57. Dr. VERNON DAVIES
asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that Frederick Charles Joyce, now of 65, Heap Street, Oldham, is a mentally defective child with spinal curvature; that his father was killed in action in 1915; that his mother has since died and that he, his brother, and a sister are living with their mother's sister, Mrs. Sparkes, at the above address, which is an ordinary four-roomed house; that Mrs. Sparkes' family, consisting of a husband and six children, live also in this house, one of the children suffering from tuberculosis and another being mentally defective; that for the last two years the War Pensions Committee has been trying to get Frederick Charles Joyce removed 892 from such unsuitable surroundings in vain; that they have been assisted in these attempts by the local education authority; and whether the Board of Education will arrange for the accommodation of this child in an institution?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)
The case of this boy has been already brought to my notice. I am making inquiries to see if anything can be done in the direction suggested by my hon. Friend, and I will let him know the result.