HC Deb 16 April 1914 vol 61 c316
25. Mr. KING

asked the President of the Board of Education how many of the seven non-provided schools in Birkenhead, which were warned in 1910, have had plans approved for alterations; how many have carried out improvements to the satisfaction of the Board; and how many, if any, have ceased to be recognised as efficient Grant-receiving schools?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)

In two of the five schools referred to the alterations have been completed; in two more I am informed that the alterations will be proceeded with as soon as possible, and I expect that they will be carried out during the present year; at a fifth the Board have required amended plans, which are about to be submitted. The two remaining schools will be discontinued as soon as two new council schools, for which plans have been conditionally approved, have been erected.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it has taken over five years to carry out the orders of his Department, and is he satisfied with that sort of thing?


I do not think that you can say it has taken five years. These schools are being watched from time to time, and certain recommendations may have been made extending over five years, but I could not say that without verifying the facts.