§ 24. Mr. KING
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is 2210 aware that the last published volume of statistics of his Board shows that a large number of schools have been habitually overcrowded contrary to Article 19 of the Code for elementary schools; whether the authorities controlling and maintaining such overcrowded schools are warned of overcrowding; and whether it is the policy of the Board to enforce its own Code or allow it to become a dead letter?
The hon. Member cannot expect me to assent to a proposition stated in such general terms as that contained in the first part of the question. In all cases of breaches of the Code which come to the Board's notice warning is given to the local authority and a deduction from the Grant is made if the Board are satisfied that, after warning has been given, no sufficient effort has been made by the local education authority to conform with their Regulations.