§ 11. Mr. KING
asked the President of the Board of Education how many elementary schools in England and Wales, respectively, have been commandeered since 4th August, 1914, by the military authorities; how many scholars have been thus deprived of the means of education; and how many schools are still converted to the use of the military?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
From returns received by the Board of Education, the number of public elementary schools (excluding special subjects centres and special schools) which had been occupied wholly or in part by the military authorities up to 1st November, 1914, was 738 in England and 12 in Wales. Since that date the Board's records show 221 cases of occupation; some of these, no doubt, are cases of reoccupation of premises already counted in the authorities' 1001 returns. It is not practicable to say how many scholars have at one time or another been temporarily out of school. In the majority of cases, either the occupation was for only a short period or temporary accommodation has been found for the scholars displaced. The number for whom at the present moment no provision exists is, approximately, 13,000, all in England. Of these, the great majority belong to infants of junior departments or classes. The number of schools still in whole or in part converted to the use of the military is 228 in England and 5 in Wales.
§ Sir NORVAL HELME
Can the right hon. Gentleman state the total number of schools, so that we may judge of the proportion?