taken from the returns for the school year, 1910–11. Since then 570 school places in all have been added at four schools, and the Board have now before them proposals to provide 1,300 further places in provided and 300 further places in non-provided schools. The returns for the last school year show an excess of average attendance over accommodation of seventy-seven units, spread over four departments only. The overcrowding in three departments will be met by alterations now in progress at a provided school, and in the fourth by the erection of a new provided school, the plans for which have been received by the Board.