HC Deb 22 May 1924 vol 173 cc2391-2

asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware of the lack of school accommodation at Linton and Lynmouth, Northumberland; and will he give the reason why the building of permanent schools in these districts is not being proceeded with?


I am aware of the facts stated in the question. A difficulty has, however, arisen in the acquisition of sites for the new permanent schools owing to a considerable discrepancy between the values placed on the sites required by the district valuer and the local education authority's advisers, and in the circumstances the authority are having recourse to their powers of compulsory purchase under Section 111 of the Education Act, 1921. I regret that there should have been several months of delay owing to the slow working of the present machinery for the acquisition of land needed for public purposes, but I hope the delay is nearly at an end. In the meantime, the Board have approved the provision by the authority of additional temporary public elementary school accommodation at Ellington.